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Sunk Costs

Wondering if you should continue an investment or look for something new? Sunk costs can have a powerful psychological impact on decision-making. Learn how to recognize them to ensure rational decisions.

CAGE Distance Framework

Want to expand overseas? The CAGE distance framework can help ensure you're constructing a solid global strategy in four areas: cultural, administrative, economic, and geographic. Learn how to leverage useful differences between countries, identify potential obstacles, and achieve global business success.


Groupthink refers to group pressure and the perception of consensus which together lead to ill-formed decisions—or even unnecessary risks. Learn to identify the warning signs of groupthink and apply countermeasures in this online course.

Deductive and Inductive Reasoning

Solving problems with the best results means using two types of thinking: deductive and inductive reasoning. In this online course, learn to form a broad premise, make observations, and form conclusions from different perspectives.

Critical Thinking: Hypothesis-Driven Thinking

Anyone can come up with a good idea. The real challenge is putting that idea into action. In this online course, explore how to form compelling, testable hypotheses and bring ideas to life in your own organization.

Critical Thinking: Structured Reasoning

Even a few simple techniques for logical decision making and persuasion can vastly improve your skills as a leader. Explore how critical thinking can help you evaluate complex business problems, reduce bias, and devise effective solutions.

Critical Thinking: Problem-Solving

Problem-solving is a central business skill, and yet it's the one many people struggle with most. This course will show you how to apply critical thinking techniques to common business examples, avoid misunderstandings, and get at the root of any problem.

How to Dream

Join globally renowned author and Columbia Business School professor Dr. Sheena Iyengar as she explains how to approach your dreams with a new perspective. Learn to reflect on what you long to accomplish and what stands in your way.

Logical Thinking

Logical thinking is at the heart of confident, persuasive decisions. This course will equip you with a five-point approach to more becoming a more logical thinker. Learn to classify ideas and distinguish fact from opinion.

Investing & Diversity: The Changing Faces of Venture Capitalists

Is the venture capital industry embracing diversity in investors? Watch global venture capitalists from around the world discuss the state of things and what needs to be done for a more inclusive future.

Servant Leadership

There's more to leadership than driving a team to profit. In fact, there's a word for looking beyond self-interest to prioritize individual growth: servant leadership. Try this course for a quick breakdown of what that is, how it works, and how it can lead to organizational success.

Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Ever wonder what makes a great leader? Whether your role requires leadership or not, understanding organizational behavior is useful for your career. This course from GLOBIS Unlimited can set you on your way.

Leadership vs. Management

Leadership and management are different skills, but today’s leaders must have both. Try out this course from GLOBIS Unlimited to understand the difference, as well as when and why each skill is necessary for motivation, communication, and value.

Strategy: Creating Value Inside Your Company

Have you ever wondered why certain companies are more successful than others? The answer is strategy: internal processes that control costs, allocate resources, and create value. This course from GLOBIS Unlimited can give you the tools you need for that strategic edge.

Strategy: Understanding the External Environment

To plan strategy on any level, you need to understand your company's external environment. In fact, your level of understanding can impact hiring, budgeting, marketing, or nearly any other part of the business world. Want to learn how to do all that? This course from GLOBIS Unlimited is the perfect first step!

Using Japanese Values to Thrive in Global Business

Japanese companies have unique cultural, communication, and operational challenges. But they also have values that have led to remarkable longevity. Check out this seminar to hear how these values help earn trust from overseas head offices and develop employees.

Turnaround Leadership: The Differences Between Japan and the West

What's the best way for leaders to communicate a shift in corporate strategy? How do you even know when it's time for such a change? This course explains how Japan might have one answer, Western companies another.

Conflict Management

Conflicts in the workplace are inevitable. But they can lead to positive outcomes if they’re managed well. Check out this online course for a two-step process that can help you manage conflict successfully.

Evernote Founder: How Tech Startups Can Break through in Japan

Can startup models from Hollywood and Silicon Valley succeed anywhere? Phil Libin, cofounder and CEO of startup incubator All Turtles, explains how AI can solve everyday problems to bring products to market.

Women Empowerment: Lessons from Cartier

How can women overcome gender inequality and reach their leadership goals? Cartier Japan CEO June Miyachi shares her secret in this special course from GLOBIS Unlimited.

Marketing: Reaching Your Target

Every company works hard to get its products into the hands of customers. Are you doing everything you can to compete? In this course, you’ll find a winning formula to turn a product idea into real sales. Follow along through the fundamentals of the marketing mix and see how companies successfully bring products to market.

Marketing Mix

Seeing good products into the hands of customers is no easy task. The marketing mix can help. It's a collection of strategies and tactics companies utilize to get customers to purchase their products or services, and is an essential part of the overall marketing process.

The Principles of Negotiation

With the proper skills and attitude, anyone can become a successful negotiator.  But first, you'll need to learn the basics to prepare for, assess, and respond to offers for the best results. GLOBIS Unlimited can help.

Negotiation: Creating Value

Want to create more shared value between yourself and your negotiation opponent? Discover how cognitive bias affects the judgment of others. Try this course from GLOBIS Unlimited to master the value of negotiation.

Finding Your Life Purpose with Ikigai

Ikigai can guide you in your quest for self-discovery. Listen to Japanese brain scientist Ken Mogi explain why and how.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Want to leverage Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as a leader? Try this short course to see how the theory can be applied in practical work scenarios.

Confirmation Bias

We all subconsciously collect information that reinforces our preconceptions. It's natural . . . but it does lead to a kind of flawed decision-making called confirmation bias. To become more objective and impartial, check out this course from GLOBIS Unlimited!

An Investor's Lesson to Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs have the power to transform societies for the better. But how do you attract investors to start or grow a business? Or to sell one? Check out this seminar for the answers to these and more, straight from a master venture capitalist!

Managerial Accounting

Managerial accounting is a powerful way to measure progress, identify problems, and meet your goals. Check out this course to learn how data-backed decisions can help you run your business.

Finance Basics: 1

For a healthy mix of quantitative planning, evaluation, and management, you need solid decision-making. And finance is the secret sauce! Get the essentials of finance in this two-part course from GLOBIS Unlimited.

Basic Accounting: Financial Analysis

Want to compare your performance vs. a competitor? Or evaluate a potential vendor? Then you'll need to conduct a financial analysis. This course will teach you how to use three financial statements and evaluate financial performance in terms of profitability, efficiency, soundness, growth, and overall strength.

Career Anchors

What drives you to be good at your job?

Career anchors are based on your values, desires, motivations, and abilities. They are the immovable parts of your professional self-image that guide you throughout your career journey.

Try this short GLOBIS Unlimited course to identify which of the eight career anchors is yours!

Digital Marketing Psychology to Transform Your Business

How does digital marketing really differ from traditional marketing? How is social media changing things really? And what's going on in Asia?

Pyramid Structure

Having the pyramid structure in your communication toolkit can not only help you approach a problem, but convince others that your solution is valid. Break away from linear thinking and test your logical thinking with this course from GLOBIS Unlimited!

Leadership with Passion through Kokorozashi

The key ingredient to success? Passion.

Finding your kokorozashi will unify your passions and skills to create positive change in society. This GLOBIS Unlimited course will help you develop the values and lifelong goals you need to become a strong, passion-driven leader.

AI First Companies – Implementation and Impact

AI is changing the way companies operate. How do you structure teams to increase efficiency?

Technovate in the Era of Industry 4.0

Is Industry 4.0 is the next step of human evolution human civilization? Dr. Jorge Calvo seems to think so. Join him to learn how the past can help you set goals for an exciting future of digital innovation.

Technovate Thinking

Business leaders of tomorrow need to harness the power of technology and innovation. That means understanding algorithms and how they drive business results. Discover opportunities to make technology work for your competitive edge.

Product Life Cycle

Every product takes a natural course through the market—there's a how, when, and why customers adopt products at different stages. Check out this course from GLOBIS Unlimited to find out how a product you use every day is part of this cycle.

Logic Tree

Logical thinking is the most valuable asset any business professional can have. That's why logic trees are such a valuable tool—they can help you identify a problem, break it down, and build it back up to a solution.

