Lots Of Popular Names Leaves And Joins Happens This Month

We reported that a Japanese web geeks’ icon Naoya Ito’s move on September 1st from Hatena to the No.1 social networking service Gree, but he was not the only one. There are several big names reported to leave and/or enter web/IT companies in Japan around the beginning of September 2010.

Poupee Girl CEO

Yoshimi Morinaga, a CEO who ran a popular girls avatar fashion site poupee girl, was reported to disappear her name from the executive list on a company website.

On September 1st, some online media reported that 24-year old Hisayo Okada (photo from her blog, left person) takes the CEO position.

Morinaga is reported her resignation Poupee Girl/Cyber Agent group. She said she is planning to start a new web service. Morinaga became the Poupee Girl CEO at her age of 25. CyberAgent is known to assign young employees who only have few years work experience after graduation to head o subsidiaries, which is rare in Japan.

MySQL/Sun/Oracle to DeNA

MATSUNOBU Yoshinori, who is known as a top-notch Japanese MySQL expert, who had worked for MySQL but the company was bought by Sun, then by Oracle, left there to Join a social game networking service DeNA.

(photo by okyuu.com)

On his blog, he was also asked by companies in Europe and U.S.A but DeNA valued him very well. He wrote that DeNA is one of the heaviest MySQL user companies around the world so he would keep contributing MySQL community.

One left Hatena, another joined

Shigeaki Yazaki, an editor of Nikkei BP joins Hatena. On his personal blog, he said that he thinks even Hatena, whose main contents are user-generated, needs editing.

(photo by Nikkei IT Pro)

Other moves

A tech blogger @namikawa, whose blog on server/cloud topics, declared that he joined CyberAgent as a backend engineer for Ameba service.

Popular journalist/Twitter user @tsuda becomes DeNA’s official recruiter. He started tweeting about Mobage-Town hiring info every day.

A search/language researcher Masato Hagiwara (@mhagiwara) left Baidu Japan. In his case, it is not know if he will work again soon.

Stimulated by social game networks and social services players like Gree, DeNA and Dwango, mobility of human resources in Japanese web industry seems more active recently.

I respect all of their new challenges. Good luck!

Hatena’s Ex-CTO Joins Gree


(Photo by Hatena PR[J])

On the last day of August, Japan’s system development guru Naoya Ito (@naoya_ito[J]) announced on his blog that he had stepped down from CTO post of Kyoto-based web services company Hatena[J](as reported in this Akky’s post).   His fans and followers spent a day pondering what his next step would be, but it was cleared on the next day.

He joined Gree[J], needless to say, a Tokyo-based tycoons of a social network platform and feature phone Flash games, as executive manager & producer of the company’s social media development division.

He started his engineering carrier with the development of Cocolog[J], a Movable Type-based blog platform by Japan’s largest ISP Nifty[J], then joined Hatena in 2004 and had developed a variety of social web services including Digg-like Hatena Bookmark[J].

He seems to lead the team for developing the iPhone apps and the Android apps at Gree.

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