Venture Samurai

by Daniel McInnes
samurai In a conservative business culture where reputation and relationships are everything and startups have neither, entrepreneurs need something special to succeed.

The Japanese entrepreneur is far from an extinct species. He—or she—may have taken something of a beating in the dark economic days of the 1990s, when companies were thinning down and banks were less willing to lend, but even then there were opportunities. Anyone with a winning idea just had to know where to look, says Yoshito Hori.