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Mujin CEO, Issei, was a special lecturer at the University of Tokyo

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Issei was a special lecturer at a class called "Entrepreneur Dojo" at the University of Tokyo (Todai), where students could learn more about entrepreneurship and startups. The lecture was done online due to COVID-19. 
Based on the experience of running his own company, Issei talked to more than 400 students about the history of starting a business and how to make a strategy. 
The importance of company management1. A sense of stabilityThere are always risks associated with new businesses. A common cause of a venture’s failure is the failure of the relationships between founders. When Issei agreed to start a business together with Rosen, the co-founder of Mujin, instead of thinking "Rosen will succeed", Issei was confident that "If Rosen fails, he is strong enough to start from the beginning"  (Mujin Story: Meet Mujin founders). 
Although they sometimes fight, the two founders of Mujin can proceed business without worry as they have to trust each other. 
Mujin …

Mujin Story #2: first customer and first funding

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Japan is famous for its highly integrated manufacturing process and automation. The long history of high manufacturing standards also produced strong Japanese robot manufacturers known in the global market for producing high-quality robot arms (Japan has a 50% share of the global market). As for the software, let’s say a robot brain, each manufacturer has developed an operation system based on their separate standards and specifications, which is not a very efficient method. Thus in these 40 years, although industrial giants have invested enormous amounts of money to develop this technology, robots have yet to achieve autonomy, and humans are still required to calculate their movements. The range of use for robots is limited.

Mujin has invented cutting-edge technology that gives industrial robots, which were originally good at repeating preprogrammed functions, the power to reason about their surrounding environment. 
In order to better understand and see Mujin one should plunge into…

Working at Mujin: An Intern's Perspective

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We would like to get an inside look at how different roles contribute to Mujin’s success. Mujin Internship Program is designed to match students interested in pursuing career in robotics field with Internship opportunities spanning a variety of technologies. Today I talked with Tab, who is an intern in Hardware team at Mujin and a graduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago.


What originally attracted you to Mujin? How did you become interested in robotics? I came to know Mujin through LinkedIn intern position and applied. And the first thing I noticed compared to other companies, is a large social media presence, which is very attractive to me. I’m a very extraverted person, so I can see Mujin is very transparent in this way too, which is important for me. Seems that in Mujin everyone knows the product, robots and everyone likes robots. 
 "I can see Mujin is very transparent"
What attracted me about Mujin itself is robotics and Japan. This combination, together, i…

Mujin Story: Meet Mujin founders

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One hour of stopped production line can lead to the loss of one hundred million yen and can hit not only the industry, but our daily life too. Currently, we all can see the panic in supermarkets where customers load toilet paper, hand sanitizer, canned goods and cup noodles into shopping carts. 
Behind the scenes, logistics companies actually have problems trying to keep delivering products to support everybody’s life. E-commerce businesses have begun to develop new technologies and experimental supply chain models to increase package volume, expedite deliveries, and delight customers. 
Significant labor shortage, aging Japanese (not only) population, heavy work at logistics sites and factories, bad working environment, is not a problem anymore when you implement robotics. And Mujin helps you to make it happen. 
Let me introduce you to Mujin, an intelligent robotics controller maker company, which is changing our lives already. In order to better understand and see Mujin one should p…

Retrospective view of Mujin

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Since its founding, Mujin has remained committed to the field of industrial robotics. This is because we are confident that Mujin’s teachless technology, which makes robots more intelligent and easier to use, extends their range of practical applications, expands their market, improves the productivity and quality in production sites, and, in the near future, creates valuable solutions to the problems of declining birthrates and aging populations in developed countries including Japan.
Mujin is not just a robotics Company. It is the place where the automation dream becomes a reality. It is the place which provide to everyone the most exciting job you’re ever had in your life. It is the place where advanced robotics technologies clashes with the real world needs. The place where the world’s leadest things create the software engineering practices are being apply every day to the tough problems and engineering. 
We've been around for about 9 years now and have been lucky enough to …

BMF: Big Mujin Fan!

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We would like to get an inside look at how different roles contribute to Mujin’s success. Let’s start with the Human Resources division, which is responsible for a range of different functions. They recruit, screen, interview, train and place employees (Day 1: Each Person is Valuable)
Read on to learn more about Yuzuki, working for public relations and recruiting, who always smiles😀
Yuzuki’s career path Even though she loves her position, Yuzuki didn’t always dream of a career in recruiting/PR. When she was younger, she wanted to be a housewife. But then she found out she wanted to work closely with people.
Yuzuki has 5 years of experience working as a recruiter in Japan and overseas. During these years, she realized that to successfully hire talented people, being just a recruiter is not enough. She became interested in company branding and how it is important to communicate who you are and what you do to inspire them to get to know the reality of the company.
Yuzuki recalls that “W…

Hungry? There is a free lunch!

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People connect over food - that’s why we meet friends, family, or dates for dinner or drinks. Sharing a meal brings us together and encouraged us to interact on a personal level.

Team building during lunch is a great way to increase cooperation within coworkers, improve communication among teams and, as a result, the power that comes when co-workers have fun together. That’s why one of the many benefits at Mujin is a free buffet-style lunch made fresh every day by our chef (please check our #benefits).


