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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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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,

Oracle first came into Japan more than 25 years ago, but the challenges they faced and overcame then are exactly the same ones firms are facing today in executing their Japan market entry. - Allen explains why Oracle needed a unique sales and marketin...

You would expect that event-focused startups would be some of the hardest hit by the global pandemic and lockdown, and for the most part, you would be right. - But Peatix is one event startup that adapted fast and is now actually thriving during the l...

I've never managed to find a direct road to success. - My bio reads like a random walk down many different career paths, so I always feel unqualified to answer when people ask me for career advice. Today, however,

Japanese businessmen famously fear failure. - But that understanding is horribly incomplete. In fact, there is one type of failure that is admired, almost sought after, in Japan. Today we take a look at the trap of the Japanese glorious failure,

Almost all startup accelerators are going bankrupt and going away. - Hiro Maeda, the founder of two of Japan's most successful, and most different startup incubators explains both the brief past and precarious future of startup incubators and accelera...

Innovation drives society forward, but everyday competence keeps it on the road. - Over the past five years, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about the importance of disruptive innovation, but today I’d like to talk about the framework that allows di...

Some of the most important startups are ones you never hear about. - Some industries are so complex and arcane that its hard for people on the outside to understand the problems that startups are solving or the long-term gain of solving them. -