There is important news for Disrupting Japan this week.

It’s a very short episode because I just want to let you know what’s coming, and to thank you for all your support over the years.

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Welcome to Disrupting Japan

Straight talk from Japan’s most innovative startups and VCs.

I’m Tim Romero, and thanks for listening.

Big changes are coming to Disrupting Japan.

Our 10th anniversary is coming up this September, and you know, I thought about making this change then, but no. No, there is too much going on right now now to wait for four more months.

For the past ten years Disruption Japan has brought you the stories of Japan’s most successful entrepreneurs, and I am going to continue to do that. But starting today, we are going to be hearing from Japan’s leading venture capitalists as well.

There are a few reasons for the change. Part of it is that the Japanese venture landscape is changing fast, and in some very different snd important ways than what we see in the US.  Understanding innovation and startups in Japan requires understanding how it all gets financed and understanding the changing role that venture capital is playing here.

The other reason for the change coming now is that these days as a Partner at JERA Ventures, these are the waters in which I swim. And there are some incredibly interesting trends and changes going on in the ecosystem that I will be sharing with you. Naturally, we’ll also talk about the kinds of startups VCs are investing in now and where they see the market heading in the future.

And of course, Disrupting Japan will still be talking with founders —  a lot of them! After all, that’s where the change and the innovation really comes from. The founders are the are men and women who are actually in the arena, fighting the good fight, and changing the world.

So I’ll see you right back here in just a couple of weeks.

And most of all thanks for listening, and thank you for letting people interested in Japanese startups and investors know about the show.

I’m Tim Romero, and thanks for listening to Disrupting Japan.