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. So I wanted to start Season 2 by talking to key employees at fast growing startups and understanding what building a startup is like from their perspective and how it differs from a founder and how it’s similar.
Ruangguru is a fast growing startup in Indonesia. While Go-Jek gets a lot of the attention, Ruangguru raised $150 million over a year ago and has more than 4,000 employees. Today’s guest is Ritchie Goenawan, VP of Business Ops, Product, and Content at Ruangguru, an education tech startup in Indonesia. While he didn’t join the company in the early stages, he joined at a really critical time for many startups…the scaling stage.
In my discussion with Ritchie, we cover what his role of "scaler" entails, how people should assess startup opportunities as an employee, and how a company can stay true to their "Day 1" mentality as they grow quickly.
Thanks for listening. Feel free to drop me feedback or intervew suggestions on Twitter, @jessebouman.