Jon Clemons

Product ★ Growth ★ Japan


Jon Clemons | Product ★ Growth ★ Japan

Hey there, I’m a Japan-based tech bro.

Career

I founded a Japanese resume app and grew it to be the #1 resume app on Google Play and #2 on the Apple App Store. Then it was acquired by Indeed’s Japan product team. When I handed it over, our app was helping people print thousands of resumes everyday at Family Mart and Lawson convenience stores nationwide.

Before the app I did growth marketing for the world’s top companies like Google, Indeed and Groupon for 10 years.

I originally got into tech in high school working as a web developer. But then I moved to Japan and studied economics, joining a Swiss investment bank after graduation. I quickly realized that was a huge mistake and made my way back into tech with a focus on growth marketing and product management.

Japan

I’m a long-term resident of Japan. I’ve been here for 15 years now and even passed the top Japanese Language Proficiency Test, the N1. I’m a permanent resident which is like having a green card in the US. I don’t expect I’ll go back anytime soon and may naturalize.

I’m very grateful for Japan’s role in my life. The cultural knowledge and language I acquired let me differentiate myself from all the smarter ivy-league kids.

Interests

But I’m also a Dad to two daughters so I optimize for their interests over mine.

Side Hustles

Right now I’m helping SMBs and startups with marketing lessons via Growth Lesson. It’s here that I teach people how to build a sustainable product marketing and growth strategy with ebooks and videos.

I’m also coding up a road bike tire pressure app. MVP to be released… soon…ish…