Head of Simon-Kucher & Partners in Singapore to speak at Asia tech event

26 April 2018 Consultancy.asia

Jochen Krauss, the head of Simon-Kucher & Partners in Singapore, will feature among the guest speakers for this year’s keenly anticipated Tech in Asia conference to be held in the city in May.

Tech in Asia brings together a huge number of tech enthusiasts, experts and start-ups from all over Asia for a two-day conference of exhibitions, networking and spoken presentations to be held on the 15th & 16th of May. Among this year’s line-up of industry pundits is Jochen Krauss, Partner with Simon-Kucher & Partners and head of the firm’s local operations.

Joining the German-founded strategy and pricing specialists in 2007, and promoted to Partner in 2014, Krauss has since 2011 helmed the Singapore office in what is now one of the 30-year old firm’s hottest growth spots – with the Asia-Pacific region helping Simon-Kucher to crack the $300 million revenue barrier for the first time last year. Of its 34 offices across 23 countries worldwide, hosting some 1,100 professionals, Simon-Kucher also has regional posts in Beijing, Sydney and Tokyo, with a new Hong Kong outlet added last year and Shanghai in this year’s pipeline.

Further driving the firm’s impressive growth is the globe’s ongoing tilt toward digitisation. Noting the strongest contributing areas for Simon-Kucher’s positive recent results as Software/Internet/Media, Financial Services (Banking and Insurance), and Consumer Goods/Retail, the firm’s CEO Georg Tacke, said, “These sectors are particularly involved in digital transformation. Many companies are seeking answers to the coming disruption. Our consulting services are in extremely high demand in this arena.”

Jochen Krauss, Managing Partner Singapore - Simon-Kucher & Partners

With this year’s Tech in Asia event set to host over 5,000 attendees, including 250 handpicked startups along with developers, investors and corporates, Krauss’s insights into recent tech and business trends will be sure to be keenly attended during his ‘How to Price Your Product Competitively’ address – scheduled for the first day of the event at 2pm on the Revenue Stage.

Specialised in developing market entry and pricing strategies, pricing-processes optimisation, and innovative price- and product-structures design, the Singapore Managing Partner and doctorate holder from Munich University of Technology has over ten years of experience in consulting national and international clients across various industries, including a particular focus on retail, telecomms, software and financial services.

Covering hot topics such as AI, blockchain, fintech, SaaS and much more, Krauss will be joined by over 70 other industry thought leaders, global executives, tech founders, and expert speakers including Susan Chen, Vice President of Corporate and Business Development for Mozilla, Claire Hughes Johnson, the COO of payment toolchain Stripe, and Yasmin Hannah Ramle, Edelman’s Client Director and Technology Lead for Singapore.

Speaking on the upcoming event as one of its network of partners, Deloitte’s Jason Lin, Startup Ecosystem & Partnerships Lead, said; “Tech in Asia is a great ecosystem partner in solidifying our innovation agenda across Southeast Asia. Through powering our flagship Deloitte SPARK series, many meaningful conversations have kick-started across the region.”

Beijing and Tokyo emerge as serious tech hub rivals to Silicon Valley

12 April 2019 Consultancy.asia

As Silicon Valley struggles with a number of institutional issues, the location of the world’s top tech-hub may ultimately change – with Beijing and Tokyo emerging as serious contenders according to a survey conducted by KPMG.

Now into its seventh edition, KPMG’s Technology Industry Innovation Survey quizzed over 700 global tech executives on their thoughts on the future industry landscape – revealing that for the first time more than half of the respondents (58 percent) believe Silicon Valley will no longer be the technology innovation center of the world in just four years from now, with Beijing and Tokyo seen as two possible usurpers.

“Many factors affect a city’s perception as an innovation hub, including favorable government policies and incentives, accelerators, tech parks, corporate investment, state-of-the-art infrastructure and, in all cases, at least a few highly successful and wildly popular success stories,” said Peter Laco, an Executive Director at KPMG in Slovakia, of the previous survey.Top contenders for the next world-leading technology innovation hubWhile New York remains the most touted hot-spot among respondents, Beijing and Tokyo landed in the second and third spots as likely contenders for the global tech-hub crown, with seven Asian cities featuring among the top dozen; Shanghai (in equal 5th, but overtaken by Beijing), Taipei (in joint-5th as a notable riser), Singapore and Seoul (at 7th and 8th) and Hong Kong, which rounded out the top dozen. Shenzhen, meanwhile, has dropped outside the top 20.

With access to talent and quality infrastructure remaining key attributes for a successful hub, the report states that, despite all the positive business factors present in Silicon Valley, “an escalating cost of living, questions about diversity and corporate cultures, high business taxes, an overmatched infrastructure, and even increasing scrutiny into data privacy and other business practices are contributing to the perception that Silicon Valley may not continue to dominate.”

Still, the US (which also featured seven cities among the top 20) as a whole is still considered the country expected to produce the most disruptive technologies in the coming years, maintaining its top spot ahead of China despite a narrowing of the gap by two percentage points on last year (to 23 percent against 17 percent). The UK meanwhile has gained some separation on Japan in fourth, while Singapore, South Korea and India appear among the top ten.Countries that show the most promise for disruptive technologyTo gain further insight into the likelihood of a burgeoning tech-hub reaching the peak of the global pecking order, KPMG analysed the results of the survey against a range of other city indices, including A.T. Kearney’s 2018 Global Cities report and Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings – identifying Singapore as the most consistent Asia Pacific performer across the board, with Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong lagging in a variety of areas.

“The belief that Silicon Valley will be displaced as the leading hub underscores the continuing decentralisation of technology innovation, spurred by investment in other cities and regions globally, as well as contributing factors in Silicon Valley,” says Tim Zanni, KPMG’s global technology sector leader. “Even when faced with pressing issues that call for funding, cities and countries are carving out significant investment to become a technology innovation hub due to an expected broad economic impact.”