Monday Dec 15, 2008

Freesouls

It`s more than a little humbling to be featured in Joi Ito`s beautiful new book, Freesouls. I don`t know what to say, actually. It`s an honor. I believe in what Joi is doing for freedom, I learn from him and those around him, and I embrace the opportunities to contribute to a growing number of open communities around the world. Freedom. See Creative Commons here. See Joi`s blog here.

Thursday Nov 06, 2008

New Context Conference 2008: Day Two Photos

Here are some images from Day Two of the New Context Conference in Tokyo. Day One is here. Today`s conversations were excellent. Lots of discussion about new social and business networks and new applications for the mobile web. I especially liked the exploration of how western companies can do business in Japan, and how Japanese companies can expand in the U.S. throughout various market trends.

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

New Context Conference 2008: Day One Photos

I went to Day One of the New Context Conference in Tokyo today. The event was sponsored by Digital Garage and moderated by Joi Ito, and there was a great line up of speakers talking about doing business in an age of communities and open networks. Much of the conversation centered around Japan and the unique business and cultural issues here, but open networks are global so it was interesting to see Japan in that international context. The panel sessions were filled with huge content for web entrepreneurs, participants in social networks, and open content junkies. And the discussions were very comprehensive, too. Most panels just bounce along the surface, but these guys dug deep. Very impressive. Here are a few images ...

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New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008

New Context Conference 2008 New Context Conference 2008
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Tuesday Aug 05, 2008

Breaking into the Japanese Market

Two really good references about the difficulties of breaking into the Japanese market. Hint: it's hard.
Some obvious keys are to work with local partners, build specifically to engage the culture and language, and stick it out for the long run. Some humility helps, too. Japan takes time. It's not the same as California.

Sunday Jan 27, 2008

Japan: Time to Change?

Japan and its GDP: "It's really no wonder we're having a hard time getting attention in Japan." -- Joi Ito

I agree. And these trends argue for sweeping changes in Japan. I mean, really. If not now, when? I would love to hear anyone argue that nothing ought to change on this island. To me, all of these global economic trends are wonderful opportunities for the Japanese to grow in new ways. Bottom line: Japan will change or it will be changed. Period.

Wednesday Dec 26, 2007

Stagnation Leading to Revolution?

In Japan, Stagnation Wins Again -- "Maybe it’s time for a revolution." -- Joi Ito

Sunday Nov 25, 2007

A Portrait

Joi Ito shoots some really beautiful portraits. He snapped one of me the other day, which is humbling to say the least. I quite like it, though, which is rare. I'd rather shoot than be shot, believe me. There are a lot of snap shots of me floating around, but this is probably the only portrait since high school.
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