Event Report: McGill Japan Entrepreneurship Roundtable
McGill Japan Entrepreneurship Roundtable: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016.
The McGill MBA Japan program was very pleased to welcome 45 guests to the McGill Japan Entrepreneurship Roundtable event on Wednesday, April 13th in Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Our panel was made up of Professor Michael Avedesian, a seasoned business man and entrepreneur, Mr Jeffry Char, of J-Seed Ventures, one of the leaders in Entrepreneurial Start Ups in Japan, Mr Tsutsumi Takashi, MBA 2003 of Learning Entrepreneur’s Lab, Tokyo based Process-based Seed Accelerator and Mr Clinton Gass, MBA 2000, Founder and CEO of Gass Teas, the distributor of Rooibos Tea in Japan.
We were treated to a lively discussion on entrepreneurship in general, and the real experiences of the panelists. Jeff Char was keen to point out that a start up venture can take up to 10 years to bear fruit, so the team must have real long term commitment to the project in order to get it off the ground.
All panelists pointed out that in some areas, in particular the IT space, costs of computing power have dropped so dramatically, that anyone with a good idea can try to put something together in their spare time. The key is the keep Intellectual Property pure. That is to say, the entrepreneur needs to be using their own equipment, own computer, and own software and not their present employer’s!
Takashi Tsutsumi was keen to point out that there are well understood processes that will make a start up company successful. By learning from the mistakes and successes of others, an entrepreneur can get closer to their goal without wasting too much time or resource.
Clinton Gass pointed out that in the consumer space, the best way to test a new product is simply to put it out there and see what happens. No amount of focus group or analytical study can tell you if a product will succeed or not.
Michael Avedesian reiterated that the key to success is the people on the team. People are the key to every entrepreneurial success, and that putting together the right people with the right idea, and giving them space to fail, will be the key to future success. Michael also pointed out that some types of ventures need millions of dollars to succeed, so that lean start up model won’t always be appropriate.
If you would like to find out more about the McGill MBA Japan program, be sure to contact us through the website or give us a call at our office.
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“Learning Wisdom From the Wise”
In 2006, Professor Karl Moore led 40 Desautels Faculty of Management students to Omaha, Nebraska to learn from legendary investment guru, Warren Buffett.
Given the tremendous success of the first visit and the recognized value of experiential learning, the Desautels Faculty of Management arranged another opportunity for McGill students to meet the iconic Warren Buffett on January 20, 2017.
‘Two Days With Warren Buffett: Three Lessons From An Introverted Leader In Action” contributed by Professor Karl Moore* was featured on Forbes.’ Please click to read the English Article.
Karl Moore 教授の投函された「ウォーレン・バフェットと過ごした2日間 内向的指導者に学んだ3つの教訓」記事がフォーブスジャパンで掲載されました。 日本語記事はこちらから。
*Karl Moore, Ph.D. is associate professor at Desautels Faculty of Management and associate fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford University.
The Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan program is partnering with Nikkei Business School to offer a Special Series of Introductory Lectures and Networking Opportunities with our professors from our Home Campus in Montreal, while they are in Tokyo.
This will be an ideal chance to learn from some of the world’s top professors in their fields, and find out more about our innovative weekend McGill MBA Japan program in Tokyo.
The lectures take place on evenings at the Nikkei Business School Facility in Otemachi, Tokyo.
This will be an excellent opportunity to participate in short lectures from some of the world’s top professors, and have a take away that you can put to work for you and your organization.
Lectures will be given in English.
Dates, Professors and Topics are:
April 11th: Professor Corey Phelps: Strategic Agility
May 9th: Professor Desmond Tsang: Real Estate Investing: Ownership vs. REITS
June 8th: Philip O’Neill: MBA Programs: Curriculum and Outcomes, and Networking Opportunity
and July 6th: Professor Steve Fortin: Financial Statements: Form vs Substance
Sign up and registration is on the Nikkei Business School Website (in Japanese).
Click here for more info and to register:
Nikkei Business School Website.
I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity.
McGill Japan Special Evening Lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 with
Professor Adolfo de Motta of the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University.
Professor de Motta will give a Special Evening Lecture on Contract Theory based on the work of his PhD advisor: Professor Bengt Holmstrom.
Professor Holmstrom, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.
Professor de Motta is one of the world’s most widely respected and influential researchers and professors in Finance: His research has been published numerous times in the Journal of Finance, and other top academic journals. He is also a long-serving Professor of Corporate Finance in the McGill MBA Japan program, and at the Desautels Faculty of Management’s home campus in Montreal, as well as being a beloved friend of our students and alumni.
This general talk on Contract Theory will be of great interest to everyone, considering its impact in corporate governance, managerial performance, and contract negotiations in general. The talk is aimed at a general audience, and members of the public are welcome to attend.
McGill Japan Special Evening Lecture
Speaker: Professor Adolfo de Motta
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
7PM to 8:30PM
Doors open at 6:30PM
Location: McGill MBA Japan Classrooms at the Learning Edge Facility in Nishi-Shinjuku.
〒160-0023 東京都新宿区西新宿8-4-2 野村不動産西新宿ビル4F
Nomura Fudosan Nishi-Shinjuku Building 4th Floor. Nishi-Shinjuku 8-chome, 4-2, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
This is directly above Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Nishi-Shinjuku Station.
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available.
Cost is 2,000yen to off set the cost of the event.
Sign up and payment is through this Peatix link:
Please sign up as soon as possible.
***An optional get together will take place afterwards at a location nearby***
I hope that you can join us.
Looking forward to seeing you on March 14th.
Mr Susumu Kaminaga, Senior Advisor and former President of Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd. visited the McGill MBA Japan Classrooms on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 to give an amazing lunch time talk on his long and successful career in the Aviation and later in the Micro Electro Mechanical Systems: MEMS. The work by Mr Kaminaga with his many global partners in Canada, Germany, the UK and USA, is fundamental to the lives that we live today. The consumer and healthcare products that we take for granted today, such as smart phones, sensors in our automobiles, are made possible by the groundbreaking work that Mr Kaminaga did in engineering and business development with Sumitomo Precision Products. The lunch time speakers series in the McGill MBA Japan program brings leaders from a wide range of industries into direct contact with our students, which broadens their perspective and their network.
Please contact us to learn more about the McGill MBA Japan program.