The figures 50:5:1 indicate the ratio of VC investments of the U.S., EU, and Japan. In the U.S., annual financing to VC-backed start-up companies was $57B and $72B in 2014 and 2015 respectively, while Japanese VC's financing still remained about $1B during the last two years. That significant gap of VC financing across the Pacific Ocean highlights Japan's low entrepreneurial activity, while the U.S. economy is growing by replacing the old with the new.
Minoru "Mick" Etoh experienced the corporate venture capital (CVC) business as the CEO of NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. in Tokyo and the CEO of DOCOMO Innovations, Inc. in Palo Alto. With the background of these experiences, Mick will touch upon the differences between these talented entrepreneurs, start-up cultures, venture capital roles, and ecosystems. He will also address the question of how Tokyo will, or will not, follow Silicon Valley in IT industries. Let's find both the way forward, as well as the potential pitfalls, in financing innovations.
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Frank Packard, Christopher P. Wells, Co-chairs
Andrew Conrad, Board Liaison
ACCJ Alternative Investment Subcommittee
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