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Insights from the Uber of India, meeting the CEO of AIA & industry insights from A*Star

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Speaker Session with Sundeep Sahni about “Execution” Sahni has a lot of hands on experience when it comes to startups. He was previously the co-founder and Managing Director of Lazada Indonesia, a successful e-commerce platform, and is currently Vice President of New Initiatives at Ola, which is the Uber of India. If you want to learn about how to compete with existing tech giants such as Uber, Sahni is your man. Uber is currently operational in only 26 cities around India, compared to Ola’s 102 cities.[1]

Sahni covered a myriad of topics including: celebrating wins, marketing, competitive advantage, technology (what he calls the “only thing that is long term”), team recruitment /Team building & measuring a business.

Here are some words of wisdom he shared:

“Hire slowly, fire quickly – go with your gut or push the person to prove themselves”

”Measure your business: have 3 to 5 measurable KPIs daily pushed to your team”

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Lunch at the Tower Club with the heads of AIA. The teams had lunch with Keng Hooi Ng, Regional CEO of AIA, and Patrick Teow, CEO of AIA Singapore, at the prestigious Tower Club located in the heart of Singapore’s business district. The group discussed the future of HealthCare and their solutions whilst overlooking the city.

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Clinic #2 on “Clinical Insights and Needs” from Dr. Anthony Tang from the agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star). A*Star is “Singapore’s lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology. Through open innovation, they collaborate with their partners in both the public and private sectors to benefit society[2]

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[1] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Ubers-new-friends-Recruiters-who-earn-lakhs-in-referrals/articleshow/52613104.cms

[2] https://www.a-star.edu.sg/