• ThinkEco: Keys to building an IoT HW startup

    Galvanize NYC

    REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/2Yf8Trw ***RSVP through Meetup does not guarantee admission.*** ***Free Admission*** This is our 33rd event. We'd like to invite new and existing founders, investors, established startup leaders, and people thinking of starting their own company here in NYC to join us to share wisdom and information across borders. Please join us and hang out afterward. Agenda: - 06:45 pm Door opens/ Networking - 07:00 pm Opening Remarks - 07:15 pm Feature Speaker: Jun Shimada, Founder of ThinkEco - 08:00 pm Announcements & Open Networking Jun Shimada, Founder of ThinkEco will be sharing his IoT company that he has been running for many years. This will be an exciting share of thought-provoking discussion as Jun covers the challenges and rewards of running an IoT startup. - Why Hardware? Super risky but great rewards! - Cash flow management is Key: Understanding Supply Chains, Production Cycles & Inventory management - Business Issues are more important than Hardware/Tech issues: Market Size, Business model, Channels of distribution - The Role of Partners: Operational Helpers vs Business Expanders - ThinkEco's Experience What is ThinkEco? ThinkEco is an award-winning NYC-based, tech company offering a platform for demand management to the utility industry since 2008. Together with Con Edison, ThinkEco created the Smart AC program (www.coned.com/smartac) in 2010, which has since grown to be the largest US program focused on load curtailment of IoT consumer appliances. Other present and past clients has included PSEG, National Grid, Avangrid, and Com Ed. ThinkEco has also established innovative partnerships around IoT-based energy management with leading corporations, such as Electrolux, GE, and LG. A huge THANKS to our Awesome Sponsors: Community Support: tele-net (America) was founded in Japan in 1994, with the hope of providing omotenashi-inspired customer service to the world. Their beginnings probably looked similar to yours—a tiny office; a small but dedicated team; a mission to succeed no matter what. They now have operations in four countries, providing services to companies throughout Japan, and the world. tele-net understands Japan’s dedication to detail and quality. They also understand that great customer service is crucial to your success in a new market. Having been in the customer service industry for over 25 years, they’ve supported many companies as they went from startup phase to international brands. Consumers will have great expectations of your offering, especially being a startup from Japan. Part of that expectation will be the high level of service that Japan is known for. By partnering with tele-net, not only will your customers experience omotenashi-inspired care, but you’ll have an ally that understands your vision and can accommodate the ever-changing needs of your growing company. To learn more about how they can help support your US and/or Japanese customers, contact them at [masked]. (www.tele-net-america.com) Food & Beverage Support: Tasty GREEN TEA will be provided by ItoEn (www.itoen.com) and delicious SNACKS from Snakku (www.snakku.com) so please come early and enjoy it! Venue Support: Galvanize (www.galvanize.com) is providing space! We hope that this event will be a place where people from Japan and New York alike can come to collaborate. Looking forward to seeing you all! Team Japan NYC Startups

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  • Japan NYC Startups 2019 Outdoor Picnic @ Central Park

    Join us on Saturday, July 13th to celebrate summer outdoor! This is our 5th annual picnic and a great opportunity to chat casually with other members! - Bring food and/or drinks (potluck style) - Bring blankets to spread out or chairs to sit in - Bring games, frisbees, whatever you'd like to share or play (optional) - Bring your best, happy selves, and your friends, your spouses or partners, kids In the case of rain the day before or the day of, we'll cancel for this time (an email will be sent for those who RSVP). We are meeting on the lawn between Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Fountain, in front of the Bow Bridge. Once you get there, look for the "Japan NYC Startups" sign.

