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seven dreamers, Haier, laundroid, Shin Sakane (阪根 信一), and Makoto Sato (佐藤 誠)

So … “seven dreamers” filed for bankruptcy on 23 April 2019. You might have seen it on Yahoo! Japan, slashdot.org, or engadget.

They hired me on 28 February as a director to shepherd the Laundroid (styled “/laundroid”) to production ramp in time for Christmas. They tried to illegally cancel the accepted contract not too long before they filed.

They never paid me. They didn’t pay their employees or creditors, either. They’re now in receivership and, according to my lawyer I have no recourse but to join the creditors and receive perhaps 10% of what they owe.

I have quite a bit to say on the subject, and I will over the next few days. They didn’t have a shippable product for v1, what they did plan to release violated the GPL, and lied repeatedly about contracts and capabilities.

NDAs do not apply to bankrupt entities.

I invite any “seven dreamers” employees to contact me with their stories; I’ll anonymize them and post them here.

Executive summary for now: don’t join any company that has anything to do with either Shin Sakane (阪根 信一) or Makoto Sato (佐藤 誠).