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Japanese startups are fundamentally changing Japan’s society and economy. Disrupting Japan gives you direct access to the thoughts and plans of Japan’s must successful and creative startup founders. Join us and bypass the media and corporate gatekeepers and hear what’s really going on inside Japan’s startup world.
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87: How This Startup Makes Money from Children’s Old Notebooks – Arcterus
6 days ago
Education is one of the hardest sectors to disrupt -- or even improve upon -- and most EdTech startups struggle.
Today we sit down with Go Arai and we talk about how his company, Arcterus, is taking a bottom-up approach to improving education. Arcterus has developed a service called Clear, which profits by helping students help each other study.
Clear is basically a study-notebook sharing platform, and now Go and his team are building it out into something much more than that.
We talk about Arcterus’ recent Asian expansion and why some seemingly small cultural differences made their product unviable in certain countries. We also explore why it's sometimes hard for Japanese startups to pivot and the effects of the company and the team when a radical change in direction is needed.
It’s a fascinating discussion, and I think you’ll enjoy it.
Show Notes for Startups
Why notebook sharing works in Japan but not in America
How lessons from a corporate turnaround were applied to a startup
How a terrible skiing accident ended up launching a startup
Why it took the team five pivots to find product-market fit
What makes pivoting hard in Japan
How to use Twitter to drive business
Why other Asian countries are ahead of Japan in EdTech
What today's textbooks will evolve into
Links from the Founder
Everything you ever wanted to know about Clear
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Transcript from Japan
Disrupting Japan, episode 87.
Welcome to Disrupting Japan. Straight talk from Japan’s most successful entrepreneurs. I’m Tim Romero and thanks for joining me.
You know, for a few very good reasons and many very bad reasons, education is particularly hard to disrupt. I think a big part of this is that the goal of public education is far more than imparting a set of skills onto the students. Although my libertarian friends might disagree, public schooling provides not only the hard skills that students need to function in the society, but universal education provides us with a shared experience and shared frame of reference that helps us define society. It’s something that binds us together.
Now, different countries have different
Rated 5 out of
Amazing show if you care about startups in Japan
One on one interviews with founders in English. Great insights that go way beyond Japan.
Date published: 2016-09-02