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Big in Japan: How Japanese Startups are Different Than Those in Silicon Valley, with Tim Romero of Disrupting Japan

December 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$5 – $25

Over the past decade, the Japanese government has introduced dozens of programs to foster innovation. Clearly they are having some effect because we are now seeing both an explosion in the number of startups being founded and the number of smaller companies entering the Japanese market.
In this presentation, Japan-based entrepreneur and podcaster Tim Romero will explain why the Japanese model of innovation, however, is developing into something very different from what the government expected and very different from what we’ve seen in Silicon Valley. Longer sales cycles, lower availability or growth capital and the relative rarity of strategic M&A have forced many Japanese firms to be more focused and operationally sound, and there are both good and bad aspects to this situation.
Tim Romero
Tim Romero is a Tokyo-based entrepreneur, podcaster and author who has started four companies and led Japan market entry for others since coming to Japan more than 20 years ago. Tim hosts the Disrupting Japan podcast and is deeply involved in Japan’s startup community as an investor, founder and mentor.


  • 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM Networking/Registration
  • 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM Presentation with audience Q&A
  • 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Networking & Reception

    Light appetizers and drinks provided

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  • Online registration closes at 10:30am on Tuesday, December 6

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December 6, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 – $25


Japan Society of Northern California
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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road, Courtyard 2B
Palo Alto, CA United States
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