Travel startup, TourKrub, talks Digital Winners and Slush Singapore

From TourKrub’s special column, published earlier this month in The Nation: Dtac’s start-up incubator, dtac accelerate, held its fifth demo day last August, an event where 12 start-ups competed for three top prizes. Our start-up TourKrub won the trip to Digital Winners Asia, a pitch competition organised by Telenor in Singapore for Sep 19-21. We just got back and, despite the pressure, competing against seven start-ups from across the region taught us a lot.

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Why tech needs the Humanities

“I want to study Social Anthropology” can be a worrying statement for any caring parent who wants their child to have a long and prosperous career. Recently, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) backed up this fear with hard numbers; their annual “competency barometer” shows that only four percent of employers want to hire graduates in the humanities. As the Head of User Research at Telenor I find it disheartening that expertise within areas such as languages, literature, philosophy, history and anthropology are not sought after in a variety of industries. In my opinion, any company that wants to thrive in an increasingly globalised world needs the humanities to survive!

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Meet Telenor’s new innovation scouts

As the debate over the viability of corporate innovation rages on, Telenor has grabbed the bull by its horns and established a global innovation team. Three innovation and startup investment scouts are tasked with identifying exciting new digital services or startups to partner with to get new products in the market and contribute to the innovation ecosystem.

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Let’s be nice when playing with the new kids – launching #4weekstartupchallenge

Startups often struggle, and are sometimes dragged along to death, when working with corporates. Big bureaucracies, lengthy processes and different expectations unfortunately lead to difficulties in finding a way to work together. We as corporates thus need to step up to the challenge – make our expectations and processes clearer, and timelines shorter, if possible. Can we promise giving an initial answer within 4 weeks?

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