To celebrate the International Women’s Day, we decided to introduce ten of our Slush wonder women who will rock the stage at Slush Tokyo 2017. These inspirational ladies vary in expertise and are involved in a diverse set of fields, such as financial and health technology.
With an enormous passion for establishing a cashless society in Japan, Naoko Samata founded Coiney in 2012. As CEO, she steers the company which provides a simple smart device-based payment service. Her career background also includes contributing to the expansion of PayPal, where she lead marketing during its entry in Japan. Naoko was the first recipient of the “Best Female Entrepreneur”, awarded by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry at the annual Japan Venture Awards in 2015. In her speech at Slush Tokyo, Naoko will shed some light on the challenges of sustaining a fintech company.
Recognised as one of the pioneering researchers contributing innovation in science technologies in Japan, Shoko Takahashi (above) founded the Japanese personal genome company Genequest in 2013. Genequest provides a web-based personal genetic service for consumers, and challenges a large-scale genome research project with research institutions to maximize synergistic effect between research and personal genome service. This background advocates her as the right person to answer the question where do we go from here through the lens of bio science.
As the Founder and CEO of Nomiku, the manufacturer of the first home sous vide immersion circulator machine on the market, Lisa Q. Fetterman (below) found her way onto Forbes and Zagat 30 Under 30 lists for her pioneering work in the food space. Her cookbook, Sous Vide at Home, was released in November 2016, and has since been named as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016 and a bestseller on Amazon. Lisa’s speech will be about IoT of food, following the plot of Nomiku’s Journey.
A trained immunologist with 10 years of experience, Winnie Lee is the Co-founder and COO of Appier. She has also served as a research technologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Winnie received her Ph.D. in Immunology from Washington University and earned a master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, where she authored a number of publications in top-tiered journals, including four papers for Nature. On the stage she will open up the journey from an idea in a Harvard dorm room to offices across Asia.
Formerly at Goldman Sachs, Allison Baum is now the Managing Partner of Fresco Capital, a global venture capital fund and innovation studio. With a portfolio of 50 promising technology companies transforming education, healthcare, and the future of work on a global scale, as well as a clientele of leading corporates seeking sources of innovation and new business lines, Fresco’s mission is to facilitate the international distribution of world-changing ideas. At Slush Tokyo Allison will explain why it makes sense to challenge our planet’s market.
Born in Japan, Akiko Naka (above) graduated from Kyoto University in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics. She’s the Founder and CEO at Wantedly, which after its official launch in February 2012 grew up to be the leading professional social networking service in Tokyo with its 1 million monthly active users and 15,000 corporates. But Akiko doesn’t stop there. She recently released Wantedly People, a name card management app, which enables 10 cards to read and analyse the information, and saves it on your device. Akiko will be speaking on the main stage of Slush Tokyo too.
Dropping out of law school to found her first company at the age of 19, Constance Scholten is a Dutch-born entrepreneur with twin passions for human behaviour and technology. She’s the CEO of Camarilla, “the world’s smallest social network”. Created in response to the superficiality of mainstream social media, Camarilla offers a private space where users can post photos and videos for their closest friends, with all interactions kept strictly private. Her story at Slush will be about friendship in times of acceleration and the science behind it.
A lawyer by training and an entrepreneur at heart, Kaidi Ruusalepp (below) is the founder and CEO of Funderbeam, the global startup stock exchange. Funderbeam combines three stages of investors’ journey into one: startup analytics, secondary market trades and investing. Kaidi is also the Co-Founder of the Estonian Service Industry Association. Moreover, she has co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000, a landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and the country’s booming electronic economy. Kaidi will demonstrate us a founder story of how “stone does not raise without raising“.
With a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from University of Tokyo and a background with Goldman Sachs under her belt, Lena Okajima is the Founder and CEO of ALE, a space entertainment startup that creates shooting stars on demand using microsatellites. She’s on a mission to open the first chapter of the space entertainment industry while making contributions to scientific research. Lena’s topic will be bridging science and entertainment with shooting starts on demand.
Karoli Hindriks founded her first company at the age of sixteen, landing her name as one of the 20 most promising young entrepreneurs under 25 in Europe by Business Week and one of 50 Most Influential Women in Tech of Europe by EU-Startups. She’s the Founder of Jobbatical – a marketplace that connects globally minded companies with a community of ready-to-relocate business, technology, and creative professionals. Naturally, Karoli will speak about the revolution in the world of work.