About the talk
SPRIE's spring seminar series on the emerging environment for
entrepreneurship in Japan has examined the state of venture capital
(Michael Korver), changes in corporate governance (Robert Eberhart),
and the division within Japanese society on the future of the Japanese
economy (Yoko Ishikura).
Now, to conclude the series, Brian Nelson will provide his views on
the outlook for Japanese startups--a unique perspective from the
(non-Japanese) CEO of a Japanese Internet sales and marketing
About the speaker
As CEO of ValueCommerce, Brian Nelson negotiated and completed a TOB (Tender
Offer Bid) with YAHOO! Japan in 2005. In 2006, he led ValueCommerce to a
successful IPO resulting in a market capitalization of more than $300 million.
Prior to ValueCommerce, Nelson was Director of Sales and Marketing for the Gallup Organization in Japan. He also worked in Business Development with a non-life insurer, Tokyo Marine and Fire Insurance, and as a sales executive for Ashisuto, a Japan computer software company. Nelson has a degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. He has
been a resident of Japan since 1990 and is a fluent Japanese speaker.