After graduating from Waseda University, Takahiro Hayashi joined NEC as a technology developer and worked in IT strategy and corporate planning. In 2009, he founded HEROZ, Inc. with Tomohiro Takahashi. HEROZ plans, develops and operates services utilizing AI. Leveraging their Shogi (Japanese chess) AI, which have beat a professional player, HEROZ has expanded their AI into B2B services. He holds a 6-dan in shogi (highest rank available at the time when he won a national championship).