We started our long journey through Asian waters – all the way over to Japan to bring some piratey spirit to Slush Asia and enjoy the asian startup ecosystem. On May 13th and 14th, we reached Tokyo. Uldis Leiterts was invited to bring some full piratey ARRRsomeness to the pitch competition at the conference.
Last but not least, we are more than delighted that Giroptic will join the Pirate Summit in Cologne with a booth – every real pirate should see their amazing technology.
But that was not the end of our journey. On Thursday, May 19th, we had a piratey startup date at the Hachiko Memorial at Hachiko Square on Shibuya crossing – The plan for the night was to meet the coolest startups, tech folks, drink some beer & celebrate entrepreneurship!
We asked Uldis some questions about his trip to Asia e.g. “What is special about the startup ecosystem in Japan? What did you like most? What did you learn on your trip? Why is Tokyo so special for startups?”
Japanese startups seem to build upon Japan’s great engineering history. The startups are very knowledge intensive, however it comes with sometimes neglecting monetization part and is going too deep into technology.
Japan seems off for a good start in startups. I was here last time two years ago and I can see how much different and more developed it is. There are many more co-working spaces and the startups are much more ambitious and international.
Why Tokyo is special? It was once the capital of all digital, geeky things and technology. While the rest of world lead by Silicon Valley slowly took over the flagship technology inspiration leaving Japan as more of the brain and patent powerhouse, however now it seems that new Japanese startups are up for a combination of deep knowledge, that made the modern “Japan and Silicon Valley style business mentality” (contradicting japanese traditional business culture), which could be a formula for success.