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Blog Migration Complete

Blog Migration Complete

It’s official. Everything from the old WordPress.com version of likeafishinwater.com has been moved over to the self-hosted, WordPress powered site. Most of the bugs have been ironed out and aesthetic adjustments are mostly done. It’s been exciting and a little scary to have complete access to the source code for the blog. Customization options are...
Blog Backend Upgrade, Changes for Subscribers

Blog Backend Upgrade, Changes for Subscribers

On 5/24/2013 likeafishinwater.com will be moved off WordPress.com blog hosting and over to shiny new digs at a self-hosted WordPress installation. With an upcoming move to China, I wanted to have the material accessible from behind the Great Firewall without VPN. In the long term, I’d like to have more control and customization options for...
South Orange Village Center Alliance Launch

South Orange Village Center Alliance Launch

The past several months have been a whirlwind of formation and planning activity for the South Orange Village Center Alliance, but on an evening in late November the group formally launched its brand to the public. This is the chosen name for the special improvement district management entity that aims to bolster the economic and...
Launching new company: Third Place Media

Launching new company: Third Place Media

Just a short note here, as you’ll be hearing plenty more about this for the foreseeable future: I decided to take my list of “stuff I want to do when I have the time and money, someday” and just do it. I left my position at the Corporate Eco Forum and am launching my own...
Going Out to the Ba

Going Out to the Ba

I recently met up with four other alumni from the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS for short), where I attended classes as an exchange student for a few months in 2008. This was the first time a group of us had organized a get together in New York and, to the...
The Once and Future Japan

The Once and Future Japan

As we approach the one year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that dramatically impacted eastern Japan, many are assessing what progress has been made in recovery efforts. Sobering reports have noted that, while the most dire situations have been contained and some debris has been corralled, life has still not returned to...
Recent Rundown 3

Recent Rundown 3

Here’s an update on all that’s happened since Recent Rundown 2 (January 11, 2012). Planning for Fun and Profit In an effort to get a firmer handle on my long term career planning, I’ve started actively reaching out for help and guidance from others. My friend Tim, one of my project managers from my IBM...
Just Getting Started

Just Getting Started

When I was a freshman in college, I looked up the Mandarin equivalent of “thank you” for an ill-conceived experiment communicating with restaurant staff while picking up Chinese takeout. In return I received a look of bewilderment, then a smile, and finally a barrage of unintelligible sound that I’m going to guess was an interrogative...
Recent Rundown 2

Recent Rundown 2

Happy new year! Other than coverage of the Mitsuwa Marketplace Umaimono Food Fair, it’s been radio silent since the first Recent Rundown in November. Here’s a quick catchup to get us off on the right foot for 2012. Corporate Eco Forum We put on a webinar for our member companies featuring Gavin Neath, Unilever’s Senior...
Recent Rundown

Recent Rundown

So, true to my word, it’s been a daunting challenge to carve out time for blogging in the recent few months! I still plan to write up the really good stuff as able (a report from the recent Mitsuwa food fair is in the works). I also wanted to find a way to capture other...
Scene Change

Scene Change

At the Corporate Eco Forum we run an entirely virtual office. Most days, each of us works from our respective home offices. On occasion though, it helps to escape from familiar environs to physically and mentally break away from routine activities. Such was the case this week, when the three of us based in and...