MECE Principle

Using the MECE principle can help ensure you categorize without gaps or overlaps. Check out this course from GLOBIS Unlimited for a practical demonstration of how it works!

I was in Hong Kong and had just finished speaking at a technology conference hosted by Red Herring when the email arrived. It said that the Netage Group had been listed at an opening price that was twice its public offering.

At the conference, I had felt like a lone warrior fighting the good fight, describing how Japan is now at an evolutionary threshold facing sheer opportunity. Unfortunately, most of the audience had been focused on China and India. The email announcement of Netage’s success unwittingly reconfirmed my message at the conference, and I was in the mood to celebrate.

I have known Mr. Kiyoshi Nishikawa of Netage for nearly ten years. We had first run into each other after a speech I made near Gotanda at the invitation of Michihiko Kawamata, the president of Tsukasa Downtown Development. As Nishikawa and I exchanged business cards, he remarked that he had just joined AOL and had come to hear me speak because he was interested in ventures. I invited him to join a study group I ran, and our friendship began.

The study group, called the MBA Venture Workshop, started around 1995, four years after I graduated from Harvard Business School. MBA students at that time were still conservative, so I was ultimately the only one who actually started up a venture company right away. I had started the group in response to that, hoping to inspire my MBA contemporaries to get involved in the world of venture.

The group was open to those who intended to either start a venture company or to support venture companies in the future. Once a month, we would assemble in the GLOBIS classroom and learn about ventures through activities such as inviting guest speakers or discussing business plans. A number of venture capitalists eventually came out of this group, including Mr. Mikitani of Rakuten, who had at that time retired from The Industrial Bank of Japan and established Crimson Group; Mr. Hiroki Hayashi of Dream Corporation, then in the midst of startup preparations that would eventually lead to the famous Bagel & Bagel; and Mr. Shinichiro Nishino of Fujisan Magazine Service, who at that time was at NTT and subsequently set up Amazon.com in Japan. There was also Mr. Soichi Kariyazono, who would become a partner of GLOBIS Capital Partners (GCP).

Upon joining the study group, Nishikawa began to brainstorm ideas and mull over business concepts. Then, in February 1998, he established the Netage Group.

Obviously, GLOBIS completely supported Netage right from the start. We invested in Netage and had Kariyazono join as an external executive director. I visited the Netage office in Shibuya several times. After removing my shoes and entering a room in the apartment, I noticed several part-time staff who looked like students. The room was steeped in the very essence of venture.

Nishikawa subsequently hit it off with Mr. Satoshi Koike of Net Year and developed the Bit Valley movement. They named it Bit Valley by taking the “bitter” from the Japanese word, “Shibu” of Shibuya, and “ya,” meaning “valley.” Nishikawa told me that this was also a play on words based on the computer digital unit, bit. He consequently gave this name to the area in Shibuya where many internet venture companies gathered and held monthly meetings.

While some young entrepreneurs launched the wildly successful public offerings of such companies as Livedoor and CyberAgent, Netage has continued to steadfastly focus on being an incubator. The young people who gathered at Netage subsequently raced ahead to become third-generation entrepreneurs. One of these is Mr. Kasahara, who created the social networking site Mixi. Mixi took off with substantial support from Netage.

Now, more than eight years after its establishment, including seven years and seven months of investment from GLOBIS, Netage was prepared for the much-awaited achievement of going public. With a public offering price of 600,000 yen, an opening price of 1,200,000 yen, and a closing price of 1,400,000 yen, this was a fantastic beginning. (forty times the original investment cost for GLOBIS).

Netage’s public listing was particularly significant for GLOBIS Fund No. 1.  Six out of thirteen investments from that fund have become listed companies, including the The Goodwill Group, Fullcast, FISCO, and Works Applications.

The sole remaining company was Dream Corporation. If this company were also to become listed, our track record would rise to seven out of thirteen—over half the businesses we invested in would have gone on to become listed companies. In addition, in terms of investment performance, a return of better than seven times the original investment meant we could cover our investment costs ten times over.

Needless to say, while this level of return in itself delights me as a shareholder, I really want to congratulate Nishikawa as a friend. My relationship with him goes far beyond that between a shareholder and manager. We are fellow entrepreneurs.

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