If Conference 2016 [Japan x Startup x NYC]


Welcome a new technology conference to NYC. Japanese entrepreneurs, gifted technologists, and successful founders converge for a full day of incredible talks and info-sharing sessions.

Brought to you by Japan NYC Startups, New York City's community of entrepreneurs and technologists in the Japanese startup scene. We're an extension of Japan's startup scene, here in NYC

There's a session for everybody. Learn from insiders about the expanding Japanese startup ecosystem. Or, listen to Japanese entrepreneurs share insights and learnings from bringing their businesses to the US.

KeyNote Speakers

A roster of incredible speakers, from legendary entrepreneurs to the new generation of all-star founders.

Satoshi Sugie began his career with NISSAN’s Technical Center. Exploring the world, he taught Japanese in several countries, including China and Bolivia. Upon return to Japan, he founded Smile Park, an engineering startup and focused on new product development, co-founding the WHILL project in 2011. Sugie moved to San Francisco, California in 2012, to become the company’s CEO. He is a member of World Economic Forum Davos Meeting GSC member. Sugie is a boxer: Feather weight champion in Kyoto, 3rd place in West Japan and a Light welterweight champion in Nanjing, China.

William Lohse is the founder and General Partner of Social Starts, the most active pre-series A investor in Social/Mobile after the incubators. He has been successful in media, from software to print publishing, Web 1.0, 2.0, and now Social. He is best known as the president of Ziff Davis Publishing and founder and CEO of SOFTBANK Forums, where he introduced Interop to Japan. William worked directly for Masa Son of Softbank for 3 years in the 1990’s. William is also the founder of the Pivot Conference, where Big Brands meet Social/Mobile, and the founder of Software Venture Partners, which has been investing in technology startup companies for almost 25 years.

Guest Speakers

Adam Gries - CEO of OkPanda
Masanori Hashimoto - CEO of NuLab
Taku Harada - Co-Founder & CEO of Peatix
Renita Kalhorn - Performance Coach of The Flow Factor
Rie Yano - Founder and Co-CEO of Material Wrld
Ron Fleming - Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Mariko Tokioka - Founder and CEO of EastMeetEast
Yoko Gibo - Director of Growth and Strategy of Noom
Johnathon Lebov - Investment Analyst at Union Square Ventures
Murat Aktihanoglu - Managing Partner at ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator)
Odile Beniflah - Head of International of Meetup
Brian Waterman - Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Matt Wallaert - East Coast Lead at Microsoft Ventures
FabFoundry - Where Japanese craftsmanship meets Silicon Alley

Agenda (Details in Official Website)

Exhibition: Monozukuri Alley presented by FabFoundry

NYC's prominent hardware startups perform interactive demonstration of their products/prototypes

12:30pm - 1pm Opening Remarks

1:00pm - 1:45pm Afternoon Keynote: William Lohse, General Partner & Founder @ Social Starts

2:00pm - 2:45pm Breakout Sessions I

3:00pm - 3:45pm Breakout Sessions II

4:00pm - 4:45pm Breakout Sessions III

5:00pm - 5:45pm Evening Keynote: Satoshi Sugie, Co-founder & CEO @ Whill

5:45pm - 7:30pm Closing Remarks & Networking

We’re able to produce this event thanks to our amazing sponsors.

Visit us at www.ifconferece.com


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Mon Apr 11, 2016
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