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  • Show me the Product! (Hardware Startups Pitch & Demo Night)

    REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/jpnycstartups32 ***RSVP through Meetup does not guarantee admission.*** ***Free Admission*** Our next event in May is a very special one. We are featuring three winning Hardware Startups from Japan! They were all part of the Monozukuri Hardware Cup, an annual pitching contest for Japan-based hardware startups that aims to foster local innovation by bringing together the most promising local startups developing IoT solutions that include hardware products. Please join us to hear their pitches and get to play with their product demos. We'd like to invite new and existing founders, investors, established startup leaders, and people thinking of starting their own company here in NYC to join us to share wisdom and information across borders. Please join us and hang out afterward. Agenda: - 06:45 pm Door opens/ Networking + Booth - 07:00 pm Opening Remarks - 07:15 pm Presentations from Hardware Startups: Shinichiroh Ueda: CEO of Stak, Kaz Oki: Co-Founder & CEO of mui, Hiroumi Mitani: CEO of FutuRocket - 08:00 pm Announcements & Open Networking + Booth A huge THANKS to our Awesome Sponsors: Tasty GREEN TEA will be provided by ItoEn (www.itoen.com) and delicious SNACKS from Snakku (www.snakku.com) so please come early and enjoy it! Galvanize (www.galvanize.com) is providing space! We hope that this event will be a place where people from Japan and New York alike can come to collaborate. Looking forward to seeing you all! Team Japan NYC Startups

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  • [Special Workshop] Vocal Presence: Connecting your Voice to your Story

    [LIMITED to 10 members. See below for REQUIREMENT] Please join us for our first workshop series on Wednesday, April 3 6:30-8pm at WeWork 311 W 43rd St in Midtown! So often we have great content but our voice and speaking styles do not match so we miss the chance to really engage. Elements such as cultural or personal speaking styles, clarity of the words, accent, and tone will often affect the way you are perceived by the audience or listener. This workshop is especially focused on speakers of English as a foreign language who want to learn techniques on how to warm up your voice, learn the key elements of how to bring your words to life, and be confident in the clarity of your speech and voice. Engage in exercises and have a chance to ask questions and get feedback. Who is this for: Entrepreneurs and business leaders from Japan (English as a second language) Requirement: Have 2-3 minute pitch ready to present for feedback Agenda: - 06:15 pm Door opens/ Networking - 06:30 pm Small Workshop on "How to Use Your Voice, Intonation/Tone, Clarity to connect to your Message" (by Lisa Patti M.S., CCC-SLP) - 07:30 pm Wrap up & Open Networking About Instructor: Lisa M. Patti M.S., CCC-SLP is the founder of AccentC3. She has been working with international professionals, entrepreneurs, and students for more than 15 years, developing techniques to improve all aspects of spoken communication. Lisa empowers her clients with tools to maximize their communication styles and leverage their voices to command presence. Her method focuses on the 3C’s: communication of the message, clarity of speech, and bridging the gap of cultural communication differences. Her approach blends elements from the worlds of speech pathology, intercultural communication training, theater, and experiences gained from each client. Lisa has worked with international accelerator programs such as Starta Capital, ERA and Techstars, to individuals from JP Morgan, Bradesco, and “Big Law”. Her clients are from all over the world, from Eastern Europe, Latin America, India, China, Korea, and Europe. Lisa is a native of New York City. She is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist. She also holds a Certificate in Developing Intercultural Training Skills from LTS Training and Consulting, Bath, England, and an International Certificate in Emotional Skills and Competencies and Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility (based on Paul Eckman’s work) EIA Group, Manchester England. 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.

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  • Reverse Pitch and Open Innovation Night

