Japanese companies have been coming to Silicon Valley for many decades, but in recent years that has turned into a flood. More than 100 Japanese companies have opened up new operations in the Bay Area over just the past two years, including giants like Toyota (TRI) and FujiFilm (Open Innovation Lab). What has sparked this renewed Japanese interest in Silicon Valley? Will Japanese firms fare better this time as they struggle to take full advantage of the Bay Area's entrepreneurial ecosystem? What lessons can they learn from their past missteps and what actions can they take this time to succeed?
Few are better qualified to talk about these issues than Masa Ishii, who has been a direct participant in Japan's engagement in Silicon Valley for more than 40 years, as a student, consultant, investor and academic observer. He will discuss the challenges that Japanese companies face in getting the most out of their Bay Area innovation networks, provide some examples of failures and successes, and present his recommendations for approaches that Japanese corporations can take to better ensure successful business outcomes. Please come join this fascinating discussion that is critical to Japan's economic success.