NewsPicks: Expansion to US and Joint Venture with Dow Jones

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NewsPicks: Expansion to US and Joint Venture with Dow Jones

This is our 22nd event, and we're thrilled to introduce NewsPicks from Japan!

NewsPicks, Inc. was founded as part of Uzabase in Japan in 2013 and will be launching in the United States as a joint venture (NewsPicks USA) between Uzabase and Dow Jones and Co in Fall, 2017.

NewsPicks is a news app which you can read news with comments from experts. Our app is a social content aggregation play, providing its community members with the opportunity to follow high-profile, journalists, business people, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, authors, and government leaders as "Pro Pickers" to curate their personalized news and analysis. Comments on "picked" articles fuel dialogue around the most important topics of the day.

This is a fantastic opportunity for cross-cultural learning with entrepreneurs in our greater community. We'd like to invite new founders, established startup leaders, and people thinking of starting their own company here in NYC to join us to share wisdom and information across borders. Join us and hang out afterward at a bar nearby!

About Speakers:

Shinsuke Oyama

Chief Operating Officer at NewsPicks USA

Prior to joining NewsPicks USA in 2017, Shinsuke Oyama lead business development and product development at Uzabase for 3 years. Shinsuke started his career at Corporate Directions, Inc. and planned and implemented strategies for enterprise growth and new business, as well as for the Chinese business at CDI-China following its venturing into said market in 2011.

Rory O’Connor

Chief Community Officer at NewsPicks USA

As Chief Community Officer for NewsPicks, USA, Rory O’Connor manages the growing publisher and Pro-Picker ecosystem on the revolutionary news platform as it expands in the United States.

Prior to NewsPicks, Rory led sales for MarketWatch, the pioneering financial news and data site within Dow Jones Media Group, where he was responsible for managing revenue for the site across the globe.

Before he joined Dow Jones, Rory held positions in Sales at Yahoo across a number of industry categories including Finance, Automotive, Travel, and Retail. He began his career as Media Director of dotcom-era agency Beyond Interactive, which was acquired by Grey Global Group. He graduated from the University of Michigan.


- 06:30 pm Door opens/ Networking
- 07:00 pm Opening Remarks
- 07:15 pm Speakers: Shinsuke Oyama and Rory O'Connor
- 08:00 pm Announcements & Open Networking

Huge Thanks to our awesome Sponsors:

Tasty GREEN TEA will be provided by ItoEn ( ( ), (,) so come early and enjoy it!

Galvanize ( is providing space!

We hope that this event will be a place where Japan & New York people can come collaborate. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Japan NYC Startups Team