Archive for February, 2012

Join the Dojo, the gateway to Japan in SV

Posted on 29. Feb, 2012 by in Japan


Presented by Btrax, we had great event for called Business Dojo. (FYI: Dojo means a school to train Karate by the way.)




Over 60 Japanese participants gathered in Citizen Space, networking and listening to the insightful lecture on hiring talented person in US by Ms. Rochelle Kopp, Executive Vice President of GlobalBridgeHR.

Business Dojo is a monthly event which aims to share the business knowledge, enhance the business skills, and network with entrepreneurial-minded Japanese. All the event was in Japanese but they might have English speaking event in the future to shuffle the Japanese community.

Next Dojo will be held in March 27th, welcoming Mr. Yoshi Akiba, the founder of Yoshi’s jazz club! Don’t miss it!


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Go Fund Yourself! FailChats

Posted on 28. Feb, 2012 by in blog, Coworking, Events, Funding, SOMA, Startups

Last night over 70 people gathered to hear a panel moderated by Charles Hudson, a Venture Partner with SoftTech VC, talk about their experience bootstrapping, learning the importance of accountability, deciding what were the important metrics of success, and how to survive when things don’t go as well as hoped.

Christine Herron, Director with Intel Capital, Trevor Cornwell, the founder and CEO of appbackr inc., Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of IndieGoGo, and George Revutsky, the founder and CEO of MyNextCustomer all spoke eloquently about their experience.

We learned that mom can be the best angel investor when you need to get through that little hump, but be sure your arrangement has clear terms. We learned about risk, and the importance of maintaining strong relationships both personally and professionally.

Check out the photos on our facebook page, and look out for our next FailChat in the coming months!!




Part Time Copywriter Needed- GGJETT.COM

Posted on 18. Feb, 2012 by in blog, Coworking,, Internships, Jobs, SOMA, Startups

Company: GG Jett
Title: Copywriter
Category: Internet/Online/New Media
Job Type: Full Time
Location: San Francisco, Ca


We’re looking for hardworking, enthusiastic and talented editors / copywriters who can take direction easily and willingly.
You will be required to:

Do extensive product research, be pro-active and enthusiastic about retrieving detailed product information and present it accurately.
“Sell” products in writing without using marketing cliches and platitudes.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  1. You need to be an excellent writer who can turn in clean, entertaining and informative copy at a very high pace.
  2. You need to be willing to work hard (sometimes on weekends), think independently and be devoted to help create the best design sale site possible on the web.
  3. You must have impeccable grammar skills.
  4. You must be passionate about design.

Editorial writing experience (online or paper magazines or newspapers) is preferred.
We are particularly interested in writers with experience in the following areas: children’s toys, furniture and clothing.

SharedDesks, UX Focused Coworking Space Finder

Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 by in blog, Coworking, Designers, Internships, Japan, Startups

Out of the 1320 co-working spaces worldwide, it is very difficult to find your best match. SharedDesks will definitively be your help of searching the best fit efficiently, and elegantly. Among of many other directory services, it stands out with its sophisticated design(click the picture below to see), enables users to find the nearest co-working space.

I had a chance to interview Mr. Kia Rahmani, the CEO of this service. So I started off with a naïve question, “why is it so cool?”. He kindly answered to me by saying “it’s not about design, it’s all about user experience”. I could feel his passion toward listening to the users since first thing he said, before even starting the interview, was “so let’s hear your feedback of our service”. Of course this stylish service can not be made only by the user’s feedback. In order to perfect it’s usability, 40% of their staffs are working on UX, UI, and design.


Kia is running co-working space of his own in Vancouver and seeing whole dynamic movement of co-workers. He claims that those nomad workers are moving one place to another, seeking for 3 values; Efficiency, sharing, and opportunity. I’m sure SharedDesks will become a platform which accelerate this movement and lead all the co-workers to optimized workplace.

I think you see the word “alpha” on upper left corner of its website. It means there is lot more to come such as exciting new features and updates! Can’t wait for the Beta version? then your feedback will surely help accelerates and sharpens its product!



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Coworkify: Job market for co-workers in the world!

Posted on 09. Feb, 2012 by in Coworking, Internships, Japan, SOMA, Startups

Co-working spaces are filled with two Ts. Tasks and Talent. What if we you could buy and sell these two Ts with all the co-workers in the world? Anew Facebook app called Coworkify is aiming to do just that. This app, developed by Japanese team, creates a job market place for co-workers, allowing users to post wills and wants.

Wills: Post your skill or talent and how much you’re charging.

Wants: Post your request for help and how much you’re willing to pay.

Coworkify will only allow access to users who are actually a using co-working space. This creates a link and trust between users.

If you don’t understand my poor English, just watch this video :)

video of Coworkify



I addition to those features, the owner of a co-working space can use this app as a Co-worker Relationship Management(CRM) tool.

It all started from Coworkify winning the grand prize at Startup Weekend Kyoto 2011. Now co-working spaces from all over the world are reaching out to them, waiting for its launch. Citizen Space is one of them too!

So sign up for Coworkify for more update from here! They are also looking for partner co-working spaces to test their beta version.

My first post on Coworkify will probably be … “I will teach you how to speak Japanese in Citizen Space for 10,000yen!”  um, anybody?!


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