Magento Masters contribute a lot to the Magento Community so, naturally, people want to know what makes them tick. In this Magento Masters Spotlight, we’re chatting with Hirokazu Nishi, CTO of Veriteworks Inc.
Hirokazu was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions through organizing Meet Magento Japan, MageFuji, the Magento Japan User Group, and the Advent Calendar Magento blogging project, as well as Magento 2 translation efforts for the Japanese community and speaking engagements on Magento 2 topics.
Who Are You and What Is Your Role?
My name is Hirokazu Nishi, CTO of Veriteworks Inc. My role is to lead all Magento related projects in our company and also decide the technical direction about our company.
How and When Did You First Get Involved With Magento?
2007, September. I [first saw] Magento at an open source related news website. At that time, Magento was beta status. Magento 0.6 was my first impression of Magento. Since [then], I started organizing and taught Magento’s features and benefits to Japanese users. Finally, I launched my company and recently we hired fifteen or more employees.
What Made You Decide to Contribute to the Magento Community?
Early days of Magento, [they] didn’t have the Enterprise Edition (now Magento Commerce). Their old edition [was] Community, and we could try all features as free, and [it was] also easy to introduce other person Magento features. So I started a BBS website and mailing list, and also having booths and seminars at open source related events, and gathered the persons hoping to use Magento.
How Has the Magento Community Impacted You?
Community is my passion’s base about Magento-related business, because, without community, we cannot survive the business. Community users and my clients give so many impressions and knowledge. And then we can gather many things from them and get strength from the other competitors in the country.
What Is One Piece of Advice You Live by And Would Like To Pass On To Other Developers?
Maybe keep active working. Do not give up [on being a] community member. And keep your passion to share [with] other guys, and celebrate each other.
Do You Have A Tip for Merchants And Developers To Maximize Partnership?
So most merchants don’t know the technical knowledge and developers that don’t know the merchant’s requirements or merchant’s circumstances. So developers should know merchants more deeply. Also, merchants maybe tell their requirements and clarify to developers.
What Does Being a Magento Master Mean To You?
Is part of life. Because I have been in the Magento community over ten years, so Magento is already part of my life. That’s why being a Master is also my part of life. I hope to be a Master in the future and also expand my activity in the community more and more.