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Rodney Johnson, president of Erudite Risk, speaks about the implications of big data collection at a Korea Business Leaders Alliance seminar at the Hyatt Hotel on June 16.

Context, Brokers, Linkability

9 July 2015 - 5:30pm
Matthew Weigand

On June 16, the Korea Business Leaders Alliance hosted a lunch seminar on the topic of “Big Data, Surveillance, and Privacy” at the Hyatt Hotel. The presenter was Rodney Johnson, president of Erudite Risk, a locally-based risk management consulting company. The seminar brought to light several important trends involved in the Internet and the business practices of large companies that impact both our professional and personal lives in many small ways such as the bulk collection of data. It also highlighted the key issues with these practices, and what they mean both for businesses and...

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Raymond Hong, CEO of Jokerpack, presents his company's product BeeCanvas at “BETAPITCH | Seoul” on June 25.

Global Opportunity

9 July 2015 - 5:15pm
Matthew Weigand

O n the evening of June 25, a group of young Korean entrepreneurs jumped into the air and shouted in victory at the event room of Google's Campus Seoul, where “BETAPITCH | SEOUL” had just completed. They had just won the Grand Prize from Accelerate Korea out of ten contestants, after spending weeks with 9 other contestant companies preparing presentations, refining their ideas, and getting ready for their Betapitch, when they would give their pitch to win a prize.

Out of the 10 contestants, the fifth place winner of the Demo Day presentation contest was ConsiderC. They are a small...

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The English-language map of the new planned subway lines and extensions by Seoul City Hall. Click the above image to download a 25MB version.

Subway Extension

6 July 2015 - 6:45pm

Seoul City Hall has released a map of the 10 new subway lines that it plans to install by 2025, approximately 90 km of new subway. It gives better visual detail of the planned routes according to the “Seoul City Plan to Build Railways” released on June 30. For the benefit of our readers, BusinessKorea has translated the entire map into English.

Based on the map, the planned changes can be found in three major areas of Seoul – the western side, northeastern side, and southeastern side. The majority of the new changes will be done on the western side, with four new subway lines:...

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An aerial view of the George Mason University campus in Songdo, South Korea.

Passing Torch

23 June 2015 - 4:45pm
Matthew Weigand

George Mason University announced today that it has named Steven K. Lee the new president of its Mason Korea campus.

Mason Korea is a key part of the university’s effort to create a truly global learning experience to prepare students for a changing and increasingly global economy. Korean students receive a high-quality U.S. education without having to leave their own country, while American students benefit from studying at the Mason Korea campus.

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The 3rd New Zealand Wine Festival is off to a good start on June 13.

Wine Flowing

15 June 2015 - 5:45pm
Matthew Weigand

The New Zealand Wine Festival in Busan, two weeks after the one in Seoul, drew quite a crowd to the Park Hyatt Hotel in Busan on June 13. In attendance were New Zealand Ambassador Clare Fearnley, Simon Walsh, chairman of The Kiwi Chamber, John Riley, deputy head of mission of the New Zealand Embassy Seoul, and Ryan Freer, trade commissioner of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. 

Michelle Marks, vice provost and professor at George Mason University, speaks about well-being at an AMCHAM at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on June 5.

Corporate Well-being

8 June 2015 - 12:45pm
Matthew Weigand

At a breakfast meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on June 5, Vice Provost and Professor Michelle Marks of George Mason University gave a presentation under the theme of “Leading to Well-Being – A catalyst to boost individual and organizational performance,” in which she defined well-being and suggested actions that organizations can take to improve their employees’ well-being.

Professor Marks said, “Well-being is composed of five elements - purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. When those five elements are in...

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LEDs are all that is visible of a server rack in Digital Realty's data center in Singapore.

Infrastructure Expansion

4 June 2015 - 4:15pm
Matthew Weigand

“Yes, absolutely we're eyeing Korea,” says Daryl Dunbar, managing director of Asia Pacific for Digital Realty, in the conference room of the company's oldest and largest Asia Pacific data center in Singapore. He goes on to explain that it is a simple choice, due to the number and amount of customers from South Korea that they already serve in their existing data centers throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific. He declines to name many specific customers directly for security reasons, but says that their existing relationships have given them good market intelligence about...

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A photo from last year's New Zealand Wine Festival.

Kiwi Wine

18 May 2015 - 6:30pm
Matthew Weigand

If you don't have enough New Zealand wine in your life, the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce is looking to fix that. In Seoul, the organization will throw a New Zealand Wine Festival on Saturday, May 30, at 4pm at the Waterfall Garden at the Grand Hyatt. But if you live in Busan, you'll have to wait until June 13, when they'll put up another one at the Park Hyatt at 6pm. These wine festivals have become “a highly-anticipated New Zealand tradition,” after seven years, according to a Chamber representative.

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From left: Commonwealth Chamber Chairmen Simon Walsh of the Kiwi Chamber, Michael Reed of the BCCK, and Graham Dodds of AustCham pose ahead of 2015 Rugby World Cup Charity Dinner which will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the JW Marriott Banpo.

Sports Celebration

13 May 2015 - 4:45pm
Matthew Weigand

The New Zealand, British, and Australian Chambers of Commerce in Korea will jointly host the 2015 Rugby World Cup Charity Dinner at the JW Marriott Banpo’s Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Guests will enjoy keynote addresses by Graham Henry, coach of the 2011 Rugby World Cup champion New Zealand All Blacks, and Olympic gold medallist Chang Mi Ran, who will speak on sporting excellence.  

“Having Graham Henry and Chang Mi Ran speak at our charity dinner is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Kiwi Chamber Chairman Simon Walsh. “We expect well over 300 people from...

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From left: Carlo Jacobs, managing partner of Apora Ventures; Steve Lee, executive advisor; and Alina Gratschner, managing partner are the Seoul-based staff of Apora Ventures.

International Avenue

8 May 2015 - 6:15pm
Matthew Weigand

Apora Ventures, an early-stage investment firm headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has partnered with the Korea Institute of Startup and Entrepreneurship Development (KISED) to provide a 4-month program for Korean startups wanting to expand to Berlin, Germany. The program, called the Four Stage Acceleration Program, starts off with a one-month pre-incubation period in Korea, followed by a three-month overseas immersion and incubation program in Berlin, Germany. Berlin is a key hot spot for technology and innovation in Europe.

“In our fast changing world, we want to work...

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