Southeast Asia’s
Global Debut

12-14 OCTOBER 2021

Learn how to harness Southeast Asia's booming tech and startup ecosystem at Tech in Asia Conference 2021.

*Promo ends 26 September 11:59 PM GMT. U.P. US$79
*Promo ends 26 September 11:59 PM GMT. U.P. Rp. 1.161.500

Welcome to Tech in Asia Conference 2021

Southeast Asia has become a serious contender on the startup and tech playing fields in recent years, with headline-making SPACs, mergers and investments.

In this year’s annual Tech in Asia Conference, we are uncovering opportunities and challenges for these industries as global attention grows.

From 12-13 October, our digital conference hosts founders, investors and key decision makers in early-stage and maturing startups. Our speakers will share how they are maximising their business opportunties by harnessing Southeast Asia’s Global Debut. As a bonus, attendees also gain access Startup Factory to see exhibits from hot startups, as well as the final round of our Startup Arena event.

On 14 October, we will conclude with a full day of in-person and virtual networking, for participants to gain in-depth insight and meaningful connections.

*Promo ends 26 September 11:59 PM GMT. U.P. US$79
*Promo ends 26 September 11:59 PM GMT. U.P. Rp. 1.161.500

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Alvin Tan

Minister of State, Trade and Industry and Culture, Community and Youth, Republic of Singapore

Peter Bithos

CEO, SEEK Asia

Weihan Liew

Venture Partner, GGV Capital

Soon Sze Meng

President, South East Asia, JD.com

Stephanie Davis

Vice President, Google Southeast Asia

Nuseir Yassin

Founder & CEO, Nas Academy

Aaron Tan

CEO, Carro

Lewis Ng

Chief Operating Officer, SEEK Asia

Neneng Goenadi

Country Managing Director,Grab Indonesia

Vincent Iswara

CEO & Co-Founder, DANA Indonesia

Julio Bermúdez

VP, APAC and LATAM, Amplitude

Ronen Mense

APAC President & Managing Director, AppsFlyer

Caesar Indra

President, Traveloka

Rachmat Kaimuddin

Chief Executive Officer, Bukalapak

Abraham Viktor

Co-founder & CEO, Hangry

Ankush Grover

Co-founder, Rebel Foods

Lee Limeng

CSO, Razer and CEO, Razer Fintech

Rui Ma

Founder, Tech Buzz China

Guillem Segarra Lopez

CEO, HappyFresh

Zhou Lihan

Co-founder and CEO, MiRXES

Rishabh Singhi

CEO, DishServe

Sutanto Hartono

Managing Director, Emtek

Patricia Liu

Chief of Staff, Razer

Charles Hamilton Ferguson

General Manager, Asia Pacific, Globalization Partners

Anu Gupta

Director, APRW

Aziza Sheerin

Managing Director, Asia, General Assembly

Andrew Wangsanata

Startup Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Junde Yu

VP Sales, GM Gaming, App Annie

Johnny Widodo

CEO, OLX Group Indonesia

Nicholas Nash

Managing Partner & Co-founder, Asia Partners

Nir Eyal

Author, Hooked and Indistractable

Subir Lohani

Partner, Antler

Liang Yinwei

Vice President, East Ventures

Shn Juay

VP of Marketing & Product, Storms

Jonathan Larsen

Chief Innovation Officer, Ping An Group

Ee Ling Lim

Head of APAC Business Development, 500 Global

Anna Gong

Founder & CEO, Perx Technologies

Björn Lindfors

Partner, Antler

Reza Behnam

Independent Director

Andrew Vranjes

Head of Startup Ecosystem, ASEAN, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Darius Liu

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, ADDX

Jimmy Sia

Director, Commercial & Go to Market, Grab

Lauren Liang

Head of Customer & Partnership Solutions – Asia, Swiss Re

Agenda

Please note that the agenda is subject to change, and will be updated continuously in the days leading up to the conference. All listed times are in GMT+8
DAY 1
2021-10-12
DAY 2
2021-10-13
10:00 - 10:30
Welcome & Opening Address

In this opening session, get inspired to learn more about Southeast Asia’s global debut. Hear from Singapore Minister of State Alvin Tan discuss the importance of a vibrant startup ecosystem, as well as Peter Bithos, CEO of SEEK Asia, share regional tech talent trends that all tech employers and employees should stay aware of.

