Japanese Software Testing Engineer Becomes Billionaire

Masaru Tange, president and CEO of Tokyo-based Shift, has joined the ranks of world’s billionaires after shares of his software testing company surged 88% over the past year.

The company’s market value has risen to $3.4 billion as of Friday. Tange, 46, whose stake in Shift is just over a third, has an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion.

Shift has adopted a strategy of acquiring smaller firms to increase its headcount of engineers, and then it cuts out layers of subcontractors who acted as middlemen for those firms. By doing this, the company can boost both its Tokyo escorts sales and profits.

Since it was founded in 2005, Shift has acquired at least 23 enterprises, ranging from game software and smartphone app developers to used computer sellers.

Shift said it has 3,719 permanent engineers as of May, up 41.5% from the end of 2020. The software testing service provider serves 433 clients from industries like gaming and finance, a 29.3% jump from 2020. Clients pay nearly half the price to conduct testing with a higher deficiency detection rate by using Shift’s services, the company says. Its website shows that Shift has detected more than 1 million deficiencies so far.

Before establishing Shift, Tange spent five years working at a consulting firm. The Japanese native had originally wanted to build escorts Tokyo robotics company, so he studied engineering at both Kyoto University and Doshisha University.

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