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All of these services, including planning, design, programming, and management, are created and released by the company's representative, Mr. Yamamoto.
*This article is reprinted from an article published in CREW MAGAZINE on April 28, 2016.
InstantTeam" responds to the desire to create something with someone else.
- Just recently you released InstantTeam on April 5, 2016. Congratulations and thank you for your support.
Thank you. Instant Team is a new community service that loosely connects like-minded people, making it easy to create a startup, study group, side project, or hobby team.
-It is a community service. What are some of its features?
The key is "loosely connected. This is because, when we made the catchphrase "Make the most of your free time" in the beta version, which was a nuance that demanded a little more awareness, it did not grow well, so we changed the copy and it did grow.
The users who have registered are more active than expected, so our current challenge is to increase the population of registrants, and we will make it easier for them to register in the future.
Acquire knowledge in practice and brush up on services
-In addition to "InstantTeam," you have released other unique services such as "CoffeeMeeting" and "TimetTicket," but what they all have in common is "meeting people and making the most of your time. Did you originally want to start a business because of the idea of these services? What led you to start your own business?
After graduating from university, I wanted to work in the mass media because I was interested in culture, but that did not come true. So I got a job at Fuji Research Institute (now Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc.) I thought that in this career, I would have to be good with my hands, so I asked my boss for a job and became an SE. However, it was a director-type thing, and I didn't get to do the hands-on development myself.
Around 2005, I was looking at "mixi" and "Hatena" and thought they were very interesting, so I started creating services that I personally wanted to use. This led me to work as a developer at Feedpath Inc. in 2006 and Recruit Media Communications Co. While working for a company in this way, I personally created services, but at first they did not go well at all.
- That's not to say that you can't make it work because you have another job, is it?
Yes, because I did not have enough knowledge. Because I didn't have enough knowledge. Through repeated trial and error, I got better at PR, diffusion, and catching on. It is one way to create the services you want to create within the company, but if you do it within the environment of 100%, where you are responsible for your own work, you will know your own abilities.
- Do you think that if you keep making things, you will get better at development?
Yes, it is. You get to the point more and more. Also, you gain the courage to go as far as you need to go. Before, I used to release the product and give up when it was no good. But now I have come to realize that the tide turns when I make modifications, and I am able to make product-market fits.
The service that got off the ground in this way was "CoffeeMeeting," which was released in February 2012. This service allows people to meet others who want to spend time together drinking a cup of coffee, and it started to spread so well that in May 2012, I established RELE Corporation.
Then, in July 2014, we released "TimeTicket," a service that allows users to buy and sell their free time; I think it worked well with Facebook users, but the spread was also strong, and "TimeTicket" issued about 5,000 tickets in the first three months after its release, The total time sold also exceeded 1,000 hours.
Knowing how attractive people are, we want to gather freely and without restraints.
- I know you like to collaborate with others, and as you develop several services, you will probably be interested in adding more employees.
The most significant is that now is not the right time.
I also don't think that the "full time at one company" work style necessarily fits today's young urban workers. Especially in the IT field, it is more natural to work on a project-by-project basis, and it is often not necessary to come to work. I also wanted to propose the idea of starting a service with "InstantTeam" while working at a company, and then starting a business when things start to take off. What lies ahead for "InstantTeam" this time is a proposal for a new way of working.
And I guess it's also the case that none of the services I do are something that you can do by going into business with various places. I've settled on going to coworking offices, alone, because I don't want to ruin my services by being dragged down by the maintenance and will of an organization.
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