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Compounding Curiosity

Oct 7, 2021

My guest today is Tim Romero (@timoth3y). Tim is the founder and host of Disrupting Japan. Which is the first and largest startup podcast in Japan. He is also the Head of Google for Startups Japan. 

In this conversation, we cover the Japanese startup ecosystem, why Japanese companies seem to IPO earlier, and his experience running a podcast.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Tim Romero.

For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page on 




Show Notes:

[00:00:32] - [First question] - What made Tim fall in love with Japan?

[00:02:19] - How Tim got involved in the startup scene 

[00:03:09] - Biggest changes in the scene over 20 years?

[00:06:03] - Where the startup ecosystem in Japan can improve

[00:07:53] - What sectors Tim is excited about

[00:09:02] - Why do Japanese startups tend to IPO earlier?

[00:10:53] - Why Japan is often overlooked

[00:11:54] - Softbank 

[00:13:45] - Old Japanese companies innovating

[00:15:36] - Japanese bubble popping and the lingering effects

[00:18:28] - Japan’s obsession with quality products

[00:22:07] - Disrupting Japan the podcast

[00:28:45] - Most undervalued life experience ?

[00:30:29] - Influential books?

[00:32:38] - If Tim was 18 today?




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