Japan’s Recovery Can Start Here in San Francisco
- May 13, 2011
In light of the Japan’s worst disaster, web tech startups are giving the nation of Japan some hope for normalcy and economic recovery with their efforts to go global. In fact, the entry point for web tech globalization seems to be San Francisco. In a local SF article, San Francisco was named as the second-fastest growing city in high-tech employment, with 65 percent growth over a five-year period. Our whole region which includes San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco supports over $48 Billion in payroll.
Last year, we launched a first of a kind tech event featuring Japanese start-up web tech companies called SF Japan Night. This year, we are excited to hold the event again this year.
Last year’s SF Japan Night event was the capstone of a week of Japanese tech events and was a huge success. Over 500 people attended the week long event with over 300 people showing up for SF Japan Night alone. One of the presenters, myGengo received seed funding after the event from the Dave McClure’s incubator program 500 Startups.
This year’s event hopes to be even better with many start-up companies from Japan showing great interest including a company including Kayac. Kayac Inc. is a Japanese digital agency with a strength on developing games and apps and plans to go public within the next year.
In partnership with SF New Tech, btrax hopes to continue the theme of helping Japanese web start-ups go global. Our president/CEO, Brandon K. Hill, said “We are again excited to help organize this event and with the great interest in sponsorships we hope to defer the web start-up expenses.” Recently, we received a sponsorship from NTT Investment Partners deferring a portion of the event’s costs.
Our company feels this is one of the better platforms for Japanese web start-ups to begin their global journey. We work on coaching the start-ups in various aspects of the event, from developing a presentation style to coaching on how to answer business model questions that the SF Tech community audience typically asks. This gives Japanese start-ups an opportunity to interact with the SF Tech scene which is debated to be the hottest tech venues in the world. Our btrax team helps the applying companies by providing a free feedback report on their services and if selected the presenting companies will get a more comprehensive feedback from the event’s audience.
Brandon is also planning to hold “International Startup Night” in 2011, and a couple popular companies from SF Japan Night could get a chance to present and compete with other global start-up from around the world.