Thinking About a Drink & Bar Business?

Like many people, this writer has not given much thought to what drinks to try in a Japanese bar.  After much research on the internet, some interesting facts have been revealed.  For one thing, many Japanese people are unable to ‘drink too much’, as their bodies lack the enzyme which breaks down the alcohol.  According to the information available, many drinkers simply fall asleep after consuming alcohol, while others—the unfortunate ones—can die from imbibing without having any other of the more fun effects of euphoria or ‘buzz’ after drinking.

However, there are still bars in Japan and even a few in other countries.  So, following is a list of alcoholic beverages which are likely to be found in a true Japanese bar.

  1.   Both men and women in Japan drink beer.  The consumption of beer is also across all age, socioeconomic, and lifestyle levels.
  2. Japanese drinkers love whisky.  They prefer local distilleries whose offerings are sold with water on the side.  Whisky is generally drunk by older men with substantial financial means.
  3. Previously thought of as a foreign drink, it is becoming more common place to drink wine or ‘clear’ spirits.  Women favor these alcoholic beverages more than men; but, as previously mentioned, women drink beer as well.
  4. This drink is the quintessential Japanese alcohol, and is surprising low on the list of the favorite Japanese alcoholic drinks.  It is served cold in the summer and hot in the winter.  Made from rice, it is favored by the older generation and those who enjoy their retirement years.  It also has a strong kick, and should be drunk with great care.
  5. There are many combinations of cocktails offered in Japanese bars.  Everything from a Sake Mojito to a Choya-tini, which is a combination of Choya Shiso, dry vermouth and a lemon twist can be on a menu, but mainly in high end bars and hotels.

Chinese historians have documented the fact that even ancient Japanese liked to drink alcohol.  As far back as the third century, the Japanese people celebrated life events such as weddings, funerals and festivals with drink.

Today’s Japan is no different.  Even though their drinking culture is far removed from the westerns culture, they do have a wide variety of alcoholic beverages available.  In addition to this, as with most things, the Japanese have a code of etiquette associated with it.

One is never expected to pour his or her own drink, for instance.  It is up to your friend, or even a total stranger, to fill your glass.  It is considered in poor taste. Speaking of glasses, they are usually small, with the liquor being poured into the glass from decanted bottles or cans.   Of course, there is also ceremony associated with the pouring of spirits, as both the pourer and receiver are expected to acknowledge the act with a smile and a bowed head as a thank-you.

How to Start a Startup?

Live in the future. Most of us live in the past or the present. It is much easier to examine exactly what already was successful and think of ways to duplicate the success. It’s thinking by example. It is a legitimate way to believe, except that this isn’t the method to create a huge startup. Huge startups are based upon ideas of 2 kinds– apparent and difficult, like Elon Musk’s SpaceX; and non-obvious and tough, like Uber. If you do not see the apparent and difficult or the non-obvious, there is a name for it– “Schlep Blindness”. SpaceX is an apparent idea because the only other business that might send people to Mars, NASA, had no plan to do so at the time SpaceX started. So it is obvious. Because it is apparent and nobody else is doing it– a reasonable presumption is that it is impossible. Yet if you live in the future, it will also be apparent to you that mankind will either go to Mars (or another world) or go extinct at some point. More likely we will find a method to leave this blue pebble. So the difficult must be possible. With UberPool, the concept that at any provided moment there are at least 2 people going from about the very same area to about the same location is non-obvious. It requires at least 3 presumptions. It is hard because you would have to gather and store mountains of data about where people really enter a city. That sort of data analysis is just becoming available now. But Uber thought of it when they provided their first flight back in 2009. They were residing in the future.
See exactly what is missing in the world. You most likely discovered that prior to Uber, taxi trips weren’t pleasurable. You most likely saw that prior to SpaceX individuals were less thinking about space. However that is already the past. What is missing out on now? More significantly what is missing out on from your life now?
Write it down. No matter how smart you are, you will not remember all your insights. Your discussions with others, random observation, and shower ideas that are worth following up on. Compose these done or lose them. Daydreaming has worth. Einstein had another name for it– believed experiment.

Make a prototype. The majority of your thoughts, even the very best ones, will never ever see the light of day regretfully. You will forget them into oblivion even if you compose them down. The only exceptions are those thoughts you model. Makethem physical if they can be– program them, develop them, do anything that makes them more than simply thoughts. The majority of people will stop right here. So if you do this, you are already ahead of the imaginary curve.
Show the model to 100 people. Now you will need to get out of your comfort zone and seek out people who will critique your model. Preferably, these are both individuals you already understand and complete strangers. Why 100? Since you require a breadth of point of view and ideally a pattern to recognize from all the feedback.
Iterate. Although a few individuals will get it right on the very first shot, the chances are you will not. So prepare to renovate whatever from scratch. This is your “creator MBA”, except it is complimentary.
Find a co-founder. When the model begins making sense, go discover another person who will put a decade of their life into this job due to the fact that it will alter the world and they probably do not have a more meaningful thing to do in life at the minute.
Register your service. Split equity. Finally, an easy step. Get an attorney who will register your business. Give your co-founder as much equity as will make them work their hardest, while you keep as much as will make you give it your all.
Search for funding and develop variation one. Unless you have sufficient cost savings to construct version one, go discover a financier. While you are doing that build version one. You have to keep structure due to the fact that there is no guarantee about when or whether you find a financier. Don’t presume that you will even if other start-ups are getting moneyed. Assume the worst, and develop your product.
Launch. By the time there is even an iota of effectiveness in your item, launch it. Additional features, better user interface, faster load time and other optimizations most likely will not save it, if the core features have no usage.

