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Japan Night V finals in San Francisco

btrax, Inc.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

Japan Night V finals in San Francisco

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 Tuesday, March, 5, 2013    |    yetiZen San Francisco

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Discover Japan's Six Hottest Startups

24 startups have pitched at the Japan Night finals event since 2010 - and half have been funded, acquired or established overseas within six months.

This edition's finalists were picked after a stiff competition in Tokyo testing their originality, business model, global scalability and English presentation skills.

Come see which startup will be picked as the winner by our All-Star panel and vote for your favorite!

6:30 pm -
Doors Open
7:00 pm -
Live Demos
8:30 pm -


WHILL                                          WHILL Inc.

Satoshi Sugie, CEO

WHILL is next generation personal mobility vehicle that transforms the design and performance of existing mobility scooters and wheelchairs. WHILL can adapt to a wide range of needs: from general adults to those with mild disabilities. You can use it standing or sitting down. WHILL Type A will expand your life horizon. http://whill.jp/   @whill

UI scope

UI scope                                  InnoBeta Inc.

Daisuke Hiraishi, CEO

UIscope is a remote usability testing service for mobile apps and websites. Developers can easily see how users interact with their service. We provide a special webcam for our panels to take video of how they behave with apps or websites. We also have a method to analyze these videos using our panels and build a unique database of mobile usability. http://uiscope.com/en/   @innobeta

ShareWis                                 ShareWis Inc.

Tomoki Tsujikawa, CEO

ShareWis turns Learning into an Adventure. Learning is a life-long journey. Unfortunately, many people lose their way during the journey because there is no visible progress in learning. ShareWis visualizes even the smallest effort to learn something on a Knowledge Map, a network of short lectures using YouTube video and some brief quizzes. Since the color of the lecture changes after you complete it, you can visualize your learning steps on the map. http://share-wis.com/   @sharewis 

grafic                                           Dentsu Inc.

Hisae Serizawa

grafic is an easily designable blog that stimulates your creativity. From a stylish cafe found on the streets to your favorite fashion, even memories of your trip with your love. With the feelings of a designer, you can freely express your thoughts and thrills that cannot be shown just with tweets or photos. You can trim, expand, and shrink photos as well as move stamps with the touch of a finger. Make everyday moments a masterpiece of your lifetime. http://www.grafic.me/ 

 designclue                            PurpleCow Inc.

Keisuke Shibata, CEO

“designclue” is a Japanese, design-specified and “Multi Language oriented” crowdsourcing platform. Through it you can post your contest by using YOUR own language, and the contractors from all over the world will read it in HIS/HER language and join in. The “Non-Verbal oriented UI is the core competence of our service. The philosophy of “Talk in Design” makes us enables clients to benefit from the diversity of the world's 7 billion population. http://www.designclue.co/   @desighnclue_eng

comobaco                               comobaco Inc.

Yuki Ishikawa, CEO

Comobaco allows you and your friends to create a pool of shared items both on the web and in real life. With this service, you are able to share the things you own with anyone who joins your sharing pool. You can also pitch in together with your friends to buy new items. Comobaco provides users with a brand new way to buy and to own. http://comobaco.com/?lang=en   @comobaco



Shirley Lin

Shirley is the Executive Managing Director of 800 Birds – a different kind of startup accelerator that propels entrepreneurs into building the MVP (Minimum Viable Product). She is the “Chief Squawker” for the 800 Birds startup community with over 1200 global members holding monthly events in Silicon Valley. 800 Birds has recently established a chapter in Shanghai, China, focusing on mobile gaming.

Previously Shirley was the Executive Vice President of Asia Business Development and Operations at the VC funded Beintoo (www.beintoo.com), a mobile gamification platform that powers the reward and user loyalty programs to open up multi-channel revenue streams for mobile games and applications. She was responsible primarily for the Asia region in building partnership and operations.

Ahmed Siddiqui

Ahmed is the Director of Events for SignalFire, where he helps College Computer Science Students find jobs at emerging startups.  Prior to this he was the Bay Area Leader for Startup Weekend, and advises many companies through that.  He also started an educational app company called Go Go Mongo.  Prior to working in the startup scene, Ahmed implemented Big Data solutions for Fortune 500 companies while at IBM Global Business Services.  While at IBM, Ahmed got an opportunity to work in Tokyo for 6 months, which is where he fell in love with Anime, Gunpla, and Okonomiyaki.


Edith Yeung

Edith is a founding partner at RightVentures focusing on mobile and consumer internet companies. She is the head of Marketing for Dolphin Browser, a Sequioa-backed mobile browser with over 10 million downloads on Android and iOS.


Ray Grieselhuber

Ray Grieselhuber is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ginzamarkets, Inc., producer of the Ginzametrics SEO Platform. He has over 7 years of experience in organic search (SEO), social and paid search marketing, helping both Fortune 500 companies and startups alike drive growth, increase revenue and expand to global markets. He has spoken at various conferences around the world, including LeadsCon, Media Finance Summit, Y Combinator’s Ad Innovation Conference, Infinity Venture Summit, Open Network Lab’s DATA Conference and Sunbridge’s Innovation Weekend Conference. He has appeared on NHK TV to speak about startup trends in Silicon Valley and speaks fluent Japanese.


Igor Shoifot

Igor is an investor with TMT Investments and chairman of HappyFarm.com.ua incubator, he's also a founder of numerous startups, including large ones like Fotki.com and Microsoft WebTV Epsylon Games and has taught viral marketing, startup development and other such subjects at Berkeley, NYU, UCSF for a decade. He's a shareholder in over 30 active startups and a co-founder of such new ventures as LolJam.com. He also played a spaceship captain in a Japanese film Almaz Black Box. More about Igor @ www.Shoifot.com



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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

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