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Japan Startup Podcasts >> 30: How to Sell Without Salesmen in Japan (Startup)

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 accounting is done in Japan from the bottom up. Bringing change to a conservative industry See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 34: The Myth of the Successful Startup Failure (Startup)

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 See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 35: How Startup Thinking is Changing the Japanese Government (Startup)

It’s hard to imagine an organization more resistant to change and disruption than the government of Japan. But today’s guest, William Saito has made it his mission to bring innovation to the way the Japanese bureaucracy operates. And more astoundingly, he’s actually having an effect. The post 35: H See more >> Startup: Startups

Articles >> A (Startup)

The other month I had the kind of sales call that haunts the nightmares of Western sales professionals, but is all too common in Japan. My contact led me into a conference room far too large for the six people attending. Pleasantries and name cards were exchanged. I then walked to the far end of See more >> Startup: Japanese Business Culture

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 37: Creating Japan (Startup)

More than ten years before Quora and ZenDesk became famous, there was OKWave. Kaneto Kanemoto founded OKWave to address a massive problem that was unique to the Japanese internet in the mid-1990’s. Most of the country felt the situation was inevitable, even natural, but Kaneto knew it had to change See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 40: Why Gay Rights Are Good Business (Startup)

Koki Hayashi of Letibee is walking a difficult path by combining a startup business with social activism, but he just might pull it off. Japan is very rapidly becoming more accepting of those who are openly gay, and 2015 was a year of extremely rapid progress for gay rights. Letibee has plans to ca See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 41: Japanese Startups, This Must Change Now! (Startup)

Overall trends are going pretty well for startups in Japan, but things could be a lot better. One strange thing seems to be that almost everyone asking how to improve things for startup in Japan are either government officials, academics or venture capitalists. It's fantastic that they are interes See more >> Startup: Startups

Articles >> The Dark Side of Japan (Startup)

The Japanese commitment to customer service is legendary, but it has a dark side as well. We Westerners are usually taken aback when we first encounter it, but it is something that most Japanese have simply grown to accept. ... The post The Dark Side of Japan’s Customer Service appeared first on See more >> Startup: Japanese Business Culture

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 42: Winning When Everyone Tells You to Quit (Startup)

Over the last 25 years, both Zest and Yuki Ito have been through several different incarnations. Interestingly, these incarnations perfectly mirror the changes we have seen in Japan’s startup scene in that time. Today Zest makes cloud-based, field-service software, which ... The post 42: Winning Wh See more >> Startup: Japanese Business Culture

Japan Market Entry Podcasts >> 51: The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan (Startup)

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... The post 51: The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan appe See more >> Startup: Podcast

Articles >> How Uber (Startup)

Uber’s disastrous failure in Japan was not caused by local competition, but by a uniquely American strategy that simply could not work in Japan. You see, Uber represents a new kind of startup. The very thing that makes them so successful in America dooms them to failure in Japan. The post How Uber’ See more >> Startup: Startups

Japan Startup Podcasts >> 56: Japan (Startup)

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. Nao See more >> Startup: Startups
Dealing with the Bad Things First

japan business >> Dealing with the Bad Things First (Startup)

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 See more >> Startup: japanese business culture

How to Make Startup M&A Work in Japan

japan startup podcasts >> How to Make Startup M&A Work in Japan (Startup)

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& See more >> Startup: japanese business culture

Japan Business >> 68: Why Ride-Sharing is Different in Japan (Startup)

Ride sharing works differently in Japan. Hailo lost the global market-share war to Uber and Lyft, but Hailo won the battle in Japan. Today, Ryo Umezawa details Hailo’s Japan market entry strategy and explains how they were able to succeed  where Uber has failed. While Uber vowed to disrupt transpor See more >> Startup: Podcast