The Stanford Silicon Valley - New Japan project made an appearance in the New Economy Summit held in Tokyo in mid-April. CEOs of various Silicon Valley startups such as Evernote, Dropbox, AirBnB, Lyft, and others gave talks, bringing Silicon Valley a little closer to Japan. Many of these startups see Japan as a very important market, and those such as Evernote have benefited immensely from their success in Japan. Keynotes were given by people including Larry Ellison of Oracle and Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University.
Pictures of the event are below.
Kenji Kushida participated as a panelist in a panel examining Silicon Valley and the role of Stanford. He joined panelists Ann Miura Ko, co-founder of venture capital firm Floodgate, and Harpinder Singh, co-founder of Slice, moderated by founder and CEO of SourceNext. He introduced the efforts of the Stanford SV-NJ project, giving it some more visibility to a large audience of over 1000 guests. (end of Day 2)