I’ve got a special bonus episode for you this week. Last month I was part of a panel discussion...Read More
Category: Japan Venture Capital
Welcome to our 100th show. If you are new, welcome to Disrupting Japan. If you are a long-time...Read More
Today we sit down with Dave McClure under the cherry blossoms and talk about startups, funding,...Read More
500 Startups has been one of the driving forces behind the utter disruption of how seed funding is done. That shift is one of the reasons we have seen such large and diverse startup ecosystems emerging around the world. Japan, however, often changes more slowly than other nations.Read More
Disrupting Japan is one year old, and ready to party. To celebrate , we gathered some of the leaders of Tokyo’s startup community together in front of a live audience, had a few drinks, and talked about the future of startups in Japan.
Our panel included perspectives from software, IOT, and venture capital, which led to some interesting discussions.Read More
Almost all startup accelerators are going bankrupt and going away.
Hiro Maeda, the founder of two of Japan’s most successful, and most different startup incubators explains both the brief past and precarious future of startup incubators and accelerators. We talk not only about the mechanics and challenges of what it takes to make an incubator successful, but Hiro has some practical advice on when founders should consider joining an accelerator and how they can avoid the 99% of them that provide no real value.Read More
Casey has been on the founding team of several Japanese startups in markets ranging from from retailing, to recruiting, to information sharing, to private social networks for pachinko parlors. Add to that the fact that he’s just published a book on Japanese startup founders and their stories, and you won’t be surprised to find that this turns out to be a pretty interesting discussion.Read More
The startup ecosystems in America and Europe are built around people like Ikuo, but men like him are still quite rare in Japan. After founding a series of successful (and a few less than successful) startups, Ikuo moved to the other side of the table and begin investing and mentoring.Read More