Guest Speaker

Corporate-Startup Partnerships: Connecting Japanese Corporations and Global Startups


Ayumi Ode on 8/31/2022

The Japan Chapter of Columbia Venture Community (CVC) hosted a virtual session with Yuichi Ando, Head of Silicon Valley and GM at Japan Post Co., Ltd. After working in Tokyo, New York, Singapore, and London with global financial service firms, Yuichi started leading innovation efforts in 2019 including startup partnerships, new business creation, and market research in Silicon Valley for Japan Post. In this virtual session, we touched on the following topics:

- Japan Post’s innovation objectives and activities in Silicon Valley

- Lessons learned from collaborations between the large Japanese corporation and global startups

- Cultural differences between Silicon Valley and New York

コロンビアベンチャーコミュニティ・ジャパンチャプター(CVC Japan)では、日本郵便株式会社デジタルビジネス戦略部企画役である安藤裕一氏をお招きしてオンラインセッションを開催しました。安藤氏は、東京、ニューヨーク、シンガポール、ロンドン等で勤務した後、2019年から日本郵便のシリコンバレーでスタートアップとの提携、新規事業創出、市場調査などのイノベーション活動及び投資活動をリードしています。本オンラインセッションでは、主に以下について触れました。

- 日本郵便のシリコンバレーにおけるイノベーションの目的と活動

- 日本の大企業とグローバルなスタートアップのコラボレーションから得た教訓

- シリコンバレーとニューヨークの文化の違い

Featured Speaker


Yuichi Ando | Head of Silicon Valley Office and GM at Japan Post Co., Ltd.

Yuichi Ando has been the head of the Silicon Valley Office of Japan Post since February 2019. He has opened an office in Silicon Valley for innovation efforts for the Japanese postal service interest. Previously, he worked in Tokyo, New York, Singapore, and London with global financial service firms such as Goldman Sachs and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. He was a founding member of SMFG’s digital innovation lab in Menlo Park opened in 2017. In the past, he managed his own company doing consulting and angel investing in e-commerce, healthcare, etc. He continued to be active in the start-up investing community. Yuichi was raised in Fukushima until fifteen years old. He has been active in supporting Fukushima since the 2011 earthquake. He is currently interested in energy/sustainability space. Yuichi is a graduate of Kyoto University with a bachelor of law. He also has a law degree from Columbia University School of Law and is an alumnus of Stanford Graduate School of Business. He served as a CJEB visiting scholar at Columbia Business School.

安藤裕一(あんどう ゆういち)| 日本郵便株式会社 デジタルビジネス戦略部企画役(在サンフランシスコ)