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Bryan Jacop
Senior Consultant - Northern California

Bryan has lived and worked in Japan and with Japanese for over 20 years, developing extensive international business and teaching experience, and fluency in the Japanese language. He has worked for several Japanese companies including CyberAgent America, gumi, and KLab, balancing initiatives to expand business in the U.S. and Europe with local market concerns. Clients consistently report how valuable they find Bryan’s sharing his insights and expertise in understanding Japanese culture, business practices, communication nuance, and relationship-building both inside and outside of work.

Bryan is often sought out for his candor and direct approach to solving problems. He understands how to get to the heart of an issue, and to work with all stakeholders to develop an actionable plan with clear milestones and objectives. His main areas of focus are management and leadership styles, sales and marketing, and business operations. He often partners with international companies looking to enter the U.S. market, notably from Japan and Germany. He helps companies create and preserve company culture, as well as adapt to the local work environment.

In addition to his work with Japan Intercultural Consulting, Bryan works extensively with early stage startups in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping them bring products to market and start generating revenue. He has a proven track record of getting startups from launch to above $5 million in annual recurring revenue. Bryan also excels at helping clients reduce churn and improve customer retention, in both B2B and B2C environments. By sitting with clients and learning about their issues, he builds consensus across teams with different goals and in different geographies to push for meaningful improvements to products and services.

Bryan has a dual B.A. in International Relations and Japanese Language and Culture from University of the Pacific and attended Kwansei Gakuin University in Hyogo, Japan for a Japanese language immersion program. Bryan serves as the Executive Chair for the Japan Society of Northern California’s Young Professionals Group. He is also a certified coach.

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