Analyse Asia 87: From DeNA to 500 Startups in Japan with James Riney

500 Startups, DeNA Capital & Japan Startup Ecosystem

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Bernard LeongMaker@bleongcw · Founder @AnalyseAsia
Episode Synopsis: In this episode, James Riney from 500 Startups Japan discussed his story from an entrepreneur to a venture capitalist. We recapped his first company, Storys.JP, following his role as a principal in DeNA Capital to the Japan fund in 500 Startups. We also tapped his brain on the interesting areas in robotics, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) and the silver (or old age) market and how they will be shaping the next generation of startups coming from the land of the rising sun. Last but not least, we discussed the Japanese startup ecosystem and his contrarian views on Rocket Internet alumni in startup ecosystems and why Japan’s perfectionism is not good for software startups there.