Why Hasn’t Japan Dominated Software?
Inspired by a talk given by Dr. Robert Cole, a professor at U.C. Berkeley, at a Japan Society event about Japan’s lack of software development innovation, I decided to do a quick survey of both Japanese and non-Japanese to see if anybody could think of a successful Japanese software company. The most common answer I got was that they couldn’t think of one. The most popular company people did come up with was Nintendo, which definitely creates software but if you were to characterize them, probably more common words would be hardware, console or entertainment as opposed to software. A couple people mentioned Pokemon Go or Samsung. Unfortunately neither of these companies […]
- Apr 5, 2017
Evernote Co-Founder Phil Libin on the Company’s Success in Japan
Many articles have been written about Evernote’s success in Japan. One internet search and you’ll find NTT Docomo was one of their first big investors, Japan is one of their biggest markets and Co-founder Phil Libin once got a haircut in Japan where the media covered it. That story didn’t come as much of a shock as I’ve seen blonde American friends in Japan get asked if somebody can touch their hair. Featured photo: Chinnian/Flickr Knowing this about Evernote, it was no surprise to hear that their co-founder, Phil Libin, was awarded the ‘Outstanding Visionary Award for US – Japan Business’ at the recent Silicon Valley Keizai Shinnenkai. I enjoyed hearing […]
- Feb 14, 2017