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Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan

By Tim Romero: Serial startup founder in Japan and indomitable innovator

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.

  1. 1.
    DJ Selects: How to Sell Without Salesmen in Japan – Daisuke Sasaki03/18/2019
    36:41
  2. 2.
    Silicon Valley has Chatbots all Wrong. Here’s How They Really Make Money.03/04/2019
    44:16
  3. 3.
    You need to Ignore the Worst Advice being given to Female Founders02/18/2019
    39:05
  4. 4.
    DJ Selects: The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan02/04/2019
    32:25
  5. 5.
    An Inside Look at Japan’s Curious Coding Bootcamps01/21/2019
    40:17
  6. 6.
    Is There (Finally) a Practical Way for Foreigners to Live in Japan?01/07/2019
    29:47
  7. 7.
    DJ Selects: Japan’s Airbnb for Satellites – InfoStellar12/24/2018
    31:04
  8. 8.
    Can capitalism ever allow us a good night’s sleep?12/10/2018
    32:32
  1. 9.
    The Secret to Making E-Payments Work in Japan11/19/2018
    42:58
  2. 10.
    How a Rumor Can Destroy Your Business in Japan10/29/2018
    36:50
  3. 11.
    What This 330-Year-Old Company is Learning from Startups10/15/2018
    37:15
  4. 12.
    Disrupting Japan Trailer10/08/2018
    0:47
  5. 13.
    Live & Unleashed – How to Run a Startup as a Foreigner in Japan10/01/2018
    29:40
  6. 14.
    How Dancing Satellites from Japan Will Clean Up Outer Space09/17/2018
    40:36
  7. 15.
    The App Store for Medical Devices Is Being Tested Right Now09/03/2018
    33:14
  8. 16.
    Men and Women Watch TV Differently. Here’s how to make money from that.08/20/2018
    37:51
  9. 17.
    Foreign Startup Founders Have Secret Advantages in Japan08/06/2018
    38:02
  10. 18.
    How Japan’s Unique Relationship with Robots is About to Make it #1 Again07/23/2018
    44:06
  11. 19.
    What They Never Teach You in Language School – Peter Galante Japanese Pod 10107/09/2018
    48:21
  12. 20.
    How Japan’s evocative machines are quietly creating new startup unicorns06/25/2018
    42:18
  13. 21.
    Japan’s Business Card Giant Explains Why Business Cards Are Disappearing06/11/2018
    40:54
  14. 22.
    How to Solve Japan’s Innovation Bottleneck in Healthcare05/28/2018
    29:52
  15. 23.
    This Startup Just Built Japan’s Most Powerful Supercomputer05/14/2018
    45:03
  16. 24.
    A Japanese MBA Does Not Mean What You Think It Means04/30/2018
    37:00
  17. 25.
    This Japanese Startup Is Using Your Phone to Make Insurance Social04/16/2018
    34:53
  18. 26.
    Japan’s Secret Strategy for Global Drone Domination04/02/2018
    40:52
  19. 27.
    How Startups Can Attract, Retain, and Develop Staff in Japan03/26/2018
    1:01:15
  20. 28.
    A Successful Kickstarter Campaign Almost Bankrupted This Startup03/19/2018
    35:07
  21. 29.
    This Japanese Startup Is Bringing The Human Genome to The Mass Market03/05/2018
    38:39
  22. 30.
    Japan Announces Plans to Land on The Moon by 202002/19/2018
    32:06
  23. 31.
    Why Artificial Intelligence Is The Key to Fixing Japan’s Rigid Education System02/05/2018
    34:25
  24. 32.
    How Startups Can Compete In The New Energy Markets01/22/2018
    40:08
  25. 33.
    Why Your Freemium Strategy Might be Hurting Your Sales01/08/2018
    37:31
  26. 34.
    What Every Foreigner Needs to Know about Hiring Staff in Japan12/25/2017
    1:08:49
  27. 35.
    This Japan Startup Is Changing the Way Your Kids Buy Fashion12/11/2017
    35:12
  28. 36.
    Why Japanese Design Is So Different & What You Should Learn from It11/27/2017
    30:44
  29. 37.
