Aug 13, 2018 Elsa Snellman
Sonny Vu – Founder of Misfit and Elemental Machines
Sonny Vu works with founders to build companies that aim to have a positive, long-lasting impact on as many people as possible. His work revolves around getting the important new technologies resulting from scientific breakthroughs to the markets. Current themes include materials science and chips that enable energy-related and other engineering breakthroughs and novel biotechnology that can effectively scale synthetic biology for affordable, clean food production.
Vu has founded and built a number of companies: Elemental Machines (IoT for complex processes), Misfit (wearables for fashion; acquired by Fossil Group for $260m), AgaMatrix (biosensors and digital health for diabetes), FireSpout (natural language processing for information retrieval; acquired by Ask Jeeves). Before doing startups, he worked at Microsoft Research in NLP under Kai-Fu Lee, worked on a PhD in Linguistics at MIT under Noam Chomsky, and studied math at UIUC.
Alexandra Wright-Gladstein – CEO of Ayar Labs
Alexandra Wright-Gladstein is the CEO of Ayar Labs, which is speeding up computing by using light to move data between chips instead of electricity. Their first product is a 12.8 Tbps optical connectivity system for AI training and next-generation supercomputer and cloud data center architectures. It addresses the copper interconnect bottleneck problem with a light-based solution that offers >10x improvements in bandwidth, latency, and power. Wright-Gladstein founded the company while at MIT, where she was the energy entrepreneurship lead. She has a background in energy efficiency and smart grids from EnerNOC.
Brynne Kennedy – CEO and Founder of Topia
Brynne Kennedy is the CEO and Founder of Topia, the platform for the mobile workforce. Topia provides the leading global mobility management solution to move and manage companies’ global talent, enabling them to work everywhere. She founded Topia after being an extensive road warrior herself as an investment banker and has raised more than $90 million dollars from top venture capital funds NEA and Notion Capital. She is also the Founder of #Mobility4All, to which Topia contributes 1% of its revenue to help those fleeing poverty and conflict.
Kennedy has won Entrepreneur of the Year in the Women in IT Awards and Women of the Future Awards, London Business School’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Award and Management Today’s 35 Under 35. In 2017, she was named a Workforce Game Changer, one of 25 people changing the HR industry, and was further recognized with the Meritorious Service Award from the global mobility industry. She holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and an MBA from London Business School.
So you’ve already purchased your tickets for #slushtokyo19. Now what? Here’s a top tip: grab your badge early at our pre-registration hubs around the city. Don’t feel like it? Here are 3 reasons why we think you should. SIDE EVENT ENTRY. With your badge beautifully slung around your neck, our team will know you’re an official […]
The annual pitch training event especially curated with everything that a startup needs is back. Quick Facts: When is it? On Feb 16, 2019, Saturday. What time? 12:00 – 20:00 BUT doors are only open from 11:30-12:30 so don’t be late! Where will it be? At this cool place called Accenture Innovation Hub (Sumitomo Fudosan Azabu Juban […]
The official Slush Tokyo startup side event is back again this year! Slush Tokyo and Amazon Web Service Japan will co-host the “Startup Day” on the 21st February, 2019 Slush Tokyo, the biggest startup event in Japan happening on 22~23rd February, will be partnering with Amazon Web Service to launch the official side event “Startup […]
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It is not secret that Slush Tokyo has been a hub for meeting local and international players in the startup scene. In 2018, 600 startups and 200 registered investors pre-booked over 511 meetings that were held during the two days of Slush Tokyo through our Matchmaking Tool with 2,193 requests and 511 walk-ins. This year, […]
MEET THE SLUSH GLOBAL TEAM (JAPAN, FINLAND, CHINA, AND SINGAPORE), LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT TECH SCENES, GET EXCLUSIVE STORIES AND MORE. The Global Gathering focuses on giving the media a bigger look at the startup scene and a peek into how Slush plays a part in it. The event will highlight the different goals, achievements […]
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In the spirit of “Call For Action”, we have rebranded and revamped the Dialogue Stage to be a kick-off point for attendees as an avenue to start or help your journey. After getting inspired from successful founder stories, we don’t want you to leave just inspired; we want you to leave with something you can […]
Ground control to Slush Tokyo 2019! We have a little over a month left to the event, and we want to make sure you know that you can still apply for your startup pass and demo booth. Here’s how: 1. Apply for your pass on the Slush Platform 2. Wait for your application to be […]
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