The Tokyo-based VC shares his story, talks about traits he looks for in an entrepreneur, discusses Japan’ startup ecosystem and more…
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Below are interesting show notes with time-stamps:
- How he started his career as an analyst in an investment bank before moving into the startup world and venture capital [1:00]
- In his journey, as the Founder and CEO of ResuPress, which is behind storys.jp, what are the interesting lessons he has learned as an entrepreneur? [3:10]
Learning: Swallow your pride
- The story of why Riney is in Japan [4:25]
- Subsequently, he joined DeNA Capital as a principal and as a venture capitalist; what the corporate VC space taught him (Reference: Corporate VC is King in Japan) [4:52]
- Corporate VCs in gaming diversifying into technology while cash cow from product still streaming [6:12]
- 500 Startups Japan
- What made him move from DeNA Capital to 500 Startups? [6:50]
- Does he have an investment thesis? [8:00]
- What are the verticals he likes to invest in? [8:55]
- Will Oculus Rift work in Japan? [9:40]
- What are the traits he looks for in startup founders? [11:35]
A hustler with authenticity
- Are there any interesting companies in his investment portfolio? Few examples?
- Lookup (India) [12:36]
- Coins.PH (Philippines) [13:16]
- Penrose Studios and Vrse [14:50]
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- Japan’s startup ecosystem
- How does he see the Japanese startup ecosystem? [16:14]
- Most Japanese startups typically go public in the Nikkei Stock Exchange after their series B round; do he think this will change in the future? [17:43]
- Japan’s perfectionism culture is good for hardware startups and not software startups [18:58]
- What are the promising areas in which Japan can lead in the technology startups space? [23:30]
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