Mogic considers

With the combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots
We are promoting a new era of company management.
We hope to share part of this process with you in this corner.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane

January 25, 2021

Home Runs and Striking Out

I once spoke with a lawyer who is a very active lawyer in New York in the past.

He was the kind of person who was putting together billions and billions of dollars worth of contracts, and he looked dashing and very smart.

While we were talking about many things, I unexpectedly asked a simple question.

Q: How can I learn to make big deals as well as you do?

It seems too naive to recall now, but he thought about it for a moment before answering.

A: People who hit home runs in the majors, they are spectacular.

For him to hit home runs there, he needs to play a lot of games in the majors, and he needs to hit some home runs in the minors before that.

In addition, I'm hitting home runs during practice to compete in the minors, and I'm also swinging at home.

You have to swing a hundred thousand times, think about it, accumulate small results, and one day, if you're lucky, you'll hit for less than 30% in a major game.

Are you pretending to trade?

I try to trade at all times, when I buy apples, when I sign a parking contract.

I make small pretenses in my daily life.

It's a small pretense, so I will do it more and more without worrying about the consequences.

That's how you get the little tricks, and then little by little you get the big contracts.

In other words, a big deal is a huge accumulation of small deals, so try to train yourself with small bargains every day.

When I heard this, I thought it was as good as it gets.

To be able to explain ambiguous questions in an easy-to-understand manner by focusing on the main points and giving examples.

This must be another skill that has been cultivated in the trade.

Since then, I have been pretending to have something to learn.

If you can make even a small number of attempts during the day, you may get better at it when you forget about it.

January 07, 2021

project driven training

Mogic has developed in-house training, borrowing a bit of wisdom from various educational theories.

The most commonly used is the project study, which runs many large and small projects simultaneously.

Project learning is where several people get together, decide on a goal from a theme, work out various things within a time frame, produce results, and receive feedback from all over the place.

Once this is done, the work seems to become your own and teamwork comes naturally.

However, support roles for non-members of the project require considerable skill and the ability to observe, advise, anticipate, and persevere in order to "make sure the members get the results they need.

Are the members' hearts broken as the project progresses to the halfway point, have they lost sight of the significance of the project, or are they feeling unfulfilled?

And since it does not make sense for members to be out of touch with their supporters, they must give the best advice at the right time.

Surprisingly, the sense of management in the support role can be very extended.

We have moved so many projects, and we are proud of ourselves that we have never had a setback until now.

Finally, from the afterword by the translator (Naohisa Ichimura) of John Dewey's book
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Experience and Education
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Dewey repeatedly points out how much more difficult it is for teachers to discover material in the experience of their students than for them to follow a foundation of knowledge and methods in the teaching of a subject.

At the same time, it suggests viable ways to solve the "difficult problem," but also suggests that intellectual effort is required to trace and understand its logic.

Such intellectual efforts are also required of us teachers in the field of education.

December 21, 2020

Usually no one notices this blind spot.

Apparently, the human eye has a difficult structure and blind spots.

It is always constantly complemented by the two eyes and processed by the brain, so it is never aware of itself.

How did the human body get that way?
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The most famous example of a snoring natural design is the retina, which is possessed by all vertebrates from fish to mammals.

Photoreceptor cells in the vertebrate retina are backward-facing.

In other words, the wire part faces toward the light, and the photoreceptor, which is the light collector, faces inward with its back to the light.

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Interestingly, the retina of cephalopods such as octopus and squid is not inverted.

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There is another snarky design in the human eye that is worth talking about.

It is a structure called the optic papilla, located right in the middle of the retina.

The optic papilla is located on the surface of the retina and makes a small circle without photoreceptor cells.

This creates a "blind spot" in each eye. Normally, no one notices this blind spot.

I feel like there is a blind spot, but there isn't one.

This message is a very important checkpoint for teamwork and new projects.

Humans are not perfect, and even the best of us have holes.

However, when it comes to moving forward with a project, members are inevitably fixed, someone's opinion becomes stronger, and it can feel as if it is always the right answer.

If people around you feel uncomfortable, I suggest that you try to shed some light on the situation, even if it is just for a moment.

