Katz currently works as the Chief Communications Officer at Macareux Digital, Inc. (Formerly concrete5 Japan, Inc.) to spread the word of Concrete CMS, a free open source contents management system.
He is helping a number of Japanese corporations to runs their website and web services.
As one of his side project, Katz funded JapanExp and YokosoNews to provide travel, culture and lifestyle information of Japan.
Katz has always tried to be the best story teller who can move people.
Katz was born and raised in Yokkaichi, Mie, Japan, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream to become a filmmaker. After graduating from California State University, Long Beach, he has worked on dozens of independent film projects as well as national TV programs as a producer; in post-production, and sound designer.
Then, he started working for several publishing companies. He was self-taught as a web designer. In 2006, he started working for Entertainment Today, an entertainment weekly since 1967, then he became the editor-in-chief in 2007.
In 2009, he joined an open source software project, Concrete CMS, to start translating and marketing in Japanese.
In 2010, after years of preparation, he launched a social media web project, JapanExp, to explore, express and export Japan. As one of its projects, he launched YokosoNews to introduce travel, lifestyle and cultural information of Japan to, and welcome people to visit from overseas.
In 2011, during the aftermath of March 11 East Japan Earthquake, he immediately started the emergency live stream via Ustream which caught the attention of one million viewers within a month. Those viewers include: ABC; Washington Post; Al Jazeera; German Public Radio; Russia Today and other media outlets.
While working for YokosoNews project which uses Concrete CMS, he started helping others to use CMS by helping translation, building Japanese community. Eventually, with the core community members, we funded Macareux Digital (formerly concrete5 Japan, Inc) to provide corporate support to Concrete CMS users since 2012.
Since then, not only he has grown the community, but also involved with multiple projects including enterprises, universities, government institutions.
Katz and his colleagues helped Concrete CMS to become one of the trusted CMS in Japan.
As the project gets bigger, Katz started to get involved with network infrasture as it is required by global companies, secure websites, high traffic media site, or mobile app services.
He has also been working with enterprises to support tens of millions of monthly traffic to support businesses and their customers.
Currently he also runs CoderDojo Owari, an open source programming club for youth.
He organized other meetups such as Web Marketing Meetup Nagoya (Mautic Meetup Nagoya), and Tech IT ALL Nagoya, and the member of WordPress Meetup Aichi (where he met his wife), and JAWS UG Nagoya (AWS User Group – Japan).
He has helped organize various conference events.
Katz holds AWS Solution Architect certificates & loves jogging. He usually runs 300km every month, and love curry rice.
He’s always wanted to help many people and has been looking for new ventures as the fast paced web and media world evolves.
About this blog & Disclaimer
This is Katz’s personal blog site. I’ll write anything I want. And sometime I use this blog as draft for YokosoNews article. Since some articles are “draft”. It could be lack of resources and may not contain correct or accurate information.
Katz is not intend to provide inaccurate information, but sometime, you need to tell stories as much as possible without enough provision or editorial supervision.
Please help me fix my grammar.
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