Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan

Disrupting Japan: Startups and Innovation in Japan


Latest Episodes

Your Japanese textbooks are lying to you
July 06, 2020

They probably mean well. They are telling you something that is easy to understand and that seems like it's true at first, but it's still a lie. - I received an overwhelming response to my recent episode on success via public humiliation,

DJ Selects: Why startups lose control of their sales channels, and how to fix it – Allen Miner – Oracle
June 22, 2020

Oracle first came into Japan more than 25 years ago, but the challenges they faced and overcame then are exactly the same ones firms are facing today in executing their Japan market entry. - Allen explains why Oracle needed a unique sales and marketin...

What makes people pay for new online events
June 08, 2020

You would expect that event-focused startups would be some of the hardest hit by the global pandemic and lockdown, and for the most part, you would be right. - But Peatix is one event startup that adapted fast and is now actually thriving during the l...

Why public humiliation is the secret to success
May 25, 2020

I've never managed to find a direct road to success. - My bio reads like a random walk down many different career paths, so I always feel unqualified to answer when people ask me for career advice. Today, however,

The Japanese Trap of the Glorious Failure
April 27, 2020

Japanese businessmen famously fear failure. - But that understanding is horribly incomplete. In fact, there is one type of failure that is admired, almost sought after, in Japan. Today we take a look at the trap of the Japanese glorious failure,

DJ Selects: Why Your Startup Accelerator is Going to Disappear
March 30, 2020

Almost all startup accelerators are going bankrupt and going away. - Hiro Maeda, the founder of two of Japan's most successful, and most different startup incubators explains both the brief past and precarious future of startup incubators and accelera...

One important lesson startups will forget after the panic
March 16, 2020

Innovation drives society forward, but everyday competence keeps it on the road. - Over the past five years, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about the importance of disruptive innovation, but today I’d like to talk about the framework that allows di...

Why boring startups are actually the most interesting
March 02, 2020

Some of the most important startups are ones you never hear about. - Some industries are so complex and arcane that its hard for people on the outside to understand the problems that startups are solving or the long-term gain of solving them. -

DJ Selects: How this Musical Shoe is Helping Hospitals
February 17, 2020

Most great startup ideas don’t grab your attention right away. It takes a while before the founder’s vision becomes obvious to the rest of us. On the other hand, the startups that immediately grab all the press attention often go out of business shortl...

Why Japan’s #KuToo is Not Really About Shoes
February 03, 2020

Today I am going to correct two big mistakes; one of my own and one of society's. - I lot of listeners emailed me about the comments I made regarding how Japanese companies treat their employees and customers while they are pregnant. I got it wrong,