Disrupting Japan: From Professor To Founder

On July 29, 2015

Yusuke epitomizes the new generation of Japanese startup founders. Of course, that means he is almost exactly the opposite of what most Westerners picture as a startup founder in Japan. Yusuke left a fast-track, high-status job in as a college professor to start one startup after another, in both Tokyo and in San Francisco, and while Yusuke has not achieved a massive Silicon Valley style exit just yet, there is no doubt he is on his way.

Yusuke and I discuss his transition from professor, to freelancer, to founder, to founder, to founder yet again. He explains how a one-way ticket to San Francisco and how a chance meeting with Steve Blank changed his thinking and changed his life.

He also explains why sushi is the secret to successful fundraising. As an alum of well-known startup incubators in both Tokyo and San Francisco, Yusuke discusses his experiences at both and explains their most important value and their most important differences.

This is a must listen show for people who want to know more about startup incubators.

For more podcasts about the startup scene in Japan, check out Disrupting Japan.


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  • Sik says:

    I can’t believe I have only realized just now that the podcasts are actually transcripted (I’m not good at spoken English, only written). I was literally skipping all of them just because I didn’t know I could read them instead. Whoops.

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