"One MOMENT can change one’s life" 

In the heart of Silicon Valley, there will be a once-in-a-lifetime encounter 
between thought leaders from the US and Japan, 
and opportunities to build a better future between the two countries. 

US-Japan VC Conference – MOMENT 2015

An annual forum connecting leaders of venture capital communities in the US and Japan to enhance support for global entrepreneurs and drive cross-regional innovation 

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments
when we are influencing the future.”     

- Steve Jobs

Why MOMENT 2015

Silicon Valley has historically harnessed the innovative capabilities of people around the world, but until recently, Japan was seen as more of a competitor than an essential collaborator. However, Japan has been undergoing a transformation, with large firms beginning to embrace open innovation, and regulatory changes unleashing a fast-growing ecosystem of startups, venture capital, and networks of entrepreneurs. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became Japan’s first prime minister to visit Silicon Valley, spearheading a concentrated effort by government leaders to work closely with the private sector and university research communities to facilitate mutually strengthening opportunities.  

MOMENT 2015 is our inaugural annual forum that provides a platform for leading venture capital professionals from the US and Japan to come together and share expertise and experiences with each other, and with audience members as an anchor point to strengthen links between the entrepreneurial ecosystems on both sides.

Join us to experience the energy, dynamism, and boundless opportunities as we bring the two ecosystems together in a beautiful venue at Stanford University. 

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Program Overview

Taking place October 30, 2015 at Stanford University, MOMENT 2015 is hosted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI)  together with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC, World Innovation Lab (WiL), and Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC).

Join us for the first US-Japan VC conference that brings together over 300 diverse minds including VCs, CVCs, entrepreneurs and corporate executives from the US and Japan.

Date: October 30, 2015
Location: Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University, CA



Day 1 Sessions



Please arrive earlier as the reception is expected to be crowded.

8:00am - 9:00am Registration

9:00am - 9:15am Welcome Remarks/Opening Remarks

Takeo Hoshi, Director, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center(APARC), Stanford University
Yoshi Ishii Ph.D., Director of New Business Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

9:15am - 9:45am Fireside Chat
"a16z - A New VC Paradigm"

Scott Kupor, COO, Andreessen Horowitz
Moderated by Gen Isayama, Co-Founder & CEO, WiL

09:45am - 10:35am Panel Discussion
"University Contribution to the Venture Ecosystem" 
Martin Kenney, University of California, Davis
Tomotaka Goji, UTEC
Hiroaki Okahashi, Miyako Capital
Moderated by Richard Dasher, Stanford University

10:35am - 10:50am Coffee Break

10:50am - 11:10am Keynote
"The Startup Pivot Story - and the Role an Investor Plays" 

Andrew Braccia, Managing Partner, Accel Partners

11:10am - 12:00pm Panel Discussion
"Disruptive Innovation -Where is it happening today?"

Rob Coneybeer, Shasta Ventures
Keith Rabois, Khosla Ventures
Shinzo Nakano, Itochu Technology Ventures
Moderated by Aki Koto, WiL

12:00pm - 1:10pm Lunch

1:10pm - 1:30pm Keynote
"Evolution of Venture Capital in Silicon Valley"

Dixon R. Doll, Co-Founder & Partner Emeritus, DCM

1:30pm - 2:20pm Panel Discussion
"Rise of CVC - How can corporates and VCs benefit from each other?"

Claudia Fan Munce, IBM Venture Capital Group
Craig Sherman, Meritech Capital Partners
Nobuyuki Akimoto, NTT Docomo Ventures
Moderated by Mitch Kitamura, Draper Nexus Ventures

2:20pm - 2:40pm Coffee Break

2:40pm - 3:00pm Keynote
"Japan as a Startup Nation" 

Soichi Kariyazono, Managing Partner, Globis Capital Partners, Chairman of Japan Venture Capital Association (JVCA)

3:00pm - 3:50pm Panel Discussion
"Breeding Unicorns - Is that even possible?"

Ethan Kurzweil, Bessemer Venture Partners
Howard Hartenbaum, August Capital
Mike Volpi, Index Ventures
Shinichi (Shin) Takamiya, Globis Capital Partners
Moderated by Gen Isayama, WiL

3:50pm - 4:10pm Coffee Break

4:10pm - 4:30pm Keynote
"The Ambidextrous Organization"
Charles A. O'Reilly III, Ph.D., Director of the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Executive Program, Stanford University

4:30pm - 5:20pm Panel Discussion
"Commercialization of Emerging Technologies - The Role of VC"

Tim Chang, Mayfield
Jeff Clavier, SoftTech VC
Masahiko Honma, Incubate Fund
Ken Yasunaga, The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan
Moderated by Toshi Otani, Translink Capital

5:20pm - 5:30pm Closing Remark

Takeo Hoshi, Director, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

5:30pm - 6:30pm Networking


The Day 2 Sessions are designed for Japanese-speakers only

Day 2 Sessions




9:00am -9:30am Registration

9:30am - 9:40am  Opening Remarks

9:40am - 10:10am Guest Speech
Hiroshi Menjo, Net Service Ventures

10:10am - 10:40am Guest Speech
"Tesla:Success after the start-up"
Hokuto Ueda, drivemode

10:40am - 11:00am Coffee Break

11:00am - 11:50am Guest Speech
"What Silicon Valley can do for Japanese Company"
Naoki Sugimoto, Honda Silicon Valley Lab

11:50am - 12:20pm Guest Speech
"My story of Silicon Valley Start-up's hard days "
Hiro Yoshikawa, TreasureData

12:20pm - 1:15pm Lunch

1:15pm - 1:30pm Activitiy of JVCA
Yusuke Murata, IncubateFund

1:30pm - 2:30pm Panel Discussion
"The inside story of Silicon Valley" 
Toshiya Otani, Translink Capital
Mitch Kitamura, Draper Nexus Ventures
Tak Miyata,Scrum Ventures
Gen Isayama,WiL(Moderator)

2:30pm - 3:15pm  Guest Speech

"The Advanced Research from Japan - What is newest on iPS Cell Research-"

Hiromitsu Nakauchi, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of genetics, Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, IMSUT, Tokyo University/Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine,Stanford University

3:15pm - 3:25pm Closing Remark

PROGRAM AGENDA To be announced


The US-JAPAN VC Conference

The registration has been closed.
We would like to thank you for your interest.

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Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University

326 Galvez Street, Stanford CA 94305

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The US-Japan VC Conference MOMENT2015 is hosted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC, World Innovation Lab (WiL), and supported by Stanford Asia-Pacific Research Center.