Lecture: The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Startup Ecosystems and Growth Opportunities Being Unlocked for Corporates
As our world is shaken in the most dramatic way imaginable, it is time for our global startup community to get closer, support, and learn from each other. 500 Startups surveyed investors to find out the impact of Covid-19 on the early-stage startup investment climate and will offer our views on new opportunities being unlocked for corporates.
Lessons from the Dot-Com Bust and the Great Recession
The impact of Covid-19 on Investment Activities and Allocation
New Opportunities for Innovation as Certain Markets Grow
Innovation Toolkit in Times of Crisis (Build, Buy, Partner, and Investing into Startups)
June 16th 9AM JST / June 15th 5pm PDT
Fireside Chat + AMA: How Corporates are Reacting to New Opportunities Unlocked by COVID19
July 9th 9am JST / July 8th 5pm PDT
This free webinar series is designed for Japanese innovation teams, CVCs, and new business development who want to:
Grow beyond their core business through open innovation
Provide more value to customers with new technologies
Make their company more innovative through startup collaborations
Digitize current businesses to be more efficient and productive
This unique webinar series is designed to address these exact challenges.
Mistakes made in setting innovation strategy
How to run internal training programs to get the results you are looking for
Where Japanese innovation teams focus and why it's the wrong approach
How to evaluate whether a startup will be a good partner for your company
Bridging language, culture and speed to effectively collaborate with startups
By the end of the series, you will learn about:
Facilitating better communication internally
Setting clear expectations and KPIs
Measuring your return on innovation
Integrating startups more easily in business units
Meet The Presenters
Tony Wang is an experienced early-stage and growth executive with a background in consumer internet, digital media, and healthcare. As an operating executive, Tony has helped companies scale from pre-product inception stages through to building global businesses.
At Google, Tony was part of the executive management team overseeing the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions from inception to over $2B in revenue. Tony later became VP at Twitter where he joined pre-revenue and helped develop Twitter’s global revenue and partnerships (including being Twitter’s VP of EMEA) through to Twitter’s $25B exit.
Most recently, Tony was Chief Operating Officer at Color, which applied software and machine learning to solve complex genomics problems, where he led various teams responsible for Color’s global business in genomics and digital health. Prior to being an operating executive, Tony practiced law in the fields of M&A, capital markets and venture-backed financings after getting a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Director of Corporate Innovation
Vijay is Director of Innovation and Partnerships at 500 Startups where he works at the intersection of startups, investors, and corporate innovation. Vijay is an innovation advisor and strategic partner to a wide range of industries from financial services to retail to automotive.
Previously, he developed partnerships with FinTech startups and worked directly with Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at global bank BBVA in San Francisco. In 2016, he secured internal seed investment from BBVA as interim CEO at one of the first digital banks for small business: Azlo.
Country Lead, Japan
Ayumi oversees 500’s partnerships and investment activities in Japan. She was previously a top executive at two Japanese startups, helping them scale up their business as an operating leader. Ayumi holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Alba Zurriaga Carda
Corporate Innovation Manager
Alba focuses on supporting corporate and government partners to drive innovation by effectively engaging with startups. Prior to 500, Alba worked at Deloitte helping F500 companies in their global open innovation efforts (in the automotive, financial services, insurance, life-science and retail sectors). Alba holds a BSc and MSc in Biotechnology and a MEng and PhD in Technology Management, specializing on Innovation and Startup Ecosystems.
Managing Director and Board Member
Toyota AI Ventures
Jim Adler is the founding managing director of Toyota AI Ventures, and an executive advisor at Toyota Research Institute (TRI).
He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Toyota Financial Savings Bank and the Investment Committee of JetBlue Technology Ventures, and he is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.
Jim joined Toyota AI Ventures from TRI, where he served as vice president of data and business development. Prior to that, Jim was vice president of products and marketing at Metanautix, a big data analytics startup funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday that was acquired by Microsoft.
Previously, Jim was the vice president of data systems and chief privacy officer at Intelius, which was acquired by H.I.G. Capital. In addition, he founded VoteHere, a pioneer in cryptographic secure and secret online voting for public elections that was funded by Cisco and HP, among others. Jim started his career as a rocket engineer for Lockheed Martin.
He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with high honors from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
Global Head of Tokio Marine Innovation Lab
General Manager, Digital Strategy Dept.
Tokio Marine Holdings
Takayuki (Taka) joined Tokio Marine in 1989 and assumed his current position in July 2016. Taka is Global Head of Tokio Marine Innovation Lab located in Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Taipei and London.
He has held various management roles, both at the Head Office and with Group companies. In 2004 he was appointed Director & Senior Underwriting Officer for Tokio Millennium Re in Bermuda. In 2007, he returned to Head Office to assume responsibilities for ceded reinsurance of property and casualty lines, while also developing risk/retention policy in line with the Group-wide ERM framework. In 2011 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tokio Millennium Re (UK) and moved to London.
Taka joined Tokio Marine after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a BA in Economics. He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Orange Silicon Valley
Jay Onda has built his career on the forefront of innovation, technology, and design, to make visions of the future a reality. He brings over ten years of Corporate Venture and Innovation experience and over fifteen years of startup experience in Silicon Valley. His experience includes the transformation of NTT Docomo Innovation Inc, the launch of Yamaha Motors Ventures and Laboratories, and supporting Orange Silicon Valley’s innovation activities. He is also a dedicated supporter of the CVC and innovation ecosystems and have worked with Governments, Universities, and MNOs around the world sharing best practices and tactical strategies on integrating innovation into each of their unique operating culture. He also participates as an active mentor to accelerator programs.