While less public facing than her cofounder, Tan Hooi Ling's contributions as a codriver of Asia Pacific’s first decacorn Grab are no less impressive.
Tan started the company in her native Malaysia in 2012 alongside former Harvard classmate Anthony Tan. At the time she was working full time with Salesforce in the US while helping build Grab during her vacations. She returned home in 2015.
Although Grab began life as a ride-hailing service, it has since expanded into food, package, and grocery deliveries. The company recently announced it would expand its financial services offering through a number of new consumer products, including loans, micro investments, and health insurance.
Grab is now considered the region's most valuable startup, with a 2019 valuation of $14 billion.
"It has been humbling to witness Grab's journey from a ride-hailing service to an everyday app," Tan tells Business Insider. "We now offer the widest range of on-demand transport, food and package delivery, and financial services in Southeast Asia, all in one app. We will continue to help create safer, smarter, and financially inclusive cities and economies that improve the lives of all Southeast Asians."