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Can a side-project turn into a tech conglomerate? 🤔

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OK, enough about all of this. Story-time!

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Who is Yoshikazu Tanaka?

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Have you heard the phrase: "Six Degrees of Separation"?

It's the idea that every person is, at the most, six social connections away from anyone else in the world.

It's a powerful concept and has inspired many successful tech startups like LinkedIn and GREE. Today, let's talk about the latter.

At 26 years old, Yoshikazu Tanaka built GREE, and with it, was able to successfully emulate the triumph of American social networks in Japan.

Today, GREE is a tech conglomerate across several verticals, including games, live entertainment, digital media, advertising, and investment.

Tanaka's advice to entrepreneurs? “I think the number one advice I can give you is - you just have to start it. Just get your feet in the water and do it. I learned a lot from just trying it out."

Very simple & basic, but frankly, having spoken to many aspiring entrepreneurs, it is a serious challenge that they face. At least start it as a side project - Tanaka started GREE while still working at Rakuten.

But what motivated him to do so? Find out the full story by clicking here: Yoshikazu Tanaka's story.

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