The Art of Being an Idiot

‘Be an idiot and admit you don’t have knowledge’, asserts Gary Mao. Tune into this young entrepreneur’s spirited talk on how just by listening and observing he entered a sector he had no clue about, turned problems into opportunity and sought the impact he could make on the world

Recorded at Road to GES 2017, Hitex Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad


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About the Speaker


Gary Mao

CEO, Toto Express

Gary is the co-founder of TOTO Express, an organization that seeks to redefine the way artisans monetize their work by digitizing the entire value chain. TOTO Express builds tools to allow artisans to take full control of how their art gets used, determine how they get paid, and simplify the movement of goods. But prior to TOTO Express, Gary has built a variety of ventures from food businesses in the US and China, to tearing apart old buses in India to create mobile classrooms. There were many failures along the way, but Gary has lived to tell the tale. 

Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Gary is a recent MBA graduate from Stanford University where he was awarded their Social Innovation Fellowship. His current orgranization has also been honored by various organizations such as Echoing Green and Halcyon Fellowship. 


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