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I’ve been writing and speaking about Japanese startups and innovation and about Japan market entry for a very long time. More important, I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’ve started a number of companies in Japan and have lead the Japan market entry for others.
Disrupting Japan was a labor of love that has grown much larger and much faster than I ever imagined. If you are curious about who I am and how this podcast came to be, you can find out far more than you ever wanted to know about me.
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At least once a week, someone will ask me what my favorite episode is, and they are usually disappointed by my answer. They are all my favorite. There is not a single episode of Disrupting Japan that is not my favorite. Each guest teaches me something new, and some of the shows have crazy back-stories about how they almost never happened. Sometimes, I’ll do an interview that is not good enough to be my favorite. I don’t publish those.
They are all my favorite.
I understand that this is not a particularly helpful answer. I get it. There is so much information here, and you want to know where to start. So I created a list of the topics I get asked about the most and selected a few of my favorite conversations on each of them. This way you can start with whatever sounds the most interesting to you.
Japanese Hardware Startups
- Japan’s Laundry Folding Robot Is Taking Over Your Closet – Seven Dreamers
- IoT and the Future of Poop – D-Free
- The Hard Truth Behind Japan’s Cute Robots – Yukai
- Disrupting the Final Frontier – AxelSpace
- More about Japanese hardware startups
Women Startup Founders
Venture Capital in Japan
- Startup Fundraising in Japan – Live & Unleashed
- Why Your Startup Accelerator is Going to Die – Hiro Maeda
- Why Japanese VCs are Losing Out – James Riney of 500 Startups
- The Japan Startup Factory – Casey Wahl of Red Brick Ventures
- More about venture capital in Japan
Tim’s Thoughts on Japanese Startups
- The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan
- Why I turned down $500K, Pissed off my investors, and Shut down my startup
- I Was Wrong. Startups Are Not The Future of Innovation in Japan
- Japan’s Startup Renaissance – Creativity, Risk & Process
- More of Tim’s thoughts about Japanese startups