December 14, 2020


It was right around this time last year when I was walking around Paris on a training trip and felt that I was being exposed to a lot of information about Japanese culture.

Walking from the hotel to the Montmartre hill, I saw posters of Hatsune Miku Europe version everywhere, and when I returned, a drink that looked like green tea was served for breakfast.

I was having a casual conversation with the front desk clerk of the hotel and he said, "Tickets are expensive, but I'd like to visit Japan someday. I know some people who know people in Japan.

So I read the blogs of Japanese people living in the area and found that Japanese culture, especially obento (bento) has become very popular over the past few years.

There have been cases where other children have eaten their own children's lunches.

It is true that in other countries, apples, bread, and cheese are often put in a bag or more.

It seems that there are many reasons behind the popularity of obento, but what I personally found most interesting was the fact that obento obento is a very Japanese idea.

Japaneseness in this case is synonymous with "the ability to squeeze so many different meanings into a small space.

In both the tearoom and the garden, there are few objects, yet there are many layers of meaning.

It is interesting to decipher it.

Such things seem to be hard to find in the world, and I feel that they are ingrained in the sensibilities of the Japanese people.

Something big and fancy would be nice.

Something small and beautiful would be nice.

I sometimes hear from other managers about their admiration for giant corporations.

However, in a future where the world's birthrate is declining and the population is aging, and resources are becoming an issue, I sometimes wonder if that is what we are aiming for with our Japanese competitive advantage.

We need proof, not just argument.

December 07, 2020

Because it's more convenient to look things up.

Sometimes I try to be a student and look up what I want to know.

These days, it is convenient and you can get a general idea of what you are looking for, even if it is somewhat wrong, not only in books but also on the Internet.

Unlike books and magazines, the granularity of the information is not too tricky.

I happened to be looking up "animal species" a while back, and wiki says

Based on the findings of molecular genetics at the end of the 20th century, organisms are divided into three categories: eubacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes (three-domain theory). Animals belong to the eukaryotes, and other eukaryotes include plants, fungi (mushrooms and molds), and protists.

It should be noted that protists (e.g., elephant beetles, green beetles, amoebas, etc.), which are part of the protists, are a separate lineage from the animals (metazoans) referred to in this paper, and have been found to be polyphyletic.

Okay, next we will look at information about "true bacteria". Likewise.

Defined as prokaryotes with cell membranes composed of fatty acid esters of sn-glycerol 3-phosphate.

Together with the archaeal and eukaryotic domains, it divides the whole living world into three parts.

When compared to eukaryotes, the structure is very simple.

However, they exhibit far more diverse metabolic systems and nutrient requirements, and their habitats are spread across all environments considered biospheric.

The amount of organisms is enormous.

They are closely related to humans as intestinal bacteria, fermentative bacteria, or pathogenic bacteria.

Okay, so it's not just animals, but non-animal "viruses" as well.

A microscopic, infectious structure that uses the cells of other organisms to replicate itself, consisting of a protein shell and the nucleic acids contained within.

There is some debate as to whether it is an organism or not, since it does not have cells, the smallest unit of life, nor its biological membrane, the cell membrane, nor does it have organelles, nor does it self-propagate.

Double-stranded DNA viruses (dsDNA)
Single-stranded DNA viruses (ssDNA)
Double-stranded RNA virus (dsRNA)
Single-stranded + stranded RNA virus ((+)ssRNA)
Single-stranded -stranded RNA virus ((-)ssRNA)
Single-stranded RNA reverse-transcribing virus (ssRNA-RT)
Double-stranded DNA reverse-transcribing virus (dsDNA-RT)

There is no end to it as we continue, but it is also good to know that there is no end to it.

It makes me feel that what I do on a daily basis is just a small part of what I do.

From the other side of the coin, a little bit is a very precious thing, so I think we have to enjoy it no matter how we do it.

December 01, 2020

What causes externalities in the future

We started with a difficult word: externality.

According to Wiki in economic terms.

Externality refers to the influence of the decisions (actions and economic activities) of one economic agent on the decisions of other economic agents. In general, economics assumes that the decisions of one economic agent do not affect the decisions of other economic agents, but in reality, the influence of other economic agents may not be ignored. Therefore, the concept of externality was devised to deal with such cases."

