#Asia #Japan 106: How Machine Learning Is Changing The Way We Watch Video


Video is taking over the internet, but in many ways, it has not changed significantly in the past 40 years. The way we discover and pay for video content has changed significantly, of course, but we still consume video in a continuous, linear sequence, and that’s about to change.

Sandeep Casi and his team at Videogram are using deep learning to change the way you and I discover and watch video. They’ve already had success in the enterprise realm, and they are now bringing the technology to consumers.

Interestingly, Videogram was not founded the way most startups are, and Sandeep’s approach to leveraging the intellectual property locked up inside Japan’s large corporations might represent a unique and important avenue for innovation here in Japan.

One that might become every bit as important as traditional seed-funded startups.

We also dive into the paradox of enterprise innovation, and Sandeep explains a few things that all startups need to understand about corporate accelerators before joining.

It’s an interesting discussion, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

Show Notes

Why the key-frame model of video presentation is broken
How General Motors pioneered VR in the early 90s
Why there are fewer breakthrough technologies than you think
What a startup can do when you are too early to market
Why technology companies need to be content companies
Why we might see more spinouts from Japanese enterprise
How to raise funds as a foreigner in Japan
How the Olympics will force Japan’s video market and culture to change
How to overcome the aversion some Japanese VCs have to foreign founders

Links from the Founder

Learn more about Videogram
Check out Sandeep’s home page
Follow Sandeep on Twitter @sandeepcasi
Friend him on Facebook
The Increasing Interplay of Video and Social Media
How Machine Learning Unlocks the Value of Video

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Welcome to Disrupting Japan, straight talk from Japan’s most successful entrepreneurs. I’m Tim Romero, and thanks for joining me.

Today, we’re going to be talking about the future of both how we create and how we consume video. Now I grant you, this may sound like something that’s pretty hard to do in an audio format but I think is some ways it’s actually easier. After listening back to this interview after I recorded it, it became clear that imaging the possibility in your mind’s eye us much more powerful than laying it all out for you in two dimensions. But we’ll get to all of that in just a little bit.

You see, today we sit down and talk with Sandeep Casi, founder and CEO of Videogram. We talk not only about the future of video but also about a new model for unlocking some of the intellectual property that’s currently locked up in large Japanese companies. Sandeep and his team followed a very different startup model than what we see in Silicon Valley. It’s something we might be seeing a lot more of in Japan because the model is so well-suited to conditions here in Japan.

Sandeep also has some really practical advice for participating in corporate accelerators and for new things startups absolutely must keep in mind when trying to sell innovative products to large enterprises. There are definitely tradeoffs. In fact, you could say there’s almost a built-in conflict of interest. We also share some real-world suggestions on how foreign founders can successfully raise multiple funding rounds in Japan.

But you know, Sandeep tells that story much better than I can. So let’s hear from our sponsor and get right to the interview.


Tim: So I’m sitting here with Sandeep Casi of Videogram, which is an amazing video product. Thanks for sitting down with me.

Sandeep: Thank you, Tim, and thanks for the opportunity to talk to your audience.

Tim: It’s so hard to describe video on an audio podcast. But if I understand it correctly, you use AI to create paneled previews of videos.

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