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Advice on Starting a Business Your Own Way (Entrepreneurship Speaker Series)

2016-12-13 (Tue) 18:00 - 19:30

For the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series lecture on December 13, we've invited KIROKU Takeshi, member of the first class of Softbank Academia gathering attention as a standard-bearer for the sharing economy. He is currently developing a service in Kamakura that matches inbound travelers with people in Japan in order to provide them with an enjoyable sightseeing experience. Mr. Kiroku will speak with us according to the following agenda:

(1) Self-introduction
• What he has done
• An overview of Huber. and its current projects

(2) The start of Huber.
• An encounter with Principal SON Masayoshi
• Meeting a number of colleagues through disaster relief activity
• An encounter with Airbnb

(3) When you're lost, look into the distance
• What will society be like in 2045?
• The potential of sharing economy projects
• "Community Businesses" will change the world

(4) Important points when starting a business
• Choosing a job that will become your life's work
• Starting a business just with the emotions that well up inside of you
• Thinking hard about whether or not many people will be happy with your business
• Looking for two colleagues to start
• How to overcome all kinds of pressure

(5) What kind of company would he likes Huber. to become?
• A hub to connect people and society
• A company that continues to show its appeal
• A place when one can make the most of one's individuality on one's own will

Those who want to learn more about Softbank Academia, those who are interested in sightseeing services for inbound travelers and regional revitalization, or those who just want to live an interesting life are all welcome to attend.

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Advice on Starting a Business Your Own Way


KIROKU Takeshi (President, Huber. Inc.)

Date and Time:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 18:00 ~ 19:30


Seminar Room D, 2F, General Education Building I, Toyonaka campus, Osaka University

Lecture Overview:

Maximizing encounters between people through the latest ICT technology and service design that captures people's subtleties. Creating an infrastructure of the hearts of people who will live in a new era. That's the mission of Huber. Huber.'s first endeavor is the "TOMODACHI GUIDE." This is a platform service that pairs visitors to Japan from all over the world who are looking for a unique, local experience with university student guides who are looking for international exchange. The biggest goal of Huber. is to create worldwide friendships through travel.

Huber. was started in April 2015 in Kamakura, Japan. Currently, the company has procured a total of 100 million yen of funding. While starting up his business and realizing collaboration with leading infrastructure business people and governing bodies, in order to establish the Sharing Economy Association and solve the problems facing the tourism-country of Japan, he appealed the relaxing of regulations and greatly contributed to the abolition of monopoly of business by licensed guides in April 2017.

Start ups are about creating a new future by your own hand. And in order to carve a path into the unknown future, the most important thing one needs is unshakeable determination. How did I find this unshakeable determination for myself? I'll tell you through actual experiences of my own.

Personal history of the speaker:

2004 - Entered Softbank BB Corp. (Management, HR)
2010 - Established Yotsuba Production, Inc., and becomes Director (Management, New Project Development)
2011 - Enters first class of external students at Softbank Academia
• Performs disaster relief support as personal activity
• Planning and promotion of the Yahoo! FUKKO [Reconstruction] Department Project
• Production of GO OUT CAMP in Inawashiro
2013 - Becomes main planner of Softbank Healthcare Service
2014 - Becomes project manager of Big Data Project at Dentsu, Inc.
2015 - Established Huber. Inc., becomes President and CEO


MATSUYUKI Terumasa (Associate Professor, Osaka University)

How to Apply:

Please send an email entitled "KIROKU Lecture" with (1) your name, (2) your affiliation, and (3) your email address to the email address listed below.

This lecture is open to the public and free to attend.

For inquiries:

Please contact

Date: 2016-12-13 (Tue) 18:00 - 19:30
Organizer: Osaka University EDGE Program
Sponsored: Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka University; Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University
Venue: Seminar Room D, 2F, General Education Building, Toyonaka campus, Osaka University
Registration: Registration by email is required for this seminar.
Contact: Osaka University EDGE Program

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