- 9 months ago
It’s rare for a Japanese startup to challenge NTT and come out ahead. But that’s exactly what Takehiro Ogita and his team at TownWiFi have accomplished.
TownWiFi is a mobile app that automatically detects and logins into available WiFi hotspots. Since TownWiFi was very modestly funded, Takehiro and his team relied on a better user experience and word of mouth to get the word out.
Today we sit down with Takehiro and dive into that story, but we also look at the company's existing overseas userbase and his plans for global expansion on a shoestring.
There is so much changing among Japanese startups right now, and Takehiro explains some of the social forces working for and working against new Japanese startups.
It’s a great discussion, and I think you’ll enjoy it.
The universal problem with free WiFi
What allowed TownWiFi to gather a userbase so quickly
Why Rakuten produces so many startup founders
Why Takehiro had to hide his startup from his family