On Wednesday earlier this week, I was invited to get into the hot seat for a fireside chat with Tim Sharp, APD’s Regional Head of Social Media at an Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) event to discuss Stamping Out Social Wildfires. The conversation was covered by IAB on their website here; and appended below.
Earlier this week, The Straits Times – Singapore’s most widely read newspaper – featured Mr. Kamas across print, digital and video.
In a very inspiring video (I really encourage you to watch it and add to the +52k views garnered since it was published 2 days ago!), Mr. Kamas shares his life story and how he delivers with UberEATS. He spoke about how grateful he felt being able to find a way earn his own income and care for his cancer-stricken elder sister through UberEATS, saying, (Translated) “They let me work, so I’m happy. I’m more encouraged to work. Since they let me work, I feel compelled to repay them by working hard. As long as I can work, I will work.”
Besides the video, The Straits Times also shared more in a written feature story. The story appeared online as well as in print – earning a front cover mention, as well as taking up 2/3 of a page in its “Top Of The News” section.
Once again, Mr. Kamas was effusive of his experience with UberEATS, saying, “I liked my previous job, but the salary was not enough to pay rental and buy food. Now, with this job, it is easier. I can follow my own time and target, and earn more.”
He also shared that seeing his photo being shared on Facebook made him happy: “Maybe then, more people like me will realise they can also do such jobs.”
Now, one year later, I begin the next leg of my trip with Uber!
Following a search that included internal and external candidates, I’m superpumped to begin my new role as Head of Communications for Southeast Asia. In this role, I will be responsible for the Communications teams based out of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
I am thrilled to grow my career in one of the most exciting companies on the planet! Even with everything that has recently happened – the truth is, we’ve only just begun. As a company, we are making definitive progress as we continue to focus on profitability. In Southeast Asia, there is so much more potential to realise even when you consider our transport and UberEATS businesses alone!
We will focus on growing Uber as a sustainable business in the region: serving riders and consumers; driver-, delivery-, and restaurant-partners; as well as other key stakeholders – by helping Southeast Asia’s cities unlock growth and mobility with Uber’s smart innovation.
Are we there yet? Do we have everything figured out?
Like I said, we’ve only just begun.
Some of the most enduring and respected companies of our time have gone through their own version of a ‘redemption journey’ – and it is a privilege to play a role in this chapter of Uber’s story.
Earlier in May this year, I had the pleasure of sharing the story of Mdm. Teo Yoke Lan, a chic senior citizen who is an UberEATS delivery-partner in Singapore, which even got a shoutout from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.
Mdm. Teo’s story was so inspiring, she recently inspired another shoutout – this time from Singapore Prime Lee Hsien Loong!
During his 2017 National Day Rally speech (an annual address on key national challenges and major policy changes, comparable to the State of the Union address delivered by the US President), PM Lee spoke about Singapore’s aspirations to become a Smart Nation and cited UberEATS Delivery-Partner Mdm Teo Yoke Lan as a great example of someone adapting to technology. Noting that she’s nicknamed “Wonder Woman”, PM Lee even showed several minutes of the media’s previous video features of Mdm Teo as an UberEATS delivery-partner.
PM Lee said, “We should learn from her optimism and enthusiasm, her ‘can do’ spirit of life-long learning. Mdm Teo seized the opportunities that IT presents, and is able to make a living and keep fit at the same time. IT can improve our lives in many other aspects. It is never too late to learn and use IT to make our lives more convenient, safer and richer.”
Key national media also picked up PM Lee’s comments as well as highlighting Mdm. Teo in their stories: