March 25, 2015 by Anna O'Hare

Heading to Rise in Hong Kong? Last chance to sign up for your 2 for 1 ticket is tomorrow. Grab yours here.

Following on from the last set of Rise speakers we announced back in January, we’re incredibly excited to share these next 19 with you. From serial entrepreneurs to complex problem solvers transforming the taxi industry in South East Asia, we can’t wait to hear what these have to say. Here goes..  

Sonny Vu – Founder & CEO, Misfit Wearables

Sonny founded Misfits, the makers of award-winning wearable and smart-home products. Previous ventures included founding companies like AgaMatrix and FireSpout. Sonny has a deep love of language, resulting in him earning a PhD in Linguistics, whilst working with Noam Chomsky!

Sonny Vu


Holly Liu – Kabam, Chief Development Officer

Forbes named Holly in their Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2013, and it looks like they were on to something. Holly, one of the most powerful women in gaming right now, is currently focusing her attention on corporate culture as head of People Ops for Kabam. Prior to this, she led Kabam’s award-winning Kingdom’s of Camelot, which has grown into a $250 million franchise in less than four years!

Holly Liu


Bhavish Aggarwal – Co-founder & CEO, Olacabs

Bhavish founded Olacabs back in 2010, and it has since become India’s most popular mobile app for cab booking. After spending some time at Microsoft, Bhavish sensed the need to change the way transportation is consumed in India. Impressively, Ola is now the largest platform there. We can’t wait to see where this goes next.

bhavish aggarwal


Anthony Tan – GrabTaxi, CEO

Anthony, also in the transport space, founded GrabTaxi after his plan to revamp the Malaysian taxi industry won second place in Harvard’s Business Plan Contest. GrabTaxi is an automated location based smartphone booking ad dispatch platform for taxis in South East Asia. Anthony’s vision is to make the local taxi market safer and more efficient.

Anthony Tan


Ron Gutman – HealthTap, Founder & CEO

Ron, an expert on all things health tech, is working to improve the life expectancy of humankind. HealthTap focuses on free mobile and online apps for immediate access to reliable health answers. Ron is responsible for HealthTap’s innovation, vision and product whilst he’s also an angel investor and advisor to health and technology companies.


Rod Drury – Xero, CEO

Rod is the visionary behind cloud-based accounting software company, Xero. A serial entrepreneur, he previously founded Glazier Systems, AfterMail and Context Connect… it’s really no surprise that Rod has been awarded entrepreneur and business leader awards more than once.

Rod Drury


Dan Brody – Tencent, VP of Business Development

Dan’s current gig is heading up Biz Dev at Tencent, China’s largest and most used Internet service portal. Before Dan joined Tencent, he held positions at the likes of Google, Tudou and Spotify.

Dan Broady


Vish Nandlall – CTO, Telstra

Telstra is Australia’s leading provider of mobile phones, devices, home phones and broadband internet. During Vish’s time at Telstra, they have been named as one of the top wireless wave makers globally. Prior to his arrival at Telstra, Vish headed technology, strategy and marketing at Ericsson.

Vish Nandlall


Xu Xiapoing – ZhenFund, Founding Partner & Executive Director

Xu is one of China’s foremost angel investors. He’s on a mission to support, educate and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. ZhenFund is an early stage seed fund that invests primarily in mainland China-based startups. Prior to Zhenfund, Xu co-founded NYSE: EDU, the largest provider of private education in China.


Jonathan Caras – CTO – Glide

John Underkoffler – CEO – Oblong

Amanda Kahlow – CEO & Founder – 6sense

Linda Jiang – VP – UMeng

Matthew Prince – CEO – Cloudflare

Peng T Ong – MD – Monk’s Hill Ventures

Roger Egan – CEO – Redmart

Shay Banon – Founder & CTOÂ – Elastic

Egidio Zarrella – Head of China Data & Analytics – KPMG

Tony Conrad – Co-Founder/ CEO – & Partner – True Ventures

Last chance to get a 2 for 1 ticket is next Thursday, April 2nd.  Sign up to get your discount code here

About the Author

Anna O'Hare
Anna is a storyteller at heart and is particularly passionate about telling the stories of startups. After returning from a year working in New York City's tech sector, she now writes for Collision, Web Summit, RISE and SURGE.