Japan: Man-Machine extremes

deal architect

As Anthony Bourdain once said “Rigorously conventional on one hand, batshit crazy party animals on the other, Japan will always confuse outsiders. As part of my book research on automation and impact on jobs, I have been studying Japanese society. Industry Commentary

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Israel & Japan: Konnichi Wa to Collaboration, Sayonara to Stagnation

VC Cafe

Japan is the world’s #3 economy…but not for Israel. They join six other Japanese multinationals in the Japan MNC program administered by the Israel Innovation Authority- Terumo, Panasonic, NEC, Ricoh, NTT, DNP and Fujitsu. These should be protected in Japan.”

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Customer Development in Japan: a History Lesson

Steve Blank

The Japanese edition of The Startup Owner’s Manual hit the bookstores in Japan this week. I asked Tsutsumi-san to write a guest post for my blog to describe his experience with Customer Development in Japan. Evangelizing Customer Development in Japan.

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OYO commences joint venture with Yahoo Japan Corporation

Our Own Start-up

On 22nd February, OYO started a joint venture in Japan with Yahoo Japan Corporation, forming ‘OYO Technology and Hospitality Company’, Japan. Hiro Katsuse, former Japan market leader for Handy and Booking.com is appointed as the CEO of newly formed company.

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[Singapore] Japan’s No.1 Online Mall Rakuten Opens Here


'Japan’s top online shopping mall Rakuten has been flying its flag in Singapore for some time now despite not having launched a local version of its site, but it has finally done so – the electronic commerce and Internet service provider has today announced the official commencement of its operations in Singapore. Rakuten some time last year announced its first-ever Rakuten Startup Challenge in Singapore, a competition that looks at getting Singapore-based entrepreneurs and developers to develop personalized e-commerce websites using Rakuten’s APIs (Application Programming Interface), and was even seen exhibiting a booth at Japanese produce trade show Oishii Japan. With the launch of its localized site, it opens up access for Singapore-based consumers to more than 120 Japanese and local merchants with over 40,000 products across more than ten categories including fashion, food, health and beauty products, electronics, kids’ and babies’ products, toys and games, livingware, furniture and decoration, books, pet products, and vehicle accessories. Merchants include seafood purveyor Kuriya Fish Market, Yokohama-based confectioner VANILLABEANS, top opnline drugstore Kenko.com, as well as GALSTAR, a fashion store with an extensive collection catering to a female crowd. “At Rakuten, we believe ‘Shopping is Entertainment’ – our idea of service is to provide shopping as a form of entertainment in people’s lives. To do that, we make sure we have many merchants providing an exciting range of quality products,” says Mr Okamoto Shingo, head of Singapore e-Commerce Business, Rakuten. ” To make shopping even more enjoyable, we will also be bringing our hallmark Rakuten Super Sale – a big discount festive event – to our Singapore customers later this year.” To celebrate the launch of its Singapore operations, Rakuten is offering free delivery from January 14 to 17. The e-commerce giant looks to acquire and host some 300 merchants for its Singapore site by the end of this year. In the News e-commerce online commerce online site Rakuten Singapore'

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OWA Beer – From Europe And Japan, With Love.


The 39-year old was previously working for one of Japan’s largest beer manufacturers, Kirin, albeit in a totally different capacity – he was in its restaurant section.

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12 Questions: Meet Naoki Haruyoshi (Japan)

crowdSPRING Blog

Naoki lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Hi, I’m KIONA, from Tokyo, Japan. What is the design industry like in Japan? In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community.

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SXSW :: Hurricane Party’s Japan Fundraiser

Austin Startup

Here’s a brief 1-minute video I made at Kenichi, where Hurricane Party was holding a fundraiser for victim’s of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. The team at Hurricane Party pulled this even together in less than 24 hours, and raised a significant amount of money for relief efforts. Many thanks to Kenichi for donating food, drinks, and space. There were many silent auction items that were donated, but the only one I remember was Tito’s Vodka.

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Recruit Co. of Japan Buys Austin-based Indeed.com


of Japan Buys Austin-based Indeed.com appeared first on SiliconHills. Recruit Co. announced today that is has bought Austin-based job listing site Indeed.com. The Japanese-based provider of HR and recruitment services, did not disclose the terms of the deal. MarketWatch is reporting that the New York Times, which invested in Indeed.com in 2005, stands to gain $100 million from the sale. Indeed will retain its [.] The post Recruit Co.

