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CEOs of Malaysia’s Largest Banks Share Top 10 Changing Trends in Banking Industry for Business

CEO Roundtable: Leadership in a Changing Global and Regional Financial Landscape at the 18th Malaysian Banking SummitThoughts from a Gen Y in the Corporate World during the CEO Rountable, summarised in 10 key points.


–        Mr. Ashok Ramamurthy, Group Managing Director, AmBank Group

–        Mr. Goh Peng Ooi, Chairman, Silverlake Axis Ltd

–        Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, President, Malayan Banking Berhad

–        Mr. Osman Morad, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad

–        Mr. Sanjeev Nanavati, CEO Citibank Berhad

Moderated by: Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Director, ASLI & former CEO, Bank Buruh

CEOs of Top Banks Share 10 Changing Trends in Finance & Banking

1. 30 million in Malaysia is not enough; we need to grow beyond that. As an entrepreneur, look at scalability, can we go beyond our shores of 30 million to reach a potential of 600 million across the ASEAN region?

2. Productivity is the name of the game. Always measure and benchmark. Passion, drive and grit is key but ensuring that you and your employees are productive is essential via benchmarking and as Dory says it in finding Nemo, ‘Just keep swimming.. Just keep swimming..’

3. A banker has to be a good juggler, keep everything in balance. Margins are shrinking, there is a chase for liquidity and sticky deposits which is at odds with growth and shift of power with the rising middle class. Leaders need to balance this.

4. In a CEO’s role lining up priorities, there is a restorative role in credibility and reputation. We have to create a set of values to create a corporate identity, known to the community.

CEOs share Top Traits that they are Looking for in Talents
CEOs share Top Traits that they are Looking for in Talents

5. Bankers are not great innovators but we are not too bad at cloning things. Sometimes, a good idea there is a good idea here.

6. Banking used to be a lifetime job, Gen Y now believes in doing what you are passionate about. People now jump jobs for small amounts of increment, so do customers. How do we respond to this?

7. Banking is really a business of human interactions. In fact, majority of businesses consist of a series of human interactions. Knowing this, it is important to learn to delight, motivate and lead.. humans.

8. Leadership is contextual: what makes a good leader at one point in time and place doesn’t make him a good leader elsewhere.

9. Problems but opportunities: There is rising prosperity, pervasive technology; an acute shortness was of talent but greater opportunity for banks to separate themselves.

10. The story of the frog in boiling water – our business is being chipped away by technology, a slow erosion we need to address. Transaction is now instantaneous, instant gratification. It used to be via branches but now there are various touch points for customers.

In conclusion, banks need to understand how to unlock the value within the area in which they operate.

### Special Guest Post ###

Jason Lee is an International Graduate, Standard Chartered Bank graduate programme. As a Gen Y in corporate world, he believes that there is an abundance of opportunities to be entrepreneurial wherever we operate. Connect with him @jasonleecj on Twitter.

GRADUAN® Apprentice: Do you have what it takes to be Mentored by Top CEOs?


DATE: 17 and 18 May 2014


Malaysia’s premiere career and networking fair with more than 100 of Malaysia’s leading organisations (Maybank, Celcom Axiata, Shell, Petronas, and many more!) and institutions who have signed up to engage with graduates and talents at GRADUAN® ASPIRE.

Aside from learning more about the organisations you’re interested in, you can drop your CV at the booths or meet up with HR personnel to express your interests and impress them at the same time! Those interested in pursuing their post-graduate studies will find a wealth of information via the many university booths at the fair.

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GRADUAN® APPRENTICE CHALLENGE involves teams in a final elimination round where they have to deliver a rousing pitch to CEO judges on how they can take their business forward.

It will take a lot to impress the CEO judges, who will be grilling the teams on their ideas.
Winners will be handpicked by each CEO for their opportunity to be mentored and to gain valuable industry insight. Take part now! More details at

Do you have what it takes to impress these tough guns?
Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar, CEO of Prasarana
Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia
Joel Neoh, CEO of Groupon
David Teoh, CEO of Metrowealth International Group
Dzameer Dzukifli, CEO of Teach for Malaysia

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2014 BarCamp Penang is back!

