Canvas Mapple Co.

CEO & President 
Yukihiro Yamamoto

1962
Birthplace
Tokyo/Japan
Message to young people
If you want to succeed, the first thing to do is devote yourself to work for a whole year, dumping everything else. That will make the world around you different.

I was just an ordinary child. I liked science classes and was obsessed with assembling microcomputer. I often went to the Akihabara electronics shopping district by bicycle for LEDs, circuit boards and other components. When I managed to assemble a computer by reading special science magazines, I would show it off to friends who shared the same hobby. Although I majored in commerce at Keio University, I wanted to get a manufacturing job after graduation.

While many of my classmates found employment with trading companies and financial institutions, I got a job with a nonferrous metal maker and worked there for seven years, primarily as a provider of material products to manufacturers, until I changed my job to an electric appliances maker, hoping to work more closely with consumers.

I am thankful to the appliances manufacturing company for having let me experience a wide range of businesses – budget management, production, planning, sales and development. I thought that not an individual person but a team could make it bigger and better. Later on, I founded Canvas Mapple Co. with a friend from college and another friend.

In the first year after the company's founding, I traveled around Japan to look for and recruit talented people in the hopes of producing a good car navigation device with them. We specialized in the development of portable navigation equipment. In the spring of 2009 I formally assumed the presidency of the company.

For the company to get into the black for a single year, the company had to quadruple its sales over the previous period, compelling me to actively work for everything - negotiating with development companies and others concerned, promoting the products, etc. I have also been mindful of our staff morale, hoping that the staff could freely bring out the best of their very abilities and produce superb navigation devices

I would like to create a new value and a system for directly delivering that value to the consumer in this era of the Internet, through which you can search a vast amount of information. I would like to have our company be ready to deliver you valuable information through various devices.

Company Profile

Name
Canvas Mapple Co.
Headquarters
Tokyo/Japan
2006
employees
33
business
Development, planning and sales of digital maps for car navigation systems
url
http://www.canvasmapple.jp/