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Joined by Indonesian startup founders and VCs. We explore the story and journey behind startups and what we can learn from it. Hosted by Satya Kalama. Get in touch! @acekalama @longspeech
Sep 12, 2021
Niki Tsuraya -- Co-founder and COO of Goers
with Niki (@nikitsuraya), Co-founder and COO of Goers, an app where people can book events and activities around Jakarta. She shared why she was into science and wanted to be a doctor back then. Then she also shared how her dream shifted to tech consultant and her experience working abroad. Later on NIki got into her first tech experience by working in a venture builder. She shared what he learned by building multiple businesses. After that finally she was convinced by her brother to start a company of their own, which was Goers. She shared how they got started, joined an incubator, got funded, the up and downs, and relationship running a startup with a sibling. You can find out more about goers at web: goersapp.com
1 hr 13 min
Jul 28, 2021
Rajiv Lamba -- CEO and Founder of Neurosensum and SurveySensum
with Rajiv, CEO and Founder of Neurosensum and SurveySensum. He shared how and why he first moved into Indonesia. He then shared his career journey from Assistant Engineer until Director of Nielsen Indonesia and Kadence before finally building his own company, Neurosensum. Rajiv talked about why he built Neurosensum and how can the company helped other businesses to do better market research. From Neurosensum, he also built SurveySensum, an AI-Enabled Experience Management Platform. Find out more info about Neurosenum and SurveySensum at web: neurosensum, surveysensum.
Jun 7, 2021
Joshua Agusta -- Director of Mandiri Capital
with Joshua (@joshuaagusta), Director of Mandiri Capital. He shared how his childhood was about music and why he didn't ended up being a musician. Then he shared how he first came to learn about tech and startups, joining Systec, one of the first VC in SEA. Later on Systec went bankrupt and Joshua talked about how did it happen and how did he feel about that. Joshua then shared how he got a second chance in VC-world, this time joining MDI, again with Nicko Widjaja. He shared why he joined and what is the difference between MDI and Systec. MDI racked up 7 exits and Joshua shared how he felt about that moment. After five years in MDI he moved to Mandiri Capital, another state owned company, becoming a Director of Venture Fund. He shared why he moved and what he would like to achieve in Mandiri Capital. Find out more about Mandiri Capital at web: mandiri-capital.com
1 hr 19 min
Apr 25, 2021
Arya Setiadharma - CEO of Prasetia Dwidharma
with Arya (@arya.setiadharma), CEO of Prasetia Dwidharma, a telco infrastructure company who is also doing startup investments. Arya shared his teenage years studying in US, where he got exposed to technology by being one of the early user of Facebook. Then he came back to Indonesia in 2008 building Prasetia Dwidharma with his twin brother. He then shared how a telco infrastructure company started to invest in startups. He shared why his main vertical for investment is in B2B and why is Prasetia different from other VC. Arya also talked about why Prasetia got invited to Y Combinator demo day, why overseas startups want to be funded by Prasetia, and how is his relationship with other VC. Find out more info about Prasetia Dwidharma at: prasetia.co.id
1 hr 14 min
Mar 14, 2021
Peter Shearer -- Founder & CEO of Wahyoo
with Peter (@petershearer), CEO and Founder of Wahyoo, a startup that provides solution for digitalization of warung. He shared how his childhood struggles shape his mindset and never give up attitude. Peter didn't attend university, he instead went to Australia to do blue-collar work for a year and a half before returning and starting various things from catering, embroidery, magic, before stumbled upon Augmented Reality (AR). His life turned around when he ran the company with his friends, and he got recognized as Fortunes 40 under 40. He then shared what the achievement meant to him, since it has been his dream to be on the magazine. Then Peter shared how he founded Wahyoo, how he run the company, building the culture, and the thing he still struggles with. You can find more about Wahyoo at web: wahyoo.com.
