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[Tuning In] Winnie Khoo says new entrepreneurs need to unlearn most things, and prepare to leave everything at the door

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With 23 years of experience underneath her belt, Winnie shares how she uses her experience to coach new startups.

Winnie Khoo is a partner in the Antler Singapore office, where she shares the overall responsibility for Antler’s operations in Southeast Asia. She has more than 20 years of experience in managing tech and media startups across Asia. She has spent the last 15 years in leadership positions at tech giants like Alibaba, PropertyGuru, and Carousell, helping these companies grow from their early stages to market leadership positions.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

KrASIA (Kr): I heard you have a Ford Mustang! Is this representative of your personality?

Winnie Khoo (WK): Yes I do, I chanced upon the Mustang and I really liked it. First of all, it’s unique, right? You don’t see it on the road these days. And I like the rugged nature of it. It’s not like a pretty Mercedes, or a pretty feminine car. It has a character to it—rugged and fast. I can be very unconventional in the way I deal with things, deal with teams, the way I work. I’m usually very candid, I wear my heart on my sleeve. And I’m not afraid to say what I really think.

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