About Jon Clemons

Jon Clemons is a Tokyo, Japan-based marketer and entrepreneur, fluent in Japanese. In his free time he enjoys the great outdoors.


I was raised in digital marketing, beginning my career in a startup during high school called YadaBuy.com where I developed an internal CRM webapp for the sales team. Since then I’ve worked for startups large (Groupon) and small (Innovative Language Learning); consulted for Japan’s most respected businesses (e.g. Sankei, Rakuten, NHK) and currently sit inhouse at Google, as a digital marketing consultant and change agent for the APAC region (15+ countries such as China, Japan, India and Australia).


As a partner at 500 Startups portfolio company FullCourt.co, a SMS & Voice API for Japan, my focus was on developer acquisitions both offline and online. We had an early exit April 2014 and sold the company.

I started as one of the first 10 employees for Innovative Language & YadaBuy where I led multiple efforts simultaneously from customer support to product marketing to sysadmin. Wearing multiple hats comes second nature to me.

At Groupon I rebooted entire programs and launched new markets as part of the international management team, resulting in acquisition (KR) and continued market leading position (JP).

Japanese Proficiency

I’ve passed the highest level (N1) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and scored in the top tier of the Business Japanese Test (BJT). I’ve used Japanese in my daily life since 2007, speaking it daily in business and comfortably reading and writing too.

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