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The Business Karaoke Podcast is both a podcast but a community of global leaders who exchange stories to modernize the dialogue around business in and with Japan. The Business Karaoke Podcast is sponsored by Design Thinking Japan.

Business Karaoke Podcast with Brittany Arthur Brittany Arthur

    • Business
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The Business Karaoke Podcast is both a podcast but a community of global leaders who exchange stories to modernize the dialogue around business in and with Japan. The Business Karaoke Podcast is sponsored by Design Thinking Japan.

    The Business of Gaming is not a Game with Dr. Serkan Toto

    The Business of Gaming is not a Game with Dr. Serkan Toto

    In this episode we are joined by Dr. Serkan Toto, CEO and founder of Kantan Games, a Japan game market consultancy.

    As you know, I approach any conversation we have on the Business Karaoke Podcast as if we're on a learning journey together. With all of the conversation around the Metaverse, NFTs, Crypto currencies  and a 2021 study showing that consumer gaming is bigger than movies and music combined, I thought it about time to dive into this topic that I've always known to be synonymous with Japan with a very real business case but that was about where my awareness ended. Which is why I invited Dr. Serkan Toto, a native of Germany but a local of Tokyo with extensive experience in gaming advisory, to walk the Business Karaoke community through this introduction of how in fact the business of gaming is everything but a game.

    In this episode we explore;
    The players in the current gaming climate - from the big brands to the amateur game developer,
    Drivers of change and new business models,
    Lessons for industry (from gaming),
    If we will ever see a virtual Olympics,
    The changing faces of athletes; Ninja and Lando Norris and
    The next content wave - Metaverse, NFT and gaming.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. I've linked all of Serkan's info in our show notes so feel free to connect with him and follow his work directly. Let me know your thoughts on this episode by reaching out to me on LinkedIn or over on Instagram under @Business Karaoke Podcast.
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    Follow Serkan and more of his work here:
    Website  |  https://www.serkantoto.com
    LinkedIn  |  https://www.linkedin.com/in/serkantoto/

    • 57 min
    Connecting Multidisciplinary Points of View Through Metaphor with Jennifer Shinkai

    Connecting Multidisciplinary Points of View Through Metaphor with Jennifer Shinkai

    In this episode we are joined by Jennifer Shinkai. You may know Jennifer as the founder and host of the Ikigai podcast or of the on-line community, Make March Matter. Today she joins us wearing yet another hat. This time of diversity and inclusion workshop facilitator.

    Jennifer walks us through both the how and the why of metaphor being a powerful tool for communication in your team. I wanted Jennifer to join us on the Business Karaoke Podcast to learn about how she uses metaphor as a tool for divergent thinking. I've spoken quite a bit that in my work with Design Thinking and innovation we use a specific structure to explore the problem and the solution. We diverge and then we converge, that means that we first go wide, go broad, go deep on a subject and then only after doing that do we synthesize.

    As I am always on the look out for how other facilitators, industries or methodologies provide structure to divergent conversation, my hope was to learn something. Perhaps that I could add metaphor to my divergent facilitator tool kit. And I can happily report that was absolutely the case. Not only did I learn about metaphor as a communication tool but I've used it in workshops since with some surprising results. Hold on to the end of the episode when I test out my own metaphor skill, in real time.

    If we only ever have a conversation the way we've always had it, we will only ever yield the results we've already seen.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! Don't forget to share you feedback with me on your favorite social media platform 🙏✨

    Let's begin!

    💡Key Conversations
    04:50 | The development Make March Matter from idea to community of 400+ people
    12:00 | Authenticity in multi-cultural environments
    23:00 | Points of View - if an image is worth 1000 words a metaphor is 1000 meetings
    36:15 | Examples from the field and a stand out story for Jennifer 
    45:30 | Creating the space need to explore new perspective
    53:15 | Jennifer's own Ikigai

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    Here's where you can find out more about Jennifer ⬇️
    Website  |  https://jennifershinkai.com
    Make March Matter | https://www.facebook.com/groups/makemarchmatter2020/
    LinkedIn  |  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The facilitator experience is also an experience; the remote work hero with Jakob Knutzen

    The facilitator experience is also an experience; the remote work hero with Jakob Knutzen

    In this episode we are joined by Jakob Knutzen. Jakob is one of 3 founders and the CEO of Butter - a full workflow for complex collaborative sessions which supports facilitators.

    Here's the story of how I connected with Jakob and why I wanted to introduce him to you, too. A few weeks ago, I posted my remote facilitator set up on LinkedIn and I asked for others to share any other of their favorite facilitator hacks or tips and almost instantly I had people tagging Jakob in the comments , asking "have you tried butter?" Hop forward a week, I connect with Jakob and he walks me through the most engaging, thoughtful and attentive space for collaboration I have ever personally experienced. It made me realize, after achieving participant comfort in remote sessions, it's now time shift the focus to the driver's seat, the facilitator. Where maybe, just maybe, we should have begun all along.

    Anyhow, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did and be sure to share you feedback with my on your favourite social media platform.

    Let's begin!

