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Kenshin Fujiwara Discusses the Importance of Creating a Unique Company Culture

Updated Apr. 15, 2019
Doshisha Business School was honored to have Kenshin Fujiwara, Founder and CEO of Kyoto-based AI startup Hacarus come to campus as part of the joint Doshisha/ACCJ Essential Skills for Leaders in 2030 Speaker Series on April 13.

The main topic of Kenshin's talk was focused on company culture, and he shared a number of personal stories related to how he as founder and leader of the Hacarus team has worked to create a company culture that instills a positive spirit among all of his team members. When trying to compete for top talent against big tech companies like Mercari, Google, Facebook, Netflix, etc., how can a small company stand out? Kenshin's insights showed that even a small Kyoto-based company like Hacarus can compete and successfully recruit top talent if it focuses on creating a company culture that is unique and original.

He shared a number of examples of how he has integrated Kyoto cultural elements, like tea ceremony experiences and Zen meditation into his company events, and how he has built relationships of trust and respect with his teams in both Japan and the Philippines just through the simple acts of eating together and enjoying local delicacies.

We had a full room of guests who asked questions ranging from how to inspire teams who have adopted a much different attitude or company culture, to the key factors required to launch a successful tech startup.

One of Kenshin's main points was that no matter where you are or what you are doing, if you'd like to be prepared for a leadership role in 2030, you had better start trying to lead people today.

On behalf of everyone here at Doshisha Business School, we'd like to thank Kenshin and his team at Hacarus, the ACCJ and all of the members in the audience who physically attended the event as well as everyone who logged in remotely to join via the Facebook Live video stream.

We are currently finalizing plans for our third event in this speaker series that will be held in mid-May. We look forward to seeing you there or at a future Doshisha Business School event.
Doshisha Business School was honored to have Kenshin Fujiwara, Founder and CEO of Kyoto-based AI startup Hacarus come to campus as part of the joint Doshisha/ACCJ Essential Skills for Leaders in 2030 Speaker Series on April 13.

The main topic of Kenshin's talk was focused on company culture, and he shared a number of personal stories related to how he as founder and leader of the Hacarus team has worked to create a company culture that instills a positive spirit among all of his team members. When trying to compete for top talent against big tech companies like Mercari, Google, Facebook, Netflix, etc., how can a small company stand out? Kenshin's insights showed that even a small Kyoto-based company like Hacarus can compete and successfully recruit top talent if it focuses on creating a company culture that is unique and original.

He shared a number of examples of how he has integrated Kyoto cultural elements, like tea ceremony experiences and Zen meditation into his company events, and how he has built relationships of trust and respect with his teams in both Japan and the Philippines just through the simple acts of eating together and enjoying local delicacies.

We had a full room of guests who asked questions ranging from how to inspire teams who have adopted a much different attitude or company culture, to the key factors required to launch a successful tech startup.

One of Kenshin's main points was that no matter where you are or what you are doing, if you'd like to be prepared for a leadership role in 2030, you had better start trying to lead people today.

On behalf of everyone here at Doshisha Business School, we'd like to thank Kenshin and his team at Hacarus, the ACCJ and all of the members in the audience who physically attended the event as well as everyone who logged in remotely to join via the Facebook Live video stream.

We are currently finalizing plans for our third event in this speaker series that will be held in mid-May. We look forward to seeing you there or at a future Doshisha Business School event.