Last week, our founders Justin and Irene took a trip to Europe, where they had the opportunity to partake in two special events, Founders Forum in London, as well as Viva Technology in Paris. Read more about their experience below!

Founders Forum: Where the future unfolds

The Founders Forum is a private network of the world’s leading digital and technology entrepreneurs that encourages debate and discussion at the highest levels. The forum is the brainchild of Brent Hoberman, founder of online travel and leisure retailer lastminute.com. Since the first edition over a decade ago, the forum has continued to expand, with offshoot events in the US, Asia and Europe.

The 2017 edition was a special one for CashShield, as it marked the first time that our founder and CEO Justin Lie attended the main forum in London. The highlight for Justin was the ‘Future of Tech and Innovation’ panel, moderated by Pete Flint of NFX Guild. The conversation centered around the possibilities that new disruptions could create. In particular, the panel brainstormed on ‘What to Build Next’, and how new technologies can find its place in society as a force for positive change.

 

“The Founders Forum is special for the high level of talent in attendance. It brings together some of the most outstanding creators of our generation, encouraging learning across industries and boundaries. It is an honour to stand among giants, and to bring a perspective that is outside of Silicon Valley onto the table,” recalled Justin.

Viva Technology: Celebrating Innovation

Viva Technology is an annual three-day event held in Paris, aimed at spearheading meaningful partnerships between established companies and startups. Thought leaders in the entrepreneurial scene such as Eric Schmidt, John Collison and Daniel Zhang were invited to share their expertise.

The burgeoning startup society in France is currently supported by a series of government initiatives such as the French Visa Tech program, a simplified, fast-track procedure for international tech talent to obtain a residence permit in France. Startups at Viva Technology also had the opportunity to pitch their projects at the innovation labs and accelerators hosted by market leaders.

“It is exciting to see a great nation like France take such positive steps towards developing a vibrant startup ecosystem,” said CashShield’s co-founder Irene Brime, “The historical strengths that the French have in terms of quality and design will make it a top destination for luxury and fashion startups, and Viva Technology must be seen as a significant milestone.”

The trip ended off on a good note as our CEO, Justin and co-founder Irene caught up with Tony Fadell, founder of Nest Labs. The trio discussed on product, design and the role of technology in shaping the world of tomorrow.

 The team is already looking forward to the rest of our summer. Stay tuned for more!