Temasek eyes digital world's new opportunities

 
Temasek Holdings chairman Lim Boon Heng speaking at the opening of the company's office in New York on Thursday. He said the company is mindful of the "promise and opportunities of the digital world of tomorrow". Some 400 staff learnt how to use bitcoin wallets to make donations last month. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

TEMASEK Holdings is expanding its horizons digitally, mindful of the "promise and opportunities of the digital world of tomorrow", chairman Lim Boon Heng said on Thursday at the opening of the company's office in New York.

The investment company held a "bitcoin experiment" last month in which about 400 staff - ranging from drivers to board members - learnt how to use bitcoin wallets to donate to charity.

"It was a fun exercise to open our minds; a small step in engaging the emerging digital future," Mr Lim said. "We are not bound by notions of geographic limits, and try not to be trapped in our comfort zones," he added.

Under the guidance of its IT and finance teams, Temasek staff learnt how to create personal e-wallets for bitcoins and use them to donate to charities in Singapore and South Korea, Temasek spokesman Jeffrey Fang told The Straits Times.

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