1 hr 16 min
Feb 9, 2021
Chong Siong -- GM of New Markets at Tenderd
with Chong Siong, GM of New Markets at Tenderd (YC S18), a heavy equipment rental marketplace. He shared how he got into Lazada and then Rocket Internet. Rocket Internet is famous for being a copycat and Chong gave his thought about that notion. He also shared how is the culture of Rocket and what he learned before joining Ezbuy as the Country Manager. As the Country Manager, Chong shared how the transitioned from his previous role which focused on marketing only to managing the whole operation. Then Chong founded a crypto news startup called Coinsauce. He also shared his opinion of the whole crypto industry. Then finally he shared how he joined Tenderd and his thought about the construction industry and why the industry is moving slow in digitalization. He also shared about Rentbook, a rental marketplace product from Tenderd. You can find more about Tenderd at : tenderd.com, and Rentbook at: rentbook.com
1 hr 2 min
Jan 17, 2021
Natali Ardianto — Co-founder & CEO Jovee.id & Lifepack.id, former CTO Tiket.com
with Natali Ardianto (@nataliardianto), Co-founder & CEO of Jovee.id & Lifepack.id, former CTO of Tiket.com. Natali shared how he got interested into technology and programming, receiving projects when in college, and almost dropped out of college. He then share how Tiket.com was born and how he was not afraid to try again after starting two previous companies before. He shared how Tiket was benefitted by an experienced leader who joined as the CEO to lead the young founders and the company. Natali also shared about his management style, his work ethic, and how Tiket got the acquired. His then share why he started Jovee.id and Lifepack.id, both are health-tech startups. Natali talked why he likes to share his insights and thoughts in his Instagram page, podcast, book, and even offered a mentorship to anyone through his website. Find out more about Lifepack and Jovee at: lifepack.id, jovee.id; his personal website at: natali.id
1 hr 9 min
Jan 3, 2021
Piotr Jakubowski -- Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer at Nafas
with Piotr (@piotrj), Chief Growth Officer and Co-founder of Nafas, a startup to monitor the air quality in Jakarta. He will share about his childhood and how he got interested in tech and marketing. Then he shared his marketing experience in agencies such as VML Indonesia and Leo Burnett before joining Go-jek as the CMO. He shared his memorable marketing campaign experiences in #AdaAqua and what he did in Gojek. Piotr also talked about how he built the team and how he approaches the differences from tech company to agencies. He shared why he decided to leave Gojek and built Nafas and why he think air quality is a big problem. You can find out more about nafas at web: nafas.co.id and twitter at: @nafasjkt.
Nov 29, 2020
Richard Fang -- CEO and Co-founder of Nice To Meet You Studio
with Richard (@richardfang), CEO and Co-founder of Nice To Meet You Studio, a design as a service company. He shared about how he got interested in design since childhood, joining Thinking Room as the only employee, where he learned about company culture and started a clothing line with fund from Nicko. After freelancing for a while, he joined Tiket for a moment as a Chief Creative Officer before starting his own design agency with Weekend.inc, one of his first of many company. Realizing agency is not easy to scale, he then built Moselo where he aims to empower creative products. Right now he is building Nice To Meet You Studio, a design as a service company, to help companies or individual to access design services without hiring and also to help designers from all over Indonesia to get opportunity. He also shared his insight as serial founders, from speaking with investor, getting product-market-fit, how to be creative, and managing relationship with the co-founders. You can find more info about Weekend at web: weekendinc.com, Moselo at web: moselo.com. Nice To Meet You Studio at web: nicetomeetyou.studio.
