Silicon Valley - New Japan Summit

  • Nov. 28 - 29, 2017
  • Stanford University

Event Report


Silicon Valley × Japan
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The Silicon Valley - New Japan Summit is an invitation only two-day summit to connect Silicon Valley startups and Japanese companies. We collaborated with The SV Startups 100, a Japanese tech media project featuring 100 Silicon Valley startups, the Stanford Silicon Valley - New Japan Project from the Stanford University Asia-Pacific Research Center and Japan Management Association to hold this summit at Stanford University, the core of the Silicon Valley ecosystem. The summit features a Biz-Dev booth where Silicon Valley startups and Japanese companies can directly talk business, as well as lectures and panel discussions on examples of cooperation with Japanese companies that will both stimulate and inform. This summit will generate collaboration between Silicon Valley startups and Japanese companies.


  • Keynotes & Panel Sessions

    Keynotes & Panel Sessions

    Lectures and panel discussions will be held on the topic of Silicon Valley-style innovation with Japanese companies.

    Day1 (11/28) Language : Japanese
    Day2 (11/29) Language:English

  • Biz-Dev Booths

    Startup Pitch &
    Biz-Dev Booths (11/29 Only)

    30 startups will be on stage to pitch. (AM)
    More than 60 startups will have their own booth to hold one-on-one discussions regarding investment and Biz-Dev with Japanese attendees. (PM)


  • Networking Party

    Networking Party

    We’ve provided an area for networking, with snacks and drinks to be served.


Day1 - Nov.28Japanese(×Simultaneous Interpretation)

  • Kenji Kushida

    Research Scholar

    Stanford University APARC

  • Hiroshi Saijo


    Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley Inc.

  • Hiro Rio Maeda

    Managing Director

    Draper Nexus

  • Masaru Kusutani

    Resarch & Development Dept. Head of Digital Innovation

    Tokio Marine Holdings Inc.

  • Tomohiro Uchida

    Director of Business Development and Alliance

    Hitachi Solutions America

  • Kohei Taya

    Vice President

    IHI Inc.


Day2 - Nov.29English(○Simultaneous Interpretation)

  • Masatoshi Matsuzaki

    Chairman of the Board

    Konica Minolta, Inc.

  • Takashi Nishikawa


    Panasonic Ventures LLC

  • Greg Mulholland


    Citrine Informatics

  • Daichi Nozaki

    Chief Operating Officer

    SoftBank Telecom America Corp.

  • Marc Jones



  • Joseph Huang





Day 1 2017.11.28 (Tue)
Japanese(×Simultaneous Interpretation)
9:30 - 10:00

Registration and Breakfast

10:00 - 10:05

From Organizer

  • Ishin USA CEOKodai Maruyama
10:05 - 10:15

Opening Remarks

  • Chairman, Japan Management AssociationMasami Nakamura
10:15 - 11:00 Keynote

The Algorithmic Disruption and Silicon Valley - Towards Harnessing the Ecosystem

  • Kenji Kushida
  • Research Scholar, Stanford University APARCKenji Kushida
11:00 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:00 Fireside Chat

At the frontier of harnessing Silicon Valley: How Panasonic's lessons from the past inform its new thrust into the SV ecosystem

  • Masa Kinoshita
  • President, Panasonic VenturesMasa Kinoshita
  • Moderator : Kenji Kushida
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch & Networking

13:00 - 13:45 Panel Discussion

Harnessing Silicon Valley: Honda and Komatsu's successful partnerships with SV startups, and lessons for Japanese companies

  • Naoki Sugimoto
  • CEO, Honda R&D InnovationsNaoki Sugimoto
  • 冨樫 良一
  • General Manager, KomatsuRyoichi Togashi
  • Moderator : Kenji Kushida
13:45 - 14:30 Keynote

An insider's view of Silicon Valley's "global excellent companies" - lessons for Japan

  • Sachio Semmoto
  • Executive Chairman, RENOVASachio Semmoto
14:30 - 14:50


14:50 - 15:35 Panel Discussion

Is there a "Scientifically-Proven Way" for Japanese corporations to succeed in Silicon Valley?

