Keizo is a Managing Officer at LIFULL Co., Ltd., in charge of international operations, M&A and investments into startups, and new business incubation. LIFULL operates homes.co.jp, Japan’s largest property portal, and owns LIFULL CONNECT (formerly Trovit and Mitula Group). Keizo was in charge of LIFULL’s acquisitions of Trovit and Mitula group.
Keizo has been in consumer internet industry since 1998. Prior to joining LIFULL (formerly NEXT) in 2011, Keizo was at a Japanese venture capital firm where he helped 2 startups hands-on, and both went through IPO.
Before that, he was one of the early employees of Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce company which is now a sponsor of FC Barcelona. He held various positions including the head of 2 subsidiaries , during Rakuten’s meteoric growth from revenue $8m to $7 billion.
Prior to Rakuten, he worked at the Boston Consulting Group and Merrill Lynch. He holds MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and BA in Astrophysics from Cornell University.