understanding venture capitalists in japan

Part 1: VCs in Japan with Schyler Alexandra Cole

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In this episode of the Scaling Japan Podcast, we are joined by Schyler Alexandra Cole, an associate at Incubate Fund and a founder of Startup Co-Creation Community. This will be part one of a two part series covering venture capital in Japan. Today’s focus will be on how to understand venture capitalists so that you can make a meaningful first impression. Be sure to stay tuned for part two when we delve into how to raise money. This episode is a part of our comprehensive guide to venture capital in Japan.

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Show Notes

(1:20) Schyler’s self-introduction

(5:02) What qualifies as early stage

(5:52) Difference between the seed stages

(6:39) Types of companies that VCs invest in

(8:48) Types of companies that VCs avoid

(10:03) How many companies reach out to Incubate Fund

(12:12) Reaching out to VCs

(15:09) Who to reach out to in the VC team

(18:54) Schyler’s experience as a VC

(21:35) Overview of positions in a VC firm

(23:27) Qualities of a good VC candidate

(27:54) How to better engage with VC

(29:10) Advice for foreign entrepreneurs

(30:02) Startup Co-Creation Community

(33:01) Making connections in Japan as a foreign founder

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