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Alvin Tan
Minister of State, Trade and Industry and Culture, Community and Youth Republic of Singapore
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Maria Li
COO, Tech in Asia
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Peter Bithos
Chief Executive Officer, SEEK Asia
10:30 - 11:05
Emtek x Grab: Driving Indonesia SMEs’ digitalization

In this session, Emtek’s Hartanto Hartono and Grab’s Neneng Goenadi will dig into their firms’ strategic alliance to drive the digitalization of small and medium enterprises in Indonesia. They will discuss:

  • What led them to the strategic alliance and how they ended up picking each other.
  • The innovative ideas they have in store for the future.
  • The challenges that the tie-up has faced during its journey.
  • The untapped opportunities in the digitalization of Indonesian SMEs that other founders or tech companies can help unlock.
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Neneng Goenadi
Country Managing Director, Grab Indonesia
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Sutanto Hartono
Managing Director, Emtek
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Aditya Hadi Pratama (Moderator)
Senior Writer, Tech in Asia
11:05 - 11:40
The big travel pivot

Traveloka’s Caesar Indra will share how the firm managed to hold its own during the Covid-19 pandemic. The session will include:

  • Reflections on how Traveloka has coped with the Covid challenge so far. The lessons learned and opportunities taken.
  • Traveloka’s plans for a post-Covid world.
  • The future of Traveloka and the travel industry.
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Caesar Indra
President, Traveloka
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Ardi Wirdana (Moderator)
Indonesia Correspondent, Tech in Asia
11:40 - 12:25
Demystifying the rise of SEA’s automotive sector

In this panel session, the speakers will dissect the rise of Southeast Asia’s automotive sector. They will walk through:

  • Users’ core problems in the automotive sector.
  • The total addressable market and how fast it could grow.
  • The challenges to growth and opportunities to scale.
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Aaron Tan
CEO, Carro
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Johnny Widodo
CEO, OLX Group Indonesia
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Nikita Puri (Moderator)
Journalist, Tech in Asia
12:25 - 13:00
The future of marketing measurement

Marketing as we know it has undergone a sea change with privacy taking center stage. Ronen Mense from AppsFlyer will dive into the new age of marketing with a session on:

  • The future of marketing measurement
  • How to translate the current state of a business into marketing terms

In partnership with

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Ronen Mense
APAC President & Managing Director, AppsFlyer
13:00 - 13:30
What can Southeast Asia learn from China

Sze-Meng Soon from JD.com and Rui Ma from Tech Buzz China will discuss the lessons that Southeast Asia can pick up from China in business and technology. The panel will look at:

  • Trends, business models, strategies, operations, products, investment, etc.
  • What’s unique to China that Southeast Asia shouldn’t try to replicate.
  • The opportunities and challenges that Southeast Asia’s tech players could face as they ascend to the global stage.
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Soon Sze Meng
President, South East Asia, JD.com
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Rui Ma
Founder,Tech Buzz China
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Jonathan Larsen (Moderator)
Chief Innovation Officer, Ping An Group
14:00 - 14:35
Leadership lesson: Scaling Google in Southeast Asia

In this session, Stephanie Davis from Google will share the leadership lessons she learned while working to scale the tech giant’s operations in Southeast Asia. She will take us through:

  • Her role at Google and how she drove productivity as a leader.
  • Focusing on what’s essential with several products & initiatives to handle in a Southeast Asian context.
  • Leadership strategy and people management.
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Stephanie Davis
Vice President, Google Southeast Asia, Google
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Aziza Sheerin (Moderator)
Managing Director, Asia, General Assembly
14:35 - 15:10
Mastering engagement: How to build great products

In this talk, join Julio Bermudez, vice president for APAC and LATAM at Amplitude, and Nir Eyal, a well-known product coach, author, and Amplitude evangelist, as they discuss how to build products that keep customers hooked. This session will touch on:

  • Why engagement and retention are key to your product strategy
  • How to inspire your product team to find new ways to deliver value to users
  • How to build products that transcend geographical boundaries

In partnership with

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Julio Bermúdez
VP, APAC and LATAM, Amplitude
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Nir Eyal
Author, Hooked and Indistractable
15:10 - 15:45
My roller-coaster journey building HappyFresh

HappyFresh CEO Gulliem Segarra will share his experience building the Indonesian e-grocery startup in this session that touches on:

  • How HappyFresh began its journey in Indonesia
  • The roller-coaster ride involved in establishing an e-grocery startup in the archipelago
  • What HappyFresh’s plan to forge ahead in a competitive market looks like
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Guillem Segarra Lopez
CEO, HappyFresh
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Aditya Hadi Pratama (Moderator)
Senior Writer, Tech in Asia
15:45 - 16:20
Looking Ahead: Southeast Asia’s Global Debut

In this session, Nicholas Nash from Asia Partners will discuss:

