170 afleveringen

Startups are changing Japan, and Japan is once again starting to innovate. Disrupting Japan explores what it's like to be an innovator in a culture that prizes conformity and introduces you to startups that will be household brands in a few years.

Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan Tim Romero: Serial startup founder in Japan and indomitable innovator

    • Ondernemerschap

Startups are changing Japan, and Japan is once again starting to innovate. Disrupting Japan explores what it's like to be an innovator in a culture that prizes conformity and introduces you to startups that will be household brands in a few years.

    DJ Selects: How this Musical Shoe is Helping Hospitals

    DJ Selects: How this Musical Shoe is Helping Hospitals

    Most great startup ideas don’t grab your attention right away. It takes a while before the founder’s vision becomes obvious to the rest of us. On the other hand, the startups that immediately grab all the press attention often go out of business shortly after shipping their first product. Reality never seems to live up the to promise.



    And then there are products like Orphe. This LED-emblazoned, WiFi-connected, social-network enabled dancing shoe seems made for fluffy, flashy Facebook sharing, but only when you really dig into it, do you understand what it really is and the potential it has in the marketplace.



    Today we sit down with Yuya Kikukawa, founder of No New Folk Studio and the creator of the Orphe, and we talk about music, hardware financing, and why this amazing little shoe is finding early adopters in places from game designers to hospitals.



    It’s a great conversation, and I think you’ll really enjoy it.

    • 39 min.
    Why Japan’s #KuToo is Not Really About Shoes

    Why Japan’s #KuToo is Not Really About Shoes

    Today I am going to correct two big mistakes; one of my own and one of society's.



    I lot of listeners emailed me about the comments I made regarding how Japanese companies treat their employees and customers while they are pregnant. I got it wrong, so I would like to set the record straight.



    I also explain what I see as the obvious answer to the current #KuToo controversy. I realize that this puts me at serious risk of having to publish another retraction, but I think it's an important way of looking at this problem.



    Please enjoy, and let me know what you think.

    • 20 min.
    Big News for Disrupting Japan! – Japan Startup News

    Big News for Disrupting Japan! – Japan Startup News

    There is big news for Tim and for Disrupting Japan this week.



    It's a very short episode, and I have no special links or show notes this time around. Please give the show a listen for the big reveal, and please accept my sincere thanks for all your support over the years. 



    Disrupting Japan is just getting started. The best is yet to come.

    • 7 min.
    The Ultimate Guide to Raising Money in Japan

    The Ultimate Guide to Raising Money in Japan

    Today I explain how to raise money as a new startup founder in Japan.



    I’m going to give you a clear and actionable plan so that:

    1) You can decide which VCs you should approach

    2) You can set up meetings with partners at reputable Japanese VC firms

    3) You how to pitch in the most effective way possible

    4) You will have some strategies to help you actually close the round, and get the money in the bank.



    And you’ll be able to do it all in a reasonable amount of time without going absolutely crazy

     Now, I’ll warn you. Each of these steps is significantly harder than the one before, but you’ll be building up your skills as you move through the process.



    Also, as part of my research for this episode, I not only had a lot of conversations, but I also created an informal “Why Meet a Founder” survey and sent it to many of my VC friends in Japan. The survey asked what factors influenced their decisions to meet with a founder and hear their pitch. We’ll talk about the survey a bit during this podcast, and the results available to you as a special bonus download in the show notes on the Disrupting Japan site.

    • 53 min.
    How Japan’s forgotten past can stop IoT’s dystopian future

    How Japan’s forgotten past can stop IoT’s dystopian future

    Technology is global, but ideas are local.



    The same IoT technology is being deployed all over the world, but a small Japanese startup might be who helps us make sense of it all.



    There is amazing work being done in user experience design, but most designers are operating with the contract of keeping users engaged. This is a fundamental shift from the traditional user-centered and functional design approaches.



    Today we sit down with Kaz Oki, founder of Mui Labs, and we talk about user design can actually improve our lives and help us disengage.



    We also talk about the challenges of getting VCs to invest in hardware startups, why Kyoto might be Japan's next innovation hub, and what it takes for a startup to successfully spin out of a Japanese company



    It's a great discussion, and I think you will really enjoy it.

    • 47 min.
    Japan leads the world in this one important branch of AI

    Japan leads the world in this one important branch of AI

    Technology develops differently in Japan.



    While US tech giants have been grabbing artificial intelligence headlines, a business AI sector has been quietly maturing in Japan, and it is now making inroads into America. 



    Today we sit down again with Miku Hirano, CEO of Cinnamon, and we talk about how exactly this happened. 



    Interestingly, Cinnamon did not start out as an AI company. In fact, when Miku first came on the show, the company had just launched an innovative video-sharing service. Today, we talk about what lead to the pivot to AI and why even a great idea and a great team is no guarantee of success.



    We also talk about some of the changing attitudes towards startups and women in Japan, the kinds of business practices AI will never change, and Miku give some practical advice for startups going into foreign markets. 



    It's a great discussion, and I think you will really enjoy it.

    • 44 min.

Top-podcasts in Ondernemerschap

Luisteraars hebben zich ook geabonneerd op