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Uber CTO to consult startups

Released at: 11:35, 19/07/2017

Uber CTO to consult startups

Mr. Thuan Pham. Source: Uber

Vietnamese American Mr. Thuan Pham to provide consultation within the UberExchange program.

by Minh Tuyet

The Chief Technology Officer at Uber, Mr. Thuan Pham, a Vietnamese American, will consult with Vietnam’s startup community in the UberExchange program in Hanoi on July 25 during a visit to the country.

He will share the secrets of success by using technology, with a focus on how to utilize infrastructure and human development, which are most relevant in the startup and student communities.

Mr. Thuan has experience with prestigious enterprises such as VMWare, Wesbridge and Doubleclick as he was involved in building software and services to improve quality of life. He joined Uber when it appeared in only 60 cities and had just 40 technicians. In four years, he helped it increase the number of technicians to 2,000 and resolved a wide range of challenges.

“When we decided to do something, each member of the company would focus their full energy to create miracles,” he said.

Startups often concentrate on technology without considering the role of human resources in developing the technology, he said, but the two must go hand-in-hand. They are two key points and are closely linked to each other. Technology builds applications and people create miracles from these applications.

During his visit, Mr. Thuan Pham will also take part in a discussion panel on July 24 about young people with technological innovations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City that support young Vietnamese in staying abreast of global technology trends. The panel will also have the participation of representatives from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Vietnam Youth Federation, the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs Association, and the US Embassy in Vietnam.

UberExchange kicked off on March 14 in a cooperative effort with the Vietnam Youth Federation to provide support to young Vietnamese startups. All startups nationwide are encouraged to apply for entry into the program through an online application process. Selected startups will be provided with mentoring sessions from global and regional leaders at Uber from April to August.

The mentoring sessions focus on sharing experiences on specific matters, such as how to build products, how to expand business scale in the most efficient manner, how to take advantage of technologies, and how to implement the most effective marketing programs, among others.

Vietnam is the second country and the first in Southeast Asia where Uber has launched the UberExchange program. The first was India. 

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