The first two are the following.

It is a difficult thing to say about something so obvious, but simply put, "If someone does something, someone else may be affected in an unexpected way, right? Let's look at it all together.

It may be that cutting too many trees in the mountains causes sediment to flow out, gradually depleting nutrients, reducing plankton in the estuaries and making it difficult to catch fish. If we proceed only with the interests of the lumberjacks, it will have an unintended impact on the fishermen.

I think it is very important in business to look at the possibility of externalities that will happen someday rather than externalities that are happening now.

I am quoting from something that just suggested an externality that will be created in the future.

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Urbanization is a prime example of a future that we know for sure will happen.

In the 1950s, more than 70% of the world's population lived in rural areas.

The issues considered in economics were rural issues for most people.

Over the years since then, towns and cities have grown and shrunk as a result of the movement of people.

2007 was a notable year in which the world's urban population exceeded the rural population for the first time.

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By 2050, the pattern of a century ago will be reversed, with 70 percent of people living in urban areas.

The economy of agglomeration, once discussed by Alfred Marshall, will become even more powerful.

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The most important trends for the next decade are aging, technology, and inequality.

These three trends, common worldwide, are already causing great concern and are likely to intensify.

In both cases, we feel that new education will become increasingly important.

We do not yet know what the future holds, but we will sincerely learn from the new things that are being created.

November 10, 2020

Intuition about the company

It has become common practice to do fitness and workouts and take detailed data with a body composition analyzer.

You will be able to see not only overall body fat, but also fluctuations in individual values, such as right arm and left leg, making it easier to plan for the next step.

Even if you don't lose weight, knowing that you will gain muscle mass and lose fat mass will help you manage your health over the long term.

A company, like a body, can take detailed data and analyze it.

From trial balances and financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement), to KPIs that are tailored to business and departmental characteristics, to capital efficiency and burn rate related to leverage, to valuations related to corporate value.

There are numerous to choose from and you can combine them as you wish. The combined indicators can be used as benchmarks to manage the physical condition of the company.

However, there is a limit to how much we can look at a company from the same perspective as a person.

The reason is simple: people can only grow to a certain size, whereas companies can grow bigger and bigger.

When there are 1, 10, 30, 100, or 1,000 workers, each requires a different combination of data from a completely different perspective.

Or when the number of clients is 1, 10, 100, 1,000... The same applies when the number of clients is 1, 10, 100, 1,000.

It's not uncommon to find yourself doing the same indicators and stances as before, only to find yourself in a strange situation.

So what do we do? And since we still want to keep our own comfortable place in our own hands, we need to switch our company's operating methods discontinuously.

To maintain an environment where people can test ideas and trust each other to discuss them, institutions, systems, and communication methods are quietly replaced.

The design and timing of these areas cannot be made from numerical indicators that appear continuous, so it seems that we must follow our intuition.

October 06, 2020

Orion's dim clusters of light

Before and after a certain thing is invented, the same view can look completely different.

Until the invention of the telescope, the night sky was believed to be a myriad of twinkling stars, and looking through a telescope, one could see that the stars had bumps and rings.

The Universe as Seen by the Hubble Telescope
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Astronomers have been observing the universe for the past several thousand years in an attempt to unravel its complex workings.

Most of them are based on the naked eye.

A revolutionary tool was invented in the early 17th century that radically changed this situation: the telescope.

Galileo and others realized that the telescope could do much more than magnify objects.

Dark objects appear brighter (improved light gathering power) and indistinct scenery appears clearer (improved resolving power).

Galileo knew well how persuasive something concrete and tangible can be.

It became clear that the Milky Way can be broken down into individual stars, and that the dim clusters of light in Orion and the Pleiades are actually a group of stars.

The stars were so dense and quite faint that they were not discernible to the naked eye.

The impact of being able to see clearly what was only dimly visible is huge.

However, it also takes a lot of time to decipher the "meaning" of what is clearly seen.

One of the power of IT is the increasing resolution of social life through the flow of personal activity data that was never distributed before.

The activities that had been ambiguous are now clearly visible in the form of data.

However, we often do not know essentially what this data means, and it will take a different perspective and theory to decipher it.