Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017 hosts one of the greatest meeting of the minds in the startup scene—wisdom is passed, ideas are heard, shoulders are rubbed. The two-day conference welcomes anyone interested in the startup scene – yes, even if you’re not a startup guy.
Hundreds of businessmen from established corporations attend Tech in Asia’s conferences to survey the latest in the tech and business scene, so you don’t have to feel like a fish out of water. If you’re only looking to learn about the latest market trends and insights, check out the roadmap below on how you can maximize your TIA Tokyo experience on September 27 & 28.
Note: Some of the sessions mentioned below will be conducted in Japanese (language denoted in brackets beside each session title). Translation devices will be provided.
Blockchain, Banking, and the Fintech Boom (JP)
Time: 13:30 – 14:00, Main Stage
Why: Cryptocurrency is the talk of the town now – the all-digital currency has been a driving force of fintech ever since the first Bitcoin was mined. At this talk, Yuzo Kano, the CEO of Japan’s largest Bitcoin marketplace bitFlyer, discusses how and why he traded a career at Goldman Sachs for a fledgling cryptocurrency. Joined by financial analyst and consultant Tatsuto Fujii from MUFG, they’ll take an in-depth look on how businesses can apply open digital innovation to their financial future. Interviewing the duo is Mio Takaoka, Partner, Arbor Ventures; Advisor, Monex Group, Inc. She is named one of the top 100 fintech leaders in Asia and also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
VC in Japan – Is This the Golden Age? (JP)
Time: 14:00 – 14:30, Main Stage
Why: VC investment is at historical highs and healthy exits are creating positive outlooks for Japan’s startup ecosystem. Within the past two years, venture capital increased by at least 21 percent for startups, with 80 percent of the deals coming from top companies. Venture capital is rapidly becoming an inviting endeavor for investors especially in the Japanese economy. Renowned investing firms Globis Capital, 500 Startups Japan, YJ Capital, and Rakuten will answer fundamental investing questions: is now the best time to invest in Japanese startups? How can we apply Japan’s success in venture capitalism to other countries around the world?
VC in Southeast Asia – Why the World is Watching (EN)
Time: 14:30 – 15:00, Main Stage
Why: Silicon Valley might have birthed the world’s tech giants, but Southeast Asia is right on their heels with multitudes of smaller startups taking over the digital world – with ASEAN startups Grab, GoJek, Tokopedia, and Sea as proof. Throughout their development, they have not just revolutionized the region’s digital economy, but also inspired thousands of entrepreneurs and billions of VC funding. At this session, venture capitalists Fresco Capital, STV Fund, and Entrepreneur First weigh in on how the rapid growth of the startup ecosystem will influence the world’s economy and its future.
The Artificial Intelligence Arms Race (EN)
Time: 10:30 – 11:00, Main Stage
Why: AI has been a moving force in both the startup and business scenes. Uber, for example, recently established Uber AI Labs, an initiative to develop the latest in machine learning. AI-centric investing firms (like Zeroth.ai and Fenox Venture Capital) have also started supporting the startup ecosystem with the rising technology. Join them as they ponder on the future of AI and how it affects your business and the larger startup ecosystem.
Starting and Scaling Globally in the Internet-driven New Economy (EN)
Time: 13:30 – 14:00, Main Stage
Why: Japan has been a technology powerhouse for decades, but few brands have captured the world stage. A shift is imminent though, with online retail and mobile transforming each industry, presenting more opportunities for businesses take the next step globally and online. Natalie Shiori Fleming, co-founder of the Fintech Association of Japan, interviews a panel of the powerful Internet-driven brands – Stripe, Shopify, and Tokyo Otaku Mode – to discuss opportunities and challenges in this new economy.
Interested to find out more?
Next week on September 27 & 28, you can learn from industry experts, make connections, and stay updated on the tech scene. Whether you’re just dipping your foot into the water or a veteran member of the startup ecosystem, Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017 has something for you. Check out the agenda here!
Get your tickets to Japan’s real tech conference before you miss out on it and have to wait for another year.
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