1 hr 4 min
Nov 15, 2020
Rama Mamuaya - CEO of Dailysocial.id
with Rama Mamuaya (twitter: @rampok, IG: @rmpk), CEO and Co-founder of Dailysocial.id, a tech media company. He shared about his childhood and how his father was the reason he got into tech. Then how he got into blogging, covering and reviewing websites and products in the blog, which later he turnt it as a full-time as Dailysocial. Rama also shared about his goal with Dailysocial, how he doesn't want it to be just a media company, but a real tech company as well by creating a company culture where his people can innovate and be creative. He shared his insight, as one of the earliest people in the tech industry, what what he thought about the ecosystem, the good and the bad, and how Dailysocial can help to foster the ecosystem. You can find out more about Dailysocial at web: dailysocial.id
1 hr 17 min
Nov 8, 2020
Aria Rajasa -- CTO and Co-founder of Karyakarsa
with Aria Rajasa (@rajasa), CTO and Co-founder of Karyakarsa, a platform to support creators, and CEO and Co-founder of Tees Indonesia, a platform to create your own t-shirt design. He shared about his interest in design since childhood, dreaming of becoming a mangaka, reluctantly taking CS in university, and exploring freelance in web design. Then he shared an interesting story behind the birth of gantibaju.com before building Tees Indonesia. Has always been interested in creator space, he finally got the opportunity by building Karyakarsa with Ario Tamat, who then became the CEO and Co-founder. He shared his insights as experienced CEO and CTO in hiring and culture, how to make a living as a creator, and how to build an audience. Find out more about Karyakarsa at IG: @karyakarsa_id, web: karyakarsa.com
1 hr 19 min
Nov 1, 2020
Suwandi Soh -- CEO of Mekari
with Suwandi (@suwandi), CEO of Mekari. He shared his journey, doing consulting for years before building Sleekr, a Saas for payroll and HR service. He also shared an interesting story of how he attempted growth hack Sleekr early on, resulting in closing overseas companies as customers. Sleekr then grew bigger to the point they can m&a with Talenta and Jurnal to be Mekari, becoming a Saas company doing Hr, payroll, tax, and accounting, which he told stories about the process and how the team merged the culture. He also shared why people thought the m&a of those three companies is interesting. Suwandi also has a podcast called Industri dan Orang-orangnya which he shared about the idea behind the podcast. Find more about Mekari at web: mekari.com
1 hr 4 min
Oct 25, 2020
Ken Ratri Iswari -- CEO and Founder of Geekhunter
with Ken (@kenratriiswari), CEO and Founder of Geekhunter, Indonesia's first recruitment agency for devs. Ken shared about her childhood and early life, doing all sorts of side hustles, building her first online business with her friends before finally got exposed in tech with Contenga. In Contenga she learned about headhunting and sourcing for candidates as Human Capital Manager while being mentored by the CEO. She shared how her passion for recruitment grew and decided to take a leap to start her own recruitment company, Geekhunter. She was also teaching at ITB in the early days of Geekhunter before doing it full-time and finding the Co-founder, Yunita Anggraeni. Then Ken shared about her experience running Geekhunter, how recruitment landscape evolved, and the ups and downs of recruiting. You can find more about Geekhunter at web: Geekhunter.co.
Sep 27, 2020
Gibran Huzaifah -- CEO and Co-founder of eFishery
with Gibran (@gibranhuzaifah), CEO and Co-founder of eFishery. He shared how he got into all sorts of businesses in college before finally exploring fish pond. He then shared how his idea of IoT automated feeding hardware got validated, meeting Chrisna by chance, who later became the co-founder. He also shared how eFishery, as a startup working in a niche problem and industry, had a difficulty in raising funds from VCs. Only with luck and persistence he raised his first round from Aqua Spark and Ideosource. He showed another resilience in go-to-market strategy by educating the fish pond farmers about the products and showing how to use smartphones. We also discussed why even after his startup has grown and profitable he still maintain a simple and down to earth life. You can find more about Gibran at Twitter: @gibranhuzaifah, about eFishery at web: efishery.com and IG: @efishery.
Aug 9, 2020
Joshua Kevin -- Founder of Talenta
with Joshua Kevin (@joshuakevin), Founder and ex-CEO of Talenta. He shared how he got into tech community in the early 2010s, how he got opportunities from Startup Lokal, East Ventures, Tech in Asia, and Kakao before finally building Talenta. He shared his Talenta journey, from first pivot, struggle as fist-time founder, educating the market, how he hired and grew the team. Then he shared how and why he decided to merger with Sleekr, how the discussion with Suwandi happened, and how he felt about the merger. Then we discuss about B2B, SaaS, subscription, why he long SaaS, the future of it in Indonesia.
