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Singapore startup to boost local headcount and open Hong Kong office

Singapore fintech startup Dedoco is hiring at least 10 more people in the Republic in 2021 and opening a new office in Hong Kong, says CEO and former Mizuho and HSBC banker Daphne Ng.

“Our hires for this year will be focused on sales, marketing and business development roles as we embark on an aggressive channel and partner strategy, globally. On the tech side, we’ll continue to hire for various R&D, systems, and support positions as we continue to scale and grow our tech operations,” says Ng, who launched Dedoco in Singapore in March last year. The company also has an UX/UI team based in Jakarta.

Dedoco, which has clients in the finance sector, uses technologies including distributed ledger to provide document management and digital signing solutions, with a focus on data privacy. If you want to join Dedoco as a technologist, the main programming languages are Java and Javascript. Experience in cloud engineering, IT security, DevOps, and blockchain is also important, says Ng. “We source tech talent from other fintech firms and the big tech companies. We’ll also consider technologists from banks as long as they meet our requirements,” she adds.

A banker by training, Ng spent nine years at DBS, HSBC, and then Mizuho, latterly specialising in structured commodities and trade finance. In 2016, she founded blockchain company JEDTrade. “When I left corporate banking, I had a single concerted motivation to immerse myself in the technology space as that’s where I see the future of work,” she says.

Ng, who exited JEDTrade in 2019 to focus on setting up Dedoco, has immersed herself in Singapore’s tech scene. She is an independent director of transaction banking fintech RootAnt, acts as a mentor to blockchain game company Hellodime, and sits on the boards of the Singapore Fintech Association, SGTech, and the Singapore Computer Society. She’s also a member of the NTUC Women’s Committee, supporting initiatives to help women focus on professional development.

Singapore needs women to be more prominent in the fintech industry, says Ng. “There are many exceptional women leaders in fintech startups right now, but we need to see and hear more of them to inspire more women to join the sector. The demand for fintech talent is growing faster than the supply, so there are many opportunities for women to join fintech startups,” she says, adding that Dedoco will take on more women this year as part of its hiring drive.

However, young women shouldn’t rush to leave banking and join startups just because the sector is expanding in Singapore, says Ng. “Be sure that your underlying motivation when joining the tech sector is aligned with your career aspirations, and also keep an open mind to picking up new skills and perspectives as this is a fast-moving industry,” she adds.

Female tech professionals can chat with recruitment representatives from leading employers by signing up for the eFinancialCareers HK and SG Women in Technology virtual careers event on March 1.

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