2016 was the inaugural year of our new top
contributor program: Magento Masters. Many have asked what it takes to
be a Magento Master, so we figured it would be great to
spotlight our 2016 Magento Masters and let you get to know them
and why they decided to get involved and contribute within the
(In case you missed it, we recently announced our 2017 Magento
Masters. Meet them here.)
Let’s get to know Hirokazu Nishi, CTO at Veriteworks Inc:
Hi everyone, My name is Hirokazu Nishi, CTO of Veriteworks,
Japan. I’m an organizer of the Magento Japan community. My main
job is to develop Magento based eCommerce websites for Japanese
merchants, and also trainings for other companies using
How and when did you first get involved with Magento?
The first time I met Magento was September 9, 2007. I saw it on
Japanese Open Source news website. At that time, the beta
version was just released, and, compared with now, it couldn’t
say [it was] a good performance platform. But I felt there was
no other application with the same functions as Magento. I had
a feeling that it was a stronger solution than any other
applications in Japan and it must have great potential. Since
then, I started localization and organizing Japanese local
community. These are the most important missions for me.
What made you decide to contribute to the Magento community?
When I met Magento, I simply felt It [would] be a great
solution. I have to ride this new wave. That was the beginning
of my contribution to the Magento community.
How has the Magento community impacted you?
It changed my life completely. I attended many events as a
speaker, organized events, and disclosed my codes on Github. At
last, I became a co-founder of Veriteworks, Magento specialized
company. These are all brought from Magento and its community.
What’s is your favorite Magento event to attend or organize?
My favorite Magento event to attend: Magento Imagine and
MagentoLive. It is hard to choose. Of course, I love to
organize Meet Magento Japan and attend other Meet Magento
events, [like] Developers Paradise.
What is your most memorable career experience?
I used to work as a project manager and developer at some
projects that have deeply customized codes and heavy traffic. I
learned the right way on how to do customization and
performance tuning through those projects. These projects
brought me many experiences about how to live with Magento in
CTO, Veriteworks Inc
Hirokazu is CTO of Veriteworks Inc, a Magento solution partner
in Japan. He has been involved with Magento
community since 2007. Hirokazu maintains Japanese
localization and payment integrations. He also loves to ride
his motorcycle to go touring and camping.