At Mujin, the original idea was to eliminate as many distractions as we can and continuously support our talents. All they have to do is think about coming in, and we, Mujin, take care of everything else they needed during the day.
But lunch time has become something more than just another meal. It has become a core part of our culture and employee satisfaction: it is a space for creativity, collaboration, and authenticity. Lunch time is now a venue for relationship building between te…

Speak & Lunch at Mujin

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Just like how misunderstandings can occur in our daily lives, when we communicate with someone from a different background or culture, miscommunication within an organisation can be a big problem. The same problem might be understood or viewed differently by different employees. 
Imagine that all your employees come from different backgrounds (Diversity: everyone is unique) and speak different languages. It would be very difficult to communicate effectively. So, how do we deal with this? Clear communication within an organization is one of the keys to success. 
In Mujin, there are employees from 21 different countries. This fact makes Mujin a global company. A global company united by a common language.

During Speak&Lunch
It is said that people are shy to speak another language because they don’t want to make mistakes in front of others. At Mujin, we share two common languages: Japanese and English. Mujin provides weekly Japanese classes for those who want to learn, and to help so…

Diversity: everyone is unique

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What is cultural diversity?

The Oxford Dictionary defines cultural diversity as "the existence of a variety of cultural or ethnic groups within a society". A diverse workforce employs people from all walks of life: all  backgrounds, genders, ages, races, religions, and abilities.

Our team at Mujin is composed of members with 21 different nationalities. We all came from different cultural background, we all have different lifestyle, and our way of communication is also quiet different. We all have our own stereotype about each country, even if we hear or read something about a certain culture. It’s important to realize that this doesn’t mean everyone from that particular background acts/thinks/believes the same thing.  

In Mujin we encourage our employees to get to know each other better where we can do our own research and learn about people, understand how each person is unique and valuable for Mujin.  We don't judge each other's political, religious or national vie…

Mujin LOGO : the hidden meaning

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"What’s in a name?", Shakespeare wrote in his famous "Romeo and Juliet". As you remember, the entire play is based on this statement, and all main characters are trying to say that there is no difference. Well, there is a difference, each name has a meaning. 
Same for the company's name, we call it "branding". It is a very important to know what was the intent when founders decided how to name the company.
"I didn’t want a robot arm in the logo", Mujin CTO and logo creator, Rosen Diankov, said. “Robotics has nothing to do with making the robot hardware".

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see our orange/red/grey logo? It is obvious that the "M" in the logo stands for Mujin, but few of us know about the deeper meaning behind it. 
First, the meaning of "mujin". 無人 means unmanned, no people. Isn't it the best way to describe what this company is actually doing? In our logo it is written “Mujin…

Recommended book for young people

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Have you ever think how people become successful? Do they have dreams? How these dreams become true?
Mujin is a place where we witness the clashes between advanced robotics technologies and real-world needs and where our software engineering practices must come face-to-face with these issues. To achieve it, first, it's better to understand what does the artificial intelligence mean.
Daily Industrial Newspaper (日刊工業新聞) posted an article where famous entrepreneurs recommended books for young people. One of the book was recommended by Mujin CTO Rosen Diankov. Dr. Rosen Diankov
"We are at an age where AI is necessary for any type of job. Being influenced by this buzzword, we feel that great things will happen by utilizing AI. However, we are unable to make decisions without the correct information. 
Both successful and unsuccessful events which occurred during the 50 years of AI research history are organized in this book. Written like a novel and easy to understand, it is widely…

Robotics is the future

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Will robots change our lives in the future?
It's a funny question to ask when they're already changing our lives now in so many ways and they have been for years. From the first time I saw a subway  driving by itself, I've accepted that machines can be trusted to do casual things for us. Robotics are no longer a subject of science fiction novels, movies, and TV shows. And here, in Mujin, we have a chance to be in the front-line for the future changes!
When was your last time you purchase something online? Me, this weekend, I have automatic water delivery. Very convenient because it’s same price as at the shop, choice is much bigger, and the delivery is coming right to your apartment which is very important for women and disabled persons. The future is already here, and in Mujin we continually making it happen. For example, to get your delivery on the next morning cannot be possible without automation. And here Mujin solutions step in. Mujin is the only company offering a wi…

Why was Mujin able to realize Intelligent robots?

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Mujin is a start-up established 8 years ago will about 100 employees. It makes robots intelligent and realizes automation of manufacturing and logistics. 
If you’re curious to know more, please take a look at our previous article! 

Intelligent Robots?! What does Mujin Actually Do?

When linking Mujin controllers with robots from various manufacturers, they begin to recognize products’ placements and positions, and automatically generate the most efficient movements. 

We’d like to explain why Mujin was able to realize this product and the secret behind how it came this far. 
1.Mujin’s founders and the team

The first reason that Mujin’s products were realized is, of course, because CTO Rosen and CEO Issei, the co-founders of Mujin, were there.

Rosen is an American born in Bulgaria. He learned computer science and AI in high school and graduated UC Berkeley at the top of his class. He then earned his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University and experienced postdoc at the University of Tokyo. Called t…

Intelligent Robots?! What does Mujin Actually Do?

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“Automating robots through the power of software and contributing to the increase to world productivity” 

Under this mission, Mujin Inc. was established by Japanese CEO Issei and American CTO Rosen. Handling solutions for manufacturing and logistics with about 100 various members gathered from 16 countries?! We’d like to explain what kind of projects Mujin, this unique venture, is working on.


For Example, Logistics Fields 
Today in Japan, it is said that the working population is decreasing at the rate of 2,000 people a day. On the other hand, EC (E Commerce) is rapidly growing, and the lack of workforce is becoming a serious issue in the logistics field. When you order something online, the process of taking a product out of the warehouse, packing and shipping it occurs. At first glance, it seems easy for a robot to handle this. However, almost all the work at warehouses are done by humans. Why is this?

System of Industrial Robots
When installing robots, usually we ask a professional to “…

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