I’m Taeko Takahashi from RGF Professional Recruitment Japan. As a Consultant, I specialize in supporting mid-career Frontend Engineers and Designers who are looking to change their jobs.
From the 15th to 16th of November 2018, I got the chance to participate in TechCrunch Tokyo 2018 held in Shibuya Hikarie. Since I had been wanting to catch up with the latest web trends, this was an event that I had been looking forward to attending for so long.
The big hall of Hikarie was packed while the event hall specifically hosted talks and competitions for entrepreneurs and startups. There was always a good flow of spectators even up until the very last stage of the competitions.
Among these activities, the one I was most excited about was a presentation by Mr. Yusuke Horie, the President of Dely Corporation, who was included in Forbes Asia’s “30 Under 30”.
Dely Co. is a start-up company responsible for the highly successful Kurashiru, which produces short and captivating cooking videos. These quick and easy videos are extremely helpful as they show the recipe along with a detailed step-by-step visualization of the entire cooking process.
Despite the rapid growth, Mr. Horie still believes that SEO strategies are essential if the videos want to hit the top spot on search results. In order to meet this goal without losing part of their shareholdings, the company decided to become an affiliate for Yahoo.
The company is determined to continue expanding both regionally and globally in the next 20 years to become a 1-trillion-yen company. Whether you are a one-time user of Kurashiru or a Recruitment Consultant, it is important to keep an eye out for the company.
Along with Dely Co. Ltd, there were many other startups that participated in TechCrunch Tokyo 2018. It was such a rare opportunity to have had the chance to speak with different companies about their products, services, business structure, and management.
One thing that I thought was impressive about this year’s TechCrunch Tokyo was the fact that participants were able to communicate with each other prior to the actual event. They also allowed the participants to have a 15-minute meeting on the day of the event.
That day, I got the chance to talk to four engineers. In the meeting room, tables were specifically designed for this purpose, making it easy and comfortable for everyone to interact with each other. I hope this open meet-up model will continue to be utilized in their future events.
What is so appealing about the web industry is that small companies can potentially grow into unicorns in a span of just a few years because of their exceptional products and services. It is exciting to think that one out of the many companies in TechCrunch Tokyo could potentially be the next Google or Facebook.
I have so much respect for engineers who create such products and services. If you are an engineer who aspires to create your own projects and achieve great success in a highly competitive yet exciting industry, please do not hesitate to contact us.