A QUICK INTRODUCTION ABOUT WHAT YOUR COMPANY DOES/YOUR VALUES/MISSION.
I am just putting over seven years of research and information into a new Company being established.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
Initially I was on a property of 250,000 acres which had 250,000 sheep and 100,000 cattle plus stock feed. Left for the city about 18 months later and after some very hard work I made the first off airport Duty Free in the world without an airport affiliation. Sold at the peak of the Duty Free went to China and formed an Import and Export Company. After four years left China and joined my Family in Japan where I have been for over ten years.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME A YEAR OR TWO, WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF?
Do not go back look at what you have and be happy.
WHAT PROBLEM DOES YOUR BUSINESS SOLVE?
being able to grow vegetables all year round, using about 20% water of what is required by normal farms, able to grow about 80% faster with as little as 2% discard and keeping a working atmosphere which young people will accept as great. Also it can be computer controlled and placed on an area about half what is normally required.In addition the quality of the items will be fresher, more standard in size and we can even control the sizes to be more consistant for packing and distribution. there are a few other advantages but we can discuss if required.
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR BUSINESS?
It started with a request from Australia a friend who was in the cotton business and he was having water problems.
WHAT IS YOUR MAGIC SAUCE?
I believe like my Duty Free at the time I would NOT have any competition as no Company in the World has been successful being able to achieve what I can.
WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?
I would like help establishing a promo type of my system, I believe I have a farmer here who will allow me to put a system on his land and who is already supplying the main distributor of vegetables in Japan. I originally had prices from China but rejected them because I found out they were trying to copy and as I did not give full details they could not continue.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE FACED SO FAR?
I think money because the main so called angle investors all wanted interest from day one and were not interested in a percentage of shares. Any new business which starts out with a debt seldom can get above the debt, and this is a problem here in Japan.
HOW DO PEOPLE GET INVOLVED/BUY INTO YOUR VISION?
AS vegetables are controlled by just a few Companies in Japan we would have to supply them as trying to be a distributor and grower would be at the start a very hard goal to achieve in Japan. If we started in the USA or Australia or even the UK we would need confirmation of sales prior to starting. Growing is not a problem.. However we can grow near outlets and even control delivery dates so fresh would be a huge advantage. Longer shelf life and better taste. I am open to most logical ideas, from sharing a percentage to even sharing management . Also I am very open to ideas and as long as the offer is honest I am sure we can set the World on fire with my idea.