From Building the Red Rhino to Creating an Iron-Man, Peter Ho

Peter Ho is the CEO of HOPE Technik, an engineering company specializing in Unmanned systems, Defence, Bio-medical, Smart Logistics and Special Vehicles.

The company has delivered over 400 projects across 18 countries to date and projects included (but not limited to) the last 4 versions of Red Rhino for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

HOPE Technik was awarded the Most Technologically Disruptive Collaboration (Collaboration Towards Smart Factory Using Autonomous Guided Vehicles) from SICC in 2017.

Peter is an adjunct professor at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Peter is also a board member of Composite Cluster Singapore and Airgo Design.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • The story of how Peter brought the rarest vintage car in Singapore
  • How did Hope Technik clinch the Red Rhino project?
  • Why did Peter leave his job as a Chief Engineer at Petronas?

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (How Peter Ho lost a MILLION dollar on Skate Scooter?)



Click “continue reading” for the link and show notes…

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favourite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

Show Notes

Peter Ho shares his love of vintage cars [01:57]
Peter Ho on his ACJC days as a national debater [06:55]
How did Peter get promoted to Chief Engineer at Petronas [10:37]
Why did Peter leave his job as a Chief Engineer at Petronas [15:26]
Peter shares story on how Hope Technik was when it first got started [23:16
The first product that Hope Technik designed [26:35]
Peter Ho shares his struggles during the start of Hope Technik [33:09]
How did Hope Technik get into a $40,000 debt? [37:14]
How did Hope Technik clinch the Red Rhino project? [40:44]
Peter Ho shares the inner workings of an engineering company [49:26]
How does Peter Ho define an engineering company [01:04:09]
What did Peter learn from the failures of the “Skate Scooter” and “Bed Mover” projects? [01:05:18]
Peter’s decision-making process on deciding which project to take up [04:14:07]
How did Hope Technik clinch the deal with AirBus [01:19:07]
Peter Ho shares the inspiration for the 10 company commandments [01:22:55]
How does Hope Technik uphold its company culture of “No finger pointing” [01:30:16]
What is the ONE lecture Peter would give to Year 3 engineering student? [01:32:25]
Peter Ho on innovation and disruptive technology [01:35:10]
What does Hope Technik mean to Peter in the current season of life? [01:40:07]

Links Mentioned

Connect with Peter Ho:
Website | Facebook
Skunk work by Ben R. Rich
IBM Watson
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
The Dark Knight (2008)
Torx keys

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Special thanks to Peter Ho. Until next time!


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