Approximately once a month, we will hold public forum series that will explore issues of interest relating to innovation, entrepreneurship, and the Silicon Valley – New Japan relationship. Stanford thought leaders, and prominent participants in the ecosystem from Silicon Valley and Japan will be the featured speakers. We will try to mix practitioners with deep experience with those who can provide big picture insights. We aim to build ample time for informal networking before and after the session.

In the interest of facilitating valuable interpersonal networks and horizontal connections across organizations, we will create and maintain a database of participants and attendees who volunteer to have their names, affiliations, interests/expertise, and preferred contact platform (eg., email, LinkedIn or other social network).  

Our public forum talks are focused on four general topics:

  • Spotlight Japanese Startup

  • Innovation and Silicon Valley

  • Harnessing Silicon Valley

  • Towards a New Japan

 

Upcoming public forums:

How Obayashi Collaborates in the Silicon Valley Community

Monday, April 29, 2019

Hiroto Sato, Obayashi Corporation, COO/CFO of Obayashi SVVL, Inc. (Silicon Valley Ventures & Laboratory)

 

Past Public Forums:


Japan in the Bay Area: From Competition to Collaboration

Monday, March 18, 2019 | 1:00pm-4:00pm
Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra Mall, Stanford CA 94305


HOW DOES VENTURE CAPITAL WORK AND HOW DO JAPANESE CORPORATIONS LEVERAGE VENTURE CAPITAL?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hiro Rio Maeda, Managing Director, DNX Ventures (formerly Draper Nexus)


Innovative Japanese Companies Harnessing Silicon Valley - Part 2

Monday, January 28, 2019

Kenji Kushida, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Japan Program, Research Scholar

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


An Insider’s Vantage on 20 years of Japan’s Startup Ecosystem, its Current Challenges, And Attempts to Harness Silicon Valley

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hiroaki Yasutake, Co-founder and CSO, Junify, and former CTO, Rakuten

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


A New Perspective on News: The SmartNews Approach and Political Balancing

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Main Speaker: Yuhei Nishioka, Director of Product Management, SmartNews

Introduction by: Rich Jaroslovsky, Vice President for Content and Chief Journalist, SmartNews and Former Wall Street Journal White House correspondent

<Spotlight Japanese Startup>


Harnessing Silicon Valley: The Strategies, Structures, and Activities of Innovative Large Japanese Firms in Silicon Valley

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Kenji Kushida, Research Scholar, Shorenstein APARC Japan Program and Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project Leader

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


TOWARDS A NEW JAPAN: CONNECTING JAPAN’S BIGGEST CHALLENGES WITH GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Monday, May 21, 2018

Allison Baum, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Fresco Capital

<Towards a New Japan>


THE RISE AND FALL OF GIANTS: ICT DISRUPTIONS FROM SILICON VALLEY, NOKIA, CHINA, AND JAPAN

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

John Zysman, UC Berkeley; 
Yves Doz, Insead; 
Amy Shuen, Hong Kong University; 
Kenji Kushida, Stanford University

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


LEVERAGING SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE OF SENIOR PROFESSIONALS FOR SOCIAL GOOD:  NONPROFIT INNOVATION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR JAPAN

Monday, March 12, 2018

Ulea Lago, Director of Consulting, Empower Success Corp

<Towards a New Japan>


MANAGING "SLEEP DEBT" FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH: INTRODUCING THE STANFORD METHOD FOR ULTIMATE SOUND SLEEP

February 15, 2018

Dr. Seiji Nishino, Professor, Stanford Department of Psychiatry and head of Stanford Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology Lab

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


VOICE4U AND SOCIAL INNOVATION: HOW INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY ENABLES A NEW WORLD FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM & SPECIAL NEEDS

January 30, 2018

Yumi Kubo, co-founder and CEO, Spectrum Visions Global, Inc. 
Sei Higuchi, Ph.D., co-founder and CTO, Spectrum Visions Global, Inc. 

<Spotlight Japanese Startup>


HARNESSING SILICON VALLEY: CORPORATE AND GOVERNMENT FUNDED ACCELERATOR PROGRAMS IN SILICON VALLEY — IMPLICATIONS FOR JAPAN

December 13, 2017

Atsuko Jenks, Managing Director, Japan, GSVlabs

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN JAPAN: WHY JAPAN (STILL) MATTERS FOR GLOBAL COMPETITION

November 14, 2017

Kenji Kushida, Research Scholar, Stanford APARC and Project Leader, Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project

<Towards a New Japan>


GROW: USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO SCREEN HUMAN INTELLIGENCE

October 13, 2017

Masahiro Fukuhara, Founder and CEO, Institute for a Global Society (IGS)

<Spotlight Japanese Startup>


SAFECAST AND FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT: DISASTER CATALYZING ENTREPRENEURSHIP, EMPOWERING CITIZEN SCIENCE

September 7, 2017

Pieter Franken, Senior Advisor, Monex Group & Co-founder, Safecast

<Spotlight Japanese Startup>


THE "ACQUIHIRE" PHENOMENON: THE USE OF STARTUP ACQUISITIONS AS A HUMAN RESOURCE STRATEGY FOR MARKET COMPETITION AND INNOVATION

July 20, 2017

Jaclyn Selby, Research Scholar, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

<Harnessing Silicon Valley> 


THE COMING REVOLUTION: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR ADVANCED MATERIALS AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

June 5, 2017

Greg Mulholland, Co-founder and CEO, Citrine Informatics

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


GRID INC: DEEP LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR INDUSTRIAL AND ENGINEERING OPTIMIZATION APPLICATION

May 15, 2017

Tomah Sogabe, Co-founder, GRID Inc.

<Spotlight Japanese Startup>


AN EDUCATION STRATEGY FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN JAPAN: INTRODUCING THE STANFORD E-JAPAN PROGRAM

April 13, 2017

Gary Mukai, Director, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)
Kenji Kushida, Research Scholar, Shorenstein APARC Japan Program, Stanford University

<Towards a New Japan>


SILICON VALLEY DOES IT REPEATEDLY: FROM FAIRCHILD TO UBER AND BEYOND

March 16, 2017

Martin Kenney, Professor of Human and Community Development, UC Davis; senior project director at BRIE, UC Berkeley

[Slides]

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


THE ALGORITHMIC DISRUPTION: THE UNDERLYING DRIVERS BEHIND FINTECH, IOT, AI, AND THE PLATFORM ECONOMY IN AN ERA OF COMPUTING ABUNDANCE

February 7, 2017

Kenji Kushida, Research Scholar, Stanford APARC and Project Leader, Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


MANUFACTURING IN CALIFORNIA: WHAT LIES AHEAD

January 24, 2017

Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


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