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Startup - The Global Niche Startup Strategy – Cerevo (disruptingjapan)

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Cerevo wants to be a “global niche” player. That makes sense for this Internet of Things company. The IoT has become so pervasive and so successful that the terms ha become almost meaningless. Today we simply except and accept that almost everything should naturally be connected to t ( 12 days before Published)

Startup - How U.S. FinTech Stripe Broke into Low-Tech Japan (disruptingjapan)

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Stripe’s Japan market entry did not go according to plan. Things worked out worked out well in the end, but they did not go according to plan. Stripe is one of the world’s largest payment processing companies, but they remained flexible and agile enough to take advantage of some of t ( 11 days before Published)

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Startup - How to Make Startup M&A Work in Japan (disruptingjapan)

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Startup M&A is changing in Japan. In August, Naoki Yamada sold his startup Conyac to Rozetta for $14 million. It was an unusual journey of alternating cycles of rapid growth and near bankruptcy, and today Naoki explains how he managed to make the deal happen and also how M& ( 10 days before Published)

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Startup - Dealing with the Bad Things First (disruptingjapan)

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Expedia had a hard road to travel when they decided to come into Japan. The Japanese market turned out to be nothing like they had ever experienced before. Not only were consumer attitudes and behaviors towards travel booking completely different than it was in their home market, but they were u ( 9 days before Published)

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Startup - The Fastest Way to Start a Startup in Japan (disruptingjapan)

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Platform as a Service (PaaS) has been a difficult startup business model in the US, but Wayland Zheng, founder and CEO of Mobingi, has found a way to make it work in Japan. His approach involves a combination of leveraging both a unique feature set and some unique aspects of Japanese techni ( 66 days before Published)

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Startup - The Little Startup from Japan That Took Down NTT (disruptingjapan)

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It’s rare for a Japanese startup to challenge NTT and come out ahead. But that’s exactly what Takehiro Ogita and his team at TownWiFi have accomplished. TownWiFi is a mobile app that automatically detects and logins into available WiFi hotspots. Since TownWiFi was very modestly funde ( 65 days before Published)

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Startup - 106: How Machine Learning Is Changing The Way We Watch Video (disruptingjapan)

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Video is taking over the internet, but in many ways, it has not changed significantly in the past 40 years. The way we discover and pay for video content has changed significantly, of course, but we still consume video in a continuous, linear sequence, and that’s about to change. Sandeep C ( 62 days before Published)

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Startup - I Was Wrong. Startups Are Not the Future of Innovation in Japan (disruptingjapan)

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This is a rather personal episode. We have no guests this time. It’s just you and me. We talk a lot about Japanese startups on this show and the role they will play in shaping Japan’s economic future. Well, today we are going to look at this from a different angle; one that puts the ( 61 days before Published)

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Startup - How this Musical Shoe Startup is Helping Hospitals (disruptingjapan)

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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 pro ( 61 days before Published)

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Startup - How Micro-Retail Shops Are Changing Japan (disruptingjapan)

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Japan has a long history of small shopping streets and tiny markets. In fact, despite the population density, American-style mall culture never took off here. The back streets of even the most crowded downtown office districts are filled with little specialty stores and vegetable stands. Akiko N ( 68 days before Published)

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Startup - Why Japan is Already Becoming the World (disruptingjapan)

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FinTech in Japan is far more advanced than most outside observers imagine it to be, and based on new deregulation and government incentives, finTech in Japan is about to accelerate even more. Today we sit down and talk with Toshio Taki, co-founder of Money Forward, advisor to Japan’s Finan ( 71 days before Published)

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Startup - The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Asia (disruptingjapan)

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Today I have a special in-between episode for you. At this year’s big Tech In Asia Tokyo event I moderated a panel on artificial intelligence with some of the leaders in the field in Asia. We talked about how to separate the AI hype from reality, where companies can and are finding competi ( 71 days before Published)

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Startup - Life Changes & Why Nerds Need to Stop Reading Tolkien (disruptingjapan)

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This is a short and very personal episode. Things will be changing for me and for Disrupting Japan, and sometimes when you are facing a lot of big changes, it really helps to be able to share your thoughts with people you care about. That’s you. There is no guest this time.

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Startup - How This American Got The Japanese Government to Fund His Startup (disruptingjapan)

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Two of the most persistent and damaging myths about Japan are that it is hard to start a company here and that it is hard to do business as a foreigner.  Well, those are not complete myths. Both of those things are indeed difficult, but no harder than they are in any other country. Today 70 days before Published)

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Startup - This Is Why Japanese Startups Can’t Pivot (disruptingjapan)

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Japanese enterprises are particularly susceptible to disruption, and Japanese startups have a harder time than most pivoting. Both of these problems stem from the same root, and today we are going to dig up that root and have a look at it. Today we sit down with Shogo Kawada co-founder DeNA, and ( 72 days before Published)