"One MOMENT can change one’s life" 

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 2016

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 2016


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 last year, spearheading a concentrated effort by government leaders to work closely with the private sector and university research communities to facilitate mutually strengthening opportunities.  

MOMENT 2016 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 Toranomon Hills in Tokyo. 

Program Overview

Taking place September 16, 2016 at Toranomon Hills in Tokyo, MOMENT 2016 is hosted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI)  together with Accenture and World Innovation Lab (WiL).

Join us for the first US-Japan VC conference that brings together over 500 diverse minds including VCs, CVCs, entrepreneurs and corporate executives from the US and Japan.

Date: September 16, 2016
Location: Toranomon Hills, Tokyo




Time Contents Speaker
9:00~9:30 Registration
9:30~9:35 Welcome Speech Toshinao Nakagawa (Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan)
9:35~9:45 Opening Remarks Gen Isayama (WiL)
9:50~10:20 Opening Keynote: Vibrant Venture Ecosystem is Vital Dixon R. Doll (DCM)
10:25~10:40 Mini Speech 1 David Lee (Refactor Capital)
10:40~10:55 Mini Speech 2 Craig Sherman (Meritech Capital Partners)
10:55~11:10 Mini Speech 3
Gen Isayama (WiL)
11:10~11:50 Panel Discussion 1: Moonshot Gen Isayama (WiL): Moderator
David Lee (Refactor Capital): Panelist
Craig Sherman (Meritech Capital Partners): Panelist
11:50~13:30 Lunch
13:30~13:45 Mini Speech 4 Vishal Vasishth (Obvious Ventures)
13:45~14:00 Mini Speech 5 Rebecca Lynn (Canvas Ventures)
14:00~14:15 Mini Speech 6 Fuyuki Yamaguchi (Mistletoe)
14:15~14:55 Panel Discussion 2: VC 2.0 - Emerging New Style of VCs
Fuyuki Yamaguchi (Mistletoe): Moderator
Vishal Vasishth (Obvious Ventures): Panelist
Rebecca Lynn (Canvas Ventures): Panlist
15:00~15:15 Mini Speech 7 Tim Chang (Mayfield Fund)
15:15~15:30 Mini Speech 8 Gen Tsuchikawa (Sony)
15:30~16:10 Panel Discussion 3: Artificial Intelligence - Is this time different? Rob Theis (Garnett Theis Capital): Moderator
Tim Chang (Mayfield Fund): Panelist
Gen Tsuchikawa (Sony): Panelist
16:10~16:40 Coffee Break
16:40~16:55 Mini Speech 9 Eric Feng (KPCB)
16:55~17:10 Mini Speech 10 Ethan Kurzweil (Bessemer Venture Partners)
17:10~17:25 Mini Speech 11 Shin Takamiya (Globis Capital Partners)
17:25~18:05 Panel Discussion 4: Future Role of Traditional VCs Shin Takamiya (Globis Capital Partners): Moderator
Eric Feng (KPCB): Panelist
Ethan Kurzweil (Bessemer Venture Partners): Panelist
18:10~18:40 Closing Keynote: VCEO (VC + CEO) at A16Z Balaji S. Srinivasan (Andreessen Horowitz / 21.co)
18:40~18:50 Closing Remarks Soichi Kariyazono (JVCA)
19:00~21:00 Networking Event

The US-JAPAN VC Conference

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

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23 Toranomon 1 cho-me, Minatoku, Tokyo



Metro Ginza Line Toranomon station 5 minutes walk via exit 1

Metro Hibiya Line Kamiyacho station 6minutes walk via exit 3

Metro Chiyoda/Marunouchi/Hibiya Lines Kasumigaseki station 8minutes walk via exit A12

Metro Mita Line Uchisaiwaicho station 8 minutes walk via exit A3

JR 11minutes walk from Shinbashi station