    💡Key Conversations
    09:00  |  Start Up 1 to Start Up 2: How learning from past failure can set you up for future success.
    21:10  |  The undesigned-for user is remote work is... the facilitator!
    32:20  |  Building the right it and building it right: designing and prioritizing for user engagement
    42:25  |  Inspiration from extreme users
    43:50  |  Leadership style changing over time and holding space for feedback
    54:20  |  The next tech-steps in enhancing

    Here's where you can go to connect with Jakob or know more about butter
    LinkedIn  |  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jakobknutzen/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Your Stories as Your Toolkit with Kristy Ishii & Nina Cataldo

    Your Stories as Your Toolkit with Kristy Ishii & Nina Cataldo

    Welcome to our firs power pair guest appearance at the Business Karaoke Podcast. We're joined by Kristy Ishii, a bi-cultural career transition & wellness coach for expats in the USA and Japan and Nina Cataldo, DEI facilitator, identity coach and the founder of Hafu Ladies (a worldwide community for hafu and mixed-Japanese womxn).

    In this episode we deep dive into how to navigate the challenges of growing up and now running businesses in a mix of cultures and languages. Then to reframe these challenges in a way to use them to your advantage.  
    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. I'd invite you to go ahead and share this episode with anyone in your network who might benefit from it.
    💡Key Conversations
    07:25  |  The impact of environment on your growth
    14:05  |  Leaning into our difference culture inspired personalities to navigate the world
    24:00  |  Pivoting your business in the face of challenges
    41:30  |  Leveraging your stories as your toolkit
    49:30  |  Creating the conditions for collaboration

    Connect with Kristy & Nina here:
    Kristy  |  Instagram, LinkedIn
    Nina  |  Instagram, LinkedIn
    Brave, Bold Mastermind  |  Website

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Everyone is Your Customer but You with Fuminori Gunji

    Everyone is Your Customer but You with Fuminori Gunji

    In this episode we are joined by Fuminori Gunji. Gunji was a founding team member of Softbank Robotics from 2013 to 2016, leading Softbank's domestic B2B businesses and overseas expansion efforts. In 2017, Fuminori Gunji headed business development for MakeLeaps. By the end of 2018, Gunji had successfully closed MakeLeaps’ M&A deal with Ricoh and went on to lead MakeLeaps in 2019 as COO until resigning in 2021. Fuminori is an adviser at Blue Circle and a mentor for 500 Startups, a global VC firm.

    In this episode we do something different. Rather than having an English and a Japanese episode we are promoting a new model and mixing it all up in the one episode. The first half is in English and we dive in Gunji-san's journey of being raised in German, Japanese and English and how he leveraged his unique background to ever be creating new opportunities and value for his customers and then we switch to Japanese and talk about everything from reverse culture shock to the challenges surrounding the Japanese model of 'copy paste' when it comes to global expansion and about the mindset shift that happens when you think of every single person around you as a customer.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. I'd invite you to go ahead and share this episode with anyone in your network who might benefit from it.

    Key conversations
    🇬🇧  04:35  | Gunji-san's Journey
    🇬🇧 16:00   |  Lessons applicable from big corporations that served Gunji-san well in his startups
    🇯🇵 35:55  |  Reverse culture shock
    🇯🇵 46:40  |  Reflections on Japanese management practice

    To learn more about Gunji-san, connect with him here:
    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/fuminori-gunji-38a22589/
    Blue Circle | https://www.bluecircle.co.jp/

    • 1 hr 10 min
    VR & the Metaverse - a CEO Perspective with Takuma Iwasa

    VR & the Metaverse - a CEO Perspective with Takuma Iwasa

    In this episode we are joined by Takuma Iwasa. Iwasa-san is the founder and CEO of IOT consumer electronics company, Shiftall Inc.

    I first met Iwasa-san when I visited his Tokyo offices with a mural friend. I say office but it really is more like a buzzing lab. Each person uniquely designed their own workplace with things that inspire them and it's not uncommon to see people walking around wearing prototypes. When Facebook changed their named and unveiled the concept of the Metaverse and VR as the next phase of the internet, I thought who better to talk to about all this than someone who already lives there.

    In this episode, Iwasa-san shares his journey from being a curious student of computers to his role as the founder and CEO of Shiftall. We explore the gaps in expectation of VR, the Metaverse as the internet 2.0 and the kinds of contributions Iwasa-san sees his company making to build that reality.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did and moreover, I hope it brings you value and is worth your time.

    Let's begin!

    Key Conversations
    05:45  |  When did you fall in love with computers & Intro to Iwasa
    17:05  |  Shiftall current team and how they come up with new products
    23:40  |  Gaps; Localization and exhibition and end user
    31:43  |  Metaverse as Internet 2.0
    36:05  |  Halitrax and preparing for the Metaverse
    45:48  |  Metaverse use cases
    53:35  |  What's the Japanese pulse on privacy and Iwasa's hope looking forward

    This episode is also available on YouTube ⬇️
    https://youtu.be/2cTqyIkD1OI

    Find out more about Iwasa-san here:
    Website | https://ja.shiftall.net
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/warenosyo
    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/warenosyo/

    • 1 hr 3 min

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