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Great post from day #4 at SxSW event in Austin featuring several famous local players in the mobile biz! http://bit.ly/i02Orj
Huge Congrats to All who carried the flag into Texas this week..
Three hours after getting off the plane, Akihiko Kodama was celebrating the launch of his companyâ€™s iphone application in a downtown Austin bar. He wasnâ€™t just celebrating the launch, he was sharing stories and photos from Japanâ€™s earthquake with coworkers. â€œEven in this condition, we came here, to let the people know about this,â€ Kodama said.
Kodama is the project manager at domo, a mobile app thatâ€™s part of the Tonchidot Corporation, a large Japanese internet company. Domo is one of a few Japan-based startups at SXSW.
Osuke Honda, a partner at DCM, the venture capital firm that has invested in domo, has been in the United States for the last two weeks. He returns to Japan in two days. â€œIt doesnâ€™t seem real,â€ Honda said. â€œI have to see it in order for it to sink in.â€
Japanâ€™s earthquake struck the same day SXSW began. SXSW is as much a gigantic party as it is a learning and networking event – itâ€™s not known for its philanthropy. Since the earthquake, many of the handful of Japan-based startups attending SXSW banded together to promote the Red Cross relief effort.
â€œMy employees are still over there facing the crisis,â€ said Ryo Shimizu, president of the Tokyo-based Ubiquitous Entertainment and leader of the relief effort. â€œThey are very scared.â€
As of Sunday night the SXSW relief effort had raised $1,986, Shimizu said. â€œWe donâ€™t care how people help, but we hope that they help.â€
How you can help: The quickest way you can help? Texting â€œRed Crossâ€ to 9099 sends $10 to the organization. Via Denver Post.
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