Japan had been a global leader in robotics for decades, but recently the traditional Japanese...Read More
Category: Japanese Culture
This is a rather personal episode. We have no guests this time. It’s just you and me. Today,...Read More
Using artificial intelligence to change the way the education system works seems like a fool’s...Read More
There are a lot of passionate opinions about Japanese design. From the beauty and subtlety of the...Read More
Seeking help for even minor mental health problems still carries a stigma in Japan. This is...Read More
Hiking, back-country skiing and mountain climbing are not usually the first things associated with...Read More
You don’t usually think of Japan’s geisha as being an industry, but it is. In fact, strictly...Read More
Uber and Airbnb represent a new very kind of startup, one that could not have existed twenty years ago, and the very thing that make these companies so transformative in the United States ensures they will never succeed in Japan. You see…Read More
Over the last 25 years, both Zest and Yuki Ito have been through several different incarnations. Interestingly, these incarnations perfectly mirror the changes we have seen in Japan’s startup scene in that time.
Today Zest makes cloud-based, field-service software, which …Read More
Koki Hayashi of Letibee is walking a difficult path by combining a startup business with social activism, but he just might pull it off. Japan is very rapidly becoming more accepting of those who are openly gay, and 2015 was a year of extremely rapid progress for gay rights.
Letibee has plans to capitalize on this movement…Read More
Japan has a long cultural fascination with human-like robots. Literature, cinema and anime are filled with them, and perhaps not surprisingly, a large number of Japanese startups are focused on making anthropomorphic robots. I have to admit that this fascination never really made sense to me until Shunsuke explained it during this interview.Read More
Startup culture has crazy and contradictory views about failure. As founders we are told to fail fast, but also to never give up. We are told to follow our vision, but be ready to pivot. Somehow this macho-bullshit culture of “I never really fail and ‘m not afraid of failure.” has become dominant amount founders. But it’s the result of denial. Trivializing failure is a way of not thinking about it’s effects.
The truth is that failure sucks. Failure is painful. Failure …Read More