Mogic considers

With a combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots
We are moving forward with a new era of company management.
I hope to share some of that process with you in this section.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane

March 24, 2021

What you see in the subtraction series

There is a theme called the subtraction series, which involves subtracting "what seems most important" from "what is obvious" and seeing what is left.

It is like what happens when you take the red bean paste out of anpan.

You are free to think about whether it will be just bread or air anpan.

I quote at the beginning from a book that considered what would happen if we subtracted year-over-year sales and quarterly targets from capitalization.

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Minority Design
https://wrl.co.jp/2020/12/25/minority-design/

Since childhood, I have been saved by numerous creators.

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But when I jumped into the workforce, I realized that people in the "creator" professions in all industries were tired.

The reason for this is that the economy is eating up the talent that we have.

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But on the other hand, I think people are beginning to notice.

That it is not all about meeting numbers such as 10 "1" percent sales over the previous year or meeting "quarter" goals.

With a shrinking workforce, shrinking domestic market, and widening disparities in many areas, we are running out of breath and will collapse if we only try to meet our short-term goals at full speed.

One junior student tweeted this to me.

Where the hell is capitalism headed?"

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One answer is "capitalism" - "sales and profits" = "realizing the importance of minorities."

Sales and profits, if left alone, will approximate the focus on the majority in terms of efficiency, so there will tend to be less consideration for minorities.

This may also be the reason why a setting like the SDGs is daringly necessary.

There is no particular answer, but if you subtract "dreams" from "life," "your rights" from "society," and "president" from "company," you will notice things that you may or may not have seen.

March 22, 2021

Why an office in Shakujii?

It has already been 10 years since we opened our office in Shakujii.

Recently, I have been asked in interviews, "Why do you have an office in Shakujii?" I will try to write down the reason.

There are so many that it is difficult to explain verbally.

Why is the office located in Shakujii?

I wanted a place with a lot of greenery and a relaxing atmosphere.

After the Great East Japan Earthquake, I thought it would be better if everyone's home and office were closer to each other.

There are very few IT companies in Ishigami, and I thought I would soon be able to say that I was Ishigami's number one IT company.

There are no other companies to compare with, and they don't seem to be hurried.

I wanted to question the "common sense" of setting up an office in the center of Tokyo.

I felt that 20 years from now, the city center would not be the only office.

I wanted to do something together with people in the community.

I thought I could contribute to local restaurants if there were more people working there.

The office space cost per tsubo was lower than in central Tokyo, and the company wanted to use the savings for employee benefits.

. because I didn't have to ride the commuter train.

I used to have meetings at a family restaurant in Shakujii when I first started.

To do something that is not common sense, I need to consider the rationale for it from various angles.

With all these reasons, there is still room for people to say, "Why not just take the plunge and go regional?" I will answer that question.

Companies that make extensive use of IT inevitably need the help of web engineers, designers, directors, and planners, so from the standpoint of the economy of concentration, it was not a good idea to locate in a rural area from the start. Although it is possible in the future, we thought it would be a good first step to draw on Tokyo's strengths.

The first two are the following.

Then, after weighing the advantages of the city center = people experiencing IT-ness and the advantages of the rural area = easy living with plenty of space and time, we decided that a location near 17 km from the city center would be better.

Well, I think I am overthinking it, but as a result, looking back, I had a lot of unexpected fun.

And now that various subsidiaries have been established, we will have to come up with new ideas for development.

March 16, 2021

Infodemics and News Deserts

The pandemic caused by coronas has brought a huge influx of information to the Internet.

The phenomenon is called an information epidemic.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has an interesting page on infodemic surveys.

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The Current State of Information Circulation on New Coronavirus Infections
https://www.soumu.go.jp/johotsusintokei/whitepaper/ja/r02/html/nd123100.html

Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (2020) estimates that the world's information transmission capacity has expanded 68 times since the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic of 2002.
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And although it depends on the method of calculation, the title of the Detroit Tohmatsu research report is "Information Transmission Increased 1.5 Million Times in a Century - Rapid Contagion of Information "Infodemics"". In particular, the amount of information and number of contents seem to be having a major impact.

While there is a flood of information, there is also the problem of news deserts.

This refers to the phenomenon that local newspapers in the U.S. are increasingly disappearing with the rise of online media and are no longer providing necessary news to local residents.

Infodemics flooded with information and news deserts depleted of local news.

If only human cognitive capacity could increase 1.5 million-fold in a century, but given that not much has changed, how can we cope with "information that swells and dries up"?

I wonder if there should be a course called "cooking practice of information (infocooking)" at least from elementary school.

MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Reference information: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Promotion of Information Education
https://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/shotou/zyouhou/detail/1369613.htm
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March 08, 2021

Message in a bottle

Now I am just called "representative" anymore, and I rarely have the opportunity to teach interns or new graduates directly.

It may or may not happen once after the first month of employment.

The executive directors and chiefs are following up on this, so there's no way to get out.

That's all well and good, but a little rusty, I started to create a column site that only those who work at Mogic can read.

There are many miscellaneous topics, from basic knowledge as a member of society, job hunting problems, things to think about in your 20s, the three major expenses of life, the story of how Mogic was created, the stance we want our employees to take, and so on. All in all, there are probably about 200 articles.

The atmosphere at Mogic is a bit different, so I hope people will look at it when they wonder, "Why so many events and education?" and hope that you will look at it when you have questions.

Writing a column for a member who will come in the future is in itself a strange feeling.

However, I hope to deliver a bit of today's exuberance along with it, just like the bottle mail that people used to put letters in small bottles and float them out to sea.