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According toAInternationalEntrepreneurship.com, Total Japanese Entrepreneurial Activity Average (TEA) during 2001-2009 was 3.2%, which was one of the lowest rates amongst the world’s leading nations.
Japan is moving towards a more dynamic work force, but failure is a more serious obstacle than in the West.
The entrepreneurial view in Japan is still based on individuals starting a convenience store or restaurant and the average citizen is very cautious and risk averse- being free from the wrath of a comfortable life legacy corporate system is not encouraged.
But be not scared, at a recent Startup Weekend session in Tokyo,ADave McClure - a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur, startup investor, and bloggerAemphasized the importance of projects solving aAproblem- pitch the problem, and share the problem.
In this Forbes article, Yoko Ishikura, a strategy professor at Hitotsubashi University, says that the country has to stop being afraid of dealing with the outside world; companies fear "the loss of competitive advantage if we open up, so we get into this vicious cycle of internal orientation."
Japan Venture Capital Association was started in 2003 with the aim of getting better data on the venture capital market as well as help to develop and improve investment firms (something that has existed in the US since 1973).
Further reading on investment information and exit strategies in Japanese investment can be found atAfutu-risk.com.
Tiny cameras. Hearing devices for the teeth. Wi-fi for refrigerators. These are some of the products made by companies that have caught the eye of In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency.
One of the most recent companies to get an infusion of cash from the U.S. spy bureau’s investment fund is Cleversafe, a Chicago-based startup that offers software to keep data stored in cloud networks secure by slicing it up and storing it in different locations. In a press release issued last month about the investment, William Strecker, In-Q-Tel’s chief technology officer, said the intelligence community is looking for new ways to secure information given the increasing ubiquity of cloud computing.
The country’s only federally funded venture capital firm was created in 1999, during the tech boom, because the private sector was setting the pace in technological innovation, leaving the intelligence community feeling not very intelligent. In-Q-Tel invests in startups developing technologies that could prove useful to the CIA and the national security community. But it knew it had to adjust to the Silicon Valley model to work. "The CIA had to offer Silicon Valley something of value, a business model that the Valley understood; a model that provides those who joined hands with In-Q-Tel the opportunity to commercialize their innovations," CIA official Rick Yannuzzi wrote in a briefing document for theADefense Intelligence Journal in 2001.
What are the most powerful motivators for good?
Some of us just see a better world, and can’t wait to get there. Some of us are affronted by the brutality of brutal systems. For some of us, the impetus arises from the spirit of can do in a social network, or the inspiration of a beloved mentor. And for some of us, it’s one of the four things the young prince Gautama who would one day be Buddha ran across, when he escaped his father’s castle and came face to face for the first time with
You don’t have to be a future Buddha to notice these things, and indeed it may have helped Gautama to see them more clearly, that he had been kept hidden away in a luxurious palace, surrounded by friends and servants in the flower of youth and health until that fateful day.
But poverty, sickness, old age and death are direct affronts to our hopes: we can turn away from them and pretend they don’t exist, or we can face them and use them as the Buddha did, to act as an impetus for a life of compassion, of caring in action. [read the rest at socialedge]
ok now that we have a vague idea of some of the elements involved within the spectrum of shipping containers, one asks what’s next?
-buy some shipping containers
-understand how to ship with shipping containers from a German perspective
-be aware of the terrorist threat that shipping containers hold in our "borderless world"
-reflect on the play on shipping containers as data packets
-decide whether the purpose of container[s] areis for a cargo, travel, work, promotion, media container, living or industrial space
rethink if you are going to architect the containers or go to the playa
-realize that people have been doing this pre-fab thing since the seventies : ninjas already been known about shipping containers so there are —-other options
-build that! and make a statement?!
With privatization, "the public agency that actually owns the port is guaranteed rent, and there’s a higher level of security for everybody in the chain," Mr. Levinson said. "This was a response to the riskiness of what is a very, very capital-intensive business."
bienvenido otra vez a "design tuesdays." i was talking with a lasted entrepreneur on a spiral gulf and learned that supply chains and shipping containers are not as simple as people like to describe them..we can’t transfer existing jobs/materials very effectively with the launch of an information war. and containerization is definitly an enabling-disrupter of the cost of shipping. these confirmations push me to believe that the internet protocol is as solid as that 2006 past hype.
we can arm up and brush off our toes, but the shipping container is the pharaoh of the boxes. rude to think and murder to speak - but we let the world fiction our garbage into recyclable trees. and thats kinda hard to do. so we now have designer packaging that the rest of the world has been throwing out for the first time in abundance- is Bob Villa the only dude on TV/internet that isn’t coming at shipping containers from a economic/metaphorical viewpoint?
shipping containers can help explain what could be called the "french fry effect."
one fry for us - one for you, two fries for you - one and one fries for us, three fries for you and one and one and one fries for us. given this assumption of how trade is working shipping containers become a lot more important in creating affordable housing for all. uniformity of these rubbish wrappers will allow global parties to trade their Yugo for a greened out Cadilac if ISBUs are considered a material for construction and not just a substitute to permit progressive design.
[photos courtesy of nyc-architecture]
shipping containers are formal pallets of break bulk. break bulk is what shipping containers used to be called back in the day. looking around, design wars are warring between prefab and pre-fab. on one side there are ultra-efficient shipping container-based factory-built homes that are moved in the same containers that built the flats of semi-trucks and on the other there is a corn-based R/V Renaissance brewing from shoreline to parking lot.
as light sets and disguises any routine, it is hard to move that shipping containers do not rule the earth. if one was to attempt to get a glimpse into the world of this whole supply chain world that i keep hearing about, understanding what the shipping container is would hold many a question. i mean global trade is apparently exponential and am4ricans love they boxes. why did rectangles become the norm? stacking ability or concrete bombs?
while the american "residual" ["the measure of our ignorance"] effect rules, we like to think that we are a part of the rest of the world. singapore proofs this destiny as the world’s leading container port due to their consistent need to refine for trade.
interestingly enough while americans will have to learn to watch the shipping container take over brandom, Rotterdam is shifting policy towards "creative clusters of industry, R&D, and education"; making moves for the brain container as i heard in an ol puffy song. [The world is just a container away]
besides the wine-bottle and label design debates that fester in the rows of most local wineries, how can we convince the public that an already-refined container is better than damn near similar designs that appear to be probably more customized for the consumer? what is the residual definition of having a shipping container on the bill?
shipping containers are manufacturing how regional inter-modal depots get formed. Inter-modal warehouse purpose in mass-transportation network can be related to the importance of river networks and the explanation of how people tried to explain the engineering behind the economics. from a pre-historical standpoint it looks like shipping containers have molded around the channels that moved them:
[the discipline of modern finance] "[It] combined the insights of John Law, a Scottish gambler turned French banker [who is ordinarily credited with being the force behind the Mississippi Bubble] with an extraordinary economic system based on dynamic self-organizing networks used by Native Americans in the region, catalyzed by some innovations imported with natives of the Congo River and the Niger River economies. The first person to publish an explanation in mathematical terms was the finance professor and banker Fischer Black…."
yet there is an abundance of containers at all the major, new-traditional ports across the world. so apart from wondering if it makes sense to combine multiple boxes so that a long-haul semi-truck could take two boxes instead of eight and the killuminati question, that because there are boxes, there also needs to be refined goods, how can we make shipping containers the general fabric?
In other words, how can new housing models not only bring upgraded forms of shelter supply to the effected landscape, but also help play into a larger strategy of establishing more permanent and sustainable resolution to infrastructure in desperate communities, hoping for more significant planning change?