202: Japan Startup Ecosystem in 2017 with James Riney - Analyse Asia with Bernard Leong
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James Riney from 500 Startups, Japan joined us in a conversation to discuss the evolution of Japan startup ecosystem. We discussed where the 500 Startups Japan fund is now, some interesting tidbits on what is happening with the ecosystem there, and his perspectives on payment startups versus banks & whether ICOs will displace venture capitalists. Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included): James Riney (@james_riney, LinkedIn, personal website), Head of 500 Startups, Japan. [0:38] Since our last conversation, what have you been up to? [0:48] What’s your daily routine as a venture capitalist like? [1:40] 500 Startups and Japan Startup Ecosystem [2:55] 500 Startups Japan has now a team and closed a recent round from your LPs. Can you give an update who’s on your team and who are the LPs that funded the Japan fund? (for example, Japan Government Fund) [3:15] What are the interesting investments you have made with 500 Startups? [3:34] * Infostellar * SmartHR How…