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Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan on Smash Notes

Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan podcast.

January 03, 2020

Startups are changing Japan, and Japan is once again starting to innovate. Disrupting Japan introduces you to some of the Japanese innovators that will be household brands in a few years and explains what it’s really like to be an innovator in a society that values conformity.



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A lot of great ideas seem crazy when you first hear about them. - Today Ryotaro Ako, founder of Atopiyo, explains not only why this is a great idea that is deeply valued by his users, but he also frankly talked about the difficulties in bringing it to...

Disruption comes slowly to medicine.  And that's a good thing. - Since the ethos of the profession is "First, do no harm", it makes sense that safety and efficacy are prioritized over rapid innovation. - But innovation does happen,

Artificial Intelligence makes a lot of people nervous. That's understandable. - Today we sit down with Ken Fujiwara of Hacarus to discuss why that is, and what this startup is doing to fix it. - As in so many other fields,

Today we are going to look at a different kind of innovation. - It's not technology. It's not patentable, and I'm not sure it's scalable. But it is important. - It turns out that the story behind a Japanese viral video can teach us a lot about the fu...

The automotive industry is closed and proprietary. - But Shinpei Kato, founder and CEO of Tier IV, thinks they are going to be forced to change. Teir IV has brought together a global community of programmers and corporate partners to create the Autowa...

Startups exist to develop new solutions to problems. - But many of society's biggest problems fall outside traditional startup business models. - Today we explore why that is, and how it might be changed as we sit down with Robin Lewis,

Personal aviation is awesome! - Aviation has been a source of inspiration and a symbol of innovation since the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, to Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, to today's dreams of colonizing Mars. -

Disrupting Japan is six years old and ready to party! - Unfortunately, we can't. Like so much else in 2020, this year's big, live show has been canceled, but I hope you'll make it next year. - It's not all bad news, of course.

Bio-tech is messy because life is complicated. - A lot of attention is given to computers sequencing genomes, but some of the most advanced and important work is done by studying and using other living things to make our own lives better. -

We have always loved maps. Maps combine artistry and utility in a way that very few disciplines allow. - But of course, it's always been a trade-off. The beautiful, ornate maps from centuries past told you where the major landmasses were,

You don’t usually think of Japan’s geisha as being an industry, but it is. In fact, strictly speaking, it’s a cartel. A cartel that is now being disrupted by internet-based booking agencies and low-cost substitutes.

They probably mean well. They are telling you something that is easy to understand and that seems like it's true at first, but it's still a lie. - I received an overwhelming response to my recent episode on success via public humiliation,