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[Infographic] Education By Country (United States, China, Russia, France, Germany and Japan)


and in front of Germany, France and Japan. Others China education education system France Germany government expenditure Japan Russia students United States

Feel On! Turns Tweets Into Comic Illustrations


Created by Japan’s L is B Corporation (founded by Taisuke Yoko, its CEO), the app was originally released in Japan early last year and has since garnered some 250,000 users in the country. illustrations Japan L is B Corporation mobile app Twitter

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State of the Digital Music Industry 2014: An Insider’s View

VC Cafe

AKB48 in Japan…Is this the future of music? One anomaly worth noting is Japan, where a bundling strategy helped increase CD sales last year by 3% to $4.3 Music is everyone’s favorite example of digital disruption done wrong.

[Causes] Relief 2.0 – Bringing Relief Through Social Entrepreneurship


for the months of August to December is involved in various projects to aid quake-hit Japan. Thinking Aloud Ashoka Foundation ChangeMakers disaster relief Entrepreneurship Japan Relief 2.0

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Everconnect.me Unifies Your Social Networking Profiles And Contacts


I came up with the basic idea 15 years ago,” says Yutaka Shinohara, founder and CEO of Japan-based EverConnect Corporation, which developed everconnect.me. “I Japan online social communication social media social media aggregation tool social media management social networking web app

Telco R&D Centers in Israel Scorecard

VC Cafe

Next month, one of the leading European operators is expected to announce a dedicated, Israel-focused venture capital fund. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to innovation clusters, some telcos are getting a better ROI from Israel than others. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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I Think I’m Turning Japanese

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

This was my first trip to Tokyo, although not my first trip to Japan. Travel Yaro's Projects anime harajuku japan shibuya shinjuka tokyoDon’t miss the first (Australia) and second (Hong Kong) laptop lifestyle travel diary posts that came before this one! Hello Tokyo! Touching down in Tokyo Narita airport I was well prepared. I spent a long weekend. The post I Think I’m Turning Japanese appeared first on Entrepreneurs-Journey.com.

Brother Mobile And Desktop Scanners For Quick Easy Scanning


Products & Services Brother International document management Japan mobile scanner scannerThe Brother ADS-2100 standalone high-speed desktop scanner goes through thick documents in seconds.

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True Story: My Best-ever Business Plan Project

Up and Running

He told me ( paraphrasing ): Tim, I have two guys who have Kanji word processing software that we want for Apple Japan. business planning consulting apple computer Apple Japan Apple Pacific Mike Rashkin

Carousell gets cozy with Rakuten to bring its mobile marketplace to Southeast Asia

The Next Web

Apps Asia Entrepreneur e-commerce Japan News Singapore Southeast Asia

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Even dumber pipes

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In Asia, another text messaging service, LINE has another 300 million users and is expected to IPO in Japan this year. WhatsApp valued at $ 19 billion for 450 million users. Facebook at $ 175 billion for 1.2 billion users. Telecommunications

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More global innovation

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Mexico Technology on the ICE Train – Germany Shipping ice cream globally – US, China Big Data of Long Lives – Italy, Greece, Japan Nokia alumni. Innovation from around the globe'' iElevation – Nepal A museum or a library? Globalization and Technology

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More New Florence

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on the innovation blog Google, Kurzweil and AI frontiers Kinect+Coke+AI+2PM = Japan’s Got Talent Pharma companies and beauty products Here’s looking at you kid Tech leverage of lower limbs 2013 CES Trends to follow Technology and auto accidents The New.

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More innovation

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On the New Florence blog Japan’s earthquake and tsunami innovations Tsunami forecasting Google’s self-driving cars The poor man’s tablet? Accessories get smarter with iPad2. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

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We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.

deal architect

People howl at me when I ask enterprise vendors to benchmark themselves against operational efficiencies and innovations at Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google or I mock Western telcos for not matching broadband speeds and economics in Japan and S.

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The Lean Startup Tokyo edition

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, June 9, 2009 The Lean Startup Tokyo edition I had a blast speaking at Startonomics Tokyo , which was organized to foster ties between the startup cultures in Japan and Silicon Valley. I want to thank everybody who helped oragnize the Startonomics Japan event and the whole Geeks on a Plane trip, especially Dave McClure and Founders Fund, who arranged for me to speak in Tokyo.

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Episode 5 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Pete Newell, John Kuhn, Matt Weingart, Takashi Tsutsmi and Masato Iino

Steve Blank

Takashi Tsutsumi and Masato Iino , founders of Learning Entrepreneur’s Lab in Japan. — — — — In this second segment, Takashi Tsutsumi and Masato Iino talk about how they brought the Lean Startup to Japan.

