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Year: 2013

Startup Weekend Kyoto Kickoff

Startup Weekend Kyoto is officially kicking off. This time the SW event is happening in Fukuoka, Sendai, Okinawa, and all participants are eligible for larger Global Startup Battle. What’s even more exciting is a list of benefits given by the SW as below.

The Computer Science Education Fund

The Computer Science Education Fund

Although it’s not entirely required for startup entrepreneurs to learn how to program, I believe it’s a huge plus for them not only that they can more efficiently communicate with programmers and engineers but also that doing so could be the only choice to survive a crisis like CTO leaving. I really think this kind of movement is important and wish other cities follow the trend.

Startup Weekend Kyoto


Startup Weekend is coming to Kyoto again!

This time we’ll be giving discount to students. I will participate as a mentor (as always) so register and get your ticket at Doorkeeper now.

Startup Weekend Kyoto Nov 2013 – Schedule

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Nov 15
  •  Registration Starts
  •  Dinner & Networking
  •  Welcome & Speakers
  •  Pitches Start
  •  Attendees vote for the top ideas
  •  Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  •  Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 16
  •  Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  •  Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  •  Lunch
  •  Call for needs & skills
  •  Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  •  Dinner
  •  Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  •  Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 17
  •  Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  •  Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  •  Lunch
  •  Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  •  Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  •  Dinner
  •  Judging & awards
  •  Wrapup
  •  Go home!

If You Aren’t Technical, Get Technical

If You Aren’t Technical, Get Technical

I know a couple of non-technical founders who were forced to learn how to code when their CTO left company for unfortunate reasons. Those founders not only kept existing service up and running without any downtime but also rewrote code from scratch if necessary.

Some even did entire migration from on-premise hardware servers to AWS cloud just by himself, which includes Linux configuration, application deployment and so on. Again, those founders are not technical, but they did it anyway just to keep their company alive. So nothing is impossible.

SF Japan Night VI Semi-Finals

Attended SF Japan Night VI event held at Daiwa Conference Room. A list of startups that pitched is as follows.

My overall impression was that English presentation given by each startup got a whole lot better than previous SF Japan Night event where my startup Coworkify was chosen as a semi-finalist. Most of speakers were actually quite fluent in English and content of presentation was beyond my expectation.

I think it’s worth mentioning that there was a couple of hardware related startups like Fukushima Wheel, Fourbeat, Ring delivering good presentation. I see that’s one way Japanese startup really can show its strength and differentiate itself from competitors from the U.S. and Asia.