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Highlights from the RISE conference


Brooke, Leighton and Sonya attended the RISE conference in Hong Kong—a massive conference that brings together people from all over the world to talk about tech.

Highlights from the RISE conference

The conference attracts speakers from some of the world’s biggest companies, alongside really early stage start-ups—that’s why we were there! Sharesies was selected to exhibit as part of their ALPHA program. This meant we got to attend the conference, and exhibit Sharesies.

It was awesome to hear from tech giants like AlibabaStripe, and Hike. Also hear from Venture Capital firms like Melissa Guzy from Arbor Ventures, and Anna Fang from ZhenFund. There were also a range of banks and venture funds looking to hear from Startups.

There were 14,000 people from 90 countries. So we were able to chat to people from all over the world.

A photo of the Sharesies stand at the RISE conference, with branded socks and marketing material.

We were stoked to be able to give out some Sharesies socks that were custom-made by Norsewear. They were warmly received …

A screenshot of someone based in Hong Kong who tweeted, "Best thing I got out of RISE #sharesies #swag #Newzealand #Kiwistartups #Represent #Hotsocks"

Massive thanks to Steve Culevski and the team at Norsewear who did such an awesome job on the socks in such a speedy timeframe.

Pitch #likeagirl

As part of the RISE conference there was an event for female founders to pitch to a panel of investors. Sharesies was selected as one to the 10 ventures (from 70 applications) to pitch at the event run by Dock @ Work and Next Chapter.

It was great to hear from female founders from all over the world sharing their ideas and business. And was cool to see two Kiwi companies in the 10 that were chosen to pitch.

Brooke did such a great job pitching Sharesies and won the comp — which was such a massive highlight.

A photo of Brooke alongside other females who pitched to a panel of investors.

Shout out to the other awesome businesses that pitched, the judges, and sponsors.

Key takeouts from the conference

The RISE conference is fast paced. With three stages over three days, with each speaker being about 15 mins long.

A photo of panel speakers on a stage at RISE conference.
  • We often hear a lot about what’s going on in Silicon Valley. It was hugely inspiring to see what is coming out of Asia. Such big players owning the entire customer lifecycle with massive market sizes, the likes of WeChatGo Jek (Indonesia’s biggest startup) and Hike in India.

  • Robo-advice and AI were defo the buzzwords of the conference — with some pretty in-depth discussions. There was even a panel where two robots debated the future of humanity.

  • It was cool to hear about the challenge and innovation that comes with engaging a market that been introduced to the internet relatively recently… and largely through mobile. Instead of relying on (or being constrained by) learned behaviours built up over time, it’s creating a simpler way of learning about the internet.

Most of the videos from the conference are available on their YouTube channel if you’re keen to check them out.

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