Startup Dinner with #smileat: (Apr 20) How Can Restaurants Use Social Media To Promote Themselves?


As mentioned in the previous post, we just planned the first event of Startup Dinner in association with #smileat.

In the first half of the event, we invite three key players to discuss a collaboration of restaurant business and social web services.   We expect them to focus on how social media helps them promote and follow up their customers.

We expect to have lightening talks as well.  If you are interested in presenting your new service, please drop us a line to info[at] or post an @reply tweet.  We can have three presentations, and each of them is requested to finish in five minutes.   We’ll cover them on this website and get comments from our advisors as usual.

Furthermore, we have a closed Facebook group that allows you to talk with the Startup Dating organizers and the #smileat participating restaurant owners.  If you with to join the group, please drop us a line.  Thank you.

Hashtag: #startupdating

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In order to avoid possible inconveniences that the post-disaster situation and scheduled blackouts may cause, please remind you this edition will start 30 minutes earlier than usual, which means starting at 6:30pm.

6:30pm-7:30pm: Panel discussion, A new relationship of restaurant business and social web services. How can we make O2O (online to offline) true?

Door opens at 6pm.

Panelists: (in arbitrary order)
Osamu Ogasawara / @ogasahara
Jin Uehara / @ueharajin
Hitoshi Nakamura / @hitoshi
Kazuma Ieiri / @hbkr

7:45pm-9pm: Startup Dinner
8pm-8:30pm: Lightening Talks


9:15pm: Final call

Lightening talk presenters are now being invited.  Please drop a line to info[at]

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[Date] 6:30pm-10pm, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 (Door opening at 6pm)

[Admission fee] 3,000 yen a person (applied all for entrepreneurs, developers and others)  including light refreshments and a glass of beverage.

This edition takes place at Shabuan, a restaurant serving pork slices parboiled in hot soup, for cerebrating the first Startup Dinner.   Since the restaurant has a limited number of seats, you will be put on our waiting list after we have fifty applications.    For giving your seat to as many people as possible, please let us know ASAP if you find you cannot make it.

[Venue] Butagumi Shabuan
2nd Flr., 7-5-11, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo


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