The core philosophy and belief of TECHRISE is that anyone can learn how to code with the proper guidance and education system.
Takehiro is a Ruby on Rails developer passionate about teaching and learning. Takehiro has worked with multiple startups along as handling numerous freelance software engineering projects. Graduate of The Firehose Project, a 15 week intensive web development training course, which inspired him and Natsuko to start TECHRISE. Multiple category winner at HackNC, one of the largest student based hackathons in the US, awarded the “Best Use of IBM Bluemix Technology Award”, “Best Use of Interactive Intelligence Award”, and “Most Startup Worthy Award”. Has won 1st place in multiple top-level presentation/speech contests in Japan, including receiving 1st prize in the Hong Kong Cup All Japan University Student Ambassadors English Program 2014-2015 and 1st prize in the 40th All Japan Youth English Oratorical Contest for the Mayor of Honolulu. Speaker at TEDxTokyoTeachers.
Born in Singapore and raised in Japan, Natsuko always had an interest in how businesses or organizations could drive social impact and change. Her most recent activities include working as a digital marketing intern at The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation and as a Junior Consultant for Innovo (a student run consulting group for NGOs and Social Enterprises), both located in Washington D.C. She also has had various on-ground experiences in non-profits and social enterprises in Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore and Japan. Prior to the massive earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, Natsuko worked with a local NGO that focuses on increasing child literacy. After the earthquake, she continued to stay on for a couple of months, joining forces with both local and international organizations to help with the relief and rebuilding efforts. Also has experience working as a freelance English/Japanese translator. Works include the official Shizuoka City Tourism Website, an official report for a widely known global non-profit, and a Kindle version autobiography of a well-known social entrepreneur in Japan.