Before entering the field of web hosting, I ran a snowboard manufacturing company in the United States. This was at a time when the Internet was first being discovered by consumers.
I wondered if I could get my snowboard company online and start selling snowboards worldwide. But we had no IT department and no idea how to grow our business online. The only IT services available were prohibitively complicated and expensive.
I started to think: "Why were there no easy-to-use IT services around that could help small or medium sized enterprises grow their business?" If there wasn't an easier solution, online growth of Japanese business would be stifled and so would Japanese Internet culture. .
With these thoughts in mind, I decided to start my own web hosting company. That was in 1996.
Seven years later, in 2003 we entered the digital certificate market, recognizing that widespread adoption of digital certification was critical to Internet safety and security.