Not too long now before it is time to gather around the stages at Slush Singapore and hear all our marvellous speakers share their stories. Yes, the event is only three days away, and that’s why it feels only natural to introduce you to three more speakers joining us at Marina Bay Sands next week.
Masami Sato, Founder of B1G1
Masami Sato is the Founder of B1G1 (Buy1GIVE1), a social enterprise and non-profit organization based in Singapore. The organization helps small- and medium-sized businesses achieve more social impact by embedding giving activities into everyday business operations. Over 2,100 businesses actively make a difference through its platform by donating to charities chosen by B1G1. The company lists over 800 projects in 30 countries.
Born in Japan and originally educated to be an architect, Sato is a professional of many roles. Her desire to expand her horizons took her on a journey of exploration, travelling throughout the world. Her way of travelling was about connecting with people to gain insights and understandings of different cultures, lifestyles and environment.
In the past 16 years, she has lived in Canada, Guatemala, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore and travelled to more than 30 countries in 5 continents. Through her travels, she became deeply concerned about the inequalities and other challenges that existed in the world. She wondered how she could help create real connection across all cultures, people and organisations to realise a different world, one full of WIN-WIN relationships.
One can begin to patch together a pattern in her approach to life and business through the lens of her background. Today, she is author, teacher, translator, health consultant, natural food chef, farmer, entrepreneur and a keynote speaker. As an entrepreneur, the commercial enterprises she has founded, all share the same aim of transforming the way businesses are operated today – to be more sustainable and giving models of society.
Lucas Ngoo, Co-founder & CTO, Carousell
Lucas Ngoo is the Co-founder of online mobile consumer-to-consumer marketplace platform Carousell, where he has been working closely with the engineering team on especially the technical direction and strategies ever since the company’s founding. Before starting Carousell, he worked as a software engineer at RedBeacon.
Carousell was founded by Ngoo and his partners Marcus Tan and Quek Siu Rui in 2012. The company’s idea is to solve the problem of having too much unnecessary clutter around. With Carousell, the founders wanted to create a easier way to make buying and selling everyday items through a mobile phone, an irreplaceable part of more or less everybody’s daily life.
Today, Carousell is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing mobile classified apps with over 23 million items sold and more than 57 million listings as of 2016. While the demand for the app is growing fast, the company still manages to run their daily operations with some 20 employees. Talk about efficiency.
As we brooch on the topic now commonly coined as “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, we will find that the opportunities available are indeed numerous, however, success will only be with those that have the knowledge to capitalize on this. We are eager to hear the stories Ngoo has to share on the Slush Singapore stage on Carousell’s eminent success in the booming field of e-commerce.
Yeoh Chen Chow, Co-founder of Fave & KFit
Having worked previously at Groupon as the Chief Operating Officer, Yeoh Chen Chow is a veteran of the online-to-offline (O2O) market. Yeoh is one of the co-founders of Fave, a company bringing its users the best deals and promos whilst saving money. Today, Fave is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing startups. After acquired arms of the Groupon company in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in March 2017 it has paved the company’s way for expansion across the whole of Southeast Asia.
The platforms under the Fave Group have connected millions of customers to thousands of offline businesses. The same company also founded the region’s leading fitness sharing platform KFit, where users can buy coupons to gym classes anywhere in the area.
In August, Fave secured a partnership with Ant Financial, the financial affiliate of the Alibaba Group. With a total payment volume of US$519 billion and 400 million registered users, the partnership with Alibaba’s mobile payment app Alipay promises to increase Fave’s exposure to the Chinese ecosystem. As Southeast Asia becomes a tourism hotspot for Chinese tourists, and with a local Chinese economy where O2O is likewise becoming increasingly popular, these two trends are both incredibly promising for Fave’s expansion prospects.
In addition to Yeoh’s success in the e-commerce business, he is also known for his work in various non-profit organizations, as he is an enthusiastic supporter of youth empowerment and education. He has also been selected as an Eisenhower Fellow in 2013.