For years now Japan has been trying to replicate the success of Silicon Valley by trying to replicate its model. In particular, the Japanese government has enacted several amendments to Japanese corporate law to facilitate the Silicon Valley financing model. Has it worked? Can the Silicon Valley financing model now really work in Japan?
This program will explore these questions by first considering what exactly is the Silicon Valley financing model and why it works in Silicon Valley. From there, we will look at how various aspects of the Silicon Valley financing model can and cannot work in Japan. Sweat Equity. Vesting. Incentive Stock Options. Convertible Notes. SAFEs. Preferred Stock. Deemed Liquidation. These are all elements of the Silicon Valley financing model. But can these elements be implemented in Japan? If so, how? And, if not, what are the alternatives?
Finally, we will discuss what is still missing. Is it in the legal system? Or is something else missing? We will try to identify some of the other factors that are necessary for the Silicon Valley financing model to succeed in Japan.
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Frank Packard, Christopher P. Wells, Co-chairs
Andrew Conrad, Board Liaison
ACCJ Alternative Investment Subcommittee
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