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).  


Upcoming Public Forums:


 

Spotlight Japanese Startup

 
 

GROW: USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO SCREEN HUMAN INTELLIGENCE

October 13, 2017

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

 

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

September 7, 2017

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

 
 
 

ZERO TO ONE AND ONE TO TEN: THE ART OF STARTING A STARTUP AND SCALING

June 15, 2016

Akiko Naka, Founder and CEO, Wantedly, Inc.

 
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A SHARING ECONOMY FOR CHILDCARE IN JAPAN

May 3, 2016

Keiko Koda,  Founder and CEO of AsMama Inc.

Brought to you by the US-Asia Technology Management Center's Spring Seminar Series and jointly sponsored with the Silicon Valley-New Japan Project.

 

Innovation and Silicon Valley

 
 

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

June 5, 2017

Greg Mulholland, Co-founder and CEO, Citrine Informatics

 

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]

 

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

 

MANUFACTURING IN CALIFORNIA: WHAT LIES AHEAD

January 24, 2017

Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

 
 

DO STARTUPS LEARN WHEN THEY FAIL? USING CROWDFUNDING DATA TO COMPARE WHEN AND IF ENTREPRENEURS LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE AND OBSERVATION

November 2, 2016

Jaclyn Selby, Research Associate, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Japan Program

 

BIG DATA: LESSONS FROM THE FIELD

May 18, 2016

Gaurav Kataria, head of Product Adoption Google for Work

 

THE IT-ENABLED SERVICES TRANSFORMATION, CLOUD COMPUTING, AND NEW PRODUCTION PARADIGMS: IMPLICATIONS FOR DYNAMICS OF COMPETITION IN THE US AND ASIA

September 29, 2015

Kenji Kushida, Japan Program Research Associate, APARC, Project Leader, Stanford Silicon Valley New Japan Project

 

Harnessing Silicon Valley

 
 
 
 

MANAGING OPEN INNOVATION: LESSONS FROM HARNESSING SILICON VALLEY

May 23, 2016

Joanna Drake Earl, General Partner, Core Ventures Group

Gen Isayama, Co-Founder and CEO, World Innovation Lab

Kenji Kushida, Research Associate, Stanford University

David Swanson, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, SAP SuccessFactors

 

BACK TO THE SOURCE: YAMAHA MOTOR’S CHALLENGES ON BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

March 8, 2016

Hiro Saijou, CEO and Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley Inc.

 

UNDERSTANDING INVESTORS AND PREFERRED STOCK FINANCINGS IN SILICON VALLEY

February 23, 2016

Joseph Z. Perkins, Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

[Slides]

 

CHRONICLES OF THE SILICON VALLEY - JAPAN RELATIONSHIP AND LESSONS LEARNED: AN INSIDER'S VIEW OF LARGE FIRMS, STARTUP FIRMS, AND ENTREPRENEURS SINCE THE 1970S

February 3, 2016

Masa Ishii, Managing Director of AZCA, Inc and Visiting Professor, WASEDA Business School; Graduate School of Engineering, Shizuoka University

 

UNDERSTANDING SILICON VALLEY AND STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS: NEW RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC CLASSICS YOU SHOULD KNOW

December 2, 2015

Kenji Kushida, Research Associate, Shorenstein APARC Japan Program and Stanford Silicon Valley - New Japan Project leader
 
Kanetaka Maki, Research Associate, Shorenstein APARC Japan Program

[Slides - Kushida Maki]

 

RECRUITING TOP TALENT FOR JAPANESE AND AMERICAN STARTUPS - DIFFERENCES, OPPORTUNITIES, AND CHALLENGES

May 14, 2015

Casey Wahl, Founder and CEO, Wahl & Case K.K.

[Slides] [Summary (Japanese only)]

 

BUSINESS EXPANSION FROM JAPAN INTO SILICON VALLEY, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES ~THE CASE OF DENA~

February 17, 2015

Dai Watanabe, VP corporate Development & Strategy, Dena West

[Slides]

 

Towards a New Japan

 
 

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

 

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

 

CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL IN JAPAN: CHALLENGES AND FUTURE

September 28, 2016

Nobuhiko Hibara, Associate Professor, Waseda University

 

BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION IN JAPAN - CREATING ENVIRONMENT FOR INNOVATIVE RESEARCH

November 12, 2015

Kan Suzuki, Professor, University of Tokyo and Keio University

 

JAPAN'S NEW LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND OPEN PLATFORMS FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND MEDICAL DEVICES: TOWARDS A NEW ERA OF SILICON VALLEY-JAPAN SYNERGY

June 19, 2015

Yoshiaki Tojo
Chief Executive Director, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) San Francisco
Program Advisor, New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO)

Hidetaka Nishimura
Director, Bio-Industry Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) (MUFG)

Fuyuhiko Mori
Secretary General
Regenerative Medicine Industrialization Task Force (RMIT)
Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine (FIRM)

Hiromitsu Nakauchi
Professor of Genetics, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University

Michael Needels
CEO, Fogerty Institute for Innovation

Joint seminar by JETRO, NEDO, and Stanford SV-NJ
Technology Innovation Partnership (TIP) series and Stanford-NJ Public Forum Series

 

CURRENT TRENDS AMONG STARTUP COMPANIES IN JAPAN: HOW THEY KEEP MOMENTUM

April 7, 2015

Yusuke Asakura, Visiting Fellow, Stanford University's US-Asia Technology Management Center and former CEO of Mixi

Joint seminar with US-Asia Technology Management Center EE-402T Speaker Series

 

THE JAPANESE SOFTWARE INDUSTRY: WHAT WENT WRONG (AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?)

January 27, 2015

Robert Cole, Professor Emeritus, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

[Slides]