Patai Padungtin

Meet Thailand’s ultimate tech guru. Patai is the genius behind Builk Asia—winner of the 2012 Echelon Startup Launchpad event— a company that provides digital services and tools such as the SiteWalk app for the construction industry. He founded and served as president of the Thailand Tech Startup Association and continues to help the government spread awareness about new tech businesses and Thailand 4.0 initiatives. Apart from being named Startup Leader of the Year 2016 by the National Innovation Agency, he is putting his experience and know-how to work by mentoring young tech entrepreneurs. His philosophy is to encourage others to explore creative solutions, to “make it happen, make it better, then make it cheaper for everyone.” With this belief in mind, he hopes to expand Builk regionally in order to unite all Southeast Asian construction industries.

Definition of success: Success is like the North Star: I look to it to guide me when I'm lost, but I don't believe there's a limit to reaching it.