Adrien Durvin


Independent Agent


Arnold Schwarzenegger, cycling from Tokyo to Fukuoka in ten days, or why I sometimes look at the sun.


Out of Northern France comes our Northern Frenchman – by way of Paris, of course, where all sensible Frenchmen go to complete their education. In a parallel universe, Adrien is an explorer, so it’s no surprise he felt a longstanding curiosity about the Rising Sun and right at home as soon as he touched down here. From his background as a chemical industry sales engineer in the old country, he stepped into the foreground of life as a specialized recruiter here in Tokyo without a hitch, and after seven years of working in his niche market he felt more than ready to take it over. Which he did. That brought him to Zensho Agency because, as he says, “I believe in freedom of time and location. And trust.” Inspired as much by the genius of Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos as by the adventure spirit of Sarah Marquis and Mike Horn, Adrien is constantly packing his days with business or packing for the great outdoors. Often both at once. His most recent “hobby” is managing two AirB&B listings in Asakusa. Colleagues attest to the fact that this guy never misses an opportunity: no wonder we get along so well.

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.