HBS Angel chairman gave great advices to Startups from Japan

I introduced my mentor Mr. Etienne Deffarges, Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels Association, to our two startup partners, Radrix and WEFABRIK, in San Francisco.  We appreciate to receive so many great advices for these two startups from Etienne.

サンフランシスコにて、私のメンターであり、所属先のハーバードビジネススクール アルムナイ エンジェル協会の会長に、福岡と大阪からのスタートアップをご紹介致しました。経済産業省の飛躍プロジェクトでシリコンバレーにお越しの海外パートナー企業の二社です。素晴らしいアドバイスのオンパレードでした。また、会長の新しい本も投稿致します。

Untangling the USA: The Cost of Complexity and What Can Be Done About It

By Etienne Deffarges

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Description: What could Tom Brady, Donald Trump, and Michael Lewis possibly have in common? Complexity. Lewis has analyzed it; Trump has discovered it; Brady has benefited from it. And the USA is entangled in it.

Complex systems are an inevitable part of business and socio-economic structures. We reach a breaking point, however, when social and organizational structures become cumbersome, and unintelligible as well. Entire new systems need to be constructed just to manage this complexity, with questionable or negative value to society at large. The outcome is high costs, poor results, deepening social inequality, and the erosion of public trust. Wholesale changes must be contemplated. This is particularly true in the USA today, where complexity is piled upon complexity in a number of critical sectors, such as health care, energy, finance, and government.

The author takes a common, broad-based, and analytical approach to some of the most complicated issues facing the US today. He examines the costs of complexity through a wide-angle lens, provides analysis of the root causes involved, and explains what is necessary to improve results and lower costs. The ever-increasing level of complexity in the US is compared to that in other developed economies, and also to the country’s own history. These contrasting paths are used to propose alternative approaches and new solutions. Beyond analyzing how incredibly complex socio-economic systems have emerged in recent years in the US, the author steps back, reflects on the fundamental values of this country, and offers a number of actionable proposals to improve the lives of all American citizens.

Etienne Deffarges has enjoyed a successful career, first as a senior strategy consultant to many leading global companies, then as a heath care technology entrepreneur in the US. He is perfectly positioned to observe how complex systems are stifling socio-economic progress. He brings a unique insider view of the issues involved, and examines a number of key sectors that impact the American society at large, including healthcare, energy, finance, regulations, taxation, utilities, and welfare.

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