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Why launch 500 Startups Japan? Timing, opportunity, and impact

Chelsea Ng
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September 21, 2015

When I moved from startup CEO to venture capitalist, it was a strange feeling. I was no longer in the driver’s seat. I was operating a gas station, filling up the tanks of promising startups for the entrepreneurial roads ahead. It took some time to get used to not being in control, and not feeling directly “responsible” for the outcomes of the companies I funded. Filling up the gas tank was the easy part (easy in terms of level of stress, not probability of success). The hard part was navigating the winding, slippery roads in terrifyingly thick fog and avocado-sized hail.

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