Malaysia’s Rising Tech Stars
The international tech scene is no longer a private playground for Silicon Valley companies, with Asian players making waves on this side of the globe and beyond. To celebrate the talented individuals who are changing the face of the industry, the Asia Tatler editors and a panel of experts compiled a list of the top 50 rising tech stars in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. Here are five of Malaysia’s technological elite on the list.
1. Vivy Yusof
The biz Having started with US$24,000, 10 designers and a staff of 20, FashionValet has grown to stock 500 brands and employ hundreds of staff, with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta.
What’s more As the face of the brand, Vivy stars in her own reality TV show and has over 1.2 million Instagram followers.
2. Dhesi Baha Raja
Why him? AIME, the start-up founded by Dhesi in 2015, combines artificial intelligence and epidemiological research to predict outbreaks of disease up to three months in advance.
The biz The 32-year-old doctor is currently planning a global expansion, offering a potentially invaluable service for governments, as well as insurance and drug companies.
3. Stephanie Sitt
Why her? As CEO of Inmagine Group, which encompasses some of the world’s largest stock image companies, including 123rf.com, Stockunlimited.com, Designs.net and Inmagine.com, Stephanie drives the group’s global sales and marketing efforts.
The biz Having co-founded the group on a shoestring in 2000, she now oversees more than 400 employees in 44 countries and a content portfolio of over 65 million unique files.
4. Anthony Tan
Why him? Gen.T lister Tan co-founded the ride-sharing platform Grab in 2012 with fellow 2017 lister Hooi Ling Tan, whom he met at Harvard Business School. They’ve since built it into Southeast Asia’s leading Uber-style platform—a US$3 billion business operating in over 30 cities.
Back story Tan’s great-grandfather was a taxi driver and his grandfather started the Japanese auto industry in Malaysia, so cars are in his blood.
5. Ng Sang Beng
Back story After a bout of nasty office politics in 2004, Ng ditched his job and started Aemulus. By 2015, the company was publicly listed on the ACE market of Bursa Malaysia.