1 hr 16 min
Jul 27, 2020
Samir Chaïbi -- Principal of Insignia Ventures Partners
with Samir (@SamChaibi ), Principal of Insignia Ventures Partners. He shared his journey founding Docex Legal until exit, exploring careers in Middle East, China, USA, and now Southeast Asia. He also shared how he first got into VC with Strive (prev. Gree Ventures) and then starting Skala, an incubator/accelerator in Jakarta before finally moving into Insignia Ventures Partners. He also shared why his preferred verticals are fintech, healthcare, proptech, and Saas startups. We discussed his essay relating to this Covid situation discussing about cultural and technological shifts in 3 areas: distributed workforce, healthcare, and k-12 education. You can find more about Insignia Ventures Partners at web: insignia.vc.
Jul 12, 2020
Eileen Kamtawijoyo -- COO and Co-founder of Populix
with Eileen (@eileenkamta), COO and Co-founder of Populix, a consumer insight platform company. She shared how her experience doing research for new product in Djarum led her and her co-founder, Timothy, to start Populix. She also talked about her experience as first time founder in tech-related business with no technical background and experience. How she and Timothy struggled to communicate to developers and developing the product until Jonathan, the CTO is joining the founding members. She also explained how they solved the chicken and egg problem with Populix, whether to gather the Business or Respondents first. She then continue to talk about how Populix can help other businesses to gather data for research efficiently and cheaper than traditional research methods. Eileen also talked about why she joined two accelerator programs, GNB Accelerator and Gojek Xcelerate and what did she get from those programs. Find more about Populix at website: populix.co and IG: @populix.co.
Jun 16, 2020
Anthony Suryaputra -- Co-founder of Newman's
with Anthony (@asuryaputra), Co-founder of Newman's (YC W20). He talked about his experience in consulting, VCs, and Go-jek before finally built Newman's, a Digital Health Clinic for Men company with two other Co-founders. Solving personal problem, Newman's first product is solving hair loss problem among men. He also shared how Newman's got accepted into Y Combinator and how the most successful accelerator in US has helped them. Find more about Newman's at IG: @newmans.id, web: newmans.id
1 hr 3 min
Jun 7, 2020
Abraham Viktor -- CEO & Co-founder of Hangry
with Abraham Viktor (@hungrybram), CEO & Co-founder of Hangry, a mix between FnB and cloud kitchen company. He talked about trying to work as Investment Banker, how that job was what he always wanted to do. Only stayed for months before building Wedlite and later pivoted to Taralite. How the pivot was affected by his mentor William Tanuwijaya (CEO of Tokopedia). Growing Taralite until exit strategy appeared in the form of acquisition from OVO. He shared how he prepared Taralite to deal with the acquisition and culture shock of working in a big corporate. After the acquisition, he shared why he moved from Taralite to build Hangry, what was the inspiration and concept came from. Find out more about Hangry at web: ishangry.com, IG: @hangryindonesia.
1 hr 11 min
May 24, 2020
Aulia (Llia) Halimatussadiah -- Co-founder and CMO of Storial
with Aulia (@salsabeela), Co-founder and CMO of Storial.co, a marketplace for stories. She shared about her experience as a writer, how she started because of manga before being a professional writer of 30 books. As a serial entrepreneurs, she shared what motivates her to keep creating, facing adversity, and dealing with failures. She also talked about how Storial solves not only her personal's issue but also writer's in general. How Storial provides better platform for writers and readers, helping to get faster feedback loop and better monetary incentives. She is also involved in Girl In Tech Indonesia as Co Managing Director, a non-profit organization with the goal to empower women in tech industry. Finally she shared about one book she thinks every entrepreneur should read, a philosophy book about Stoicism. What is Stoicism, how to practice it, why it matters, how she has practiced it so far, and why is it the fundamental. Find out more about Aulia at IG: @salsabeela; Storial at web…
May 17, 2020
Shiyan Koh -- Managing Partner of Hustle Fund VC
With Shiyan Koh (@shiyankoh), Managing Partner of Hustle Fund VC, a SF-based VC investing in a hilariously-early founders. Shiyan talked about her first tech experience, before her experience transitioning as an operator in a startup at NerdWallet back to as VC in Hustle Fund. Explaining what's Hustle Fund VC's thesis, deal flows, targets, and goals. She also shared about how Covid-19 situation right now is worse than the two before, crisis of 2000 and 2008, not only economically but also socially. Find more about Shiyan at Twitter: @shiyankoh; Hustle Fund VC at twitter: @hustlefundvc, website: hustlefund.vc.