BarCamp Penang- Malaysia’s best known Unconference.

As a follow up to last years successful Barcamp, BarCamp Penang organisers and its myriad of community volunteers has announced the much anticipated Unconference of the year — Barcamp Penang 2014. This year’s official theme is Entrepreneurship and will be held at INTI International College, on Saturday, 17th of May 2014.

An unconference, Barcamps are an international network of ad-hoc, user generated conference meetings where attendees determine what will be presented. Breaking free from the traditional conference mold, it is always an interesting and unique learning experience for all who attend.

While the desire to keep learning keeps heart of Barcamps around the world going – participation, community voting keeps blood pumping through its veins. The message wall with Post It Notes in which all participant-speakers put up their names and topics, allows anyone to speak.

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Sharings becomes alive via voting on topics which may cover interesting experiences, discussions about new novel ways of doing things, localised ideas that people find relevant. The fun comes from the interactions that occurs from participants coming from different backgrounds and levels on an open platform – an aspect less underscored by traditional conferences.

“We are glad to be able to organise the casino 5th Barcamp here in my beloved hometown Penang. It is my hope that Barcamp will be able to bring startups together with traditional and new entrepreneurs and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs – one that is true to ourselves as Malaysians.” – Vivien Ooi, BarCamp Penang 2014 Chairperson.

This year, the iOS & Android apps are back to further act as social catalysts for participation and networking especially for those who are new and unfamiliar. A new addition to the app family this year is the Windows phone app. In the spirit of openness, the source codes are also open sourced and shared back to the community.

Barcamp sharing

Barcamp participation is open to students, software developers, social media practitioners, small business owners, entrepreneurs, tech startups, journalists, hobbyists or anyone who is interested to share – all adhering to the Barcamp rules listed on the website. Realising some of the most well known Internet startups or it founders has its roots in Penang, the organisers have also invited several well known local & international entrepreneurs to participate to further catalyse sharing and discussions.

For more information about BARCAMP PENANG 2014, getting there, updates and rules, please visit . Registration is officially open.


Microsoft Malaysia’s Global Campaign Set to Inspire Youths to Code

Microsoft Malaysia will be launching an exciting Initiative called, a new campaign that is the first-of-its kind in this region. The Asia Pacific Week of Code, which will take place on April 25, 2014, aims to promote coding as the second language of Asia Pacific.

Microsoft's Set to Inspire Young Coders
Microsoft’s Set to Inspire Young Coders

With more than 3 billion people speaking more than 2,000 different languages, Microsoft inspired by is promoting the concept of coding as Asia Pacific’s second language that can unify people across national boundaries and varied cultures.

More importantly, the Asia Pacific Week of Code intends to highlight the need for computer science and coding skills amongst today ’s youth as the gap between youth unemployment and the demand for skilled workers continues to grow.

Please Register @ Microsoft Malaysia to participate in our ‘Code For Malaysia’ event

Startup Asia Singapore Returns This May 7 and 8

SINGAPORE – Following the success of previous Startup Asia event held in Jakarta last November,, Asia’s largest English-language technology and startup blog, is gearing up to bring you yet another round of our signature conference series with Startup Asia Singapore 2014, happening May 7-8 right in the heart of Biopolis, Singapore’s deep tech research center.


Startup Asia Singapore 2014 will feature, as seen at last year’s Jakarta event, a conference, a Startup Arena pitching competition, a Hackathon, a Startup and Investor speed dating session. It will also give you two new highlights: Meet the Bloggers and Market Expansion Tracks.


On the pitching contest, Startup Arena, both seed and growth-stage startups will be accepted and compete together on day one. About 10 to 15 startups will eventually take to the stage to compete for USD 10,000 in cash. Latest submission for Startup Arena is on March 31, 2014.

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In the same Startup Asia Singapore 2014 conference, Tech in Asia is simultaneously running a 24-hour hackathon which will see over 200 developers building products with APIs and SDKs from numerous partner companies. The list of APIs and SDKs will be announced soon.


Tech in Asia is very privileged to have as the Guest of Honour, Singapore Minister of State Teo Ser Luck. MOS Teo has been extremely involved in championing entrepreneurship in Singapore and is the perfect person to help kick off Day One of the conference.


