On May 15, 2011, the smartphone app Pirika was launched, having been developed by Naoya Takahashi, now our Director, and the rest of the development team. During the first month after launch, only 100 pieces of litter were picked up. Even so, I was moved by the fact that people I did not know at all were picking up litter using the app.
I moved out of my then house to save on rent, and traveled between Tokyo and Kyoto in search of investors. We continued to make improvements to Pirika, and the amount of litter picked up through the app gradually increased.
We incorporated Pirika, Inc. in November 2011. In order to establish Pirika, I needed my postal address. That was how I ended my homeless life.