Nov 21, 2017 Arttu Närhi
SoftBank is known not only for their size but their philosophy. Their investments are grounded in a belief that we are on the cusp of the singularity – the moment when computing becomes smarter than humanity. SoftBank aims to accelerate the progress of technological change in a way that will benefit societies and citizens.
Founder and CEO Masayoshi Son has led SoftBank from humble beginnings to a global technology conglomerate. Many companies have a vision spanning a few quarters into the future. The largest ones may have a ten-year plan. Masayoshi Son has a 300-year vision for SoftBank. That’s right. A 300-year vision.
SoftBank’s beginnings in 1981 were in software distribution, but since then SoftBank has been transformed into a global technology leader with deep operational and investing expertise, building, and growing businesses. The SoftBank ecosystem includes Sprint, Yahoo! Japan and ARM Holdings. The Vision Fund has invested in businesses including Improbable, NVIDIA, Plenty, and Nauto as well as Mapbox and Slack, who both join us at Slush 2017.
Belonging to a series of serial European entrepreneurs, Zennström has co-founded and managed technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid. In 2006, Niklas founded the venture capital firm Atomico to help entrepreneurs, primarily from Europe, scale their businesses globally. Today, Atomico has invested in nearly 100 companies on 4 continents, including Supercell, Rovio, Stripe, Klarna, Lilium, MessageBird, Bossa Studios and Truecaller. Atomico closed its fourth fund in 2017, which was the largest independent venture capital fund ever raised in Europe. In addition to overseeing Atomico’s strategy, he works closely with a number of founders of portfolio companies and sits on the boards of Rovio, Mapillary, Pipedrive, Truecaller and Farmdrop. Niklas is most excited about founders that are solving major world problems using digital technology.
Hoberman is Chairman and Co-founder of Founders Factory, an ambitious corporate-backed incubator/accelerator based in London. He holds the same positions also at Founders Forum, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow. Brent is a Co-founder and was Founding Chairman of Smartup, Grip & made.com, a leading European direct-from-factory consumer homewares retailer. Most recently, Brent co-founded firstminute capital, a London-based pan-European seed fund, backed by some of the world’ s top entrepreneurs. Brent co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998, was CEO from its inception and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. Technology businesses he has co-founded have raised over $500m.
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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