Hi, Satoru! What were you doing before joining Le Wagon?
At first, I was working in Uzbekistan as a consultant for international projects at the Embassy of Japan. After that I joined a Japanese consulting company where my job was basically writing reports and collecting data. As time went on, it became harder to ignore my frustration with fax machines and piles of paperwork that had to be processed manually. I sometimes had to travel more than 100km to get a hand-written form from the customer.
How did your programming journey go?
For the Demo day, Satoru’s team built a web application called Decoder which scans food products and sends alerts based on your food restrictions (from 38:26)
What did you do after graduating from the bootcamp?
After graduation, someone I knew offered me a first freelance gig to collect market data and prepare datasets - Le Wagon course on web scraping proved extremely useful for that. Two months later, I shifted to a web development role, and just a few days ago, the project officially kicked off, along with my promotion to full-time member.
It was very interesting to see my company GourmetPro starting from scratch and quickly turning into a fast-growing business. In short, GourmetPro is a consulting firm for food and beverage companies supporting market entry - down the road, we aim to become a freelancer platform for market consultants.
Are you happy about switching from a corporate job to the startup world?
On the other hand, large Japanese companies are more stable and mature to a point where you don’t really need to worry about your company’s future. If this lower-risk situation sounds more appealing to you, then a corporate job is probably a better fit. To be honest, I personally find it suffocating to follow rigid procedures and attend weekly drinking parties. Nothing will make me go back to a corporate job again!
Good luck with your future projects, Satoru! Happy that you could find the workplace aligned with your goals 😍