Technology development has brought Asia huge development opportunities. Rapid advancements in technology have resulted in dramatic changes in the Asian economies as well as their people’s lives. Innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship are essential to maintain the competitive edge in the next stage of technological revolution. What will be the opportunities and challenges for Asian technology companies? How will the mobile technology impact the way people live? What will be the future of e-commerce in the new era? Distinguished panelists from Asian technology companies will discuss these questions.
Stephen H. Bloom
Vice President, NTT America
NTT is the world's largest telecommunications company. As Vice President of Business Development for the US global networking business unit, Stephen H. Bloom is responsible for leading NTT's US sales and marketing strategies, growth plans, and partnering projects. Mr. Bloom also launched NTT's US Customer Advisory Council in 2005 and has run the Council since then. Mr. Bloom also worked for NTT Communications' headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, 2001-2003, where he held the position of Director, Global Strategy and was responsible for business development and alliances. He actively developed partnerships in the area of homeland security, managed overseas venture capital investments, and expanded NTT's Washington D.C. regulatory presence. Prior to joining NTT Communications, Mr. Bloom held positions at AT&T and in management consulting, where he acquired a broad range of cross-functional experiences in telecommunications, including major responsibilities in market management, account management, and business process improvement.
Mr. Bloom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (95E), and a BA from Brown University. He is fluent in Japanese.
Senior Vice President, Rakuten USA
Ryota Matsuzaki is a Senior Vice President of Rakuten USA, Inc. responsible for corporate development activities of Rakuten group to expand its international businesses. He is also serving as an Executive Officer at Rakuten, Inc. Headquartered in Tokyo, Rakuten is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive Internet service companies, providing leading services in e-commerce, portal & media, travel, and financial services. Before relocating to Boston in early 2007, Ryota played central role in all of Rakuten's major acquisitions, including its acquisition of LinkShare in 2005, which was the company's first major strategic initiative to expand its scope outside of Japan. Ryota joined Rakuten in 2000. Prior to Rakuten, Ryota worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan in various roles including M&A advisory and project finance. He received his MBA from Cornell University and BA in economics from Keio University.
Dr. Byung K. Yi
Senior Executive Vice President, LG Electronics USA
Dr. Byung K. Yi (B. K.), Senior Executive Vice President of LG Electronics, has over thirty two years of experience in research and development of communication systems and space systems. He has been working on third and forth Generation Wireless Communication systems. He had served as a TSG-C chair of the 3GPP2 for two terms, developing CDMA 2000 air interface specifications and served as a co-chair of the Working Group 5 of the 3GPP2 TSG-C, developing 1xEV/DV wireless standards. Under his leadership, TSG-C published three important air-interface standards, CDMA 2000 Rev. D, High Rate Packet Data Rev. A Rev. B. He is currently heading the LGE North America R&D center, developing mobile terminals for North American carriers and supporting the $ 5.0 billion annual business.
He was in charge of small satellite system engineering for distributed low earth orbiting telecommunication and remote sensing applications at Orbital and CTA as a Chief Engineer. He taught for nine years at the George Washington University graduate courses - Data Communication Network, Error Control Coding, Information Theory and Communication Theory as an adjunct professor. His current interests are wireless and space communication systems, iterative decoding, and space system engineering. He holds eight U.S. patents and five international patents in the areas of iterative decoding and handoff schemes of the cellular based system.
Andrei Hagiu (Moderator)
Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
Andrei is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy group at Harvard Business School. Andrei's research focuses on multi-sided markets, which feature platforms serving two or more distinct groups of customers, who value each other's participation. He is studying the business strategies used by such platforms and the structure of the industries in which they operate: payment systems, advertising supported media, personal computers, videogames, mobile devices, shopping malls, etc. Andrei is using the insights derived from this research to advise a wide range of companies in all of these industries.
In addition, he is also involved in competition and industrial policy research and advisory projects, in Japan, China and in the United States. Andrei graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et Adminstration Economique in France with an MS in economics and statistics, before obtaining a PhD in economics from Princeton University in 2004. Prior to joining HBS, he spent 18 months in Tokyo as a fellow at the Research Institute of Economy Trade and Industry, an economic policy think-tank affiliated with the Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry.