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TechCrunch Disrupt: 5 sessions for the Southeast Asian audience

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·3-min read
TechCrunch Disrupt 2020
TechCrunch Disrupt 2020

TechCrunch’s premier event, Disrupt, has arrived. With over 10,000 attendees from all around the world, and hundreds of startups across a variety of categories sharing their stories, TechCrunch Disrupt is the ultimate Silicon Valley experience where the leaders of the startup world gather to ask questions, make connections and be inspired.

TechCrunch Disrupt promises five days of non-stop online programming with two big focuses: founders and investors shaping the future of disruptive technology and ideas, and startup experts providing insights to entrepreneurs.

This year, Mike-Cannon Brookes (co-founder and co-CEO, Atlassian), Dr Robert Playter (CEO, Boston Dynamics), Roelof Botha (partner, Sequoia Capital), Steven Yang (founder and CEO, Anker) and more key players of the tech industry are coming to Disrupt.

And from sessions with Grab’s group managing director Russell Cohen and Singapore-based Gillian Tee of Homage to Melisa Irene of East Ventures, there’s plenty on the Disrupt stage that’s relevant – and held at a great time during the work day – for the Southeast Asian audience.

Here are some picks:

Tuesday, 15 September

1pm SGT (Singapore time)
Looking Toward the Future of Tech in China and Silicon Valley
with Edith Yeung, general partner, Race Capital
Edith Yeung, general partner at Race Capital and the creator of the China Internet Report, has invested in over 50 startups including Lightyear/Stellar, Silk Labs, Chirp and Fleksy. Join us in a conversation about which emerging technology trends in China and the United States will leave an impact.

1.30pm SGT
Decoding Decacorn Byju’s Journey and Future Ambitions
with Byju Raveendran, founder and partner, Byju’s
At a time when startups are struggling to raise capital, the Indian edtech giant has not only raised hundreds of millions of dollars, it has also bought a startup for $300 million. How did Byju’s build this startup in a country where very few people are willing to pay? And what does India’s second most valued startup plan to do next?

Wednesday, 16 September

1pm SGT
How Tech Can Help Asia’s Aging Population
with Gillian Tee, co-founder and CEO, Homage

Caregiving, especially for elderly people, is one of Southeast Asia’s most pressing social issues. We talk to Gillian Tee, co-founder of Homage, about building a platform that pairs specific, qualified carers with clients, and how startups can do more to address the needs of families.

Thursday, 17 September

1pm SGT
Digitizing Indonesia
Melisa Irene, partner, East Ventures
As the largest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia has attracted both domestic and foreign investors to bet on its burgeoning tech sector. We talk to Melisa Irene, the first female partner at Indonesia-focused East Ventures, about the aspiring startups helping brick-and-mortar businesses to go digital as well as other internet trends in the region.

Friday, 18 September

1.30pm SGT
Grabbing The Market
with Russell Cohen, group managing director, Grab
Hear from Russell Cohen, group managing director of Grab (the region’s first decacorn startup) on how coronavirus has reshaped the ride-sharing industry and what’s next for the transportation giant.

While sessions on the Disrupt stage are live-streamed free – upon log-in – a variety of passes for a comprehensive Disrupt experience, including networking and training, are available for purchase.

Buy your ticket to TechCrunch Disrupt here

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