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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.



Episodes with Smash Notes

You never hear the names of some of the world's best SaaS startups. - Why waste money building awareness among consumers when you can quickly and steadily grow your B2B business across Japan then across Asia? -

Manga is one of Japan's best known exports, but it's surprisingly hard to make money here. - Today we dig into exactly why this is. We sit down with Sho Ishiwatari, founder of Mantra, who explains how is company is trying to expand the global market b...

Subscription boxes can be a tough business. Most of these startups shine brightly as they burn through investor capital and flame out well before becoming profitable. But there are exceptions. So today we sit down with Danny Taing,

There is a very good reason B2B SaaS is huge in Japan right now. - Today we sit down with Chiemi Kamakura, co-founder and CEO of Agatha, and she explains why. - Agatha is a Japanese SaaS company that has been global from Day 1,

Coming up with ideas is easy. Spotting the bad one early is a rare skill. - Today we talk with Yo Shibata serial entrepreneur an investor about how you know if you really have a great startup idea. - We chat about what it was like being acquired by R...

Coming up with ideas is easy. Spotting the bad one early is a rare skill. - Today we talk with Yo Shibata serial entrepreneur an investor about how you know if you really have a great startup idea. - We chat about what it was like being acquired by R...

Once the disruptors become the incumbents they are ripe for disruption. - Uber, Grab and rest of the ride-sharing startups have clearly disrupted the global taxi industry, but that doesn't mean they got it right.

NFTs are easy to understand if you examine their core utility.  Unfortunately, there are thousands of NFT promoters spending millions of dollars to make sure you never look at that. - This episode is a departure from our standard format,

We have been dreaming about flying cars (and startups have been promising them!) for over 70 years, and it looks like we might almost be there. Orders have been placed, and delivery schedules set. - Today we sit down with Tom Fukuzawa of SkyDrive,

Cloud visionaries promised us unlimited scalability, but they greatly underestimated the amount of data we would start producing. - Today we sit down with Michael Tso, the co-founder of Cloudian, and he explains why some systems are just too big for t...

Japanese university and government venture funds play a much larger role in Japan than in the West. - I've always considered this difference to be, on balance, neutral, today's guest makes a convincing case that these funds are actually hurting the st...

It's hard to get paid to do what you love. - Perhaps no one understands this better than dancers, but Taku Kodaira and his team at Mikro Entertainment are on a mission to fix that. - But this conversation, and Mikro Entertainment itself,