The Great Experience / 大いなる経験

Albert Einstein said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” Or closer to home, the Japanese have a saying, “ame futte chi katamaru”. Literally: after the rain, earth hardens. What it really means is adversity builds character and that after a storm, things will stand on more solid ground than they did before. In this opening session, we feature a cast of characters who’ve been through adversity, who’ve gained knowledge through experience and we learn from them how they continue to stand tall on shifting ground.

「雨降って地固まる」-対立や競争があって会社の基礎が強くなる。このオープニングセッションでは、めまぐるしい市場の変化の中で戦い抜き、どのように自分の地を固めてきたか、専門家たちが話します。

Fritz Demopoulos, Co-founder, Qunarl CEO, Queen’s Road Capital
Rod Cuthbert, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Viator; CEO, Rome2rio.com
Melissa Yang, CTO & Co-founder, Tujia
Kei Shibata, CEO, Venture Republic

Backchat: Tao Tao, Co-founder, GetYourGuide