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Indonesia Founder Stories

Ronald Ishak - Developing Indonesia’s Technical Talent

April 20, 2021

Indonesia is in the midst of a technical renaissance. Within the past ten years, Indonesia has gone from a country confused by tech startups, to a booming industry with multiple billion dollar companies. But as the excitement around tech startups has grown, the strain on the country's technical tal…

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Samira Shihab - Bootstrapping an Fashion Marketplace

April 13, 2021

Samira Shihab is the co-founder and CEO of Tinkerlust, a secondhand fashion marketplace in Indonesia. Shihab spent much of her youth in Pennsylvania and then moved to Silicon Valley to get her MBA. After moving back to Indonesia, she started her first company and learned that taking a western conce…

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Cleo Randing: Making Insurance Simple

April 5, 2021

Roughly 2% of all Indonesians have insurance. While fintech gets a lot of the headlines, insurance has an equally large opportunity in Indonesia. Cleo Randing is the founder and CEO of PasarPolis, an insurance startup using tech to simplify the process of buying insurance in Indonesia. In this epis…

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Pamitra Wineka - The Accidental Entrepreneur

March 22, 2021

Today's guest is TaniHub Group co-founder and president, Pamitra Wineka, otherwise known as Eka. TaniHub is on a mission to help Indonesian farmers get more reliable and higher income from each of their harvests. They do this through three core business units: TaniHub marketplace, TaniFund P2P lend…

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Nipun Mehra - Powering Indonesian Retail

March 16, 2021

Today’s guest is Nipun Mehra, co-founder and CEO of Ula. Ula is on a mission to help offline retail shops with their wholesale purchasing. It’s hard getting reliable products at wholesale prices and there are many different people and companies to buy products from, making operations fragmented for…

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Hiro Kiga - From VC to Founder

Feb. 23, 2021

Hiro Kiga is the co-founder and COO of Wallex, a B2B fintech company. His career started as a developer at a bank and moved into venture capital before getting the itch to build something. We’ve heard entrepreneur stories here and last week we got a glimpse of VC life last week. But Hiro is the fir…

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Shiyan Koh - Backing Hilariously Early Founders

Feb. 16, 2021

Venture capital is both over glorified and misunderstood. VCs are an important part of the tech ecosystem. You need capital to build a business and venture capitalists will invest in highly risky, early stage startups when traditional banks will not. Companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twit…

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Felicia Kawilarang - Traits of Early Employees

Feb. 9, 2021

Many times, early employees don’t get the same name recognition as the founders. But their contributions are no less significant. Today I’m talking to Felicia Kawilarang, VP of Marketing and Communications for Halodoc. Felicia was the telemedicine app’s first senior marketing hire and has seen the …

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Ritchie Goenawan - Scaling a Rocketship

Feb. 2, 2021

In Season 1 of Sidedoor, I interviewed all founders. I love founder stories because they’re just different. But founders are not alone in this journey. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Founders need a strong team. What that team looks like will change over time.…

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Gita Sjahrir - Improving Health and Equality

Dec. 29, 2020

The final guest of Season 1 is Gita Sjahrir. She’s the co-founder and CEO of R Fitness, a growing health and wellness startup, focused on helping improve the lives of all Indonesians. Our conversation transcends the R Fitness story. Gita is a polymath. You can tell that Gita is a deep thinker and c…

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Pangeran Siahaan - Quality Media, Beyond Clicks

Dec. 21, 2020

Today’s guest is Pangeran Siahaan, co-founder and CEO of Asumsi.co. Asumsi is a leading millennial media publication. Founded in 2017, the site has been bootstrapped until recently, when they raised a seed round from East Ventures. Bootstrapping a media company is a battle, getting any kind of trac…

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Ilya Kravtsov - Reinvention Amidst a Pandemic

Nov. 27, 2020

Covid-19 has crushed businesses around the world. Especially those in the food, travel, and live events space. Today my guest is Ilya Kravtsov, co-founder and CEO of PouchNATION. PouchNATION is an event-based, crowd management, wearables company. They offer event-goers bands that track admission, f…

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Melia Winata - Growing a Social Enterprise

Nov. 9, 2020

Today's guest is Melia Winata, co-founder and CMO of Du Anyam. Du Anyam is a social enterprise that works with female communities to create wicker products. They were the official merchandise of the 2018 Asian Games and their products have won awards like the Inacraft Awards in 2018. Du Anyam is a …

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Nicole Yap - Building a Tech Ecosystem

Oct. 19, 2020

Today’s guest is Nicole Yap, the Managing Director of Digitaraya, a startup accelerator in Jakarta. Nicole has seen Indonesia’s entrepreneurial landscape change dramatically since she first visited Indonesia in 2013. Now, she’s part of the dedicated core that’s helping build out Indonesia’s tech ec…

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Tiger Fang - Lessons From High Growth Startups

Oct. 11, 2020

From the outside, being a tech founder seems like a sexy job. But the reality is far different. It’s lonely and a constant struggle. Today my guest is Tiger Fang, co-founder and CEO of Kargo, a digital logistics company in Indonesia. Prior to Kargo, Tiger worked at e-commerce giant Lazada and then …

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Irma Surya - Simplifying Legal Advice

Sept. 8, 2020

TV has romanticized lawyers with shows like Suits, The Practice, and the Good Wife. But the reality is, legal advice is expensive and overwhelming, especially for small to medium sized businesses. In the US, companies like LegalZoom have made getting access to legal documents easier. In Indonesia, …

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Reducing Plastic Waste in Indonesia

Aug. 24, 2020

Plastic waste is a huge problem in Indonesia. It’s the second largest polluter globally at 3.22 metric tons a year. Today on the podcast we have two very ambitious women, both looking to make a dent in Indonesia’s plastic waste. Lyonda Huwaidi is the co-founder and CEO of Water Hub, a startup focus…

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Indra Wiralaksmana - Building a Muslim Social Network

Aug. 11, 2020

Across the globe, there are 1.7 billion Muslims, second only to Christianity at 2.3 billion. This represents a huge opportunity. Today's guest is Indra Wiralaksmana, co-founder and CEO of Umma . Umma is a Muslim community based platform. It's part social network, part content aggregator, but design…