Fewer than 1% of Japanese consumers have ever purchased a product or service from a sharing...Read More
Category: Women Founders
Japan has a long history of small shopping streets and tiny markets. In fact, despite the...Read More
Seeking help for even minor mental health problems still carries a stigma in Japan. This is...Read More
Miwa Tanaka, CEO of Waris, is working to make things better for working women in Japan. Although...Read More
You don’t usually think of Japan’s geisha as being an industry, but it is. In fact, strictly...Read More
Everyone talks about the importance of international markets and how startups need to think globally from day one. Few companies, however, build that goal into their DNA as completely as Miku Hirano’s Cinnamon.
Cinnamon’s core product, Tuya is a micro-video sharing platform…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
Yuka considers Famarry to be the happiest company in the world, and looking at who her customers are, I think she just might be right.
But behind this happy company is an aggressive plan to disrupt a cartel of photo studios that have dominated the market for decades.Read More
Ari Horie has no interest “empowering” women and sensitivity training is not in her toolkit. Ari is showing the startup world that incorporating some of the problem-solving skills and leadership techniques favored by women improves their chance of success.Read More
Startup founders know that going from zero to one means not only making mistakes, but also asking for help. Unfortunately, in Japan asking for help has traditionally been seen as a sign of weakness. In both professional and personal life you are expected to be either a confident leader or an obedient follower.
Such attitudes…Read More