Kushida's article, "10 Worst Practices by Japanese Companies in Silicon Valley" published by Ishin, was cited in CEO & Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Ventures and Laboratory Silicon Valley, Hiro Saijo's most recent column in Nikkei (Japanese only). In his column, Saijo discusses the importance of purpose and reciprocity when forming strategic partnerships with Silicon Valley firms.
SV-NJ strategic partner, and creator of the Silicon Valley Startups 100, Ishin, interviewed Honda Silicon Valley Lab Senior Program Director Naoki (Nick) Sugimoto last month (article in Japanese). In the interview, Sugimoto discusses Honda's collaborations with Google and Apple, and the recent announcement of a partnership with VISA, and Silicon Valley startup, Drivemode.
Honda is discussed as a case study of interesting and innovative attempts at open innovation by Japanese companies in Silicon Valley in the most recent SV-NJ working paper.
Last month Kenji Kushida presented at a panel, "The Blockchain Revolution" at the Trilateral Commission meeting in Washington, DC. A position paper is forthcoming.
In an interview article published by Ishin, Kenji Kushida discusses 10 of the "worst practices" by Japanese companies attempting to harness Silicon Valley.
The article (Japanese only) is available online via the below link. An English version of the article will be available in the coming weeks.
On Friday, February 3, 2017 the Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project (SV-NJ) hosted its second ANA Ideathon, co-sponsored by World Innovation Lab (WiL), ANA, and Ito En. This year brought together seven teams of Stanford University students to reimagine air travel before, during, and after the flight experience. The teams had 90 minutes to brainstorm and create their ideas, and then deliver a three minute pitch to a panel of judges from WiL, ANA, and special guest, actor and start-up investor, Masi Oka. Ideas where judged on creativity, feasibility of implementation, team work, and presentation with the winning team received the grand prize of round trip tickets to Tokyo.
On January 26, Kenji Kushida presented at the Silicon Valley Innovation Forum on his recent research and publication "The Algorithmic Disruption from Silicon Valley: the underlying drivers of AI, IoT, Fintech, etc in a world of computing abundance."
Further reading on a variety of SVNJ research topics can be found at the Canon Institute of Global Studies (CIGS) website for columns by Kenji Kushida (Japanese only), accessible at: http://www.canon-igs.org/column/network/
The most recent columns include:
- "The Politics of AI and Robotics: Unexpected challenges for the US and potential for Japanese strength -- towards mutual benefit"
- "The shock of Deep Mind's artificial intelligence (AI), the shock of US election results, the shock that AI will deliver to employment and Japan's potential in the world."
The Stanford SVNJ Project had a very productive 2016. We sincerely thank all our supporters, and we look forward to sharing another successful year with you in 2017.
The full Stanford SVNJ 2016 Year End Report can be found here.
The book (Japanese only) is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.jp/シリコンバレー発-アルゴリズム革命の衝撃-Fintech-Computing-アメリカで起きていること、これから日本で起こること/dp/4022514124/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472793510&sr=1-1&keywords=シリコンバレー発%E3%80%80アルゴリズム
"Stanford researcher Kenji Kushida says Japanese social norms are shifting from being highly unfavorable to a tech startup culture toward one much more supportive of it."
Full article available here: http://news.stanford.edu/2016/08/31/japan-transforming-innovation-culture/
The Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project (SV-NJ) is excited to announce the Silicon Valley-New Japan Summit 2016: Activating Silicon Valley Startup-Japan Connections, in partnership with Ishin USA and their media project, The SV Startups 100, on Oct 4, 2016 at Stanford University.
The conference is for knowledge deepening, networking, and business matching. We will bring together established Japanese corporations and connect them to Silicon Valley startups. The morning has panel discussions, Silicon Valley startup pitches, and a keynote. The afternoon is a business matching event, with tables of startups to facilitate business development. It will take place at one of Stanford's best large venues, the Arrillaga Alumni Center. Approximately 50 Silicon Valley startups have committed to attend so far, and the list is available at the event website.
Silicon Valley – New Japan Summit 2016: Activating SV Startup - Japan Connections
Date and Time
Tuesday October, 4, 2016 9:00am-6:00pm
Stanford University, Francis C. Arrillaga Alumni Center (McCaw Hall)
Morning Session 9:00-12:10
- Keynote speaker
- Panel Discussion 1
- Start-up Company Presentations 1
- Panel Discussion 2
- Start-up Company Presentations 2
Lunch 12:10- 13:45
Afternoon Session 13:45-17:00
- Biz-Dev Booths with invited Silicon Valley Start-ups
Networking Reception 17:00 – 18:30
The above schedule is tentative and subject to change.
General Admission: $950/person
To register to attend please use the inquiry form on the event website: http://svs100.com/event_en/#Conference_Contact
NOTE: Registration is free for Stanford University faculty, staff, and students with valid Stanford University ID. Please contact Amanda Stoeckicht at amst at stanford dot edu for further registration instructions and details.
For those who may be interested in becoming an event sponsor, various level sponsor plans are available. For more information regarding event sponsorship, please contact:
Hiro Nishinaka at event at svs100 dot com or by phone at 323-287-7041.
As a part of an interview series featured in Logstar, Akiko Naka, the Founder and CEO of Wantedly, and SVNJ's Kenji Kushida discuss their views of Japan and the differences, challenges, and opportunities Japan faces in leveraging Silicon Valley.
The interview (Japanese only) can be found here: https://www.logstar.jp/posts/63
On June 28, Kenji Kushida was featured in an interview by the exciting new Silicon Valley Japanese media, Logstar. The full interview (Japanese only) is available here: https://www.logstar.jp/posts/47
Logstar published an article on the recent Silicon Valley-New Japan Project Public Forum, Zero to One and One to Ten: The Art of Starting a Startup and Scaling, which took place on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 and featured Akiko Naka, the Founder and CEO of Wantedly, Inc.
The full article (Japanese only) can be found here: https://www.logstar.jp/posts/42
Videos from the 2016 New Economy Summit, which took place in Tokyo in April are now available online. A link to the session 1 video featuring SV-NJ's Kenji Kushida can be found below.
Session 1 Video Link (Japanese only): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4UJpJ-Zd6Q
This book examines various aspects of information governance in Japan, utilizing comparative and historical perspectives. The aim is threefold: 1) to explore Japan’s society, politics, and economy through a critical but hitherto under-examined vantage that we believe cuts to the core of what modern societies are built with—information; 2) articulate a set of components which can be used to analyze other countries from the vantage of information governance; and 3) provide frameworks of reference to analyze each component.
Kenji Kushida, Yuko Kasuya, Eiji Kawabata, ed.
"Information Governance in Japan: Towards a New Comparative Paradigm" (SV-NJ e-Book series)
The eBook is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Information-Governance-Japan-Comparative-Paradigm-ebook/dp/B01FRXHKUW
A panel discussion on Managing Open Innovation: Lessons from Harnessing Silicon Valley was held on Monday, May 23 at Stanford University's Bechtel Conference Center. Panelists for the event were Joanna Drake Earl, General Partner, Core Ventures Group, Gen Isayama, Co-Founder and CEO, World Innovation Lab, and David Swanson, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, SAP SuccessFactors. The discussion’s interlocutor was Kenji Kushida, Shorenstein APARC Japan Program Research Associate and Silicon Valley-New Japan Project Leader.
The panel brought together expertise from multiple vantages-- SAP from Germany, which has a major presence in Silicon Valley, World Innovation Lab (WiL) which works with large Japanese companies in a variety of ways, and Core Venture Group, a boutique San Francisco venture capital firm and explored the broad perspectives and specific insights on how large outside firms can successfully harness Silicon Valley.
On Wednesday, May 18, Gaurav Kataria, Big Data leader at Google who is responsible for driving Production Adoption initiatives across various Google for Work product lines - Gmail, Drive, G+, Hangouts, Google Docs, Drive, Android and Chrome gave a seminar as part of the Silicon Valley-New Japan Project Public Forum Series. Gaurav shared his perspective on how to create a data-driven organization and the specific capabilities businesses need to develop to harness the power of machine intelligence.
The SF Chronicle published an article on May 13 analyzing Yahoo Japan's success, which serves as a sharp contract to Yahoo's success or lack thereof in the United States.
The full article can be found here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Unlike-its-U-S-counterpart-Yahoo-Japan-s-7465980.php?t=214c1b6d5d9c45373f&cmpid=twitter-premium