    Galvanize NYC

    REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/jpnycstartups31 ***RSVP through Meetup does not guarantee admission.*** This is our 31st event, and we're thrilled to invite NYC-base corporate investors and innovation team across US and Japan. We'll hold short pitches followed after insightful discussions to learn about their business, stories and unique opportunities and challenges as corporate investors in NYC. 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! Agenda: - 06:45 pm Door opens/ Networking - 07:00 pm Opening Remarks - 07:15 pm Presentations & Talk: Eiko Ooka, Corporate Advisory Division NY, Director at SMBC Group, Moeko Nakada, Corporate Advisory Division NY, Associate at SMBC Group, Bill Baxter, Vice President at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (Moderated by Jennifer Pei Lin) - 08:00 pm Announcements & Open Networking About SMBC: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) is one of the largest commercial banks in Japan with over 500 branches and offices globally. The Corporate Advisory Division (CAD) at SMBC works with large Japanese corporations to address their strategic needs through offering investment opportunities, including M&A origination, JVs, and other business partnerships. The New York team is responsible for gathering value-add information on North American startups and private equity-backed companies and works as a counterpart to the 200+ advisory staff members in Tokyo and Osaka. CAD works with SMBC’s banking clients across all industries and assists North American companies in finding partners and investors in Japan as well as providing banking support for Japanese market entry. About MUFG: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with over 1,800 locations in more than 50 countries. The Group has over 150,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group aims to “be the world’s most trusted financial group” through close collaboration among our operating companies and flexibly respond to all of the financial needs of our customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world. Huge Thanks to our awesome Sponsors: Tasty GREEN TEA will be provided by ItoEn (http://www.itoen.com/) , so come early and enjoy it! Galvanize (galvanize.com) 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

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  • Getting to Know Craft Sake: Brooklyn Kura

    Galvanize NYC

    Brooklyn Kura: https://www.brooklynkura.com/ As New York’s first sake brewery, Brooklyn Kura is dedicated to crafting high-quality sake and building a community of sake lovers in New York City. With only 15 other sake breweries in the United States, the majority of which are based in California, Brooklyn Kura is at the forefront of a new beverage category–American Craft Sake. While respecting Japanese brewing traditions, which have evolved over a thousand years, founders Brian Polen and Brandon Doughan are inspiring new interest in the ancient beverage with the application of unique American ingredients and a passion for the process. In addition to serving a sake that is subtle yet complex, Brooklyn Kura aims to demystify and correct misconceptions about the beverage itself. For example, sake is widely believed to be a distilled spirit, but it’s actually brewed. Additionally, it can also be served at a range of temperatures—premium sakes are typically served chilled. And of course, sake is not just for your salmon skin roll. It pairs with a wide range of dishes, and also makes for a great bar order. Agenda: - 06:30 pm Door opens/ Networking - 07:00 pm Opening Remarks - 07:15 pm Featured Session: Brian Polen - Co-Founder and President of Brooklyn Kura - 08:00 pm Announcements & Open Networking About Speaker: Brian Polen is the co-founder and president of Brooklyn Kura. Through Brooklyn Kura, Brian hopes to challenge sake stereotypes and convert craft beer and wine enthusiasts to sake. A former vice president at american express, Brian transitioned away from analytics and marketing to pursue his passion and build a brand. Brian received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and a MS in Financial Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Brian is a father, traveler, and a Brooklyn stereotype. 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! Huge Thanks to our awesome Sponsors: Tasty GREEN TEA will be provided by ItoEn (http://www.itoen.com/) and Delicious JAPANESE SNACK by Snakku (https://www.snakku.com/) , so come early and enjoy it! Galvanize (galvanize.com) 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

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  • Japan NYC Startups First Community Mixer

    WeWork 575 Fifth

    Please join us for our first Community Mixer on Wednesday, November 11 6:30-8pm at WeWork 575 Fifth in Midtown! *Bringing JPNYC Startups members together to connect, learn and grow through a fun night out in the spirit of building relationships! *Small and Intimate networking up to 25pp (Please RSVP only if you can attend the event from 6:30-8pm) *Short announcements and pitch opportunities 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.

