VCs/Angels/Entrepreneurs Summit with Joi Ito

I just wanted to squirt this post out before I crashed for the night.  Joi and his entourage of 12 other friends are in town these 2 days, and everyone was incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to hear him speak about start-ups and innovation.  I’ve put up his Prezi slides below, but they’re largely useless without his narrative.  I’m gonna try and get my hands on the video recording that Yinglan made, and try to put it up on Youtube for those who missed it.

The hall filled up pretty quickly - it seemed like the whole ecosystem was there.

The hall filled up pretty quickly - it seemed like the whole ecosystem was there.

Joi on stage, doing his thing.

Joi on stage, doing his thing.

Buy low sell high, spending 90% of your time on the 10% of companies that matter, virality and its measurement, Agile Development and an obsessive focus on testing (i.e. A/B testing) and understanding your user data were probably some of the gems that the audience went away happily with.  What was also noteworthy was Joi’s endorsement of Singapore as a good hub for entrepreneurial activity, as a good middle ground for much of the Western world to interface with Chindia.

The panel that followed was also really top-notch.  I have to give it to Yinglan for doing a pretty decent job of moderating the 4 panelists – we had founder & CEO of Pivotal Labs (and Agile guru) Rob Mee, Joi himself, Bunnie (of hacked Xbox and Chumby Industries fame) and Richard Kelly (Head, IDEO Asia) sharing their collective perspectives and experiences.  There was a certain culture of ‘openness’ that the four chaps had, that really perked up the audience and had everyone sitting on the edges of their seats.  I could almost hear a collective groan when Yinglan asked for his last 2 questions!

Long line of people queuing up to say hi to Joi

Long line of people queuing up to say hi to Joi

As it is with speakers and panelists of such high calibre, the event was so well received that almost everyone hung around to chat and network. Joi himself got quite a bit of attention, judging by the long line of people that formed to have a quick word with him.  Joi too was really sporting to stick around long enough to say hi to almost everyone who tried to reach out to him.

Joi was last in town mid-June this year.  Three months on, we’re seeing him back in Singapore with a large entourage of experienced entrepreneurs and developers.  It’ll be totally cool for us to see more of his kind in town, or *gasp* even have them do stuff in Singapore.  That would totally shake things up around here.

About James Chan

James Chan is an entrepreneur, investor, geek, photographer and husband/father based out of Singapore. Apart from frequent travels to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia for work, James can also be found online via his trusty 15" Retina MacBook Pro or iPhone 6+.