Archive for 2011

Being a Startup Leader and Hacker

This is one of the difficulties I’ve been encountering over the past 9 years since my first startup. As a person who worked at high profile companies like this one and this one as well as a bunch of smaller startups I’ve learnt what makes companies successful in the long run. They never compromise on things they produce. They pay highest attention to every details in their products and services. Apple and Steve Jobs are no different so Read More...

5 Tips to Verify Your Idea

As a person who makes a decision on regular basis I always try to verify my idea whenever possible using various methods. Some people say that sharing your idea and getting feedback too early just makes it difficult to foresee the right direction. I totally agree with that, but just in case you have enough knowledges and experiences about the subject that you are going to make a decision. Here Read More...

Importance of Securing Your Right Leg

When you build a startup, you think of a market where you will conduct business in the future. Some entrepreneurs choose the existing market established by other companies and frequently it’s already a bit congested. Others choose to cultivate one by themselves so that there is no one else to compete, which I believe rarely the case especially for the Internet related businesses. Whether you choose the existing market or Read More...

Venture Finance Intro

When I co-founded my first startup, I had almost zero knowledge about venture financing but I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about it for past 5 years. So what is venture financing anyway? For those who read TechCrunch, Mashable or any other tech news websites you’ve certainly heard of a phrase like “Company X raised Y million dollars from VC firms A, B and C.” You are seeing it as Read More...

Presentation: Slides vs Speech

One of my students whom I’m mentoring right now gave me an idea of new web service today. According to him this new web service can enhance look of existing presentation slides by applying fancy visual effects so that the result slides will look more appealing to the audience. There are already such web services in this field and the companies like Prezi does exactly that. To be honest, I’m not Read More...

Problems Are Not Equal to Needs

So luckily enough, our team won the final prize at Startup Weekend Kyoto. As a part of preparation to our future steps I decided to quickly summarize what caused us to stand out from others. While it’s reasonable to say turning paper into product is one of the most important aspects as this article on Financial Post points out and we’ve executed it correctly, I would say it’s because we focused on needs rather Read More...

Appearance on Revision3

Jay Adelson’s Ask Jay is one of my favorite shows on the Internet. Few days ago I posted a question to his show, which I always had in my mind, and guess what? He picked it. I would like to say huge thanks to Jay and his crew. Hope he will visit Japan someday so that I can meet him. Here is the episode in question. http://revision3.com/askjay/generatingbuzz

Startup Weekend Kyoto

My first experience attending Startup Weekend turned out to be great. After I gave an initial pitch to the audience, 8 people decided to join me amongst 60 or so attendees. We spent exactly 54 hours to develop our product from scratch while having so much fun doing so. Lots of laughs, excitements and even pivots. On the last day I gave another pitch to the audience, including the judges Read More...