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Tech firms offer sneak peek into how they operate

More than 90 start-ups and tech firms opened their doors on Friday to budding entrepreneurs and other individuals, giving them an inside look into how they operate.

SINGAPORE: More than 90 start-ups and tech firms opened their doors on Friday to budding entrepreneurs and other individuals, giving them an inside look into how they operate.

Key tech players including Facebook and Microsoft were among those which drew great interest in the third annual, island-wide Walkabout event.

More than 90 companies and 2,500 individuals registered for the event.

The crowd was young and diverse -- from high school students to professionals.

Tech firms said they are always looking for aspiring candidates or people who can be part of the change.

Jia En Teo, co-founder of Roomorama, said: "We are looking for people who have an entrepreneurial spirit -- you know, working in a start-up is not always glamorous, and there are a lot of long hours, and sometimes a lot of things that need to be done, (so we need) people who can wear many hats."

Sarita Peng, Facebook’s Asia Pacific recruitment head, said: "Singapore has a really thriving community, and we think that we'll be able to identify super passionate, innovative, driven candidates to come and work for the Facebook office."

According to the organiser of the event, the tech ecosystem in Singapore is uniquely vibrant and open, with start-ups and entrepreneurs always willing to share concepts and ideas with one another.

Walkabout organiser Kristine Lauria said: "Singapore has an amazing advantage in Southeast Asia -- a lot of government funding, a lot of government support, and there are some really great venture capital firms here that are really diving into the ecosystem."

The event originated with Walkabout New York City and attempts to replicate the open-door, collaborative nature of Silicon Valley. 

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