Dec 3, 2018 soniakinsley
“Every company makes an impact but what matters is showing the confidence in how you can make that impact” Ville Luukkanen, Aalto Startup Center
Ville Luukkanen is the Chief Impact Officer for Aalto Startup Center. Ville spent a decade of his life working on sustainable entrepreneurship on the African continent.
How to approach investors? With confidence. Often, when you approach or you’re being approached by an investor, you have only five to ten minutes to tell your story. And that is not easy. you want to convince your potential investor, you need to have your pitch and your ideas clearly visualized in your mind, so that they will be clear to the person you’re pitching them to.
“Feedback is like milk, not like wine” Nicolas Dolenc, Smartly
Nicolas Dolenc, former president of Slush, is working for Smartly, taking care of all the people-related actions such as people surveys, trainings, and leadership development.
“It’s all about feedback and the ability to give feedback to yourself, to your colleagues and to your organization”, Dolenc says. What’s important is the ability to listen, ask and give feedback on a personal, team and organizational level. We can all learn from each other. That’s how you also improve your product features. He adds that “feedback is like milk, not like wine”. It doesn’t become better with time and you need to be able to react as fast as possible. To conclude, he encourages everyone to take ownership of the company they work for. Leadership is not based on your position name or on your background but based on your actions and what you do and how often you do it.
“There are two ways of learning” Lasse Lehtinen, Icebreaker
When building a team you should look for a leader, manager and doer. A leader sells the vision to potential investors, recruiters and partners. A manager manages the operations. A doer – well, a doer gets the stuff done. Ideally, in an early-stage startup, there is only one person able to do all the three things together.
Also, about learning, Lasse claims that there are two necessary ways of learning. One is to learn from your customers and their needs. Second is to learn from your operations. Books don’t explain these things. Experience does.
There has been growing interest in investing in emerging markets, especially in Southeast Asia. Our speakers, Kay-Mok Ku (Gobi), Soo Boon Koh (I-Globe), Kaspar Hadiyat (Koro Partners) were joined by Jorel Chan, who is the head of Investment Operations for Slush. Their discussion ranged from: personal insights, their experiences, as well as how Southeast Asia has […]
I am my Rival who Drives me Chika Terada, the co-founder and CEO of Sansan kicked off his speech proposing to disclose his own stories. Last year, he tried to come up with a profound lecture. But then he realized, he’s not in a position to lecture. This year, he told the audience that instead, […]
The day 1 at Dialogue Stage was a success. With having engaging speakers and the smooth-as-ever facilitation, some talks had really sought the core aspects of the entrepreneur mindset. Here, we will address three out of the seven dialogues. Cross Border Business Strategy: How to build your own brand in this society? Welcoming Techstars as […]
A dream isn’t something that is final, it’s something that should constantly be updated and thoroughly thought about with the aim to achieve it. Miku Hirano is the founder and CEO of Cinnamon, a company that is dedicated to “remove all unnecessary work from the world by using AI.” At a glance, Miku seems to […]
The winner of Slush Tokyo pitching contest has been announced – congrats, Clarity K.K.! Their matchmaking platform helps women who are returning to the realm of work after having kids. The work-life balance for women in Japan is a tricky issue, and Clarity K.K. tackles the challenges of traditional work arrangements by enabling women to identify the […]
Helen Tung, Emergent Tech advisor and MINERVA fellow at the EU, moderated the conversation between Takahiro Nakamura (Director and COO at ispace) and Kazuo Ishigame (Co-founder and COO at Infostellars) on how to make it in space. Welcome to the space age. These two will be your guides. Ispace aims to develop spacecraft technology to extend […]
Yat Siu is the founder and CEO of Outblaze , an award-winning digital services company specializing in things such as gaming, cloud, AI, and smartphone software. He sold Outblaze’s services to IBM ten years ago, pivoting the company to digital entertainment services. Siu is a bit of a tech legend, according to many: the online […]
Slush Tokyo 2019 Pitch Contest Semi-finalists Announced! It has been a great turn out at the Pitching Stage at this year’s Slush Tokyo. 40 contestants pitched in today’s contest. Not surprisingly, even greater ideas and concepts were presented in front of an eager and curious audience and judges. Contestants’ ideas and talks were diverse: from […]
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