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Changemakers Conversations: Our New Normal

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COVID-19, Techno-Nationalism & The Dominance of Big Tech


With major cities entering lock-down mode and stock markets fluctuating amid COVID-19 pandemic fears, businesses are forced to review their modus operandi and growth strategy. The looming Tech Cold War between US and China as they compete for technological supremacy adds salt to wound for many. Despite all the headwinds, Big Tech continues to grow in record pace and the public is increasingly concerned about their outsized dominance. For some startups, this could be the worst crisis since the last recession. For others, this presents exciting opportunities to strengthen their positions.

Topics of Discussion

  • Beyond Resilience – The new playbook for growth strategies in this new era; where are the opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors?

  • The Rise of Techno-Nationalism – The risk of a looming tech cold war; what does it mean for startups and investors?

  • Dominance of Big Tech – A complicated yet symbiotic relationship with innovation; how can startups flourish under the new masters of the universe?

Hear from our esteemed panel on how startups and investors can stay resilient to navigate through this climate, and ride on global emerging trends from this episode.

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  • Lily Kong, President, Singapore Management University
  • Shirley Wong, Chairperson, Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition Steering Committee
  • Gerard George, Dean, Lee Kong Chian, School of Business, Singapore Management University
  • Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive Officer & Director, DBS Group
  • Oliver Tonby, Chairman & Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co
  • Foo Jixun, Managing Partner, GGV Capital



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