Yahoo Finance, the world’s leading financial information platform, successfully held its flagship annual event for investors under the new branding Yahoo Finance Invest. The conference, held on November 14, captivated a global audience, attracting an impressive live viewership of over 600,000 across Asia.
Themed “Beyond Borders: Collaborating for Financial Excellence”, the Asia session brought together distinguished business leaders and speakers from across the globe at the forefront of investment and technology trends. Attendees were treated to invaluable insights and updates on a wide range of topics, including the transformative potential of technology and AI, emerging startups in various industries, fintech advancements, and the digital currency landscape.
Esteemed business leaders and distinguished speakers who graced the conference stage included Anthony Capuano, President and CEO of Marriott International; Scott Sperling, Co-CEO of Thomas H. Lee Partners; Bernard Charnwut Chan, GBM, GBS, JP., Chairman of M+ Museum Ltd; Jason Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acer; Jim Hung, Chairman of InnoLux; King Leung, Head of Financial Services and Fintech of InvestHK; Vivien Khoo, Chairwoman & Co-founder of Asia Crypto Alliance; Andini Makosinski, inventor, writer and global keynote speaker and Naomi Osaka, Four-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion. These esteemed individuals shared their expertise and provided market updates, enriching the conference experience for attendees.
Exploring the Transformative Power of Technology in Shaping the Future of Business
The conference served as a platform for engaging discussions on various timely and impactful topics. Attendees gained comprehensive insights into the rapid advancements in technology, including the implications of AI technology, the evolving landscape of fintech and the rise of digital currency. The diverse perspectives shared during the event provided attendees with bold and valuable insights that will shape their understanding of the current and future business landscape.
Hong Kong retains advantages with its position as a testing ground for China
Mr. Bernard Charnwut Chan, GBM, GBS, JP., Chairman of M+ Museum Ltd, shared about his view on Hong Kong’s competitiveness and said, “Hong Kong’s future is always about adding value to China, and we have been doing that for decades. Hong Kong serves as a testing ground for China, where we can afford to try new ideas, make mistakes, and learn from them while containing their impact. If these new ideas prove successful, they can be adopted by the country.”
Anyone can be an inventor by attempting to solve problems, embracing the “what if I try” mindset, and pursuing ideas without fear of failure or loss
Ms. Andini Makosinski, inventor, writer and global keynote speaker, shared how she came up with innovative ideas, said, “I think innovative mindset is developed by making small changes in your life, and have that ‘I can solve this’ attitude. In order to give your brain that creative space and freedom, you have to be bored sometimes. When we are on our phones, there is constant stimulation happening but that does not encourage creativity or imagination.”
The implementation of tokenisation and blockchain can serve as catalysts in elevating Hong Kong as an International Financial Centre
Mr. King Leung, Head of Financial Services and Fintech of InvestHK was asked about his advice for those seeking to drive innovation in their respective fields. He responded, “Based on my observations across various countries and markets, I have noticed that projects with a more diverse team have a higher chance of success. This can be attributed to the blend of great ideas, problem-solving approaches, and market insights that arise from such diversity. Therefore, it is crucial for entrepreneurs to maintain an open-minded attitude and embrace change.”
The mental challenges faced by athletes were once regarded as weaknesses, but now they are becoming more openly discussed and acknowledged
Ms. Naomi Osaka, Four-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion, was asked about her motivation to expand her influence beyond the tennis court and embrace the role of a businesswoman. In response, she said, “I’ve always tried to come from a place of my culture, like being half-Japanese and half-Haitian and growing up in America. In that sense, Hana Kuma kind of sees things from my lens.” Speaking about her passion for mental health among athletes, she expressed. “I am really glad that tournaments are taking steps to address it, and it’s becoming a more comfortable topic to talk about.”
In addition, The Yahoo! Finance Invest 2023 also featured a panel discussion on fintech, featuring notable industry experts, including Michael Lee, Chief Operations Officer of FWD Hong Kong & Macau, Alvin Kwock, Co-Founder of OneDegree Group and Vivien Khoo, Chairwoman & Co-founder of Asia Crypto Alliance moderated by Irene Lee, Board Member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong. These experts explored recent developments in the fintech sector, discussed its prospects, and highlighted the transformative impact it is bringing to the market.
For more information about Yahoo Finance Invest and to watch the conference sessions, please visit https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/splash/yahooinvest2023#speakers.