Israeli eHealth: The Rx for Obamacare

VC Cafe

The top four (Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Israel), emphasize the role of Government in the efficiency of healthcare. [[ This is a content summary only. Bloomberg’s World Healthcare Efficiency Index, released last month, makes for very interesting reading.

Video: How Seoul will become one of the world’s best startup cities

The Next Web

The small Asian country truly punches above its weight as it’s starting to rival the digital prowess of its much bigger neighbors, China and Japan. South Korea is one of the world’s technological powerhouses, home to giants such as Samsung, LG, and Kia.

Lean Startup In Japanese Companies

Steve Blank

Now compound that level of effort with trying to put a Lean Startup culture in place in Japan. Implementing the Lean Startup in any company is hard. All the culture and incentives are designed for execution. Innovation at times seems like you’re swimming up hill. According to Takashi Tsutsumi and Masato Iino, Japanese companies tend to be technology centric, obsess over quality and have weak leadership.

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7 Strategies To Prepare For Global Market Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

And aging populations in Europe and Japan will join the retiring baby boomers in the U.S. New entrepreneurs who want to survive, and optimize the growth of their startups, need to think globally, and act locally, from day one.

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My Commencement Speech?—?Life at Your Crossroads

Both Sides of the Table

It is better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission After 5 years in Europe I decided I really wanted to work in Japan. But I was struggling to find somebody to bring me to Japan. at least I got to visit Japan! Thus, I began my work and my life in Japan.

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The Future Belongs to Companies that Can Harvest Waste Into New Products


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1951, William McDonough remembers his mom singing to him at night in Japanese with her Alabama accent about the night soil and the workers with their honey wagons. She was singing about the farmers who came into Tokyo at night to collect […] The post The Future Belongs to Companies that Can Harvest Waste Into New Products appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Financial Literacy Across Asia Declining: Mastercard


Japan remains rooted at bottom spot. While developed markets tend to rank higher than emerging ones, Japan remains a curious outlier staying in the bottom spot for the 3rd consecutive year. OECD figures show that compared to its G7 peers, Japan’s household savings rate is 0.6%

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Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

Steve Blank

This article previously appeared in War On The Rocks. There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community.

100 Tokyo To Showcase Best Of Everything In Tokyo


100 Tokyo is a website that showcases hot products, events, people and places in Japan’s largest metropolis, covering subjects such as design, fashion, art, food, technology, architecture, tourist attractions, accommodation, events and more.

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Sandpaper Only Works If It Is Rubbing Against Something

Feld Thoughts

Boiled and dried, the rough horsetail plant is used in Japan as a traditional polishing material, finer than sandpaper. Cheap sandpaper was often passed off as glass paper; Stalker and Parker cautioned against it in A Treatise of Japaning and Varnishing published in 1688. I recently heard the line “sandpaper only works if it is rubbing against something” and loved it.

Are You Using Mythology in Your Marketing?

Growthink Blog

It refers to the fact that Proctor & Gamble was failing miserably in Japan and had lost hundreds of millions of dollars. I love reading great stories in business books. I just came across this one from Exploiting Chaos by Jeremy Gutsche.

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[Event] [Asia] Asian Startups Take Centrestage At Startups in Asia


Phroni (Japan). Panoplaza (Japan). Sakebii (Japan). One stage. Two days. Four judges. Nineteen startups. One winner.

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The Power Of Consistent Coaching For Million Dollar Outcomes

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Earlier this year I stopped over in Hawaii on the way from Japan to Canada. I was there to meet up with my Canadian family who were escaping winter. I was also there for one other very important reason — to record this video with Mitch Wilson. Press play to watch: Mitch is a special […]. The post The Power Of Consistent Coaching For Million Dollar Outcomes appeared first on Yaro.Blog.

Rocket Software Opens Office in Austin


Rocket Software also recently opened offices in Japan and China. Rocket Software, a Waltham, Mass.-based based company, announced Tuesday the opening of its first office in Austin.

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Economics In Asia In The Trump Era


During his campaign, Trump labelled both China and Japan as “currency manipulators” and threatened a trade war over what he called their unfair trading practices. by Marek Danyluk, managing partner at Space Executive.

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Book: Recursion, Permutation City, and Fall

Feld Thoughts

I read it in April when I was in Japan on my Q219 Vacation with Amy but never really blogged much about it. I didn’t read much last month, but I got an email this morning from someone who mentioned that I’d like Greg Egan’s Permutation City.

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[Singapore][Competition] Rakuten Startup Challenge


It also recently announced a US$10 million ‘Rakuten Asia Startup Fund’ in April earlier this year, signalling its recognition in Asia’s potential booming e-commerce market even as it seeks to expand its operations outside Japan.