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CEO Message

CEO
Yuko Takamatsu
Revolutionize the information industry with technology and to enrich people everywhere! This is where it all started - with such vague aspirations.
Now, several years have passed and in the blink of an eye, and I realize that we have not accomplished anything. There is still so much more we can do. Every day is a series of hardships, and we are on a never-ending journey of a venture that continues endlessly. It would be a lie to say that it is nothing but rewarding but every day is that fulfilling, and that is exactly the reason why we are here today.
We love the Internet, we love content, we respect technology, and we believe that we can change the world.
Our belief in these thoughts and the dreams we want to realize is what keeps us pushing forward.

With the spread of the Internet and the evolution of technology, information and communication around the world has become so abundant that it has become borderless, and the concept of distance has disappeared. In just a few years since the advent of smartphones, personalized and rich content has become mainstream and permeated our very lives.

In the business world, the question of how to deliver and utilize the tremendous amount of information that is being consumed every day by creating higher quality content, and to whom and in what form, has become a major theme for companies on a global level.

In this ocean of information distribution, we want to "create a world where people can experience high-quality information that moves people's hearts and minds together with all companies and realize a society in which all people involved can be enriched”.
To achieve this, we pursue the potential demand that will lead to the future and aim to become a socially responsible corporate information infrastructure.

People often ask me, "What kind of company do you want to be in 10 years?”.
The origin of our company name is ‘to open-up infinite possibilities from zero’. As said, we will continue to provide technology and services for the future, not only 10 but 100 years from now.

It is interesting because you never know how things will turn out, and the real thrill of an emerging company is to keep creating new values. It has been and will continue to be.
CEO
Yuko Takamatsu
Vision
To become a tech-company that enriches the world through lifestyle innovation.
Mission
Constantly strive to create experiences that make people move and provide easy access to information.

Management Members

Executive Officer
Joined Hakuhodo Inc. in 1996 and handled key campaigns for major automobile clients. Since 2005, he served as COO (Chief Operating Officer) and CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) at iStyle Inc, which operates @cosme, one of the largest cosmetic word-of-mouth media in Japan. As CEO of Cosmo.Com, Cosme Next and Istyle Global (Singapore), he oversaw cosmetics related businesses in Japan and overseas and listed on the 1st Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2012. Established OPEN8 in April 2015.
Started his career in Daiwa Securities SMBC in 2008. Since then, he has been in the investment banking business such as M&A, alliances, IPO for more than 10 years at Frontier Management, Mercer Japan, and UBS Securities. Then moved to Medpeer Inc. in June 2018 and was responsible for M&A, alliances, fundraising, investor relations, human resources, and public relations as the Director of the Corporate Planning Department.
He joined OPEN8 Inc. in September 2019 being responsible for Accounting, Finance, Legal, Human Resources, and General Affairs.
Started his career in iStyle Inc. in 2006. Since then, he was engaged in overall marketing activities including media advertising planning and sales, service development, e-commerce site construction, web marketing, and new business development.
Joined OPEN8 as a founding member in April 2015.
Board of Director
Board member
Joined Hakuhodo Inc. in 1996 and handled key campaigns for major automobile clients. Since 2005, he served as COO (Chief Operating Officer) and CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) at iStyle Inc, which operates @cosme, one of the largest cosmetic word-of-mouth media in Japan. As CEO of Cosmo.Com, Cosme Next and Istyle Global (Singapore), he oversaw cosmetics related businesses in Japan and overseas and listed on the 1st Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2012. Established OPEN8 in April 2015.
Started his career in Daiwa Securities SMBC in 2008. Since then, he has been in the investment banking business such as M&A, alliances, IPO for more than 10 years at Frontier Management, Mercer Japan, and UBS Securities. Then moved to Medpeer Inc. in June 2018 and was responsible for M&A, alliances, fundraising, investor relations, human resources, and public relations as the Director of the Corporate Planning Department.
He joined OPEN8 Inc. in September 2019 being responsible for Accounting, Finance, Legal, Human Resources, and General Affairs.
Started his career in iStyle Inc. in 2006. Since then, he was engaged in overall marketing activities including media advertising planning and sales, service development, e-commerce site construction, web marketing, and new business development.
Joined OPEN8 as a founding member in April 2015.
He graduated from the Graduate School of Kyoto University in Engineering and started his career by joining former Japan Tobacco and Salt Corporation, now Japan Tobacco Inc. (“JT”) in 1980. He became President of JT America Inc. in 1990. He undertook a number of joint R&D projects with pharmaceutical and biotechnology start-ups in the US, and served as External Director of the Board at Cell Genesys, Inc., then NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company for 6years. In 2005, he got appointed as a member of JT Board of Directors and CFO . In 2006, he moves to Geneva as Executive Vice President(“EVP”) and Deputy CEO of JT International, and led the acquisition of Gallaher Group Plc. and its PMI process. He became EVP and Representative Director of JT in 2011. He currently serves as Outside Director at Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. and ExaWizards Inc. He also served as Outside Director for Recruit Holdings.
After graduating from the University of Bristol in England with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). he joined Andersen Consulting (current Accenture) in 1996 and joined Arthur D. Little (Japan) in 2000. He is one of the establishment members of iStyle Inc and in 2004 assumed the position of full-time Director. He is currently serving as Director and CFO of the Company, Director of Global Business Division, and Representative Partner, Director of ISGS Investment Works.
Auditor
Started his career at Daiko Advertising Inc. after graduating Kyoto University's Faculty of Economics in 1995, he engaged in marketing communication strategy planning, advertising strategy planning and operation, and product brand development for client companies. He then shifted his career as a certified public accountant and joined Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC. As auditing work, he was engaged in accounting audits, internal control audits, and consulting work, including support for the establishment of internal controls, the consolidated settlement of accounts, establishment of cost accounting systems, and support for the preparation of financial documents. He is now also qualified as a tax accountant and joined Open8 Inc. in 2020.
Graduated from the Faculty of Law at Keio Gijuku University. Representative of Altas Group (Altas Tax Accountants' Corporation, Altas Co., Ltd, Altas Partners Limited Liability Company, etc.) After graduating from university, worked at Arthur Andersen LLP managing international tax and accounting, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) tax affairs, and financial product development (aircraft leasing), etc.
After becoming independent, established Altas Tax Accountants' Corporation, which provides advice on tax accounting matters.
Assumed the role of Managing Director when establishing Altas Co., Ltd, which mainly provides consultancy services for both public offering of stocks preparation and business restructuring matters.
Presently working as an external director/company auditor for OPEN8, Inc. and many other public-listed and unlisted companies.
He holds a master's degree in Education at Harvard University and in Philosophy at Cambridge University. He became the Director of Alc Co., Ltd. in 2003 and was listed on JASDAQ in 2006. After that, he founded Human Media Co., Ltd. to this day. In addition, he participate in multiple organizations such as Director of companies in Japan and overseas, Directors of NPOs, and as a university professor. Currently, he is also engaged in the investment and development of venture businesses in education and other cultural fields. In the media, he is active in various fields such as author, anchor, critic and commentator.

Company profile

Company Name
OPEN8 Inc.
Established
10th April, 2015
Presidents
Yuko Takamatsu
Business
SaaS, API, MLaaS
Capital
¥100,000,000
Employees
104 (as of January 2022)z