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  • IF Conference 2018: Japan x AI & Blockchain

    Japan Society

    THIS IS A PAID EVENT PURCHASE YOUR TICKET at http://ifconference2018.eventbrite.com About The Destination for Japan inspired Innovators IF Conference, in its third year, brings together notable speakers and innovators who have been strongly influenced by Japan and as rebels with a cause are opperating in the unknown or fringe territories of AI and Blockchain community. Join us for inspirational talks, business insights and and the chance to talk with founders and innovators who are becoming leaders in their fields. www.ifconference.com Brought to you by Rising Startups and New York City's Japanese/American community of entrepreneurs and technologists in the startup scene, Japan NYC Startups. Co-organized by Japan Society, a multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences. Agenda (Details in Official Website: http://ifconference.com) Become a Sponsor Our paid sponsors promote their brand and get access to our invite-only private reception, meet one-on-one with high-caliber experts and entrepreneurs, and much more! To start the conversation about sponsoring the conference, please contact us at [masked]. Become a Volunteer Interested in helping out the If Conference team on site? Our volunteers get the chance to attend the conference, see the technology, and network with industry leaders and innovators. Volunteer spots are in high demand, so apply as soon as possible. Please contact us at [masked]. Visit us at www.ifconferece.com #IFCON18

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  • SUN NOODLE: Entering the New York Market

    eBay New York

    SUN NOODLE: Entering the New York Market This is our 27th event, and we're thrilled to introduce Kenshiro Uki, VP of Operations at Sun Noodle (http://sunnoodle.com/). Kenshiro would share his story of how Sun Noodle started here in NY/NJ and the company's strategy. This is a fantastic opportunity for cross-cultural learning with entrepreneurs and creatives in our greater community. We'd like to invite new founders, established artists, 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! Agenda: - 06:30 pm Door opens/ Networking - 07:00 pm Opening Remarks - 07:15 pm Main Session: Kenshiro Uki - Vice President of Operations at Sun Noodle - 08:00 pm Announcements & Open Networking About Sun Noodle: Sun Noodle is the leading manufacturer of freshly made ramen and Asian noodle products in the United States. Founded in 1981 by CEO Hidehito Uki, Sun Noodle is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, with additional factories in Los Angeles, California and Carlstadt, New Jersey producing 230,000 noodle servings per day. The company’s showcase venue for ramen, Ramen Lab, is located in the Nolita neighborhood of New York City. Renowned for its artisanal approach, Sun Noodle provides ramen-yas and restaurants in North America, South America and Europe with tailor-made ramen noodles, pre-cooked yakisoba, udon, Okinawa soba, saimin, Japanese soba, Wakana soba, gyoza skin and wonton skin, and offers more than 100 retail products at Whole Foods, grocery stores and Asian markets across the U.S. About Kenshiro: Kenshiro Uki is vice president of operations at Sun Noodle, overseeing operations out of the company’s factory in Carlstadt, New Jersey. A third-generation noodle maker, Kenshiro grew up taste-testing ramen noodles at his family’s Honolulu facility. After earning his Master of Business Administration in 2008, he began working for the family business, traveling between Sun Noodle’s locations in Hawaii and California. He led Sun Noodle’s expansion to the East Coast with the opening of the New Jersey factory in 2012, and oversees production, sales and distribution to major cities from the Central U.S. to South America and Europe. Huge thanks to our awesome sponsors: Tasty GREEN TEA will be provided by ItoEn (http://www.itoen.com/), so come early and enjoy it! eBay NYC (http://ebaynyc.com/) 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

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  • Japan NYC Startups 2018 Annual Picnic @ Central Park

    Central Park "The Great Hill"

    Join us on Sunday, July 29st to celebrate summer outdoor! This is our 4th annual picnic and a great opportunity to chat casually with other members! - Bring food and/or drinks (potluck style) - Bring blankets to spread out or chairs to sit in - Bring games, frisbees, whatever you'd like to share or play (optional) - Bring your best, happy selves, and your friends, your spouses or partners, kids In the case of rain the day before or the day of, we'll cancel for this time (an email will be sent for those who RSVP). We are meeting on the Great Hill. You can enter the park from Central Park West and 106th Street (Subway 103st B & C Stop) Once you get there, look for the "Japan NYC Startups" sign. http://www.centralparknyc.org/things-to-see-and-do/attractions/great-hill.html

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