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Japan Venture Show: Building an Open Startup Ecosystem

When we think about “startup ecosystem” San Francisco remains the leading place in the world in terms of startup activity but Tokyo has come a long way compared to where it was just a few years back.

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When we think about “startup ecosystem”, the Valley soon comes to mind. While San Francisco remains the leading place in the world in terms of startup activity, Tokyo has nothing to be ashamed of. It has come a long way compared to where it was just a few years back.

Many things have changed in Japan. The number of startups and investors is increasing as a fast pace, many shared offices are popping up around big cities and the government too is also trying to make things simpler for entrepreneurs. Mentalities however are slower to change. Most of the economy remains risk averse and actors of the ecosystem are very protective over their ideas.

In this podcast interview, I’m seating with Keigo Fukugaki. Keigo is American and grew up in San Francisco, before moving to Tokyo about 4 years ago. With his experience in both countries, he knows the recipes of success and is committed to make the Japan Startup Ecosystem more open.

With his team, he is building an accelerator program inviting startups to join a new lifestyle. He wants to create this open community where people share ideas freely in an environment driven by creativity.

In this Episode, Keigo explains his vision. He also shares his views on the differences between Tokyo and San Francisco and proposes solutions to make Japan a better place for Innovation.

Keigo Fukugaki is a multi-facet guy. He is an artist, a designer and an entrepreneur. He has been designing office spaces for companies like Pinterest or Google. He is also currently working at a startup called HoneyWedding, redefining the way people plan the most important day of their life.

Check out the Japan Venture Show for more episodes on entrepreneurship and the startup scene in Japan.

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