When Emi Takemura graduated, the internet pretty much didn’t exist, and in her first job there was only one computer, and one email address. So how have we gone from there, to the current situation of more and more powerful computers and an explosion in connectivity?
That’s the question the Emi gave FEW members and guests an insight into at our November Monthly Meeting. She’s well-placed to help answer that question, as one of the co-founders of Peatix, an event ticket website and app, and co-founder of FutureEdu Tokyo. She now divides her time between tech and education, and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs to succeed.
Peatix launched right after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan, and at first tried to create social impact through technology, by supporting people who were setting up social events in stricken places such as Fukushima.
Emi brought up the question of why does tech matter? Why should we care? She touched on historical ‘tech’ developments such as the use of papyrus as a writing material, and the introduction of off-set printing in the 19th century. These techniques were all part of a technology shift, helping to distribute information more widely.
Tech has an exponential potential to help us live better, Emi said. She mentioned Moore’s Law, which predicted in the 1960s that computing would dramatically increase in power, and decrease in relative cost, and the concept of singularity, aka artificial super-intelligence triggering runaway technological growth, resulting in huge changes to human civilization!
On a more personal level, she discussed the innovator’s dilemma, i.e., how to create a product the strikes a balance between a good-enough feature set and creating a new market. When it comes to incubating innovation, finding the seed to plant is the most important thing, she said, following by rapid prototyping, which will help you experiment with different ideas, as well creating a feedback loop. That’s the kind of feedback an organization like FEW can help support.
February Strategic Partner News
Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners here! Our Strategic Partners are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. And go to our Strategic Partners page to learn more about all of FEW’s Strategic Partners, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services […]Published on 4th February 2018
February Community Services Feature: Disaster Relief with Peace Boat & PBV
What is Peace Boat? In October of last year, FEW Japan had the pleasure of welcoming three panelists to discuss multiculturalism in Japan. Among them, Angeli Narandran, International Coordinator of Peace Boat, spoke with the FEW ladies about how to create conversations and environments to foster multiculturalism in Japan. Ms. Narandran regaled us with the […]Published on 4th February 2018
January Meeting Recap: Reinvigoration & Reinvention: Color Your Life
Maud Janssen always has had a passion for clothes, shoes, accessories & make up, and making others beautiful. When she moved to Italy in 1999 she thought she had style, but then she started rubbing shoulders with Italian women, and felt like a farmer’s wife. She started to consider the question of how some women, […]Published on 31st January 2018
How I Got Here: Jodi Harris
Despite growing up in a small town in Texas, I always knew I would live overseas. I was the kid staring at maps, spinning globes and looking out at the field behind my house wondering what would happen if I just started walking into the horizon. My husband and I first lived in Japan during […]Published on 31st January 2018
Strategic Partner Spotlight: Find Your Element Workshop Founder Aya McCrindle
I was born to a half American, half Japanese mom and a Japanese dad, raised in Tokyo. When I was 27, I bought a model agency with my 2 sisters and another model in order to quit modeling. During this time, I increased the number of models from 4 to 50. I also expanded the existing […]Published on 31st January 2018
February Midweek Lunch Mixer
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering. This time, the mixer will be at Parisian-style salad bar, Citron, in Gaienmae!
Mentoring Moments Senpai Dinner: Mindfulness for Work, Life and Leadership
Join us for the first of our new Mentoring Moments Senpai Dinner series exclusively for FEW members! This month, Jodi Harris of World Tree Coaching, LLC., and Yoga Instructor and Holistic Wellness coach Ann-Katrin van Schie will answer questions on how to find balance and incorporate mindfulness into your daily professional and personal lives.
The Essence of Belly Dance
Join us for this interactive workshop where oriental dance instructor, Sara Amira, will take you on a journey of the origins of belly dance and help you rediscover your roots and spirit through movement and dance.
Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku
Join us as Megumi Ishimoto of NPO Women's Eye and Dr. Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist, share how diverse young women are serving as grassroots agents of progressive change in Tohoku as they #PressforProgess.