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Interview] Taking on challenges without quitting your day job! New Normal Working Style: Participating in the Zero Ichi Phase as a Compound Business while Earning Compensation

Start-ups need executive personnel who can respond to the necessary phases in a timely manner in order to speedily resolve issues that arise from time to time and promote corporate growth. The reality, on the other hand, is that startups often face dilemmas in securing executive-level personnel, such as "we want to keep hiring costs down" or "the scope of work is too small to request a full-time position. In addition, even if they are interested in a start-up, as long as it involves a certain number of risks, it is a great waste that many talented people remain at large companies, unable to make a career change. I wonder if there is a solution that will lead to a breakthrough for both parties.
We asked people who have changed jobs from large companies to start-ups to share their honest feelings about the struggles they faced when changing jobs and the reality of working for a start-up company today.

Introduction of Speakers

Mr. Takumi Kato: Tokyo Metro → Omatsuri Japan Co.
Takahiro Obara: ITOCHU Corporation → Customer Success Leader, Automotive Division, ZEALS Corporation
Daigo Fukumoto: Pharmaceutical company → Senior analytics, overseas startup in Japan
Tamae Hoshino: NEC Group Company → COO/Senior Consultant, Pronoia Group K.K.

1. why? Why did you move from a large company to a start-up?
2. what's really going on? Expanding careers in startups
3. what are your future prospects? Is there an option to return to a large company?
4. envy! About the environment where you can try parallel or multiple jobs.

Why? Why did I move from a large company to a startup?

Why did you decide to move from a large company to a start-up?

Kato:When I was in charge of an accelerator program sponsored by Tokyo Metro, I felt the "fun of taking on challenges" from my experience of working with startups. On the other hand, I was also troubled by the "risk of abandoning stability" of quitting a company where I had prepared to work for the rest of my life.

How did you deal with the balance between challenge and risk? How did you deal with the balance between challenge and risk?

Kato:Yes, the way I overcame this was by talking to many people outside the company. By talking to people who actually work at startups, I was able to imagine myself in a positive light.

How about you, Mr. Hoshino? What made you change jobs?

Hoshino:I started thinking about changing jobs when I went on stage with the president of my current company. When he asked me, "Who are you?
"What is your mission?"
"What do you value and what do you bring to the world?"
That's when I asked myself, "What is the best time for me to take on this challenge? If I was going to take on a challenge, I thought it was the last time I was old enough to do so.

Mr. Obara, did you consider the risks? How did you find the courage to change jobs?

Obara:I thought a lot about the risks. I thought about it, but in the end, it all came down to how excited I was to meet the current president.

Excitement is the strongest driving force, isn't it?

Expand your career at a startup

How was it actually working at the startup?

Obara:The biggest change in my mindset is that I now enjoy worrying about my work. Before, I used to think about how to detect and avoid risks in advance so that I would not have to worry, but I now think "how can I solve my problems?
I believe that the key to success for a startup is to "know the risks and go out and grab what lies ahead.

Hoshino:When I moved to a start-up company, the first thing I noticed was that the company's systems were not in place. Finance, accounting, human resources... I felt like I had to do everything just to see what it was like. After I changed jobs, I was allowed to really do a lot of things, but in a good way.

In a large company, the organization and roles are tied to each other, so it is natural to get angry if you do things the wrong way. In a startup, on the other hand, you don't get the right answer in one shot, but rather you have to do your own trial and error, tuning in, experimenting, and making more choices as you are forced to do so by necessity.

I can say that this is the interesting thing about startups.

Hoshino:Yes, I do. I believe it's about "whether or not you can be amused by a world where there is no right answer." I enjoy being given the opportunity to explore.

What are your future prospects? Is there an option to return to a large company?

I'd like to ask you all, when you think about your careers, do you have any desire to return to a major company in the future?

Yes. It could be a "yes." I think that large companies are naturally better capitalized, so if what I want to do matches the opportunity, I think it could be possible.

Kato:Me...I think I may have a body that I can't go back to lol. Maybe the stimulation and excitement that only a startup can provide suits my skin.

Envy! About an environment where you can try parallel or multiple jobs.

Creww has been selected by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) for its "SHIFT (x)" program, which is designed to "SHIFT (x)" human resources from major companies into the startup ecosystem. We provide a service called "CXO Launchpad," a system that allows people from major companies to take on the challenge of managing startups to solve their problems as a "double job" without quitting their jobs.

Obara:I would have used it if it had been available. I feel that it would be a bold game.

Hoshino:It is definitely possible! However, I think it is important to have a CXO experience that you are truly prepared to complete, so that "having a place to return to" does not become a guarantee and inhibit you from taking on bold challenges.

For example, if you completed a six-month CXO experience, what do you think you could take back home and contribute to the company?

Hoshino:I think there is. After all, a startup has a sense of speed and is empowered to make decisions, so I think you can experience a different way of working than a large company that follows a process. I think there are a lot of things you can take home with you.

Fukumoto:I, too, appreciate an environment where I can take on challenges without taking too many risks.

Kato:I really envy this system. I would have definitely used it too.
Even if you feel you want to try something new or have something bothering and bothering you, changing jobs is a hurdle. In this respect, this system will be a plus for both you and the company, even if you change jobs to a startup after completing the experience, or even if you remain at a major company.

That is certainly true. There are many talented people who are employed by large companies, but are not able to exercise their abilities due to the limited number of positions available. The opportunity to exercise one's abilities in a place close to management is very valuable.


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July 8, 2021
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She has been working as a freelance writer at PORT by Creww since 2020.
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