Held annually in Singapore, Tokyo, and Jakarta, Tech in Asia’s signature Startup Asia Conference, showcases newly launched and product-ready tech startups born in the region.
Taizo Son, the founder of startup accelerator Movida, was one of the most anticipated guests at Startup Asia Tokyo. His keynote talk addressed changing trends in technology development as well as the relationship that Japan and Southeast Asia’s respective ecosystems have.
For Son, the Internet of Things will is the next big inflection point in technological development, following the advent of smartphones.
The rise of connected devices will optimize the way communities and individuals work
The Internet of Things is one area where Japanese companies can take the world stage but Son wants to see a wide variety of startups coming out of Japan’s ecosystem. If startups in Japan are properly supported, the impact on the Japan economy as a whole could be enormous. In America, for instance, 20 years ago startups made up 0.2 percent of America’s GDP. Within 12 years, it reached 27 percent, Son explained.
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