Next week I am speaking at Rakuten Technology Conference 2012, I will be sharing the Atlassian story of Agile and Innovation. I’m really excited to be attending this event as Rakuten is a fascinating company. I strongly encourage you to learn more about them by reading this excellent Wired article about Rakuten and their founder. Read it now, how can you not with an image like this?!
Hiroshi Mikitani, Rakuten Founder
Rakuten first came to my attention when I met Yasunobu Kawaguchi of Rakuten at SF Agile in June of this year. Yasunobu was visiting with Taichi Watanabe, a colleague from Rakuten. They were both in town to learn more about Agile.
We bumped into one another again at Agile 2012 in August of this year. This time Yasunobu had brought 20 or 30 friends from other companies in Japan. Amazing to see the impact on the Agile space in Japan that this one man is having!
Agile is Japan is poised to take off. I’m sure of it.
If you are in Tokyo next week. Ping me and say hello, we’ve got an Atlassian User Group on as well as a few other bits and pieces.