Lessons from In-Between: Startups and Corporate Innovation in Silicon Valley and Tokyo
Ayumi Ode on 10/11/2022
The Japan Chapter of Columbia Venture Community (CVC) hosted a virtual session with Kenneth Jeng, a graduate of Columbia SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs). He started working as a Senior Program Manager at Moon Creative Lab, a designed-focused venture studio affiliated with Mitsui & Co., where he works to bring 0-1 ventures to life after working for a startup in Tokyo and a corporate venture advisory firm in Silicon Valley.
Topics to be covered:
- First hand experience working at a Series A startup in Tokyo, Japan
- Differences in the startup/innovation scenes between Tokyo and Silicon Valley
- Corporate venture studio model in Japan: Opportunities, challenges, and best practices
Kenneth Jeng | Senior Program Manager at Moon Creative Lab
Kenneth Jeng (Columbia SIPA ’18) is a Senior Program Manager at Moon Creative Lab, a designed-focused venture studio affiliated with Mitsui & Co., where he works to bring 0-1 ventures to life. Prior to Moon Creative Lab, Kenneth was an Associate at Silicon Foundry – a corporate venture advisory firm – working closely with global firms including DeNA, Evonik, SK hynix and Southwest Airlines as well as Chief of Staff at Souco, a Tokyo-based Series A startup. He is also currently working on a community for international startup talent in Tokyo while moonlighting as a Venture Partner for Republic, an equity crowdfunding platform based in NYC. Kenneth has lived and worked in Bangkok, Taipei, New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston.