Vachara is a famous self-made entrepreneur, mostly known as Co-Founder and Co-CEO of SIX Network, a blockchain platform aiming to reinvent the digital economy by bringing better liquidity, ownership, and wealth distribution back to the digital creators.
In 2009 he started Computerlogy, a leading startup focusing on social media tools for enterprise in Thailand, with a range of products from social media analytics, command centre, chatbot, and more. Before that, Computerlogy was a software outsourcing firm, until it became Facebook’s first developer partner in South-East Asia, as a result of winning the Facebook World Hackathon.
Vachara exited his first startup to join Yello Digital Marketing Group (YDMG) in 2016, where he assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer. Vachara also was the second president of the Thai Tech Startup Association and is currently involved as an active advisor. He has 15 years of experience in software development.
Sompoat Chansomboon (Meng)
Sompoat is Managing Director at dtac Accelerate, the leading startup accelerator house in Thailand that has graduated six batches of startups so far. The programme includes an intensive boot camp that provides a world-class curriculum inspired by Silicon Valley together with local startup-heroes as mentors and coaches. There’s also initial capital investment together with co-working space and commercialization support from dtac. dtac is better known too as one of the largest GSM mobile phone providers in Thailand
Sompoat has 11 years experience in Product & Marketing Management, a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering majoring in Telecommunication and an MBA program degree from Assumption University (ABAC)
Soravis is the current CEO and co-founder of Band Protocol, a decentralized data curation protocol. His goal is to make reliable and trusted information accessible to everyone on the internet. Through his startup, he has an opportunity to work with other corporates to bring blockchain to mass adoption, including working closely with the publicly listed Thai company TV Thunder.
He is an angel investor in many blockchain projects including Ziliqa, Icon, 0x, etc. Before crypto, Soravis was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, where he advised many multinational conglomerates in Southeast Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Interview With Vachara Aemavat, SIX Network
You can read the Q&A with Vachara Aemavat below. At Summit Bangkok, we’ll be doing exclusive on-scene video interviews with some of the key speakers on the floor – subscribe our YouTube so you can be notified as soon as they’re live.
What drove you to become an entrepreneur and how do you feel about Thailand’s business climate? After working for a while, I got many business ideas that I couldn’t work on while working for other people. As an entrepreneur, I got a chance to execute my idea and make it a business.
For Thailand, if we’re focusing on the blockchain business climate, it’s similar to that of startups a couple years back. Luckily, this time government and corporate both move faster. It helps to drive the ecosystem much faster, even though the community is still fragmented. In my opinion, when the tooth fairy Bitcoin story starts being shared again, the ecosystem will go much faster than last time.
What are your ambitions? What are you hoping to achieve within this industry? We want to build a financial ecosystem for the creative industry that’s driven by blockchain technology. Simply put, to use this technology more in real-life. Our challenge is to create mass market adoption with supported regulation.
After the 2011 Thailand floods, you built a tool that let people look up their homes’ locations and see how high above sea level they are, to share that information on social media to ask for help or offer others a dry place to take shelter. How do you (fore)see blockchain’s (potential) impact on humanity? Not ‘everything’ needs to be fixed, but everything certainly could be improved. The benefits of blockchain can definitely help with those improvements. It depends on what aspect you’re aiming to solve, the timing compared to the market and how we actually adopt that technology
Blockchain is (at least close to being) the most talked about technology in IT in Thailand. What do you think will change over here in this industry in 2019? We will absolutely see blockchain adoption. Many projects are working on it and everyone has to ship their services as promises. After a year, regulation will have been adapted some more. Blockchain technology will develop as a back-end of services/applications. Many people may not notice, as the distributed economy comes out to the market.
For the Thai market, many financial infrastructures are not well-created or being used country-wide. There is an opportunity for the service provider to create a leapfrog situation to bring users who have never had a touch of financial products to the new blockchain services.
Why are you interested in Beyond Blocks and how do you feel about the fact that it’s held in your home-country? It’s a great opportunity for Thailand. Beyond Blocks will bring many investors, funds, and people in general to the blockchain industry in Bangkok. It’s good timing to let them see the opportunity in this market and really start doing something here.
Beyond Blocks will be hosting the next major blockchain conference in the heart of Bangkok, at the InterContinental hotel. After this sold-out, record-breaking event in Seoul, the momentum continues it’s way to Bangkok, where the world will witness exactly why Southeast Asia is the region on the rise for blockchain innovation.
Why you need to be at Summit Bangkok:
– Full two-day access to the conference and exhibitions
– World-class speakers and industry leaders
– Meetups, workshops and amazing networking opportunities
– Because Bangkok is one of the liveliest cities in Southeast Asia!