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October 2007 Archives

Enjin01 talk to Jr. High School students in Yamagata »

Students of Nagai Minami Jr. High School Several years ago I helped start a non-profit organization in Japan called Enjin01. The leader of the organization is Shigeaki Saegusa, a sometimes crazy, but a very giving, thoughtful and inspired person. He collected a number of notable people and called out to a diverse group of "cultural figures" including company executives, writers, architects, actresses, educators, academics, artists, political figures and musicians. The group is now about 100+. We have annual meetings where we visit a region of Japan and work closely with the local community to produce a volunteer, free-of-charge event...

Hello Kitty »

I've just joined the board of directors of Sanrio Digital based in Hong Kong, which among other things does the online stuff for Hello Kitty. It's a joint venture between Sanrio and Typhoon Games which is run by my good friend Yat Siu. A full press release is on their blog. I am now reachable at joi (at) hellokitty.com. ;-) UPDATE: You can see the various services we are providing already at Sanriotown. You can get your free Hello Kitty email address there too....

Enjoying PhotoPhlow »

Still early stage but very well done. Enjoying PhotoPhlow a lot. Reminds me of proto-Flickr. Set up a #joiito PhotoPhlow channel there and hanging out when I'm free. For now it appears that they will shoot you an invite if you sign up on the site. Kudos to iMorpheus for the invite....

Otetsudai Networks »

Screen showing all of the peopleavailable to work on a map. Last week I met Mr. Sunagawa from LocationValue Inc. that runs Otetsudai Networks. Otetsudai Networks is a very cool service that is one of these "perfect for Japan" things. Because of the advanced aging population and the tendency for many of the younger generation to not be in a hurry to lock down full-time jobs, businesses are having an increasingly more difficult time filling posts - so much so that some businesses are having to close down, not because of lack of business, but purely because they can't...

A conversation about altruism »

Philipp and I had a conversation about altruism as a follow-on to a bunch of posts he done on the iCommons.org site. I end up rambling on and don't give him much of a chance to talk, but it was fun. Check out other posts on the site and let me know what you think about my theory of altriusm. ;-)philipp (South Africa) on iCommons.orgThe role of altruism in the digital commons Listen to Joi Ito and Philipp Schmidt discuss altruism, the economic man, the difference between happiness and pleasure, carriers of compassion, and that being a happy sharer yourself,...

Kara Swisher being tricky and funny again »

Kara Swisher is one of the smartest, funniest and sometimes cruelest journalists I know. She is a co-host of the Wall Street Journal All Things Digital conference with Walt Mossberg. For a variety of reasons she's having a hard time getting an interview with Jerry Yang. She discovered that "Lunch with Jerry Yang" is the prize from DonorsChoose.org Bloggers Challenge for the bloggers who inspire the most readers to give. To participate/give, just go to the AllThingsD page on the DonorsChoose site. So... in addition to loving Kara, I also owe her for introducing me to cool people and letting...

Tallinn »

Mart explaining architecture I just returned from a trip to Tallinn where I completed the paperwork to invest in GuardTime, an electronic archive and log authentication system using cryptographic time stamps. The idea was developed by the founder of the company, Märt Saarepera and his collegues in Estonia when Mart was in Japan. Mart started out as an academic and a researcher, but became an entrepreneur in residence at my company Neoteny back when we were still incubating businesses. At the time, our team thought that the business was too early and passed on the investment and Mart set...

Larry talks about corruption »

Larry on Danish TV talking about his new work on stopping corruption and why corruption is the root of many of our most significant problems....

My new folding fixie from Bike Friday »

I just got my fixed-gear folding bike from Bike Friday. It's based on their Pocket Rocket Pro frame, but instead of the normal gear system, it has a simple single gear. There are various kinds of "fixies". Some some have brakes and some have a gear on the other side which allows you to flip the back rim so you have two gears, although switching gears involves removing the back rim. Because of the mechanics of a folding bike, the dropout where back rim mounts into the frame is slightly different from a normal fixie, but in principle it...

Shibuya in the morning »

Shibuya Center Gai I spent High School in Japan. I lived in Shibuya and went to The American School in Japan in Chofu. I grew up in Shibuya. Back then, in the early 80's, Shibuya was a hot area of Tokyo. Brands like Van Jacket, Domon, Jun, etc. and the "Shibuya Casual" or "shibukazi" scene were getting a lot of attention. Shibuya was full of bars, clubs, restaurants, clothing shops and places to just hang out on the street. As a teenager, I spent a lot of time "on the street" buying liquor from vending machines, chasing rats and...
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