What do you like about your role?
Having the pleasure to work with talented and committed individuals, from UX developers to business developers, marketing to marketing communications, data scientists to alliance specialists. I gain a lot more in terms of personal development; and confidence on the future of Tueetor.
Share three predictions on the future of Edtech.
With increasing business costs – rent, human in particular; lower infrastructure costs – cloud storage, security, bandwidth; rising technologies such as AR and robotics, more brick and mortar education institutions will find it more affordable and efficient to deliver their products and services through digitalisation. So, that is good news for edtechs that provide solutions in this space.
What technologies do you believe have the potential to transform the education industry?
Data Analytics. The world has become a much smaller place since I left school in 96. Yes, the last century. At Tueetor, we map the needs of trainers and learners and at this point, it’s Singapore & Malaysia. Think about what we can do if we can map Asia, even the world: what people wants to learn or teach, what level, how much, where, what time…think about what we can do with those data…with the merchants, service providers, government institutions, NGOs. Our users can also learn from or teach other users in other countries. For example, I can learn Korean from someone in Korea, or teach Chinese cooking to someone in the States, to maximise my dollar.
Looking at the key trends over the past 5 years in edtech, what would you say have been the key areas of change that are impacting edtech today? Anything unexpected that surprised you? Trends that were overhyped and never met their expected potential?
To be honest, I don’t think I am qualified at all to comment about the past of edtech, as I wasn’t there to see it myself 5 years ago. Tueetor is a new entry to edtech.
Which also explains why I did not answer much in question 2 above.
But what I can comment on, is a bit longer than that – 20 years to be exact, and not just about edtech, but startup scene in general.
With government, banks, academic and private institutions that are more willing to support startups in terms of money, space, incubation, connection, knowledge transfer, the startup scene is much more vibrant and sustainable compared to the one in the last boom that began at the end of the last century, which many of you may recall, ended up as a burst. So yes, for aspiring startups, it’s never a better time to show the world what you can offer.
Why is it important for all players in the edtech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?
No man is an island – it’s an age-old, time-tested fact. While there is always a potential repercussion on sharing too much details on ideas, contacts, even staff members with other players in the same edtech ecosphere – I mean, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, right? – I feel there is still a need for all of us to bend together, and share tips to get things done faster, and lessons to avoid pitfalls.
When you think about joining EdTechXAsia this year, what are you looking forward to? What makes you excited about our event in Singapore?
Again, it’s to be able to share Tueetor with the community – users, investors, regulators – on our product, new features and plans. And the line-up this year speaks.
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