    How Machine Learning Is Changing The Way We Watch Video11/13/2017
    47:11
  30. 38.
    The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Asia11/06/2017
    31:59
  31. 39.
    This Japanese Startup Beat Out NASA to Create Affordable Bio Jet Fuel10/30/2017
    34:12
  32. 40.
    The Hard Thing about Hardware Startups in Japan – Logbar10/16/2017
    34:00
  33. 41.
    Live & Unleashed – Japan’s New Wave of Hardware Innovation10/02/2017
    56:09
  34. 42.
    How You Can Prepare for Japan’s Coming Wave of Cybercrime09/18/2017
    38:36
  35. 43.
    Why I Turned Down $500k, Shut Down My Startup, And Joined the Enterprise09/04/2017
    25:17
  36. 44.
    What You Don’t Know about Japan’s Sharing Economy – Anytimes08/21/2017
    33:44
  37. 45.
    This Startup is Turning Investing into a Lifestyle Brand08/07/2017
    39:21
  38. 46.
    This Is Why Japanese Startups Can’t Pivot07/31/2017
    42:05
  39. 47.
    Why Japan is Already Becoming the World’s FinTech Leader07/24/2017
    43:39
  40. 48.
    Why Nerds Need to Stop Reading Tolkien07/19/2017
    13:07
  41. 49.
    How This American Got The Japanese Government to Fund His Startup – enTouch07/17/2017
    45:47
  42. 50.
    How Micro-Retail Shops Are Changing Japan – Nokisaki07/10/2017
    41:06
  43. 51.
    The Fastest Way to Start a Startup in Japan – Mobingi07/03/2017
    40:04
  44. 52.
    The Little Startup from Japan That Took Down NTT – TownWiFi06/26/2017
    34:53
  45. 53.
    I Was Wrong. Startups Are Not the Future of Innovation in Japan06/19/2017
    33:54
  46. 54.
    How this Musical Shoe Startup is Helping Hospitals – No New Folk Studio06/12/2017
    37:52
  47. 55.
    How One Good Idea Emerged from Japan’s Nuclear Disaster – Safecast06/05/2017
    47:18
  48. 56.
    How You Can Build American Startup Culture in Japan – OpenTable05/29/2017
    46:04
  49. 57.
    How This Startup Makes Money from Children’s Old Notebooks – Arcterus05/22/2017
    41:02
  50. 58.
    Why Only the Uncomfortable Succeed in Japan – Jeff Sandford – Wovn.io05/15/2017
    43:59
  51. 59.
    Can This Founder Solve Japan’s Hidden Mental Health Problem? – Hikari Labs05/08/2017
    45:12
  52. 60.
    Beneath the Cherry Blossoms with Dave McClure – 500 Startups05/01/2017
    38:24
  53. 61.
    These Japanese Bio-Hackers Are Growing Affordable Meat in A Lab – Shojinmeat04/24/2017
    37:08
  54. 62.
    How Virtual Reality is Changing Surgery in Japan – Holoeyes04/17/2017
    30:46
  55. 63.
    Japan’s Laundry Folding Robot Is Taking Over Your Closet – Seven Dreamers04/10/2017
    52:08
  56. 64.
    How A Failing Music Startup in Japan Pivoted to Global Success – Nana04/03/2017
    26:05
  57. 65.
    The Missing Link in The Internet of Things Ecosystem – Soracom03/27/2017
    44:58
  58. 66.
    How This Startup is Getting Japanese Moms Back to Work – Waris03/20/2017
    38:22
  59. 67.
    The Real Reason Japan Can’t Innovate & What to Do About It – Xenoma03/13/2017
    37:31
  60. 68.
    Japan’s Return Path to Innovation – Tim Rowe – CIC03/06/2017
    39:45
  61. 69.
    Foreign Tourism is Reinventing Hiking in Japan – Yamap02/27/2017
    32:47
  62. 70.
    How to Create a Micro-Startup in Japan – Patrick McKenzie02/20/2017
    48:44
  63. 71.
    Japan’s Toys to Life is the Future of Gaming – PowerCore02/13/2017
    36:47
  64. 72.
    What You Need to Know To Sell Services in Japan02/06/2017
    57:21
  65. 73.
