One of the major factors for me in joining nextbeat was that I really related to the company’s vision and mission on a deeper level. As a father, I came to feel deeply connected to the population decline problem that Japan is facing, and I was strongly attracted to the CEO Seiji Mihara`s stance of confronting the population decline issue through vitalizing Japan by internet business. Further, with my experience in the interview process with the CTO, and having witnessed the level of advancement of technology for an engineering organization, combined with my past experience cultivating product development, cyber-security, and knowledge related to management, I believe that I can contribute to the further business growth of nextbeat, and contribute to the strengthening of the business foundation for the organization. Moreover, I was attracted to the good balance of the management here. Each division is well run by its own respective specialists who are able to make quick decisions while maintaining strong communication and synchronization among each other. I believe that by joining as both CIO, as well as VPoE, I can play a bigger part in the mission and take on a more impactful role. And on top of that, the management system here for engineers, such as implementing a four day work week, was a big point for me joining. I heard that the decision was made in just two weeks to introduce such a system, and I got the impression of a decisive speed in management and a culture of trusting engineers. I am excited about the future of engineers using such a system to acquire diverse knowledge and accelerate business.
I believe I can take pride in building a better world that I can pass on to my children’s generation. That’s what the vision and mission is about here at nextbeat. In order to achieve this goal, as the CIO and VPoE here, my role is divided into two main parts. On one hand it’s to build a solid infrastructure that will support the drive and scaling of business growth. On the other hand it’s to maximize the results within the organization. First, supporting the infrastructure is my mission as the CIO. For many businesses, to advance the speed and agility of the business requires systems and processes to support that advancement. And, along with the evolution of technology and business, information security is something that constantly needs to be attended to and maintained. From a technical perspective this means to build business and information systems as appropriate to the need, and to build a foundation that instills confidence in the members of the team who will drive the business growth. This means not only supporting business foundations, but maximizing the leveraging of technology and information, thus taking an active stance in improving the business. Secondly, the maximizing of results is my role as the VPoE. The engineers here at nextbeat have a professional mindset, and a high level technically, as well as keeping in mind and looking after the business side as well. The CTO completely leads the technological strategies of the organization. As the VPoE my role is to manage the maximization of those strategic results, through the optimization of the company as a whole, and through the improvement of productivity. And, I not only want to achieve better short term gains through optimization, but I also want to keep the bigger picture in mind and look to maximize the long term gains through the development and growth of the members here at nextbeat. And I think it is precisely because I am taking on the dual roles of both CIO and VPoE that I am able to take on the challenge of the comprehensive improvement of the business at the foundational and infrastructural level. For example, by being able to manage productivity from the sales side to the back office thoroughly and visualize and analyze the cost vs. benefit and return on investment, I can directly develop systems that can quantitatively measure performance and contributions, as well as facilitate the fusion of an agile development approach with security. For me this is an exciting challenge to take on.
My first professional career was as a tennis instructor. At the tennis school, students came to the school because they wanted to get better at tennis, have fun with their friends, and for a variety of differing reasons. In order to meet the demands of the students who were coming to the school, I developed the mindset of not thinking about what I did in my lesson, but what my students were gaining from my lesson. The same professional mindset that I developed as a tennis instructor is one that I carry with me now. In addition, it’s important to take interest in the work that you do no matter what it is. Looking back on my own experiences, although it was the most fun to work on challenges that I enjoyed, I was able to grow the most from working on challenges that I didn’t necessarily enjoy at the time. I was able to see the value in things that I had not before by trying new experiences, and from that value work became more enjoyable and interesting. Going forward as well, without forgetting the journey we have taken to get here, I would like to step foot into new and unknown territory with a spirit of adventure.
Nextbeat is a company that gives freedom along with responsibility. You have to learn to fly on your own when faced with problems that don’t always have a “right” answer, gain experience, analyze, and improve on that experience as part of a repeating process. We believe that the experience gained in such an environment is irreplaceable, becoming the source of overwhelmingly large amounts of personal growth and development. For engineers, it’s not only about creating an environment where they can exert their technical strength, but it’s also about creating an environment of questioning in what way have they contributed to the business, and questioning in what way have they contributed to the world, so for developers who are looking to grow as professionals, I think there is no better environment than this. For those who want to contribute to society while improving yourselves, I definitely want you to join us here at nextbeat.