Archive for January, 2012

Children of Steve Jobs

Children of Steve Jobs, a Japanese documentary program aired by NHK last week, had an unexpected content to me. The program mainly focused on the students who attended the commencement at Stanford University and listened to Steve Jobs’ speech in 2005. While I thought the program woud be about how these students are proceeding with their dream after 6 years and how they are becoming successful today, I realized right after the introduction Read More...

Call for New Logo Design

Our startup project Coworkify is now looking for new logo design. We’ve held a contest at 99designs and we had more than a hundred logos submitted in 4 days. Cost we paid was $295 including various transaction fees and cut for platform holder. It’s just $3 for each design. Although quality of every logo varies a lot, it’s still huge time saving to us. If we were to produce a Read More...

Don’t Be Fooled by TechCrunch

Ryuichi Nishida, a writer at TechCrunch Japan, published this great post (in Japanese) warning the domestic entrepreneurs about taking the words directly out of TechCrunch without understanding fondamental differences between Japan and Silicon Valley. In his post he mentioned the below points often mistaken by the aspiring entrepreneurs so he gave thoughtful advises to them. 1) Far less acquisition activity in Japan (hence it is not a practical exit option.) Read More...

Having The Right Team At The Right Time

Fred Wilson wrote this great post few days ago about the management team at the first stage of startup, what he calls Product Building stage. Although number of team members and co-founders may vary depending on scale of your product, I personally had to go through the similar process recently and reduced our team size from 9 to 4 people as a result. A couple of weeks ago I heard from someone who attended the Read More...