Get to know Toh Ting Feng, CEO and co-founder of GetGo, and member of the Robb Report Singapore Thought Leaders community
Toh Ting Feng’s journey to being an entrepreneur may have been long, but he believes each step had been crucial in shaping his worldview and skillsets; tools that enabled him to grow his company to grow from a humble start-up to become Singapore’s largest car-sharing service in Singapore in a little under three years.
GetGo counts almost two million bookings across its fleet of vehicles since its inception. To think that the company started during the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic—when resources were scarce, mobility was severely restricted, and the future uncertain—made its current success even more impressive.
Toh, who started his career in the military before moving to the private corporate sector with stints at CaptiaLand and Grab, sees it as a structured, step-by-step approach to his career.
“I am fortunate to have had a diverse journey across different sectors, from the military and public service, through real estate, technology, mobility, and investments. When my co-founder and I started GetGo in 2020 to bring shared and sustainable mobility to our community, (we were able to build) on our existing experiences and networks,” he says.
How is the car-sharing industry shaping up?
We see that mobility will become increasingly shared and sustainable across the full spectrum of mobility options. The misconception we are working on changing is that car-sharing can never be as good as owning your car. At GetGo, we aim to make sharing simpler, more accessible, and more sustainable than owning a car for most people.
What are you most proud of about your company thus far?
I am most proud of the impact that we’ve delivered for our users in less than three years. Since launch, we’ve enabled over two million car-sharing journeys on our platform.
How does your work align with your personal values?
When the founding team started GetGo, we went through an exercise where we shared our personal values as well as the values we thought would serve us well as a company. Hence, I am glad to say that there is a strong alignment of our values at GetGo with my personal values. I believe that a bias for action is important to make an impact. At GetGo, our motto ‘Get It Going’ encapsulates that. Having empathy for others is another, which is represented in one of our company’s core values to ‘Empathise Deeply’.
What is your idea of success?
I believe that one important measure of success is that of positive service to others. We can do so with our families, our friends, our communities, or as a company, the users we serve.
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