October 11th, 2023 • Tokyo, Japan

About It's Time to Build 2023

In 2022, the Japanese government launched the Five-Year Startup Development Plan, with the goal of strengthening the local startup ecosystem. A key factor to its success is to learn from, meet, and connect with global leaders in the venture ecosystem.

This event will provide Japanese investors, startups, large corporations, and students with a keen interest in innovation, a global perspective and the opportunity to gain new insights and learning through interaction with top tier venture capitalists and startups from Silicon Valley.

In parallel, global leading investors and startups will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of the Japanese startup ecosystem. We hope the event will facilitate conversations that will elevate the Japanese startup ecosystem at the global level.

Event Details

  • October 11th, 2023

  • 9:00am–4:00pm

  • Toranomon Hills Forum: Main Hall

Event Countdown
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Doors will open for check in, registration, and light refreshments at 9:00am
Content will begin promptly at 10:00am

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9:00am Doors | Registration and Check-In
10:00am–10:10am Opening Remarks Alex Rampell (a16z)
10:10am–10:40am How to Cultivate a Startup Ecosystem Kathy Matsui (MPower) & Alex Rampell (a16z)

a16z General Partner Alex Rampell joins MPower’s Kathy Matsui for an insightful session into the current environment for startup investing and advice for getting new ecosystems off the ground.

10:40am–11:00am American Dynamism: Building for Country and Beyond David Ulevitch (a16z)

a16z General Partner David Ulevitch breaks down the history and inspiration behind “American Dynamism,” and how other countries can tap into their own “national dynamism.”

11:00am–11:20am Ben Horowitz in Conversation with Nishimura Yasutoshi Ben Horowitz (a16z) & Nishimura Yasutoshi (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry)
11:20am–11:40am The Economic Case for AI Martin Casado (a16z)

a16z General Partner Martin Casado makes the case for why generative AI is a massive, paradigm-changing technological development and how it will have an overwhelming impact on areas ranging from language education to business operations.

11:40am–12:05pm Data and AI in the Enterprise: Using Data to Make Better Business Decisions Moderator: Martin Casado (a16z) Panel: Justin Borgman (Starburst) & Taylor Brown (Fivetran)

a16z General Partner Martin Casado interviews Starburst Chairman and CEO Justin Borgman and Fivetran Chief Operating Officer and co-founder Taylor Brown about how AI has affected their businesses, what data and inputs they’re looking at on a daily basis, and what factors they weigh when making their biggest business decisions.

12:05pm–12:20pm The Future of Cyber Security Stina Ehrensvard (Yubico)

Yubico cofounder Stina Ehrensvard chats about how she founded the hardware-based authentication company, the state of modern security, and why they chose to take the company public.

12:20pm–12:35pm Demystifying The Future of AI and Coding Quinn Slack (Sourcegraph)

Sourcegraph CEO and cofounder Quinn Slack shares his vision for his popular universal code search platform and his views on AI.

12:35pm–1:30pm Networking
1:30pm–1:35pm Interactive Entertainment Overview Andrew Chen (a16z)

Andrew Chen showcases how technology is transforming the future of Entertainment and Esports.

1:35pm–1:40pm 3D Assets On-Demand with Kaedim Konstantina Psoma (Kaedim)

Demo showcasing how Kaedim’s Generative AI technology can quickly create ready-to use 3D assets for entertainment applications.

1:40pm–2:05pm Next-Generation Social Networks Moderator: Jon Lai (a16z) Panelists: Anthony Leung (Singularity 6), David Banks (Elodie), & Thor Gunnarsson (Mainframe)

Jon Lai moderates a panel of industry founders to discuss how interactive entertainment companies are creating next-generation social experiences.

2:05pm–2:30pm NFTs and the Metaverse Moderator: Maggie Hsu (a16z) Panel: Daniel Alegre (Yuga), Emily Yang (Shibuya), & Aleksander Larsen (Sky Mavis)

Web3 represents a seismic shift in how applications and systems are built and operated on the internet. This panel, led by a16z Partner Maggie Hsu, will explore how web3 and the technology underlying it is creating new media formats and new distribution mechanisms for content delivery and fan engagement—delivering more economic flexibility and sustainability to creators.

2:30pm–2:35pm The Future is Health: How AI & Tech Are Accelerating Access to Consumer-Centric Healthcare Julie Yoo (a16z)

Biology, technology and AI have converged to deliver unprecedented gains in human health and longevity. a16z Bio + Health GP, Julie Yoo, will explore how AI and technology are delivering on the promise of “always on” consumer-centric, enduring health. Her fireside chat with two tech x healthcare CEO pioneers will showcase these modern advances – from tech platforms that deliver proactive, highly individualized health information to synthetic biology platforms that enable early cancer detection— sharing the common goal of helping people lead longer, healthier lives.

2:35pm–3:00pm The Future is Health: How AI & Tech Are Accelerating Access to Consumer-Centric Healthcare with Q Bio and Earli Moderator: Julie Yoo (a16z) Panelists: Jeff Kaditz (Q Bio) & Cyriac Roeding (Earli)
3:00pm–3:25pm Ben Horowitz in Conversation with Ambassador Emanuel Ben Horowitz (a16z) & Rahm Emanuel (United States Ambassador to Japan)
3:25pm–3:30pm Closing Remarks Ben Horowitz (a16z)


Participating Companies

About a16z

Founded in Silicon Valley in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz (known as “a16z”) is a venture capital firm that backs bold entrepreneurs building the future through technology. We are stage agnostic: We invest in seed to venture to late-stage technology companies, across bio + healthcare, consumer, crypto, enterprise, fintech, games, and companies building toward American dynamism. a16z has $35B in assets under management across multiple funds.

a16z is defined by respect for the entrepreneur and the company building process; we know what it’s like to be in the founder’s shoes. The firm is led by general partners, many of whom are former founders/operators, CEOs, or CTOs of successful technology companies, and who have domain expertise ranging from biology to crypto to distributed systems to security to marketplaces to financial services. Our team is at the forefront of new technology, helping founders and their companies impact and change the world.

We aim to connect entrepreneurs, investors, executives, engineers, academics, industry experts, and others in the technology ecosystem. We have built a network of experts including technical and executive talent; top media and marketing resources; Fortune 500/Global 2000 companies; as well as other technology decision makers, influencers, and key opinion leaders. a16z uses this network as part of our commitment to help our portfolio companies grow their business, so our operating teams provide entrepreneurs with access to expertise and insights across the entire spectrum of company building.

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