CEO & founder, GoCardless
GoCardless was founded in 2011 with a goal of simplifying payments for small and medium-sized businesses. It is now the UK’s leading Direct Debit provider. Prior to starting GoCardless, Takeuchi worked as an analyst at McKinsey & Company with a focus on financial institutions. He left in 2010 to focus on GoCardless, with his cofounders Matt Robinson and Tom Blomfield. Backed by Balderton Capital, Accel Partners and Y Combinator, GoCardless now works with over ten thousand businesses in the UK and is expanding to serve larger businesses globally.