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Best Tim Romero Serial Startup Founder In Japan And Indomitable Innovator podcasts we could find (updated June 2020)
Best Tim Romero Serial Startup Founder In Japan And Indomitable Innovator podcasts we could find
Updated June 2020
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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, I'd like to share one insight about doing business in Japan that I learned the hard way.If you've been through something like this, I hope …
 
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, see how it's hurting startups, and examine our options on fixing it.Show Notes Life lessons from Mark the D…
 
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 accelerators. We talk not only about the mechanics and challenges of what it takes to make an incubator succes…
 
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 disruptive innovation to be a net positive to society.The coronavirus pandemic has some people looking f…
 
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.Freight forwarding is one of those industries.Today we talk with Taka Sato of Shippio, a startup trying to chan…
 
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 to the promise.And then there…
 
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 curre…
 
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.Leave a commen…
 
There has never been a better time to be raising money in Japan than right now.Founders ask me about fundraising more than any other topic, so this guide is long overdue. There are links that cover the basics in the Show Notes, and I will be keeping this page updated as new information becomes available and members of the community create new resou…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
Japanese enterprises are their own worst enemy when it comes to innovation.In this live panel discussion, I talk about my experience driving innovation at TEPCO, and Ion and Jensen share their experiences running innovation labs. This panel was part of the btrax Design for Innovation event in Tokyo last week.We talk about the specific challenges th…
 
This year at CEATEC, I worked with Plug & Play Japan to bring on stage founders from two very different hardware startups.We talk in-depth about what it takes to be a hardware startup in a world where venture capital seems fixated on SaaS companies and software platforms. Although their startups seem very different, Tomo Hagiwara and Keith Tan had …
 
The promise of AI is easily understood by anyone with an imagination, and for 40 years, venture capitalists have been enthusiastically investing in that promise.However, it's been significantly harder for founders to turn that investment into sustainable business models. Today we are going to look at why that is, and go over what might be a bluepri…
 
Education is very hard to disrupt.That’s both good and bad. Education is so important to both individuals and society, it should not be changed on a whim, but over time it seems that our institutions of higher education have drifted away from meeting students real needs.Yoshito Hori, founder and CEO of Globis, is making radical changes. He turned a…
 
Ad-fraud is one of the most profitable activities for organized crime today. The scammers are sophisticated, disciplined, and numerous, and they might be using your IoT devices to rip people off.Over the past decade, there has been relatively little of this kind of cybercrime in Japan, but that's changing as the ad-fraud crime networks go global. J…
 
The robotics ecosystem in Japan is amazing. And confusing.It's a collection of crazy ideas, odd creations, and true breakthroughs. And despite the combination of fawning prise and snide skepticism that Japanese robotics evoke in the international press, only time can really separate the true breakthroughs from the dead ends.Today, we sit down with …
 
Those of us who spend our lives working with startups live in a bubble. Whether you spend your days programming at a startup or investing in new ventures, you and I see things differently than “normal” people.It happens to everyone to some extent. We all tend to interact with people who are like us, who care about similar things and who work in sim…
 
I’ve got a special bonus episode for you this week.Last month I was part of a panel discussion hosted by Stanford University and the Japan Society of Northern California. It was part of this year’s Japan-US Innovation Awards, and it was a great conversation, so I thought I would share it with you.The panel was moderated by Dr. Richard Dasher and wa…
 
Startup founders claiming their company is going to “change the world” has become a cliche. But rarely do we see a product that could clearly and significantly make someone’s life better. D-Free is one of those products. However...By Tim Romero: Serial startup founder in Japan and indomitable innovator
 
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 startup ecosystem here.Today we sit down and talk with Hiroaki Suga, co-founder of PeptiDream. PeptiDrea…
 
Startups and venture capital work differently in Japan.The rounds are smaller, the priorities distinct, and while the same terms are used, people quickly discover that the definitions are often subtly different. The game is played differently in Japan.Today we get a chance to clear up a lot of the confusion as we sit down with James Riney, founder …
 
Startup culture has crazy and contradictory views about failure. As founders we are told to fail fast, but also to never give up. We are told to follow our vision, but be ready to pivot. Somehow this macho-bullshit culture of “I never really fail and ‘m not afraid of failure.” has become dominant amount founders. But it’s the result of denial. Triv…
 
I’ve got a special bonus episode for you today.Last month, I moderated a panel discussion at Coral Capital’s “Bilingual’s and Gaijin in Startups” event.'Our panel focused on what foreigners should expect when working at Japanese startups and what Japanese startups should start doing to better support their international employees.It was a great con…
 
The idea of computers capable of reading our emotions and responding to them is both fascinating and terrifying. Will this technology serve us or manipulate us?Well, the speculation is ending because the technology not only exists, but it is being rolled out commercially.Today I'd like you to meet Hazumu Yamazaki, co-founder of Empath. Empath is a …
 
We've been talking about smart homes and smart cities for a long time.However, it turns out that we are not willing to pay very much for simple convenience, so the technology is coming into our homes bundled with different agendas.We've seen this happen with the success of Alexa and Google Home, and we are now seeing it here in Japan with Nature Re…
 
Selling services in Japan is very different than selling products or software.Everyone knows that relationships are important in Japan, but not many people understand why they are so important, and how you can use that understanding to build a successful business here.Today Sriram Venkataraman explains how he grew InfoSys Japan from a one man opera…
 
This is a rather personal episode. We have no guests this time.It’s just you and me.New listeners might not know that for about one year, Disrupting Japan was sponsored and was my primary source of income.So today, rather than diving deep into a specific aspect of startups in Japan, I thought I would share the history of Disrupting Japan itself, ab…
 
The promise of renewable energy has always been alluring. Now that the technology has caught up to the promise, record amounts of wind and solar are coming onto the grid both in Japan and throughout the world. But so far startups, especially Japanese startups, have been playing a very limited role in this transformation.But that's starting to chang…
 
It's a great time to be a programmer in Japan. Everyone is hiring and there simply is not enough talent available.But why is that?The truth is that until about 10 years ago, programming was considered kind of a blue-collar, low-skill job. It was OK to start your career as a programmer, but if you had not moved into management by the time you were 3…
 
Corporate accounting is not usually the first thing the comes to mind when you think of disruptive technology, and for the most part, that’s a good thing. Daisuke Sasaki of Freee, however, is changing the way sales are made in Japan from the bottom up.By Tim Romero: Serial startup founder in Japan and indomitable innovator
 
A few years ago, shiny new startups were using their marketing dollars to tell the world that chatbots were going to change everything.Those marketing dollars have now been spent and most of those startups are no more. But for the past few years, one company has been quietly making chatbots useful, and they are now starting to make some noise.Today…
 
Everything about employment in Japan is changing.Lifetime employment is gone. Skilled workers are discovering that they have job mobility and large Japanese companies are increasingly confused by the fact that many new graduates don't want to work for them.Wantedly has been one of the companies that has changed the way corporate recruiting works in…
 
Uber and Airbnb represent a new very kind of startup, one that could not have existed twenty years ago, and the very thing that make these companies so transformative in the United States ensures they will never succeed in Japan. You see...By Tim Romero: Serial startup founder in Japan and indomitable innovator
 
The developed world is facing a severe programmer shortage. Around the world, coding boot camps have stepped into this gap to teach newcomers basic programming skills quickly.But in like so many other areas, Japan is different.Coding boot camps have been slow to take off here, and programmers are taught by a patchwork of academic degrees, on the jo…
 
For decades, Japan has been struggling with the economic need to attract more foreign residents to the country and the general social reluctance to do so.Over the years there have been some well-publicized failures and a few quiet successes, and Japan retains her image as a generally closed nation.But reality changes much faster than perception in …
 
The aerospace industry has been particularly resistant to disrupting in Japan. In the rest of the world, launch vehicle and spacecraft technology has made incredible gains over the past decade, but here in Japan its still mostly the same government contracts going to the same major contractors.Naomi Kurahara of InfoStellar, has come up with an inno…
 
There is something odd about the way we treat sleep. We understand that it is essential for good health, but we are almost ashamed when we admit that we get enough of it. We are rightfully proud when we keep our resolutions to go to the gym more or to eat a more healthy diet, but if we get a good night's sleep, we tend to keep it to ourselves.In fa…
 
Whenever you hear someone claim that the Japanese will never do something for unspecified "cultural reasons", you know there is a fortune to be made.Lu Dong is the co-founder and CEO of Japan Foodie, a cashless payment system currently masquerading as a restaurant discovery application.Lu and I talk about the boom in inbound Chinese tourism that le…
 
Japanese thoughts on risk are changing, but they are changing slowly.Many people still consider failure to be a permanent condition, and that makes it hard to take risks, or in some cases even to be associated with risks.Today we talk with Hajime Hirose, one of Japan's new breed of serial entrepreneurs. Hajime has started companies in three differe…
 
The conventional wisdom is that traditional Japanese companies can't innovate.And traditionally, that's been true. Hosoo, however, might be carrying on a 1200-year-old tradition, but they are hardly a conventional company.Today we talk with Masataka Hosoo, who is the 12th-generation leader of Hosoo, one of Japan's most famous kimono silk makers. An…
 
Welcome to Disrupting Japan, straight talk from Japan’s most successful entrepreneurs.I’m Tim Romero and thanks for joining me.Twice a month, you and I will sit down meet the founders of some of Japan’s most innovate startups. We'll talk a bit about their companies, of course, but most of the time we talk about how Japan is changing, what it's like…
 
Disrupting Japan is four years old, so we decided to invite a few hundred movers and shakers from Tokyo’s startup community over to have few drinks and to hear three of Japan’s most successful foreign startup CEOs talk about what it takes to succeed in Japanese when you are not Japanese.Our panel included some of the most influential foreign startu…
 
There are a lot of aerospace startups in Japan these days. We are seeing innovation in everything from component manufacturing to satellite constellations to literal moonshots.All of those, however, depend on the ability to place new satellites in orbit, and that is getting harder and harder due to the ever-increasing amount of orbital debris. It's…
 
There are relatively few biotech startups in Japan.Few investors are willing to write the multi-million dollar checks and have the decades-long patience that is required to really succeed investing in this industry.But startups find a way, and an innovative biotech ecosystem has started to develop in Japan despite the lack of traditional funding. I…
 
Most of us don't actually zone out in front of the TV. In fact, we give off all kinds of clues to what we really think about the shows we are watching.Japanese startup, T-Vision Insights has come up with a way both to measure and to monetize those reactions.Today we sit down with founder and CEO Yasushi Gunya and we talk about T-Vision's business a…
 
The single most common question I get asked are variations of "How do you start a business as a foreigner in Japan?" or "What's it like to start a startup as a foreigner in Japan?"It's always been a hard question to answer simply because it is such a big one, that it can be hard to know where to start. Well, today we are going to start to answer th…
 
Japan had been a global leader in robotics for decades, but recently the traditional Japanese leaders have been losing ground to the better-funded and better-publicized firms coming out of America and China.Mujin is changing that. While iRobot and Boston Dynamics have been grabbing headlines and YouTube views, Mujin has been quietly breaking ground…
 
Twenty years ago, we all thought that starting a startup required a special and rare kind of talent. It was something you either had or you didn't. Today, founding and running a startup is considered more of a learnable skill. It has its own best practices, industry standards, and common knowledge.And, in both startups and enterprises, I find it re…
 
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