Venue: TOTO Concept 190 | 190 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
As the Tokyo-based co-founder and managing partner of global VC fund Fresco Capital, Allison Baum is frequently asked “Why are you in Japan?” Indeed, with a global network of corporate partners, investors, and portfolio companies, many of them are curious to know why Fresco decided to set up a base in Tokyo.
Though Japan is an advanced and well developed economy, the country is struggling with the need to innovate in the face of critical challenges such as a deflationary economy, a rapidly aging population, and an impending automation of the workforce. Though it may not seem obvious to many, Fresco’s view is that this environment presents an extremely promising market opportunity for companies addressing problems in healthcare, education and workplaces of the future.
Join us as Allison shares her experience on the challenges and opportunities of expanding to Japan, bridging the cultural divide between Japan and the rest of the world, and discovering firsthand what it takes to successfully build long term partnerships in Japan.
Allison Baum, Fresco Capital
Allison Baum is a co-founder and managing partner of Fresco Capital, a global, early stage venture capital fund investing in technology companies transforming education, healthcare, and the future of work at scale. Prior to Fresco, Allison was an early member of the team at General Assembly, a global network for education and career transformation specialising in today’s most in-demand skills, where she developed and launched the company’s first part-time and full-time programs for technology, business, and design in New York. In 2012, she relocated to Hong Kong to launch their first business in Asia. Previously, she was a member of the Equity Derivatives team and Cross Asset Sales teams at Goldman Sachs in New York City.
Allison graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in Economics and a Minor in Film Studies. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers community, a mentor for emerging women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia at Wedu Global, a mentor for global social impact entrepreneurs at Endeavour Capital, and was named by Forbes as one of the 30 Top Emerging VC Managers in Asia.
Light appetizers and drinks provided.
The event venue has been provided with generous support from: