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.


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

Backchat: Tao Tao, Co-founder, GetYourGuide