Based in New Zealand, writing across the world. Interested in all things culture, society, travel, entrepreneurship and business.
We’re done with putting our heads down, of silencing ourselves to try and fit in. If you truly love our people, our food, music, art, movies, languages you should be using your voice to speak up.
Starting up a business in Japan is tough — the paperwork alone is enough to put many off, not to mention the language barrier and cultural differences. But for some Kiwis who call Japan home, the opportunity to bring a touch of Aotearoa to the Land of the Rising Sun has proven impossible to pass up. Tao Lin meets three Kiwis with unique businesses in Japan.
When Catherine O’Connell started setting up her own law firm in Tokyo, she didn’t realise she would become a pioneer in more ways than one.
The Christchurch lawyer is not only the first lawyer from New Zealand to set up a law firm in Japan, but also the first non-Japanese female lawyer to do so.
At the beginning of April 2018, Tokyo-based businesswoman Melanie Brock launched a social media project to profile 365 women in Japan – one for every day of the coming year.
When Amee Xu began setting up her own business in Tokyo, she had no idea where or how to start. She searched for a community that offers female entrepreneurs the support she was looking for, but to no avail. So, she started her own community. Now, every month a growing number of entrepreneurial women (and men who support women in business) gather for Startup Lady Japan, an organization created and launched this year...
Executive summary of author and entrepreneur Seth Godin's talk at the 2018 NBF Sweden on leadership versus management.
Executive summary of The Lean Startup author Eric Ries' talk at the Nordic Business Forum Sweden on applying the lean startup method to larger organisations.
Life in Tokyo is full of ups and downs, but ultimately it has a way of winning you over. Six Tokyo Weekender readers share what makes the city so special to them.
Taking an axe to tall poppy syndrome.
It’s a proven fact that women are paid significantly less than men for the same or equivalent work, but too many people just don’t want to face the truth. Tao Lin rebuts some of the most common ways the gender pay imbalance is dismissed.
The country's first fintech accelerator programme is underway to help grow New Zealand's share of a $1 trillion global opportunity.
A short piece on Auckland's Hunua Ranges as part of a larger piece on the Te Araroa Trail. For original link: https://issuu.com/hgm1/docs/js_sept17/58