AGE OF DIS­RUP­TION

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How about this for a les­son in tenac­ity? Seventy-four nos.

Patrick Grove, the Co-Founder and CEO of Catcha Group, was hailed as a wun­derkind in his 20s, a tech en­tre­pre­neur­ial up­start when he and a group of friends de­cided to kick down the de­cid­edly aged doors of com­merce in South-East Asia. A dis­rup­tor be­fore the term was even coined.

Not every­one was in thrall with youth, how­ever, some­thing that Grove learnt very quickly. Then, the dot com bub­ble burst and ev­ery­thing went south. “It took eight years of stum­bles and piv­ots be­fore Catcha Group found some mea­sure of suc­cess,” he says, in­sist­ing that, “that’s key – learn­ing from your mis­takes and not let­ting it bring you down.” In fact, it took Grove his 75th try be­fore he fi­nally got a yes when iProp­erty.com was look­ing for in­vestors.

“Imag­ine if we had stopped after meet­ing 74?” he asks. “That 75th meet­ing was es­sen­tially worth MYR2.25 bil­lion.”

March also sees an in-depth in­ter­view with Daniel Ells­berg, the whistle­blower be­hind the Pen­tagon Pa­pers and one of the real life in­spi­ra­tions for The Post di­rected by Steven Spiel­berg. Not sur­pris­ingly, Ells­berg has been taken by and lent sup­port to younger whistle­blow­ers Ed­ward Snow­den and Chelsea Man­ning, see­ing not just him­self in their ac­tions but also recog­nis­ing the sac­ri­fices they’ve made in de­fence of their be­liefs.

The men­tors we’ve fea­tured in the sec­ond of a con­tin­u­ing an­nual se­ries no doubt feel a sim­i­lar kin­ship with their pro­tégés. They un­der­stand that the mantle must be passed on, and youth must be nur­tured if we are to see con­tin­u­ing progress not just in the var­i­ous in­dus­tries we work in but, at the risk of sound­ing ide­al­is­tic, also for a kind of greater good. As adults, we are just as re­spon­si­ble for the young man who opened fire at the re­cent shoot­ing at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Park­land, Florida, as we are for the heart­felt ral­ly­ing call for leg­isla­tive change in gun laws com­ing from the mouth of babes.

Gen­er­a­tion Next is here. Are we ready?

MINDY TEH, EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF

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