The Future Will be Built by an Ecosystem of Teams

We are entering an ecosystem economy, characterized by teams collaborating across traditional industry lines to solve the world’s most complex problems. The growth and profound impact of the ecosystem economy can be seen perhaps most clearly at the leading edge of research and innovation, where teams comprised of individuals from diverse institutions, disciplines, cultures, and [...]

Open Innovation Finalist

Sizung was proud to be named a Toronto Finalist in NTT Data's Open Innovation 2017 business competition, held at the MaRS Discovery District, home to technology companies including Autodesk and AirBNB. Open Innovation 2017 was a great opportunity to learn about the thriving tech and social innovation ecosystem in Toronto, and hear firsthand about how [...]

Barriers to Innovation

In 2017, why do New Yorkers still use the MetroCard? Granted they are difficult to hack, but they bend easily, and must be removed from your wallet before being dragged through a finicky reader. This leads to frustrated commuters at the turnstiles. Why has New York City failed to adopt near field communication (NFC), which addresses [...]


Sizung's upcoming application is a digital platform for innovators to organize, accelerate and expand their ecosystem of collaborations.  ECOSYSTEM COLLABORATIONS: POSITIVELY IMPACTING THE WORLD The existential environmental and social problems facing humanity cannot be solved by the expertise of a single team, organization or country. They will be solved by ecosystems that leverage the expertise [...]

Future Fukushima

Back in 2014, Sizung hosted an international webinar to bring together students and business leaders from Fukushima and NYC (PDF). Aaron Goldman, Managing Director of General Atlantic, led a discussion from NYC on how to launch innovative ideas in the marketplace. In Fukushima, students from the self-directed learning free school managed by the NPO Terakoya Hōjōsha,  located in [...]

Japan Inspired Design

Last Monday I joined Japan NYC Startups for their Startup Pitch Melee. FinTech companies played a starring role among the participants, but there was also a community-energy platform, and a solution aimed at revitalizing Japanese manufacturing. The Japan-U.S. relationship is characterized by strong economic and military ties, but there is room for more community-driven, grassroots partnerships—like Japan NYC [...]