A few other highly respected names have also agreed to speak and they include Dave Morin (founder and CEO of Path), Min-Liang Tan (founder and CEO of Razer), and Razmig Hovaghimian (co-founder and CEO of ViKi). You can look forward to hearing about their experiences and picking their brains about the future. Find out more about the speakers line up here.


Early bird discount is now available for purchase and we have a great offer for the readers! With a unique code discount20nextupasia, you can purchase the ticket with 20 percent discount until the end of March.

For more information and updates on the event, please visit the official website at today!

Nomination for Echelon 2014 Extended to 14 Feb 2014

For interested Malaysian startups, E27 have extended the dateline of  nomination to 14th of Feb.

Echelon 2014 is Asia’s premiere technology and business event that celebrates Asia’s brightest technology and digital innovations, promising startup companies and change- makers in the region’s fast growing technology industry.

Echelon has been running since 2010 and is an annual conference held in Singapore. The event attracts a global repertoire of technology innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, regulatory bodies and c-suite executives who are creating the next wave of innovation in Asia.


How Echelon 2014 is run

Phase 1: Call for Submissions ( Extended till 14 February 2014, 11:59 PM (+8 GMT)

Startups are invited to submit their product ideas and all entries will be reviewed by an internal panel of judges. Startups will be contacted by 21 February 2014 if they have been selected to pitch at the Satellites.

Phase 2: Satellite Pitching ( From 10 March 2014 – 09 April 2014

Shortlisted startups from the submission round will pitch at one of the 12 Satellites across Asia. Key investors and community leaders make up the judging panel and will select startups to exhibit at Echelon 2014’s Startup Marketplace or pitch at Echelon 2014’s Launchpad

Phase 3: Exhibition, Pitching and Conference at Echelon 2014

4 – 5 June 2014, MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO, Singapore

50 startups will be selected from the Satellites and invited to exhibit at the Echelon 2014 Startup Marketplace and 10 will be selected to pitch at the Echelon 2014 Launchpad. The judging panel consists of regional investors and venture capital funds and will select one Most Promising Startup of Echelon 2014.


This year will also see the return of a larger exhibition area for cutting-edge technology companies across Asia. Echelon 2014 will also be hosting some of the region’s sharpest minds to share their vision on technology and it’s impact on business and innovation in Asia. Previous luminaries include Dave McClure (500 Startups), Razmig Hovaghimian (Viki), Sahil Lavingia (Pinterest) and Brian Wong (Kiip).

Screening Of The Lean Startup Conference In JB

The Lean Startup Conference helps entrepreneurs learn from each other. This year’s event has key sessions for corporate entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, educators, government staff, and growing startups. Hackerspace JB was named an official partner for Johor and will screen the recording at Hackerspace JB, free of charge.

Brimming with founder stories you’ve never heard, fresh case studies and in-depth expert advice you can use immediately, the conference delivers advanced lessons in entrepreneurship.

Whether you’re new to Lean Startup methods or have been putting these practices to use in your organization, this event promises to educate and inform. The Lean Startup Conference brings together leaders from startups, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations to share lessons for building innovative lean organizations. More than 70 entrepreneurs will share their first-hand experiences, including:

  • Marc Andreessen, co-founder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz
  • Kent Beck from Facebook, expert on product development, and a creator of Agile programming
  • Cindy Alvarez, head of user experience and product design for Yammer (a Microsoft company)
  • Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, author, lecturer at Stanford
  • Catherine Bracy, Code for America’s director of organizing and engagement
  • Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

While knowledge about the science of entrepreneurship has gone global, startup ecosystems are always local. Come to Hackerspace JB on 2014-01-03 to meet fellow Johor entrepreneurs interested in creating and managing successful startups. We will be playing the recording repeatedly, from 10am to 10pm.

To register visit here.

KICKSTART for Singles feat. Li Kim – Celebrity Host of The Paranormal Zone

KICKSTART for Singles! A Kick-Ass Event that is coming up on 18th of November 2013 (Wednesday)!

A speaker who is a serial entrepreneur and a celebrity host of a successful local production “The Paranormal Zone”. Interesting Isn’t? Read On~

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