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Twitter, Pinterest, Skype founders advise Japan entrepreneurs

Jay Alabaster | April 17, 2013
A host of celebrity tech executives, including the founders of Twitter, Pinterest, Evernote and Android, converged in Tokyo this week, invited as part of an ambitious effort to modernize Japan's economy through entrepreneurship.

"Japan was very strong at innovation before the Internet," said Joichi Ito. "We were able to innovate in revolutionizing manufacturing in terms of mass production."

Many executives posted impressive charts showing users flocking to their services in record numbers. But others were more circumspect.

"Part of the big increases are due to the nature of the Internet, which makes it easier for users to move around," said Yukihiro Matsumoto, who created the Ruby programming language.


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