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Episode 63

The Future of Software Engineering in the Age of ChatGPT - Kai Yuan Neo from Rocket Academy

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Kai Yuan Neo
Founder & CEO, Rocket Academy

Kai is an engineer by trade and the Founder & CEO, Rocket Academy

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WE SPEAK TO: Kai Yuan Neo

Meet Kai, a software engineer, Stanford graduate, and founder and CEO of Rocket Academy, an online coding boot camp started and based in Singapore. With his impressive background in software engineering, from an internship at Facebook and Alibaba Cloud, to working with startups in America and Southeast Asia, Kai started Rocket Academy after witnessing a gap in the software engineering talent market. 

Other than his goal to equip talents with relevant tools that are in demand in the industry and job market, Rocket Academy also strives to provide an avenue for those without a tertiary education in Computer Science to switch careers and kickstart their journey into software engineering. 

With a splendid record of 100% success rate in getting employment offers for their graduates, Kai believes in giving back to his community by drawing on his experience to provide not only academic support but also moral support and employability skills to Rocket Academy’s graduates to ensure their success.

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  • David – Prosecco
  • Terng – Whiskey
  • Kai – herbal drink for his cough 


  • Why Kai chose to start an EdTech company
  • The increasing demand for software engineers vs the gap in skills in talents
  • The future of software technology hiring trend
  • Why Kai is optimistic about the future of hiring in the computer science industry in the age of AI like ChatGPT
  • How does Rocket Academy achieve the 100% employability rate
  • Rocket Academy’s approach on their education model and their priorities
  • Theory-centric courses vs Project-centric courses in tertiary education
  • Lessons in the Space Jam movie
  • Kai’s experience interning at Meta and Alibaba Cloud and how that influenced the courses in Rocket Academy
  • Kai’s input on Elon Musk’s doomsday outlook on the future of AI
  • What kind of resources and what kind of talent is needed to create AI products
  • Kai’s life advice for budding entrepreneurs 


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Terng’s Drink

Kai Yuan ‘s Drink

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