An exciting new start to the year 2015 in Taiwan
大家好 (Da Jia Hao)！
With the recent launch of Backlog Academic Plan in Taiwan, we have got more people interested in our project management tool Backlog. Also, it has been a while since the last time we touched base with our Cacoo users. I know it is time to invite our CEO, Masanori Hashimoto (a.k.a Taiwan lover) to pay Taiwan a visit. Despite his packed schedule, Hashimoto gladly flew over to Taiwan for a visit and this time, he brought someone along with him! Let me introduce our first Taiwan developer for the Cacoo team – John Lu ! John is educated in Taiwan and is an experienced Android app developer. He joined the Cacoo team in Fukuoka last December and will be working with the Cacoo team to make Cacoo a better tool for all users.
As usual, I filled Hashimoto’s agenda here in Taiwan with a ton of visits to interesting companies and with media people to help him to get a taste of Taiwanese startups and the vibrant technology community.
BusinessNext is one of the leading publishing companies in Taiwan focusing on technology trends, digital marketing, startups and design thinking. We met up with the editor, Daisy, who was very interested in how Nulab was established and what our future plans in Taiwan are. She also invited us to join their regular event, MeetClub, and introduced us to an awesome company called ‘Aotter’ which I will share in more detail later.
If you are interested in the startup scene in Taiwan, you won’t want to miss out on this meet up event. MeetClub usually takes place on a Wednesday night. During the event, you can interact with startups, learn more about new trends and meet potential investors. This time, we met several Korean and Japanese startup teams who are expanding their services to Taiwan and we shared our experiences with them. Towards the end of the meet up, we also got a few minutes to share about Nulab services and what they offer.
Rails Girls Weekly is an event for girls who love Rails and ruby. This gathering is held by the Taiwan Rails Girls community which we also visited last year. We were invited by the organizer of the community to share about our working experience in Japan. Our new developer John was the perfect speaker for this topic. John shared with the audience his experience working at Nulab and what living in Japan is really like.
Aotter Inc. provides a range of online apps and services. Their hugely popular social platform “PasteWall ” is downloaded worldwide. They even have a technical blog, written and managed by female editors only, where they post about gadgets, apps, gaming reports from a girl’s point of view. Aotter and Nulab are both established based on a very simple reason: We want to solve the problems we personally face. For example, Nulab co-founders had problem with issue tracking so they developed Backlog. We enjoyed talking with Emilie from Aotter and really look forward to meeting with the team again in the future.
PunNode is an online news site that writes about startups news in Asia. We got the chance to meet Jim, the manager of PunNode at the last minute with whom we discussed about startup trends in both Taiwan and Japan. We also shared our vision in Taiwan with Jim. Jim was generous to offer some good feedback about our services which gave us some new ideas about future improvements and marketing campaigns.
TEBA Asia is established by iiinno‘s David and Kenny. They both have great expectations for the Taiwanese society on the whole and have decided to open a space for people who are willing to share, help each other and learn new things together. Kenny, who is a great cook, made us a delicious lunch during our visit! Once the space is officially opened, they will offer many lessons and meetups. We are counting down to the grand opening of the space already! Good luck!
Apart from the many visits we made to different companies, we also held a CacooUp in Taipei on 22 January. To learn more about what went on at CacooUp Taipei 2015, read our blog entry here.
It really was a great privilege to meet so many fabulous people in just four days. We really appreciate their time and effort. The Nulab Taiwan team will keep working hard to grow our services. We are planing to have more events this year and are looking for collaboration opportunities with the local communities and organizations in Taiwan. If you have any inquiries about our company/service, or if you have some exciting ideas for collaboration, please feel free to contact us. Don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest events and updates!