For the last two months, Signal played host to Hiroyuki Nezu and Satoshi Yamada, two engineers from Yahoo! JAPAN, one of our strategic partners. We really enjoyed having Hiro and Satoshi work out of our office, and we learned a lot from each other.
They both found ways to get involved in the local culture. Satoshi joined an inline skating club and explored Chicago on his skates. Hiro joined a weekly guitar class at the office, taught by Product Marketing Director Josh Dreller. “I have been playing guitar 25 years, and these days I don’t have much time to play,” Hiro said. “The class was awesome, and it was great to play with other people.”
Before they headed back to Japan, Satoshi and Hiro held a dinner party for their American counterparts. Signalites enjoyed gyoza, sukiyaki, and clams cooked in sake, among other dishes. The guests also had the chance to enjoy (or recoil from) nattō, fermented soybeans with a stringy texture. “One of the guests said that it tastes like soil,” explained Satoshi.
So, what do Hiro and Satoshi think about Signal?
“Signal is having a very exciting time,” said Satoshi. “People are independent about changing their environment, and are comfortable being themselves.”
Hiro concurred. “Signal people are very helpful, and they collaborate very well. The company is flexible, and there’s an emphasis on customer service.”
We hope they can come back and visit us soon!
Check out these photos of Hiro and Satoshi working at Signal, hosting the dinner party, and exploring Chicago: