Past Events

March 12, 2018 | How Inbound Tourism and the Sharing Economy are Transforming Japan

Presented by the US-Asia Technology Management Center and the Center for East Asian Studies
Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 pm 
Location: Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor, 616 Serra St., Stanford, CA 94305 [Google Map][Stanford Parking Map

Free event, lunch included.

With sluggish domestic demand, persistent deflation and a rapidly falling working population, Japan’s economy faces major challenges, but the boom in inbound visitors and new IT-related business are transforming the country.  Seth Sulkin will talk about how Japan’s economy is benefitting from the inbound boom and how the sharing economy and technology could mitigate Japan’s demographic challenges.

Seth R. Sulkin is President and CEO of Pacifica Capital K.K., a Tokyo-based developer of hotels and commercial properties with more than 20 years of real estate investment experience in Japan. In November 2017, he opened the Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho, the first lifestyle hotel in Japan and has several other hotels in development in major Japanese cities.

Mr. Sulkin is a member of the Executive Committee of Urban Land Institute Japan, chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s Integrated Resort Task Force and co-chair of the Real Estate Committee. Fluent in Japanese, he received a Master’s Degree from Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies.

Professor Richard B. Dasher, Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center, served as moderator.

March 7, 2018 | 2018 Japan – US Innovation Awards: Outstanding Innovation – U.S. 

Presented by the US-Asia Technology Management Center and the Japan Society of Northern California
Presentation and Panel Discussion: 4:30 – 7:00 pm 
Location: Cypress Semiconductor Auditorium (101X), Paul G. Allen Building, 330 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305 [Google Map][Parking Map]

Panel with U.S. winners 3/7/18

The Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Program is excited to announce the U.S. winners of the 2018 Outstanding Innovation Awards:

WeWork & FogHorn Systems

Prof. Richard Dasher, Chair of the Steering Committee of the Awards Program, observed “The 2018 winners, WeWork and FogHorn Systems, have developed and implemented highly distinctive innovations that are already having a big impact on broad areas of business.”  

FogHorn Systems provides a technology platform for the rapidly growing domain of IOT systems with “intelligence at the edge,” a new cloud computing architecture that will enable real-time applications such as self-driving cars and networked robotics.  

WeWork uses a sharing economy business model for office spaces to build communities in which people work to have a life, not just make a living.  Over 100,000 members worldwide are increasing productivity and developing new opportunities through WeWork’s refreshing designs and services that are inspiring the evolution of new patterns of work. 

The Awards were presented during a Public Videoconference at Stanford University with a real-time two-way link to an audience in Tokyo. Yuta Endo, VP, General Manager of Business Development, and an original team member of FogHorn Systems and Elton Kwok, GM Northern California of WeWork described their companies’ innovations and discuss challenges and best practices for achieving success with disruptive innovations having U.S. – Japan links. Prof. Dasher served as host and moderator for the March 7 Videoconference program.  

Please also save the date: on April 4, 2018, as a twin of this March 7 videoconference, the Awards program will present the Outstanding Innovation Awards for 2018 to three Japanese companies.  In April, the speakers will be in Tokyo but we will have audiences with a live two way link both in Stanford and in Japan.

February 28, 2018 | What I’ve Learned: Innovators on Innovation: Dr. Richard B. Dasher

Presented by the Japan Society of Northern California
Registration: 6:00 – 6:30 pm | Presentation: 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Networking & Reception: 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Squire Patton Boggs, 1801 Page Mill Road #110, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Dr. Richard Dasher has been the Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University since 1994. During that time he has been a pillar in the US-Asia business, technology and academic community, and has welcomed countless visitors and newcomers to the Valley and Stanford. In this special event, he will share insights on the waves of innovation he has seen over multiple business cycles – what works, what doesn’t, and how corporate venture teams can best engage with the Valley.

See <http://www.usajapan.org/event/what-ive-learned-innovators-on-innovation-dr-richard-dasher-of-stanford-university/> for details and registration.

February 27, 2018 | ICOs and the Token Economy: Disruption or Deception?

Presented by VLAB and the US-Asia Technology Management Center
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | Reception: 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Discussion: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
The Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford University

Even the most seasoned investors, entrepreneurs, and established businesses have been caught off guard by the meteoric rise of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), cryptographic tokens, and blockchain-based application development. Early-stage startups raised nearly $4B from ICOs during the past year, far outstripping venture and angel funding. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently spoke out, emphatically cautioning that many ICOs may be violating securities laws.

Beyond the legal concerns and the hype awaits a potential technological and economic disruption not seen since the birth of the worldwide web: the decentralization of the Internet. If successful, decentralization of data storage and ownership promises to dramatically upend the status quo, cutting out intermediaries and centralized platforms and replacing them with token-based, peer-to-peer transactions executed via “smart contracts.” Myriad service industries are in blockchain’s crosshairs, from financial and payment processing to ride and home sharing, such as Uber and Airbnb.

  • As decentralization evolves, what form will it take? When will it occur, and at what scale?
  • What are the obstacles and barriers?
  • Given recent SEC action, what is the future of ICOs?
  • How will companies, businesses, and markets benefit from these changes?


 See <https://www.vlab.org/events/icos-and-the-token-economy/> for details and registration.

Past Years

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