THE APP LIFE

In a time when e-mail and What­sapp have be­come pri­mary chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the busi­ness world, tech­nol­ogy is a dou­ble-edged sword that has ac­cel­er­ated the pace of in­ter­ac­tions while re­duc­ing time for per­sonal pur­suits. Be­yond in­stant mes­sag­ing se

The Peak (Singapore) - - Contents - TEXT AN­DRE FROIS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY VERON­ICA TAY & VER­NON WONG ART DI­REC­TION JEAN YAP

This year’s Ernst & Young En­tre­pre­neur of the Year award win­ners share their in­valu­able tech tips.

LINKEDIN

was the first app I down­loaded. I still use it to con­nect with peo­ple and pub­lish ar­ti­cles. I use so­cial me­dia to con­nect with my chil­dren and the next gen­er­a­tion of work­ers.

WHAT­SAPP

is an easy form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. My dad is over 70 years old but uses it to talk to me. Peo­ple are less re­cep­tive of Face­book Mes­sen­ger be­cause it seems to lack pri­vacy.

In­sta­gram.

I started us­ing it be­cause of my son. He takes nice pho­tos and has 17,800 fol­low­ers. I use it to bet­ter un­der­stand how the new gen­er­a­tion thinks. It’s in­ter­ac­tive and ad­dic­tive.

Uber.

I drive in Sin­ga­pore, but when I’m any­where else, this helps me get around.

Spo­tify.

be­cause I’m lis­ten­ing to mu­sic all the time. My mind is con­stantly think­ing about work. Mu­sic, movies and my kids are the only things that can drown that out.

Face­book.

More than just a so­cial me­dia plat­form, I get more news from here than any other source.

WHAT­SAPP

is some­thing I’ve come to re­alise that I al­most can­not live with­out. We have so many re­gional of­fices. What­sapp groups bring ev­ery­one to­gether, who can then throw ideas into the group.

OUT­LOOK EX­PRESS

is more than just an e-mail ser­vice. It’s where we plot our cal­en­dars so that ev­ery­one can see where ev­ery­body is.

OVER­DRIVE

leeches onto on­line li­braries in the world and lets me read their books.

CARDSCAN makes it easy for me to digi­tise and or­gan­ise busi­ness cards and doc­u­ments. WECHAT is more us­able than What­sapp. When I lived in Guangzhou, I was neigh­bours with one of the Wechat founders. I asked him why he wanted to go into pay­ments with Wechat, and he promised me that, soon, Wechat would be so much more than just a mes­sag­ing ser­vice. ONEDRIVE al­lows me to store and re­trieve doc­u­ments while I’m on the move.

Skype. It is an app I rely on for video calls out­side of China.

What­sapp. I use more when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Sin­ga­pore­ans.

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