Category: Entrepreneurship


Microsoft Digital Youth Awards

I recently participated in something called the Microsoft Digital Youth Award 2013 It was interesting in that it was part promotion of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Operating System running on the Surface Tablet and also part getting people with diverse backgrounds to think of interesting applications for the new format. I had contributed to some of the development of the award itself and apparently it had over 1,100 applicants. By the time we did the 1st round of judging, it was whittled down to 22 applicants. In the final round of judging, it was down to 12 finalists. Here are

Initial proposal to national strategy commission (Part 3 of 3)

This is the third and final part of the proposal I sent to the national strategy commission of the government of Japan (The start of the proposal can be found here). — Developing the Process and Environment that Addresses the Larger Picture A society that can “do more with less” must be created. Thus, innovation through the development of an entrepreneurial mindset is the only solution. Diversity, in all its forms, must be encouraged at every level. Creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial activities all impart some level of risk. Therefore a better concept and understanding of risk must be developed in Japan. Successful and innovative companies from around

Initial proposal to national strategy commission (Part 2 of 3)

This is a continuation from Part 1 of the proposal I sent to the national strategy commission of the government of Japan.   —   The Symptomatic Issues   Japan’s problems cannot be solved separately from one another. The causes and consequent problems must be approached in their entirety as closely interlinked issues that have been developing prior to 3.11.   With a fertility rate at just 1.35 per person, 40% of the population will be over 65 years old by 2060 and the total population reduced by 30% to 86.75 million people. The difficulties that stem from these demographic issues will only continue to increase

Initial proposal to national strategy commission (Part 1 of 3)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was named to be part of the national strategy commission for the Prime Minister of Japan. Since then, I have received numerous comments via the “crowd sourcing” SNS method I proposed. The comments, both positive and negative, on what Japan needs and what should be done continue to this day. Through this process and after discussions and working with the other commission members, I made the following proposal (translated from Japanese but otherwise unedited) to the commission as part of the initial feedback process. — Japan’s most pressing issue is its aging

Venture and Social Capital: A Vision for Japan (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from last week, my essay on “Venture and Social Capital”: 3. Break through the glass ceiling In a future in which business will he under extreme pressure to eliminate waste and increase efficiency, it’s hard to see how Japan can continue to underutilize half its population: women. The higher ranks of corporate Japan, in particular, are astonishingly absent of women. According to the 2009 report Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI), women accounted for only 17 of roughly 1,200 seats on the boards of Japan’s 100 biggest companies – roughly 1.4 percent. Japan even lagged behind Arab countries such as