Mar 30, 2017 Ahmed Juhany
The second day kicked off with an active discussion between automotive giant, Carlos Ghosn, and Forbes Japan CEO, Makoto Takano. They began by sharing their thoughts on the future of the automotive industry, with both agreeing that self-driving vehicles are the future. As Ghosn states: “Autonomous driving is going to happen, without a doubt.” The conversation quickly evolved into a discussion about the source of innovations: “Without critics, innovation is not possible – you just have to stay strong in front of sceptics,” concluded Ghosn.
Following the same narrative, Wantedly Founder and CEO Akiko Naka took the stage. Along with Tech in Asia CEO, David Corbin, she discussed the value of surrounding oneself with the right team: “It all boils down to the individuals, that’s all that matters. Find the right team, and it’ll work out,” she asserted. The same narrative was stressed further by Karoli Hindriks, the Founder and CEO of Jobbatical: “The big question we have is: are we hiring the right people in our companies?” She proceeded to state that one key element of having the right team is diversity: “It’s diversity that makes Silicon Valley great, for example,” she reminds us.
Afterwards, the audience received valuable insight on starting and sustaining startups when Internet entrepreneur Paul Bragiel joined GUMI Inc Founder and CEO, Hironao Kunimitsu on the main stage. The engaging conversation was both educational and entertaining. Bragiel highlighted the importance of creating a community of entrepreneurs: “It’s important to be part of a community. This is how business works: You put in the work and bring value to others, then you’ll get your reward.”
Slush Tokyo 2017 finally wrapped up with a suitably exciting final, wherein Korean startup, Dot Incorporation, pitched their way to victory. The winners were visibly overcome by their emotions: “I want to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to make a difference. Let’s change the world together!” said Dot Incorporation Founder and CEO, Eric Kim. When asked about the decision, judge Paul Bragiel elaborated on what differentiated the company from its competitors: “We saw a lot of passion, a huge market, and the will to do amazing things in the world.”
With only a little time left to secure your ticket at the discounted price, we thought that it’d be a perfect time to invite you to have a sneak peek of some of the first pictures of how Slush 2018 will look and feel like. The event will be organized once again at the Helsinki Exhibition […]
The countdown has begun! Today, 5th of June, is the mark of only 101 days left until Slush Singapore 2018 will open its doors to the tech-heads of Southeast Asia and beyond. To celebrate this occasion, we’ve just opened our ticket sales! Why 101, you might ask. The number has been an important part of […]
Not first without the second! It’s time to reveal a little more of what to expect from Slush this year. We’re delighted to introduce you to our speakers Preethi Kasireddy, Maximilian Tayenthal and Sonali De Rycker. Preethi Kasireddy, Founder and CEO of TruStory Preethi recently launched her new startup, TruStory. It’s a platform aiming to […]
We’ve been itching to announce our first speakers for Slush 2018. Finally, the time has come! Our first batch consists of three founders who will share their stories on Founder Stage this December. Here’s a bit on each of them! Joel Flory – Co-founder & CEO of VSCO As the co-founder and CEO of VSCO, […]
Helsinki-based Yousician, the world’s leading music education company, has been on an almost decade long journey of learning about gamifying, community building, and of course, learning new instruments. CEO and co-founder Chris Thür has been leading the charge towards the company’s goal of making musicality as common as literacy, and overseen lots of change in […]
Slush 2018 ticket sales began today, kick-starting our countdown for the 11th Slush in Helsinki this December. This year’s theme takes a cue from our mission to enable more meaningful meetings at the event and throughout the Slush year. Slush CEO Andreas Saari gives teasers on what you can expect. You might have noticed that […]
Christof Wittig, CEO of Hornet, one of the largest gay social networks in the world, talked to us about the recently-launched not-for-profit LGBT Foundation and its mission to utilize the potential of blockchain technology in order to support and protect the global LGBT+ community. You’ve probably heard the term “pink money” being thrown around. These […]
Finland continues as the top dog in the charts in European venture capital investments in startups and early stage growth companies as percentage of GDP between the years 2013 and 2017. Finland takes first place in European venture capital investments when looking at the data from the past five years and investments in proportion to […]
Founded in 2013, Detectify is a Sweden-based company which scans potential website vulnerabilities with the help of a global white-hat hacker community. Rickard Carlsson, CEO of Detectify, shares the story of their successful Series A funding round, with some valuable advice on how to convey a message through pitching. Rickard, who had previously participated at a […]
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