May 19, 2016 On Our Blog

7 Things Investors & Founders Need to Know about the Japan Startup Ecosystem

This April, 500 Startups hosted our Geeks On A Plane (GOAP) tour here in Tokyo. For those that don’t know, GOAP is an invite-only tour for startups, investors, and executives to learn about high-growth technology markets worldwide. To kick off the Tokyo leg of the tour, I gave an ecosystem overview presentation while we cruised through the Tokyo waterways on a yakatabune (Japanese style boat). Many followed up with me afterwards asking whether I could share the slides, so I decided to write a quick blog post on what I shared. I knew getting people to pay attention after a long trip would be a challenge, so I kept it short and sweet. #1 Venture investment in Japan is small. …


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