234: David Henderson – Building a Multicultural Team Across Asian Time Zones

234: David Henderson – Building a Multicultural Team Across Asian Time Zones

 

Podcast highlights:

  • [09:15] What's it like trying to build a business across multiple Southeast Asian markets? What are the most important markets for an IoT business like Drvr?
  • [28:30] Building up a culture of trust and rewarding people for pointing out issues is important. How does David make it happen?
  • [42:00] Diversity isn't just a warm fuzzy CSR thing. It has real business benefit. Studies show that multicultural and diverse teams perform better, which is one of the reasons why David Henderson wants his team to be as diverse as possible.

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome David Henderson to Asia Tech Podcast Stories. Today Graham's talking with David Henderson, CEO and Co-Founder at DRVR.
  • [02:00] We take a look at Myanmar - its people are moving fast and open to new technology
  • [05:45] Myanmar is a very safe country with an interesting culture and warm people, says David Henderson.
  • [09:15] What's it like trying to build a business across multiple Southeast Asian markets? What are the most important markets for an IoT business like Drvr?
  • [13:45] Partnerships as a strategy - according to David Henderson, building up partnerships is crucial for expanding in Southeast Asia.
  • [18:00] Asi is the place to be in the 21st century
  • [21:30] David Henderson discusses building company culture over three different time zones – from sales department meetings to kickboxing.
  • [25:00] What are some of the tangible benefits that come out of building partnerships in business?
  • [28:30] Building up a culture of trust and rewarding people for pointing out issues is important. How does David make it happen?
  • [33:15] David Henderson and Graham D Brown discuss recruiting. David's preferred method is giving potential interns and candidates a task of their own.
  • [38:00] You will be more successful in communicating with potential clients if you have staff from different cultural backgrounds.
  • [42:00] Diversity isn't just a warm fuzzy CSR thing. It has real business benefit. Studies show that multicultural and diverse teams perform better, which is one of the reasons why David Henderson wants his team to be as diverse as possible.
  • [47:00] So how does David support diversity and include women in a technical environment where women are traditionally more disadvantaged?
  • [51:45] Thank you for tuning in! Congratulations to David Henderson for the Telematics Update Award. To find out more about DRVR, visit www.drvr.co.