  • Masaru Kusutani
  • Resarch & Development Dept.
    Head of Digital Innovation, Tokio Marine HoldingsMasaru Kusutani
  • Tomohiro Uchida
  • Director of Business Development and Alliance,
    Hitachi Solutions AmericaTomohiro Uchida
  • Kohei Taya
  • Vice President, IHIKohei Taya
  • Moderator : Hiro Rio Maeda
    Managing Director, Draper Nexus
15:35 - 16:20 Panel Discussion

Communication in Silicon Valley: Beyond English Language Ability

  • Akinori Koto
  • Partner, WiLAkinori Koto
  • Eriko Sekiya
  • Japan Translation ServicesEriko Sekiya
  • Moderator : Kenji Kushida
16:20 - 16:40


16:40 - 17:25 Fireside Chat

Racing into Silicon Valley: How Yamaha Motor rapidly began to harness SV

  • Hiroshi Saijo
  • CEO and Managing Director,
    Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon ValleyHiroshi Saijo
  • Moderator : Kenji Kushida
17:25 - 17:30


Day 2 2017.11.29 (Wed)
English(○Simultaneous Interpretation)
8:00 - 8:30

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45

Opening Remarks

  • Masatoshi Matsuzaki
  • Chairman of the Board, Konica MinoltaMasatoshi Matsuzaki
8:45 - 9:05 Keynote

StartX and the Stanford entrepreneur ecosystem

  • Joseph Huang
  • CEO, StartXJoseph Huang
9:05 - 9:45 Panel Discussion

Silicon Valley - New Japan Partnerships
(Part 1): Panasonic and Citrine Informatics

  • Takashi Nishikawa
  • Director, Panasonic VenturesTakashi Nishikawa
  • Greg Mulholland
  • CEO, Citrine InformaticsGreg Mulholland
  • Moderator : Kenji Kushida
9:45 - 9:55


9:55 - 10:35 Panel Discussion

Silicon Valley - New Japan Partnerships
(Part 2): Softbank and Aeris Communications in Japan

  • Daichi Nozaki
  • COO, SoftBank Telecom AmericaDaichi Nozaki
  • Marc Jones
  • CEO, AerisMarc Jones
  • Moderator : Kenji Kushida
10:35 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:35

Startup Talk

Marketing & E-commerce
[Special Stage]
Manufacturing & Logistics(Powered by 日本能率協会)
Inbenta Haven
Branch Skycatch
Curbside Orbital Insight
Drawbridge Narvar
ADARA Matterport
Poshmark Sight Machine
Algolia Zendrive
Mediar Plangrid
11:35 - 11:45


11:45 - 12:30

Startup Talk

Fintech & Security
[Special Stage]
Big Data & Machine learning
Symphony Instart Logic
Hashicorp Fyusion
Abra(Plutus Financial) Reltio
Phantom CleverTap
Wandera Edmodo
Coinbase Rancher Labs
Cylance Rescale
12:30 - 14:00

Lunch & Networking

14:00 - 16:50

Biz-Dev Booths

16:50 - 16:55


Silicon Valley Startups

  • Instart Logic

    Increases revenue for enterprises by delivering faster, safer & more compelling digital experiences

    Funding $140M
  • Inbenta

    NLP semantic search engine for customer support, e-commerce and conversational chatbots

    Funding $16M
  • Symphony

    Secure messaging for teams, workgroups and organizations of all sizes.

    Funding $229M
  • Fyusion

    Combining computer vision & machine learning to make images as intelligent as they are beautiful.

    Funding $16M
  • Branch

    Branch powers deep links for over 24,000 apps, including Airbnb, Pinterest, Starbucks, and Yelp.

    Funding $113M
  • HashiCorp

    Cloud Infra Automation software. Products = Vagrant, Packer, Consul, Terraform, Vault, and Nomad.

    Funding $74.2M

StartX Startups

StartX is a Stanford-affiliated nonprofit that runs one of the world's top startup accelerator programs.

    PRENAV sells precision-guided drones and hi-resolution 3D data about industrial structures.

    Funding $6.5M
  • ZymoChem

    Licensing of bio-based technology for eco-friendly chemical & fuels production

    Funding $0.35M
  • Muvr

    Healthcare platform for orthopedics with a wearable for at-home motion/gait analysis

  • Appfluence

    Appfluence is a software company that helps teams visualize and communicate priorities.

  • Uncorporeal Systems

    VR/AR technology solutions with a highly scalable internet platform and cloud SaaS.

  • HaveItBack

    HaveItBack automates and outsources Lost&Found for companies. Less work, more customer satisfaction!


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