After about a year and a half of development, we released the first Smart Doll 001 which was modeled after our mascot Mirai Suenaga. The demand for her was way more than I anticipated.
We were still stuck in my house without much room to grow but I needed to scale the production line as soon as possible while demand was high. The steady cash flow that came into the company meant that we could soon secure a new office but had to continue working with the space that we had until we had the cash.
Renting an office is a bit different than renting a residential apartment where the office landlord can require up to 6 months rent and we were looking at about 800,000 yen per month for the space that we would need to expand the business for the next year or so.