Top Startups To Watch 2017

1. DimensionalMechanics commoditizes AI

In some ways, artificial intelligence is no more outstanding than good sense. After evaluating countless Instagram posts and their corresponding likes, the team at DimensionalMechanics, a Bellevue AI company, had created a program on its NeoPulse platform that examines how fascinating people might find an image. A broadcast business the firm is dealing with required convincing, so they ran a test with a series of images to see whether the AI referred editors’ intuition. The image roll included police tape with a blurred police automobile behind it– long a B-roll stalwart– and a shot of Mariah Carey showing generous cleavage. You can imagine exactly what image the AI endorsed.

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It’s those types of judgments, albeit ones that aren’t as apparent, that DimensionalMechanics intends to help clients with. The company recently started beta screening NeoPulse, which assists business build artificial intelligence programs without an artificial intelligence researcher on personnel. “We wish to turn AI into a commodity,” stated Rajeev Dutt, CEO and creator.

One application predicts the efficacy of headings. During a demonstration, engineer Armen Aghajanyan typed “President Obama and Other half Michelle Obama See Seattle and Cincinnati Gay Pride Parades” into the engine, and, based upon previous analyses of headline performance, NeoPulse predicted that dumping discusses of the First Girl and of parades would double traffic. “I don’t know exactly what people have against parades,” he said.

Dutt believes this is the future of computer-assisted decision making. “Our core focus is to make AI accessible. … Our focus is to enable whatever from small businesses to business applications.”

NeoPulse has been used to tag and search video archives, detect nudity, and render 3D images (the initial vision for the business was in the virtual-reality sphere). So far, clients are amazed; Dutt anticipates to ink at least two contracts this fall.– JB

Given the choice in between biking in the rain or driving in the rain and holding a conference call and receiving turn-by-turn directions, the dedicated professional will choose the latter.

But for a week in August, I picked the previous. Equipped with an electrical bike from Propella and a linked helmet from Coros, I was able to ride uphill without breaking a sweat, to accept calls and hear road sound, and I didn’t look like a buffoon utilizing either product.

After a couple weeks of using Coros’ LINX helmet, I met the company’s CEO, Chuck Frizelle, at a coffeehouse in Seattle. “As I was coming here, I almost faced 2 knucklehead bicycle riders, both which had earbuds (in),” Frizelle stated. “How do we get rid of the earbud? How do we offer individuals the music and podcasts and capability to take call, yet keep their ears wide open?”

The specifying feature of Coros’ product is the bone-conduction speakers that rest on the rider’s cheekbones rather of inside the ears. Combined with the microphone, sneakily installed in the forehead, they make mid-ride telephone call a breeze.

” We have actually had purists who would never ever listen to music” try the helmet, Frizelle said, “and One Hundred Percent of them come back and say, ‘This is amazing.'” Music for me, nevertheless, was an elusive pleasure– traffic sound consistently overpowered the speakers.

Because exact same traffic was where Propella’s bike was most satisfying. My test trip, a single-speed geared up with a six-pound battery where the water bottle generally sits, proved a deserving steed for metropolitan commutes. With the throttle thumbed and a couple of pumps of the legs, the bike rapidly gets up to 20 miles per hour– the motor’s maximum speed– and got me darting between vehicles in downtown Seattle.

Including electricity to cycling’s two most essential products makes the activity immediately more possible for commuters. I’m not a performance-oriented cyclist; buses handle the long legs of my commute. However Coros permitted me to field call and turn-by-turn instructions on a journey to an unknown Redmond office park, and Propella had me travelling at 15 miles per hour up the hill near Microsoft’s school that I typically dread.

” Our target clients are, well, in the gray location,” Propella creator Ben Tarassoli said. “Our minimalist approach helps that. We don’t desire an electrical bike that’s too aggressive or effective, however we don’t desire a regular bike, either. So our target client is … considering updating to get an increase of power.”

Both items have early-generation issues. Coros’ app translates decimal points as commas when it reads off trip stats; I was shocked to hear I had ridden 3,250 miles on a recent journey. Propella’s pedal-assist mode fires up when you stroll the bike, and I have abrasions on my calf to prove it.

But if you consider Coros’ and Propella’s first products as looks into the future of biking, you’ll see a practical road ahead. Strangely enough, these expensive products (Coros will retail for $200, and Tarassoli anticipates Propella bikes to eventually be cost $1,200) could equalize biking for all. After all, those two products are vastly cheaper than a cars and truck, and they’ll still get you to work on time and let you talk with your boss along the way.– JB