What It Takes to Be a Global Entrepreneur: A Perspective From Japan
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 8:00pm
What It Takes to Be a Global Entrepreneur: A Perspective From Japan

The PSU Center for Japanese Studies Presents

Entrepreneurship in Contemporary Japan Lecture Series

Mayuko Yamaura

Co-founder of

February 15, 2018 | 6PM

SMSU 327/8/9

Free and Open to the Public


PSU Alumna Mayuko Yamaura is one of the few Japanese entrepreneurs working globally in the early stage of her career. She will discuss trends in the AI and image recognition industry, and present her perspective on subjects that include the challenges of being an entrepreneur, how to brush up products, how to enter the Japanese market, and how to work with team members from all over the world.

According to Yamaura, though starting a company can be dauntingly challenging, it also one of the most rewarding and interesting opportunities one can experience.

Mayuko Yamaura is a co-founder of, a startup which helps companies connect with consumers through the power of AI. has offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Paris.
YAMAURA graduated from Portland State University and has about 10 years experience in consumer behavior analysis as well as digital marketing.   She has worked as a digital marketer in the US, and later for a US based research company in Japan overseeing the whole SEA region.
She has won awards internationally including French Tech Tickets (French gov’t), NEDO TCP Award (Japan), Japan-UK Tech Award, Swedish Ambassador Award, Taiwan Ideas Show, StartmeupHK Award (Hong Kong), etc,.

With support from Toshiba International Foundation.