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:

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>

 

Past Public Forums:

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

<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>


IS FINANCIAL INCLUSION ONLY AN EMERGING MARKETS, BOTTOM-OF-THE-PYRAMID PROBLEM OR IS IT ALSO A CHALLENGE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES TOO?

December 5, 2016

Anju Patwardhan, Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University and Partner with CreditEase

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


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

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


PATTERNS OF HARNESSING SILICON VALLEY: IMPLICATIONS OF WHEN (ONLY) THE CEO AND VP OF A TOKYO COMPANY LIVE IN SILICON VALLEY

October 14, 2016

Noriyuki Matsuda, Founder & CEO, SOURCENEXT Corporation

<Spotlight Japanese Startup>


CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL IN JAPAN: CHALLENGES AND FUTURE

September 28, 2016

Nobuhiko Hibara, Associate Professor, Waseda University

<Towards a New Japan>


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.

<Spotlight Japanese Startup>


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

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


BIG DATA: LESSONS FROM THE FIELD

May 18, 2016

Gaurav Kataria, head of Product Adoption Google for Work

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


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.

<Spotlight Japanese Startup>


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.

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


UNDERSTANDING INVESTORS AND PREFERRED STOCK FINANCINGS IN SILICON VALLEY

February 23, 2016

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

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


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

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


[Slides - Kushida Maki]

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

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION IN JAPAN - CREATING ENVIRONMENT FOR INNOVATIVE RESEARCH

November 12, 2015

Kan Suzuki, Professor, University of Tokyo and Keio University

<Towards a New Japan>


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

<Innovation and Silicon Valley>


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

<Towards a New Japan>


[Slides] [Summary (Japanese only)]

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

May 14, 2015

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

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


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

<Towards a New Japan>


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

<Harnessing Silicon Valley>


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

<Towards a New Japan>