A Japanese Entrepreneur Calls For Co-Founders By Lottery Over Twitter Retweets

Kazuma Ieiri, founder of Japanese web company Paperboy & Co. [J], tweeted 3 hours ago [J],

“[RT Experiment] If this tweet is retweeted more than 2,000 times, I will start a new business with three randomly chosen (from who retweeted). You will have no obligation but listed on the board. We can think together what to do later. Half of the company share will be yours.”

and that tweet has been retweeted over 5,000 times.

Ieiri is one of the successful icons in Japanese web start-up scene. He brought up his Paperboy & Co. to JASDAQ stock market as the youngest president in history. After leaving the company, started several cafe in central Tokyo. He established some companies including Hyper Internets [J], is running Campfire [J], a Japanese version of Kickstart. And he invested several IT start-ups.

Although he was inspired by other’s April Fool’s tweet asking 5,000 retweets to disclose his company name, Ieiri said it is not a lie [J]. He is well known by many of such kind actions and is reliable on doing silly-sounding things seriously.

There are 2 hours more on April 1 in Japan Standard Time, and (though the tweet is only in Japanese,) he did not say that it is limited in Japan. If you are interested in co-founding a start-up company, the tweet is here.


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@akky is one of the first Japanese pro-bloggers [J]. He also leads Asiajin, writes a tech column on The Japan Times, consults for some foreign companies interested in Japanese web market. (please inquire to akimoto on gmail.com).
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    * The tweet was actually retweeted over 16000 times. XD