  • 2021’s watershed events, including SPACs and IPOs
  • What global capital and international attention means for local tech and startups
  • Challenges and opportunities that firms can capitalize on
  • Global market conditions: What startup leaders should do to stay ahead
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Nicholas Nash
Managing Partner & Co-founder, Asia Partners
16:20 - 16:55
What I learned: From a VC, founder, and back to a VC

Weihan Liew, currently a venture partner at GGV Capital, will share the lessons he learned from his career journey, drawing on experiences from:

  • His days as a VC in China
  • Building Main Games and Babe in Indonesia
  • Getting back to the VC chair
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Weihan Liew
Venture Partner, GGV Capital
10:30 - 11:00
How Bukalapak became a publicly listed “all commerce” firm

In this session, Rachmat Kaimuddin from Bukalapak will walk us through its journey to becoming a publicly listed “all commerce” company, which caters to both offline and online consumers, in Indonesia.

  • Lessons from the past: How Bukalapak has stayed one of Indonesia’s top e-commerce players for over a decade despite being in a competitive market.
  • What does it mean to be an “all commerce” company?
  • What it’s like being the first tech unicorn in Indonesia to go public.
  • The road ahead: Bukalapak’s plans for the future.
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Rachmat Kaimuddin
Chief Executive Officer, Bukalapak
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Maria Li (Moderator)
COO, Tech in Asia
11:00 - 11:35
How to catch the content economy boom

In this session, Nuseir Yassin from NasAcademy will sketch out the formula to catch the content economy wave:

  • What does the content economy landscape look like?
  • How can you seize opportunities during the content economy boom?
  • How can you make money from the emerging trend?
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Nuseir Yassin
Founder & CEO, Nas Academy
11:35 - 12:10
Build your remote team, anywhere in the world

Globalization Partners’ Charles Ferguson will share his tips on building a remote team anywhere in the world. In the session, He will discuss:

  • How building remote teams across the globe can strengthen a business.
  • Emerging hubs where you can find and hire the best remote talent.
  • Challenges to look out for when hiring remotely.
  • How a global employment platform helps companies hire top talent anywhere in the world without risk while ensuring compliance.

In partnership with

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Charles Hamilton Ferguson
General Manager, Asia Pacific, Globalization Partners
12:10 - 12:45
What does it take to build a biotech startup in SEA

Zhou Lihan will take us through how he co-founded Mirxes, a biotech startup based in Singapore. He will talk about:

  • What drove him to embark on the journey of starting his own company
  • Bridging the gap between research and development (R&D) and commercialization
  • The lessons learned as well the common pitfalls to avoid for other startups
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Zhou Lihan
Co-founder and CEO, MiRXES
12:45 - 13:15
Making something people love: The Dana Way

As the co-founder of one of Indonesia’s top e-wallet platforms, Vincent Iswara will talk about how Dana makes something people love. He will share:

  • A timeline of Dana’s product journey
  • Dana’s product strategy: tips to retain users, create effective UX, and manage user feedback
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Vincent Iswara
CEO & Co-Founder, DANA Indonesia
13:50 - 14:25
Scaling regional operations: Best Practices from PropertyGuru, Carousell, and SEEK Asia

In this session, Lewis Ng from Seek Asia will discuss what it takes to scale a regional operation:

  • Learn about the complexities involved in scaling tech firms, whether it’s people, operations, or strategic alignment.
  • Uncover the best practices to follow when developing a playbook for regional expansion.
  • Understand common pitfalls and challenges in market expansion across Southeast Asia.
  • Explore case studies from the experiences of PropertyGuru, Carousell, and Seek Asia.

In partnership with

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Lewis Ng
Chief Operating Officer, SEEK Asia
14:20 - 15:05
Decoding the cloud kitchen boom in SEA

Unpacking the factors behind the cloud kitchen boom in Southeast Asia, leaders from Hangry, DishServe, and Rebel Foods will discuss:

  • The cloud kitchen business model, including products on offer and the market size of the industry
  • Opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for online restaurant operators
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Abraham Viktor
Co-founder & CEO, Hangry
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Ankush Grover
Co-founder, Rebel Foods
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Rishabh Singhi
CEO, DishServe
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Liang Yinwei (Moderator)
Vice President, East Ventures
15:05 - 15:40
Understanding Razer’s fintech and greentech ambitions

Patricia Liu and Li Meng Lee will outline Razer’s ambition and strategy in the fields of fintech & greentech, including:

  • How they successfully pushed the envelope in the financial sector with no prior experience and without having started as a fintech company.
  • Razer’s diverse product strategy in the areas of tech, gaming, fashion, and even crypto.
  • Plans to sustain and increase the firm’s growth.
  • Environmental and social issues in gaming: details on the #GoGreenWithRazer global campaign.
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Lee Limeng