April 05, 2005 - Mr. Carl Kay - Tokyo-based Entrepreneur and Author
"Saying Yes to Japan - How Outsiders Are Reviving a Trillion Dollar Services Market" An incisive insider look at the surprising reality of Japan's multi-trillion dollar service economy�| and the enormous opportunities it holds for bold outsiders. Coming April 2005 from Vertical (www.vertical-inc.com)
Carl Kay will be speaking about and launching at the seminar, "Say Yes to Japan - How Outsiders Are Reviving a Trillion Dollar Services Market" a book he co-authored with & Tim Clark.
Carl Kay - Tokyo-based entrepreneur and Japan expert Carl Kay graduated from Harvard summa cum laude in East Asian Languages in 1978. In 1982 he founded Japanese Language Services, Inc., a pioneering firm which helped American technology companies localize products for the Japanese market. After building the company to annual sales of $4 million, he sold it in 1998 to Lionbridge Technologies. Since then Kay has served as an investor and/or outside director at a dozen venture companies in Japan and North America. Kay also has been active on boards of non-profit organizations in several countries including the Japan Translation Federation and the Japan Society of Boston. He writes and speaks to audiences worldwide about Japanese business, language and culture.
Tim Clark (will not be in attendance) - U.S.-based entrepreneur Clark spent nearly a decade in Japan working in strategy roles at corporations small and large, including Kodak Japan. In 1994 he founded a consultancy that built Amazon.com's first Japanese Web site and pioneered use of the Internet to conduct Japanese language market research and sales promotions on behalf of foreign firms. Clark sold his business to a NASDAQ-listed company in 2000, then served as a columnist for Asiaweek and as a contributor to Red Herring. Today he writes the monthly Japan Entrepreneur Report newsletter while serving as non-resident Senior Fellow for Tokyo-based venture capital firm SunBridge, as adjunct faculty for the Portland State University (PSU) School of Business and on the advisory board for PSU's Center for Japanese Studies. Clark holds BA and MBA degrees from Stanford University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.