Come together with successful founders and gifted technologists for a full day of incredible talks and info-sharing sessions. Learn from insiders about the expanding Japanese startup ecosystem, and listen to Japanese entrepreneurs share insights and learnings from bringing their businesses to the US.
Brought to you by Japan NYC Startups, New York City’s community of entrepreneurs and technologists in the Japanese startup scene.
Hear from founders who launched successful international startups, and experts on cross-cultural business practices.
Founders, investors, developers, designers—we welcome anyone interested in Japan or in cross-cultural entepreneurship.
Sessions and keynotes will be held in English to keep our event accessible to everyone.
Enjoy networking over Japanese tea, beer and other specialties!
Sugie began his career with NISSAN’s Technical Center. Exploring the world, he taught Japanese in several countries, including China and Bolivia. Upon return to Japan, he founded Smile Park, an engineering startup and focused on new product development, co-founding the WHILL project in 2011. Sugie moved to San Francisco, California in 2012, to become the company’s CEO. He is a member of World Economic Forum Davos Meeting GSC member. Sugie is a boxer: Feather weight champion in Kyoto, 3rd place in West Japan and a Light welterweight champion in Nanjing, China.
William Lohse is a leading early stage investor and has been successful in media, from software, to print publishing, Web 1.0, 2.0, and now Social. He is best known as the president of Ziff Davis Publishing and founder and CEO of SOFTBANK Forums. William is also the founder of The TomorrowProject, LLC, producer of the Pivot Conference, and the founder of Software Venture Partners, an angel fund which has been investing in technology startup companies for almost 25 years, and has been one of the earliest and most active Angel investors in the emerging Social Construct.