Dinner with Jason Calacanis and Influensive Bloggers

Founder of human powered search engine “Mahalo”, and also co-founder of Tech Crunch 50, Jason Calacanis is now in Tokyo, I was invited to his dinner party.

Mr. Umihiko Namekawa and Mr. Nobuo Takahashi, translators of TechCrunch Japanese Edition,
Dan Kogai, a well-known blogger as well as former CTO of Livedoor,
Mr. Motohiko Tokuriki from Agile Media Network,
Masato Kogure authoring famous blog “Netaful”, Mr. Masaki Ishitani from blog “Mitaimon”,
and Mr. Serkan Toto, Tech Crunch writer.

Everyone is witnessed often on the blogosphere.

I’ve posted several stories to Asiajin, I saw its organizer Akky Akimoto there for the first time.

One of TechCrunch translators, Takahashi-san gave me his brandnew book translated by him.

It was written by the founders of a San Francisco-based consulting firm “Adaptive Path”, and they’re famous as inventing the terms such as “Ajax” and “blog”.      I started reading it and I will post my comment on that later.

We did split the bill there, Kogai-san did not have enough amount of Japanse yen to pay, he looked so cheerful and paid in Euro instead.

Last weekend, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi-UFJ stopped their teller machines nationwide due to the maintenance for large-scale scheduled system migration, I was not able to withdraw my money from my account, it causes lacks of Japanese yen in my wallet as well.   Only U.S. Dollar and Korean Won left.

Live Stream by iPhone Alone

When I was participating Tech Crunch 50 in San Francisco last month, I found a cute Chinese-American girl at an exhibitor’s booth.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a shot with her then, but she explained qik, an innovative cellphone stream-casting service.

She said “So far you may not use qik application unless your iPhone jail broken. But may I have your business card for future notice?”

That’s why I dropped her my card.

This week I got a custom-made qik iPhone app from them (I think it would be only for TechCrunch 50 attendees), which can be installed onto jail-unbroken iPhone, actually I did. And I ran it on my way to home.

It realizes about 250kbps uplink throughput at average, in the bus travelling as fast as 50 kilometers an hour.

Its motion comes up smoothly. You may bring a live streaming with an iPhone device alone. Both visual and audio quality are not so bad.

Because qik may cause overload to cellphone network and cellphone carriers claimed it to Apple, qik application is not available at iPhone AppStore. Then I found an interview of Mr. Miyakawa, Softbank Mobile’s CTO.


Softbank Mobile will start discount sales of Planex WiFi routers in order to reduce the traffic of the company’s cellphone 3G network, but I think they had better distribute FON routers for free instead. And if they distribute it together with Yahoo BB’s ISP contract, they earn the money in an entire company group, although cellphone carrier and ISP are different Softbank’s subsidiaries.

Let me say it again, qik is a completely good work. When we watch TV live programs covering F1 car race championships, we see live pictures by “on-board camera” which is embedded in running cars. Similarly, how about marathon runner’s neck-hanging iPhone with qik application? It enables livecasting at the level of athlete’s sights as TV watchers would be running together with, and it gains a sense of really being there.

If a number of runners use qik with iPhone at huge events like Tokyo Marathon and Oume Marathon, for instance, it would be very interesting as social movements, but Softbank Mobile will give up to keep the service availability.

I wonder if IBM’s WiFi handover technologies would be spread over more in the near future to solve the problem.

Tech Crunch 50 – Day 3 & Y! & Seesmic Parties

Anyway I’m so impressed TechCrunch Japanese translates rapidly. Is it natural because English-to-Japanese translation experts are doing that? The following picture is the editorial staffs of TechCrunch (original), who are writing in real time with seeing the presentations. Great job!

The first prize at Tech Crunch went to Yammer, the service for asking “what are you working on?” among employees in a company, what is called the business edition of “Twitter”.

I found so many wonderful services other than the first prize winner, chosen one was a little bit anticlimactic because it’s a sort of normal one and Twitter-like finally.

