On New Year’s Eve, Hiroid Yoshida, editor-in-chief of TechCrunch Japan, died at the age of 49. In addition to being a tremendously valuable member of our international team, who helped build a site presence on the international stage, Hiro-san was a thoughtful, warm and kind co-worker who influenced the lives of those of us with whom to work. It was a pleasure.
I have worked with Hiro-san at two consecutive TechCrunch Tokyo events. The size and scope of the show was an influential motivator for the team he led, as well as his own passion for technology. During all of this, he was an ideal ambassador for an electric startup community and technical journalism – a passion in every aspect of his work and life. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, he continued that vision to help turn the conference into a virtual event.
He is survived by his wife, two young children, and a site and staff who will continue their raids for a long time to come.
TechCrunch Japan publishes its own reflections on the life and career of Hiroid Yoshida That you can read here. We’ve asked the site’s editor, Takeya Kimura, to share additional thoughts below,
He started his career in KADOKAWA / ASCII. He had been writing articles about Apple and tech companies for over 20 years. With his deep knowledge, he became Editor in Chief Macpeople, A magazine for Apple fans, and ASCII Weekly, The publication he led for eight years.
In 2018, he became the editor-in-chief of TechCrunch Japan. He was an incredibly hard-working worker with long-term vision, who never complained about work. As editor-in-chief of TCJ, his team ran TechCrunch Tokyo, the largest startup event in Japan for three consecutive years, including its first online event, “TechCrunch Startup Battle Online 2020”.
Until the last moment, he was in love with his wife, his newborn twins, his cat and TechCrunch Japan. After his long journey, he now rests in peace, wearing his beloved TechCrunch Japan T-shirt.