From electric cars to drones, bike-sharing apps to 3D sound, and even security systems governed by artificial intelligence; Asia’s technological output shows the region is a thriving hub of innovation.
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The Asia Tatler editors and a panel of 17 experts surveyed the tech scene’s main players aged 40 and under to compile this list of its top 50 rising stars.
To shortlist the rising tech whizzes in Malaysia that should make it into the list, we worked with the following established tech experts – Joel Neoh, former head of Groupon Asia Pacific and founder of Fave; and Ashran Ghazi, founder of Joota and ComicXcel, and the CEO of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre.
Meet the Malaysian contingent:
why her? With husband Fadzarudin Anuar, she founded the multi-label e-commerce site FashionValet in 2010, providing an outlet for Malaysian fashion designers, and co-founded dUCk, a scarf brand catering to the modern Muslim woman. the biz A business that 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. psst... She also stars in her own reality TV show, Love, Vivy, which follows her daily life. The show complements a 925,000-strong Instagram following to provide strong marketing for her brand.
why him? While at Harvard Business School in 2012, Anthony Tan founded the ride-sharing platform Grab with fellow Malaysian student Hooi Ling Tan. They’ve since built it into Southeast Asia’s leading Uber-style platform, a US$3 billion business operating in 30+ cities. psst...Tan’s great-grandfather was a taxi driver and his grandfather started the Japanese auto industry in Malaysia, so cars are in his blood. what’s more The 35-year-old was named one of Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40 last year.
Ng Sang Beng
why him? He ditched his job following a bout of nasty office politics in 2004 and started Aemulus, a company that designs testing devices for the semiconductor sector. the biz Aemulus was publicly listed on the ACE market of Bursa Malaysia in 2015. His former colleagues must be kicking themselves. what’s more He puts his success down to over a decade of hard slog and his wife’s unwavering belief in him.
Dhesi Baha Raja
why him? The start-up this 32-year-old doctor founded in Silicon Valley in 2015, AIME, combines artificial intelligence and epidemiological research to predict outbreaks of disease up to three months in advance. It plans to implement the platform in multiple cities worldwide, providing an invaluable service for governments, as well as insurance and drug companies.
why her? As CEO of Inmagine Group, which encompasses some of the world’s largest companies sharing stock images, including 123rf.com, Stockunlimited.com, Designs.net and Inmagine.com, Sitt drives the group’s global sales and marketing efforts and partnerships. 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.