Japan Web: A New Beginning or the Galapagos

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Tuesday 15th March, 2011

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

Japan remains a big question mark. Sometimes qualified as strange, sometimes thought as very innovative, often unknown to many. Can you name one Japanese startup? Can you name one Japanese web service that you use? Do you know Facebook is almost inexistent there? With the recent successes of Twitter (almost 20% of worldwide tweets are in Japanese), the iPhone (shaking a very insular mobile market), is Japan opening up to the US and the world? Similarly, with Rakuten, the Japanese eBay, acquiring Buy.com & opening offices in the US, but also entering China and elsewhere, are we witnessing a new era of Japanese companies' expansion? Japan remains a land of opportunities. A country where innovative models are popping up every day. Let's learn about Japan.

LEVEL: Intermediate

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Ko Orita

Online ad/media business consultant, Japan market specialist, and ad:tech Tokyo Advisor bio from Twitter

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Naoki Aoyagi

CEO of GREE International (US) bio from Twitter

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Paul Papadimitriou

Catch me if you can bio from Twitter

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Ken Brady

Digital strategist, Genkii & One Coin Comics co-founder, futurist, science fiction/screen/stage writer, music/game/beer/wine dork bio from Twitter

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Serkan Toto

Japan-based web, mobile and gaming industry consultant. Contributor for @TechCrunch US since 2008. MBA. PhD in economics. 7-lingual. Ex-慶應義塾大学. German. Gamer. bio from Twitter

12 attendees

  • Dave Curry
  • DaveO from HootSuite
  • Hannah Donovan
  • Joe Baz
  • Ken Brady
  • Ko Orita
  • Lucius Kwok
  • Naoki Aoyagi
  • Tim Holden
  • Paul Papadimitriou
  • Dr. Serkan Toto
  • Lisa van Gelder

8 trackers

  • Chris Heathcote
  • Phil Whitehouse
  • Keith Chu
  • crcarlson
  • Liang Shi
  • Matt Reed
  • Simon Doggett
  • Joe Newton

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Tue 15th March 2011


Salon K, Hilton Austin Downtown

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