As panelists mentioned, the service that they want to use personally, the service that they want to invest in, and the service that can earn much money — all are different, they could not choose which one was absolutely the best as well.

Good Guide was not awarded, but highly evaluated by the panelists at the Day 3 presentations.

Good Guide’s founder got to worry about the object that his daugher spreaded over her skin, which triggered launching the service that integrates information of harmful materials contained various groceries surrounding us from laboratories worldwide, and allows us to retrive it.

GoodGuide does not use complicated technologies, but I learned again there’s a business opportunity where we have unxiaties and inconveniences in daily life.

Closing party was sponsored by Yahoo! A cocktail you can see below is named “Yahootini” and colored in purple because of their corporate color.

Then I moved to a club called “330 Ritch”, it was chartered by Seesmic, a movie Twitter-like service, they sponsored and hosted a party there.

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I think Seesmic does not make much profit so far. It was launched by Mr. Loic Le Meur, who came down to Silicon Valley and persuade individual fund-raisers to give the start-up money for Seesmic, just only with its vision and idea (without service prototype).

I found it important again that the founder, the company founded or the service provided should be loved both by its investers and by its users.

Finally, announcement from me.

Impress Business Media starts publishing monthly magazine titled “IT Leaders” this month (September).

I’m intend to contribute the report of TechCrunch 50 with my point of view, which is on next month’s issue (October) of the magazine.

The magazine can be subscribed free of charge (controlled circulation), I recommend you to apply for the subscription if you’re interested.

You may go to subscription application form by clicking the cover picture above.)

Tech Crunch 50 – Day 2

Thanks to Tech Crunch staffs who have been making efforts over night, Internet connection is greatly improved today.

They fired the previous vendor, changed WiFi infrastructure, and added wired connection facilities for audiences.

I think the company which made us most excited today was “sekai camera” by tonchidot.

When we take a picture with a camera embeded on iPhone, the application installed finds information associated with the objects in the picture taken. You need not type-in any keyword to retrive something.

Tim O’reilly and Jason Calacanis questioned to Mr. Takahito Iguchi, the company’s CEO, “Imagine when a new building is appeared or the existing building is disappeared, or when images taken changing frequently, should the information associated with every object in the picture be modified manually?”, responding to that, Mr. Iguchi repeated “That’s our patent” and “let’s do it together”, which made the audiences in an uproar.

For a couple of days since today, “tonchi” will be a keyword calling for big laughs, only in a part of San Francisco.

If my memory is correct, Mr. Iguchi was formerly running a company providing the service enabling publishing uploaded stories in paper-printed form. When I had a chance to see him on another business of mine, I was so impressed with his unique and interesting character, and it still remains in my mind.

His character remains pretty good, and was accepted even on the frontline of Web2.0, San Francisco as well.

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Tech Crunch 50 – Day 1

The first day of Tech Crunch 50 was ended.

I uploaded some of pictures taken to my Flickr Set.

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I put here some of them, pretty cool.

Everyone celebrated Marissa Mayer’s birthday.
Just after she announced new feature of Google News Archive, which is they starts degitalization of paper-printed newspapers.

Michael Arrington’s dad and His dog Laguna Arrington.

Jason Calacanis and His dog.

After now, there’s a party sponsored MySpace, which starts 9pm.

I’m going there soon.

Notice: Tech Crunch 50 Live Coverage

I’ll leave Tokyo for Tech Crunch 50 soon.

I covered the previous event on Sankei Newspaper. (Find my name with the link to my article in the middle.) This year I’m intend to write about it in depth on another paper.

By the way, as well as reporting on paper, I would like to bring you live broadcast from the venue (right here on this page).

I cannot keep having seated and listening to the presentations all the time, thus I cannot keep broadcasting the event from start to end (someone else will do that), but at least I try to bring you live the first session and Michael Arrington’s keynote speech in the first-day’s evening.

Enjoy it then.



As Michael Arrington aplogized at the top of the conference, Wi-Fi connection in the venue works not well.   Please enjoy the live broadcast by the conference organizer instead.

(This must be much more clear.)



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