    This Low-Tech Japan Travel Startup is Going Global – Bed & Art01/30/2017
    38:00
  66. 74.
    In Japan Partnerships are a Two-Edged Sword – Doug Chuchro – Fastly01/23/2017
    50:34
  67. 75.
    How Japanese Startups are Breaking into Silicon Valley – Ramen Hero01/16/2017
    38:13
  68. 76.
    Why Ride-Sharing is Different in Japan – Ryo Umezawa – Hailo01/09/2017
    47:22
  69. 77.
    The Global Niche Startup Strategy – Cerevo – Iwasa Takuma01/02/2017
    42:56
  70. 78.
    How U.S. FinTech Stripe Broke into Low-Tech Japan – Daniel Heffernan12/26/2016
    53:28
  71. 79.
    How to Make Startup M&A Work in Japan – Naoki Yamada12/19/2016
    33:25
  72. 80.
    Dealing with the Bad Things First – Expedia Japan – Hidemaru Sato12/12/2016
    58:24
  73. 81.
    What Airbnb’s Japan Problem Can Teach Your Startup12/05/2016
    30:15
  74. 82.
    How to Build a Market in Japan Without Localization – Derek Sorkin – GitHub11/28/2016
    45:55
  75. 83.
    Will Japan’s Geisha Survive the Digital Age? – Disrupting Japan11/21/2016
    44:40
  76. 84.
    How to Win Over Japanese Regulators – Jonathan Epstein – PayPal11/14/2016
    44:33
  77. 85.
    Why The Sharing Economy is Different in Japan – Spacee11/07/2016
    38:15
  78. 86.
    Taking Control Back from the Distributors – Allen Miner – Oracle10/31/2016
    1:17:54
  79. 87.
    Making Money in Other People’s Closets – Rie Yano10/24/2016
    48:25
  80. 88.
    Japan’s Airbnb for Satellites – InfoStellar10/10/2016
    31:22
  81. 89.
    Startup Fundraising in Japan – Live & Unleashed09/26/2016
    58:41
  82. 90.
    Brick-and-Mortar is Japan’s New E-Commerce09/12/2016
    41:49
  83. 91.
    Why AirCloset is Not Afraid of the Fashion Box Curse08/29/2016
    35:52
  84. 92.
    Taking Akiba Back from The Otaku – Mitsuo Hashiba08/15/2016
    28:02
  85. 93.
    The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan08/01/2016
    28:47
  86. 94.
    IoT and the Future of Poop – Atsushi Nakanishi07/18/2016
    27:11
  87. 95.
    The Business Model Behind Startup Events – Antti Sonninen07/04/2016
    31:15
  88. 96.
    The Dark Side of Japanese Crowdfunding – Ryota Matsuzaki06/20/2016
    32:18
  89. 97.
    Crowdsourcing My Career06/14/2016
    7:46
  90. 98.
    Pivot Till It Hurts: Making Mobile Video Profitable – Pocket Supernova06/06/2016
    35:02
  91. 99.
    Japan’s Unfair Advantage in Driverless Cars – Yuki Saji05/23/2016
    26:21
  92. 100.
    What’s Wrong With BioTech in Japan – Molcure05/09/2016
    23:34
  93. 101.
    How a Startup Went Global in Only 4 Seconds – Miku Hirano04/25/2016
    31:54
  94. 102.
    What’s Holding FinTech Back in Japan – Paul Chapman04/11/2016
    30:21
  95. 103.
    Winning When Everyone Tells You to Quit – Yuki Ito03/28/2016
    31:16
  96. 104.
    Japanese Startups, This Must Change Now!03/14/2016
    28:57
  97. 105.
    Why Gay Rights Are Good Business in Japan – Koki Hayashi02/29/2016
    28:28
  98. 106.
    The Hard Truth Behind Japan’s Cute Robots – Shunsuke Aoki02/15/2016
    29:18
  99. 107.
    Disrupting the Final Frontier – Yuya Nakamura02/01/2016
    31:38
  100. 108.
    Creating Japan’s Open Internet – Kaneto Kanemoto01/18/2016
    26:48
  101. 109.
