Issei Suzuki

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On November 15, 2018, Issei Suzuki commented on Opening up the doors of city hall, everywhere :

Very interesting read, especially as I am new to this field and am discovering about the efforts made in the field of open innovation by The World Bank.

As I’m new to the field, your questions posed me some further questions I wanted to explore. As for the ability of The World Bank to be able to demonstrate what it preaches, how active is The World Bank in hiring/inviting people who are experienced in the field of open innovation to join its leadership ranks? If it is difficult currently, is there a way it would become possible? I felt that acquiring experienced talent would be one of most straightforward ways to acquire capabilities an organization is working to strengthen.
I was also curious to learn what are some examples of specific success cases (of even pilot-stage projects). The more early wins and success cases The World Bank can provide, the more it would be able to provide convincing argument for government of other countries to join its efforts.

On November 15, 2018, Issei Suzuki commented on JBS and Robot Butchers :

Fascinating article, extremely informative. I appreciated that you brought this topic to light, because while I consume meat on regular basis, I was not aware of the innovation that is beginning to happen in the supply chain of meat.

I felt your proposal for automated prototype made much sense and would be a catalyst to change the industry in a steady manner.

As for other possible sources of data, I struggled to think of one. You mentioned that, while the technology can replace human sight, it is the sense of “touch” that is difficult to replicate. Perhaps the company could collaborate with doctors and medical companies to uncover ways to diagnose the meat without relying solely on the trained sense of butchers. (I’m thinking of something like a mammogram for meat…). It could also benefit from working with various different types of meat species around the world to gain variety of data for its learning.

Great read on a company we are all familiar with.

I also thought that the first best market for this technology would be corporate clients. When companies host events, either for themselves or for open public, they have the money and the will to impress its participants. Creating memorable chocolates with customized design could be a very productive business, which will allow Hershey’s and 3D Systems to both gain experience through the business with corporate clients.

As for your second question, I imagined that, one day, this 3D printing technology will become like any other home appliances (oven, refrigerator, microwave, etc.) In this state, it would most likely be the retail users of this product (such as chefs) who will hold the power with their unique and non-replicable skills. However, I believe the the product still has a long way to go, so it will not be an issue for 3D printing tech company for many, many years ahead.

On November 15, 2018, Issei Suzuki commented on Lots of Chocolate for Me to Eat :

Fascinating read on a product that is very common to all of us.

From a competition standpoint, I was curious as with some others who posted here about how much of Hershey’s and 3D systems work will help them remain competitive. Do we have any idea as to the content of their contracts/patents? It does seem like a good match of companies here, Hershey’s with traditional chocolate production know-how and 3D systems with the operation know-how of 3D printing. At the same time, I wondered how much of this could be replicated by its competitors, and if so, in what time frame.

I also felt the potential of this technology in high-end market of foods, like cake and gourmet restaurants. It would be fascinating to see what companies like 3D systems can do and how they could have an impact on entire gastronomy community in the future.

On November 15, 2018, Issei Suzuki commented on The London bus is dead. Long live the London bus. :

This was a very interesting read to know how the transportation system is evolving in London. It was also interesting to see how the disruption in private sector (CityMapper) is causing a problem for the mass public as a whole by causing inefficiency in TfL.

A possibly radical idea I had was, “What if the city opened TfL to be run by a company, like a company (with restrictions on keeping the bus stops in some area, to protect the people)? Would that help foster competition and improve the efficiency of the city as a whole?” The idea came to my mind because that is basically what happened for postal service business in Japan. From late 1990s to 2000s, Japan Post, a massive 250 trillion dollar organization, became privatized to promote competition with transportation companies and help the organization become more efficient. As a result Japan Post has been able to hire industry experts in various fields, from logistics to wealth management, to improve its effectiveness. While collaboration between CityMapper and TfL is certainly ideal, I thought of opening up the operation of TfL to industry experts could be another way to advance the London transportation system.

On November 15, 2018, Issei Suzuki commented on The Death of the Starving Artist: Patronage via Patreon :

Very interesting article. I was completely new to the world of crowd sourcing for artists. I see the importance of this type of business that, while many find value in what particular artists do, there are not enough venues for people to provide sponsorship or token of appreciation for what the artists do.

The answer to your question in my case might be very basic and traditional…I find motivation to pay for someone’s effort when 1) I see a broader cause of some sort (connects to charity that is meaningful to me) and/or 2) the pay is for some form of special event. For example, I may pay if I know that the part of payment goes to schools that generate artists of certain topic. Also, if there is a special event or exhibition of some sort, that gives me an excuse to donate and enjoy the content that is only available during limited time period.