It is always exciting and inspiring to be a part of TechCrunch and TechCrunch Japan earlier this week lived up to expectations. We mingled with the best and brightest of the Japan startup scene in the middle of buzzing Shibuya — complete with stunning view of Mt Fuji.
There were speakers from companies as diverse as Product Hunt, Tinder and Parrot. Technology powerhouses such as NTT DoCoMo, Softbank, and Microsoft were represented, as were innovative Japanese SMEs & IT startups. Stand-out startups included bento.jp, which delivers delicious lunch boxes in Japan in just 20 minutes, and AGic whose mind-blowing technology turns normal home printers into circuit board manufacturing equipment, complete with conductive ink!
There was also an array of interactive features, including drones, tablets, videos, games, and robots. One star of TechCrunch Japan was undoubtedly Pepper by Softbank, the first humanoid robot designed for home use, who greeted us at the door.
We appeared to turn a few heads ourselves and were further inspired by the very positive feedback both on our business concept and growth over the last few months as well as the value we offer for users – This came from varied groups including IP lawyers, VCs and startups. Several startups saw immediately that they had made inaccurate assumptions about their IP protection and needed expert advice. The free features such as IP listing and ‘Ask an Expert’ went down very well with comments including ‘Too good to be true!’
The entire IP Nexus team left the TechCrunch venue exhausted but exhilarated! We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to TechCrunch Japan for all their great support and a fantastic event.