    The Happiest Company in the World – Yuka Fujii01/04/2016
    25:48
  102. 110.
    How Startup Thinking is Changing the Japanese Government – William Saito12/21/2015
    38:47
  103. 111.
    The Myth of the Successful Startup Failure – Hiroshi Nagashima12/07/2015
    37:14
  104. 112.
    How Japan Can Get Her Innovation Mojo Back – Sorato Ijichi11/23/2015
    32:34
  105. 113.
    Why Japanese VCs are Losing Out – James Riney of 500 Startups11/09/2015
    35:17
  106. 114.
    Why Japan Will Thrive on Disruption10/26/2015
    19:45
  107. 115.
    How to Sell Without Salesmen in Japan – Daisuke Sasaki10/12/2015
    33:08
  108. 116.
    Turning a Toy into a Data Platform – Akinori Takahagi09/28/2015
    28:22
  109. 117.
    Live & Unleashed – Our One-Year Anniversary09/14/2015
    1:00:03
  110. 118.
    Marketing in Japan is Broken. Here’s The Fix. – Sunao Munakata08/31/2015
    32:59
  111. 119.
    Design in Japan is Different and That’s About to Change – Brandon Hill08/17/2015
    31:08
  112. 120.
    Why Your Startup Accelerator is Going to Die – Hiro Maeda08/03/2015
    33:42
  113. 121.
    Can Mario Survive Japan’s New Gaming Disruption? – Rintaro Oyaizu07/20/2015
    31:50
  114. 122.
    The High Profits of Low Tech in Japanese Startups07/06/2015
    30:10
  115. 123.
    Why Men Need Women Founders – Ari Horie06/22/2015
    35:41
  116. 124.
    Japan’s Startup Renaissance – Creativity, Risk & Process06/08/2015
    24:49
  117. 125.
    A Startup Changes CEO: How Open is Too Open? – Gengo05/25/2015
    33:52
  118. 126.
    Crowdfunding in Japan is Not About Startups – Ryotaro Nakayama05/11/2015
    32:31
  119. 127.
    Japan’s New Agency Model for Innovation – Yuta Inoue04/27/2015
    35:24
  120. 128.
    From Salarymen to Freelancers – Japan’s New Economy – Koichiro Yoshida04/13/2015
    35:33
  121. 129.
    Innovating by Asking for Help – Eiko Hashiba03/30/2015
    34:40
  122. 130.
    Tea Ceremony in Blue Jeans & Startup Lessons03/16/2015
    37:40
  123. 131.
    Bursting the Filter Bubble – SmartNews – Atsuo Fujimura03/02/2015
    33:02
  124. 132.
    The Japan Startup Factory – Casey Wahl – Red Brick Ventures02/16/2015
    33:56
  125. 133.
    Music, Maids & Startups in Japan – Hiroshi Asaeda – Beatrobo02/02/2015
    35:28
  126. 134.
    Japan’s Seeds of Disruption01/19/2015
    22:47
  127. 135.
    Japan’s Accidental Entrepreneur – Yusuke Takahashi01/05/2015
    35:54
  128. 136.
    The Hardest Working Slacker in Japan – Masanori Hashimoto12/22/2014
    29:24
  129. 137.
    The Indirect Way a Startup is Disrupting Japan – Akiko Naka – Wantedly12/08/2014
    38:31
  130. 138.
    How a Startup is Making Ticketing Pay – Taku Harada – Peatix11/24/2014
    36:04
  131. 139.
    Breaking Open Japan’s Closed Business Culture – Tadashi Tanimoto – Realcom11/10/2014
    36:39
  132. 140.
    Founding a Startup as a Foreigner in Japan – Jason Winder – MakeLeaps10/27/2014
    37:08
  133. 141.
    What Japan’s Startup Ecosystem Needs to Grow – Ikuo Hiraishi10/13/2014
    28:39
  134. 142.
    Why Japan Needs to Change Its Communication Strategy09/29/2014
    28:54
  135. 143.
    Exporting Japan’s Business Card Culture – Chika Terada – Sansan09/16/2014
    29:02
  136. 144.
    Japan’s Coming Startup Boom09/02/2014
    11:30

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