Early Stage Investment in Japan with Haruka Takamori

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Episode Summary

Haruka Takamori, an early stage investor and venture analyst at Plug and Play, joins us in this episode of the Scaling Japan Podcast to share her insights from an investor point of view. Haruka details the different stages of early investment in Japan from angel to series A. She also delves into some specifics on what venture capitalists/investors are looking for in a business startup. This episode is a part of our comprehensive guide to venture capital in Japan.

This podcast episode is excellent for:

  • Entrepreneurs who want to learn about different funding options for their startups
  • Business owners who want to attract potential investors

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Links from Guest Appearance

  • Find out more about Haruka Takamori on her LinkedIn
  • Reach out to Plug and Play if you’re a start up in Japan and looking for investements

Links to Additional Resources


Angel Port 

Incubate Fund 


East Ventures

Show Summary

(0:58) Haruka Takamori’s self introduction

(2:01) Experience with early stage investing

(3:26) Angel investment

(7:52) Connecting with angel investors

(9:10) Pre-seed and seed

(13:00) Amount of company shares to secure

(15:12) Shareholding numbers

(17:50) What is traction

(18:37) Pre-series A

(20:42) Proof of concept

(28:14) Metrics investors look at

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