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How B2B startups are faring under the COVID-19 crisis

End of the year 2020 is fast approaching, and as we look back at the B2B industry this year, the biggest impact of all without a doubt has been COVID-19. The economy slowed heavily as the movement of people came to a halt in order to prevent the spread of infection. Another byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic may be the accelerated digital transformation in many industries, as companies were forced to rethink the way they work and make major changes in business practices.
For this B2B Summit, we are welcoming the CEO of Notion as one of the speakers.  Notion, as you may know, has grown rapidly thanks to the digitization of corporate workflows, and their application is already being used by early adopters in Japan.  We will be focusing on retail tech, which has been greatly impacted by COVID-19, and discuss what new technologies emerged during the pandemic and how they are playing a role in the transformation of the industry.  We will also hear from one of DNX's Japanese portfolio companies, a start-up that has successfully secured funding in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, about their fundraising strategies.

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Schedule & Speaker Lineup

17:00-17:40 (PST)

Behind the Scenes with Notion's CEO on Product Led Growth Strategy

Co-founder/CEO, Notion

Ivan Zhao

Head of Platform, DNX Ventures

Natsuki Zihnioglu

17:40 -18:10  (PST)

The Remarkable Changes in Retail Tech under COVID-19

Managing Partner at DNX Ventures

Hiro Rio Maeda

18:10 - 18:55  (PST)

Successful Mega Fundraising During Pandemic

CEO of Kakehashi

Takashi Nakagawa

Director & CEO, XICA

Yoshiaki Hirao

CEO of RevComm

Takeshi Aida

Managing Partner/Head of Japan, DNX Ventures

Akira Kurabayashi

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Past Speakers


Richard C. Koo

Chief Economist at Nomura Research Institute

The Pursued Japanese Economy and the Future of Globalization

Koji Ogishima

CEO of TeamSpirit

How I built a successful B2B SaaS company and made it public

Takeo Inada


Industry Cloud: Vertical Integration

Maryam Rofougaran

CEO of Movandi

Future of 5G: Opportunities and Challenges


Christopher Hill

CEO of WeWork Japan

Why Unicorns care about the Japanese market

Tim Draper

Founder of Draper Associates

Global Entrepreneurship is on the rise

Chika Terada

CEO of Sansan

How I Did it: Building SaaS Startups

Yosuke Tsuji

CEO of Money Forward

How I Did it: Building SaaS Startups


Venky Ganesan

Chair of the NVCA Board of Directors and Managing Director of Menlo Ventures

Keynote: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.

Dan Levin

ex-COO of Box

Enterprise / SaaS

Mark Bailey

DFJ Growth

Enterprise / SaaS

John McClurg

VP of Cylance

Big Data / AI

Past Attendees

Past Sessions


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