Retired from Mixi Inc.

Suddenly, I retired from Mixi Co., Ltd. To be exact, it is enrolled until the end of this month, and now it is a small period of paid digestion.

We apologize for the fact that we would like to report directly to the people who have taken care of us and to everyone who supported us.

I have been consistently involved in platform development for about two and a half years after joining Mixi in February 2009. We started out the mixi app mobile because we were originally involved in the development of the gumi Platform. At that time, social apps for PCs were already popular in overseas SNS, but there was no other example that could be realized on mobile, and it was a very challenging job because it was literally a start from nothing. With the release of the mixi app, Mixi’s PV, which seemed to be stagnant, has risen dramatically (*) , and subsequent mobage and GREE have entered the market, and I know that the current social app boom has come. It is street.

Mixi also wrote a program in Perl, but mainly designed the architecture. In addition to the mixi app, we designed the mixi SDK for Android and the web app platform for smartphones. I can’t write details, but both have a slightly different essence. In particular, the latter web application platform for smartphones is ahead of Facebook’s current direction, and it will be more important in the future, so I’m looking forward to the future.

One of the things I personally liked about the popularity of social app platforms is that the importance of Japanese engineers has increased. Until then, a lot of traffic was limited to some huge sites such as Yahoo! and mixi. Even if a venture company started with a few people, if the app was good, it attracted a lot of attention. For example, a typical website takes a year and the number of members is only about 50,000, but social apps often reach 1 million users in a week. To get that much traffic, you need the right technical skills, and talented engineers have come in handy. I think that the number of job openings for engineers has increased in the last few years, and that treatment has improved considerably. In that sense, I think that the work that we did could leave a certain footprint in the Japanese IT industry.

Now, when I talk about Mixi employees, I have the impression that there are a lot of people who are particularly excellent and human beings compared to other companies that I have worked with. The other day, I had my own farewell party, but even though I quit without permission, Mr. Kasahara and Mr. Harada sent me to nearly 50 people. There was only a social networking company, and there were many things that were active in the company’s circle, and my hobby camera was the first thing that allowed me to merge into the company’s circle. I’m really grateful for your warm welcome.

Now, why would you quit in such a good environment? The reason for retirement is “because I want to do the next new thing”. Specifically, I would like to create a flow in Japan where excellent engineers start up more and more like the United States.

The other day, it was a hot topic that Instagram was run by only four people, but that is exactly what we can do now. Thanks to the cloud, you can start with minimal resources without purchasing a server. And for smartphones, native apps are in full swing. Processing can be left to the client side, and almost no server resources are required. In a few years, smartphones will return to the Web, so now is a great time to start a business.

So, now I am preparing for the establishment of a new company. In order to create a flow for engineers to start up more and more, I would like to move forward with unfounded self-confidence. I’ll start with a few friends at first, but I want to increase the number of engineers at the time of funding. If you are interested, please contact us directly at the email address on the right.

I would like to take care of those who have taken care of them so far, but thank you in the future.