Extreme Hanami

Andrew Shuttleworth and Paul Papadimitriou organized an event cerebrating cherry blossom in bloom, Extreme Hanami and was crawling five spots in Tokyo.

Participants were walking and feeling the atmosphere, and reporting it on Flickr and qik.   At final phase of the event, I joined the team at Yasukuni Shrine.

Feel a little bit cold and rainy.    I wish we could get off more and there could be many Hanami event here and there.

You can check out the event at Extreme Hanami.

Tokyo CGM Night – The 3rd

Super blogger Danny Choo from mirai.fm and Andrew Shuttleworth organizing tokyo2point0 jointly held the the third night of “Tokyo CGM Night”.

Danny Choo at Tokyo CGM Night - The 3rd

Sponsored by: smart.fm (previously known as iKnow!)

They have planned to hold it at a cafe restaurant in Aoyama, but the intended  attendees exceed 200 people, and they were forced to change the venue to another cafe in Harajuku having enough capacity.

Andrew made so many efforts to arrage it.   Appreciate his job.

As you can imagine from the title of the event, it’s a meet-up for the people from various business categories including CGM (consumer Generated Media) related developers and users.

Tokyo is the great city, I believe.   Because, we have a great community gathering such a great number of people.

Viral marketing (by word-of-mouth) will contribute to promote our new products and new services than the mass-media advertising can do.

Here is the short introduction of Danny Choo.

Notice: Dave McClure’s Seminar to be held on Dec. 19th

I got an e-mail announcing an event from Andrew Shuttleworth or tokyo2point0’s organizer.

He hosts a seminar in Shibuya for those who are interested in launching tech start-up.   Dave McClure, who is an advisor for several web2.0 start-ups and an angel investor at Founders Fund, will have a lecture there.


Simultaneous interpretation to Japanese available.   Admission fee is 10,000 yen.

Unfortunately I cannot be there to listen in, because I’m drawing at a work in the year-end.

I get e-mails from many U.S. entrepreneuers, they say unanimously:

   “We should launch start-up and start business in such a downturn time indeed.”

Even U.S. big three autos are getting harder to survive in these days, however, anyone who starts something new would be admired in any day.

Defeat recession, and I wish more Internet start-ups would be born in 2009 as well.

Meeting Two Andrews

I visited Cerego Japan’s office in Shibuya, and Mr. Andrew Shuttleworth, co-organizer of a Tokyo-based monthly event “tokyo2point0”, introduced me to Mr. Andrew Smith Lewis, founder of the company.

When Cerego Japan released an application called “BrainSpeed” around the beginning of this year,  I covered a story about their language learning site “iKnow!” in my serial column of Fuji Sankei Business-i Newspaper.   But this time, I got so impressed with a new style of learning languages one another by the contents created by the users themselves, and the new type of advertising based business model that I’ve never heard of.

(Right) Andrew Smith Lewis, Founder of Cerego Japan
(Left)  Andrew Shuttleworth, Organizer of tokyo2point0

Cerego Japan won an award called “DEMOgods” at a tech conference “DEMO”, which was held in the 2nd week of last month, I could not witness it because I was in San Francisco to attend Tech Crunch 50.

I’m looking forward to iKnow’s new features coming soon.


CNET Japan covers iKnow! and Cerego Japan in detail.