I wasn’t at the MSC Malaysia InnoTech event on the 17th of November 2008, held at the Shangri-La Hotel, in Kuala Lumpur, but I did take a look at the slide deck.
Executive summary? All the talks, save for the ones listed below, were probably a waste of time.
Khailee gave a fairly short pitch (~9 minutes), he even put up a video with bits of his transcript. I saw an expanded 45 minute version of this talk at StartupCampKL, and I reckon that was the better version to be at :) There was also video recording, but it hasn’t made its way online, yet.
Bob Chua, from The Pulse Group, gave a very interesting talk on Funding Trends (OK, his slide deck was interesting). Why? Because it was filled with nuggets of useful information, almost like it was out of the book Microtrends. Did you know that 1 out of 8 couples married last year, in the U.S. met online? His closing thoughts, though nothing new, are generally useful for the entrepreneurial crowd.
Kumaran Singaram, from Cisco, probably gave a product pitch, but there were some interesting nuggets in the slide deck. “The Network Is The Platform for Colloboration” sounds very similar to “The Network is the Computer”, no? Its interesting to see how much of WebEx/C-Vision is used at Cisco, for example (why the details are kept “Cisco Confidential” I don’t know). Its great to see the amount of active blogs, in the Cisco blogosphere (and the growth from February – August is about two times). There’s active use of discussion forums at Cisco, and there’s been a 6x growth from January to August! Lots of Wiki usage as well. I fear these stats might also be from 2007, rather than them being current (I can only guess, based on the confidential/copyright marker in the footer of some slides).
The rest? I think Tom Raftery (of RedMonk fame) might have given a good talk, but the slides didn’t give out too much.
Were you at the event? Did you learn something new?