Google’s Andrew Toy: ‘It’s Ok To Be Afraid’ But ‘We All Have To Get Comfortable With The Cloud’

 17:35, 27 September, 2016

Technology transformation is happening and all must be included, helped and guided on their digital journey, tech giant says.

Cloud will be everywhere and humans will depend on it to survive digitally, Google has warned.

Speaking at Soti Sync 2016 in London, UK, Andrew Toy, product management director, Android for Work, at Google said that “we all have to get comfortable with the idea of the cloud” because as tech moves forward, “cloud will be everywhere”.

Toy said: “The cloud is what glues all devices and services together, it glues the data. Learning will be built in the cloud. This is because there is benefit to business and humankind even, if we move this data to the cloud.

“The more data we have, the better services we can build. This is what we believe at Google. We should not use the cloud as a dirty word.”

Toy continued to say that the possibilities with cloud-first devices are limitless and the constraints users and enterprises used to experience due to devices and physical location are no longer a barrier because of the cloud.

He said that it is important to build solutions in a cloud eccentric way highlighting that “that is where we believe everyone should be, that is where we [Google] are”.

On the security camp, Toy said security is critically important, but as an enabler. He said: “If we have security we can do more, control more. Security is not a goal in itself though. By developing new security solutions we will be able to react more quickly, find the hackers, track the problems down and solve them.

“We have to live in this world where we have to secure by default. You have to be secure all the time if you are going to be transformative. No one builds the perfect platform, the perfect system.”

Toy said that “it is ok to be afraid” and the way companies can get people comfortable with these new technologies is through a collaborative ecosystem.

“We need to get our customers comfortable with the idea of transformation. Tell them you can do these things in a secure and controlled way, and that everything will be ok.

“However, people are still going extremely slowly because they are unsure, we need to get them moving faster.

“Transformation is a theme for everything we do at Google. We are close to a world where we will be sharing mobility data. We are not there yet but are getting close. We see a world where the whole workplace is connected. Technology really is an equaliser.”


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There are More Than 70,000 Social Entreprises Dedicated to Reinvesting in the Community

Ideas Worth Spreading

HARRY SPECTERS (UK) – the Chocolate Company founded by Mona Shah in 2011.

She founded to create jobs for young people with autisim. She and her husband launched Harry Specters from their kitchen in Cambridge, offering jobs as well as work experience to young people with autism.


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From Waterloo to Hong Kong & the APR: Dr. Cedric Jeannot, APrivacy in Today’s News

Inside today’s news in SCMP, we read about our very own Dr. Cedric Jeannot:

APrivacy: A Hong Kong-based security firm providing secure means for banks to send private data to clients is seeing growing interest from the insurance industry as it claims its systems allow customers to create new revenue streams.

APrivacy moved its top staff to Hong Kong last year from Waterloo, Canada, after joining the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific where it realised the potential for growth in the region.

Dr. Cedric Jeannot (our fellow CanCham member), chief executive of financial technology (fintech) start-up APrivacy, said the company’s security features provide an invisible layer to allow banks to send financial information securely to clients through email, document sharing websites and other means.

Privacy is among a growing number of fintech start-ups that collaborate with banks, rather than the original fintech goal of disrupting traditional banking models.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as:

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Group Photo and Arrangement for September 20: Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee


The Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee Meeting on August 23:

Jessica Kwok, Eclispe Management

Polly Tang, Manager of the Forensic Accounting / Litigation Support, EY

Madeleine Behan, Co-Chair, the Entrepreneur and Small Business Committe

Tracy Wong, Chilli Fagara

Anna Leonardo, AD MediLink Ltd.

Carol Chan, Barbara Mok (CanCham Secretariat)

Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary

Brian Brown, Managing Director, British Columbia‘s Trade and Investment Representative Office;

Christopher Dillon, Award Winning Writer, Entrepreneur, Principal, Dillon Communications

Brendan Warren, Asia Business Development Group

Gilles-Alexandre Salansy, Senior Manager, Mazars International Desk

John Leighton, Consultant – Senior Finance and Accounting, Focus Core Group

Parker Robinson, Founder, The Word Factory;

Michael Wong, University of Waterloo Hong Kong Foundation

Nick Waters, Corporate Communications, HKTDC

Philip Ma, Perfect Specialty Coffee & Beverages

Jin Sun, Director, Business Development, iSGO HK Ltd;

Colin A. Pritchard, Interactive Studios Inc.

Issac Vigil, Near, CEO & Co-founder, Professional Networking

Arrangement for the September 20 meeting: We are visiting Blueprint at 9am.

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G20 Nations Must Do More to Help Young Entrepreneurs’ Firms

September 2nd SCMP

“Young people are more susceptible to unemployment, and experience more poverty than their elders. So we must treat young people as a priority”.

“In a context in which digital developments are omnipresent and innovation is essential, the work of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance focuses on the necessary approach to enable people to create their own jobs and ensure the growth of their businesses.” – G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (Winston Chan, Leader)

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CanCham Food Entrepreneurs and Small Business Made A Very Canadian Dinner 2016 Possible

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June 21st, 2016 has become an important day in the CanCham Event Calendar:

It has long been difficult for the small Canadian food retailers and distributors to break into the local market where competitors such as the American and Australian food suppliers are generally better known to Hong Kong’s F & B outlets.

In order to engage and showcase the Canadian fresh food and produce sponsored by our food entrepreneurs, the Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee hosted a Canadian Dinner prepared by a Canadian Chef (Angie Ford of the Porter House by Larus in LKF).

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It was a memorable experience with Canadian wines, dishes and dessert on the evening of June 21st! Specifically, the dinner was dedicated as a farewell to the Consule-General, Ian Burchett. It was attended by ExCo members and the Governors among several other members.


Followed by the Canadian Dinner, the Committee partnered with the Lan Kwai Fong Group for a Canadian Food Promotion Campaign for the whole month of July. Air Canada offered a couple of tickets for a lucky draw to mark the end of the festivities. (- by Madeleine Behan, June 21st, 2016)   

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Focus in June – Polly Tang as Presenter: CanCham Entrepreneur and Small Business Meeting

Presenter of the Meeting, June – Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee Meeting

Polly Tang,  EY

Polly is specialized in Financial fraud and misconduct investigation, FCPA compliance, litigation support & family law.

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  • Highlight of the presentation
  • What is forensic investigation:

Polly mentioned that one of the most common frauds is occupational fraud, which includes asset misappropriation, corruption and financial statements fraud. She shared how forensic investigation works and some special incidents in her career.

A very inspiring presentation. The meeting were all interested in the topic. We hope to see Polly again in our next meeting. (by Madeleine Behan June, 16th 2016)

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