May 17, 2020
Irzan Raditya -- CEO and Co-founder of Kata.ai
with Irzan Raditya (@irzanraditya), CEO and Co-founder of Kata.ai. He shared about how he got into tech since childhood, growing up passionate in music. He also talked about study in Germany, showing entrepreneurial spirit with few side projects that led to future co-founders. Started Kata, an ai company specializing in chatbot, as soon as moving back to Jakarta with 4 co-founders. How ai can help solve problems, future of ai, and talent problem in ai industry. With Qlue, Volantis, Qiscus, and MDI Ventures, working on Indonesia Bergerak, providing realtime data about COVID-19 situation in Indonesia. You can find more info about Kata at web: kata.ai, IG: @katadotai, and Indonesia Bergerak at web: indonesiabergerak.com.
Mar 16, 2020
Benson Putra & Jazz Pratama -- CEO & CMO of Bartega
with Benson (@bensonputra) and Jazz (@jazzpratama), CEO and CMO of Bartega Studios. They talked about the three of them, including Nadia Daniella, knew each other and started Bartega. How none of them is from art or design background. They shared why they believe Bartega will be big and took the risk of leaving their steady jobs to start Bartega. You can find more info about Bartega at IG: @bartega.studio, website: bartega.com; Jazz at IG: @jazzpratama; Benson at IG: @bensonputra.
1 hr 11 min
Mar 1, 2020
Daniel Shen -- CEO and Founder of Soqqle
with Daniel Shen (@dansoqq), CEO and Founder of Soqqle. He shared about how programming is the only thing he liked to learn as a kid and the only one among peers to still in tech industry. How he started in banking industry with Standard Chartered and then JP Morgan as developer and as PM, learning about management and negotiation. Joining a startup in Hong Kong before finally building Soqqle, social learning for classroom. How he managed a team of gig workers, tips and tricks to make gig economy works, working as solo founder, develop the product and acquiring market in SEA, including Indonesia. You can find more about Soqqle at website: soqqle.com
1 hr 4 min
Feb 2, 2020
Aldi Adrian -- VP of Investments at MDI Ventures
with Aldi Adrian (@aldiadrians), VP of Investments at MDI Ventures. He shared about his unprivileged background, his mentor, and how he started his VC journey, from Fenox Ventures to Mandiri Capital to right now at MDI Ventures. How VCs evolve to care more about unit of economics, how he evaluates startups, and how investment is all about luck. He also shared why he thinks next generation of successful founders will be 'mafia' from great tech companies. Aldi talked about why he thinks relationship is important and about his favourite books and podcast from Scott Galloway and Aswath Damodaran. You can find more info about MDI Ventures at MDI.VC. Drop your pitch deck to email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject: from Longspeech Podcast.
1 hr 17 min
Dec 28, 2019
Tyo Guritno -- CEO and Co-founder of Inspigo
with Tyo Guritno (@tyoguritno), CEO and Co-founder of Inspigo.id. He shared how he started to be interested in tech, then as marketing and finance graduate deciding to focus on design and creative in career. His journey in Silicon Valley, worked in well-known companies such as Electronic Arts, Pandora, as well as started and exited 2 companies. Then he moved back to Indonesia and started Inspigo, he shared how it happened, what things he applied from experiences to manage it, his favourite topics, and what is the future of Inspigo. Finally he shared why his Instagram account is followed by Rihanna. You can find more info about Inspigo at IG: @inspigo.id, website: inspigo.id. Spoken in Indonesia and English. Hosted by Satya Kalama (@acekalama), for info and updates about Longspeech go to IG: @longspeech.
1 hr 14 min
Nov 24, 2019
Gustaf Alströmer -- Partner at Y Combinator
with Gustaf Alströmer (@gustaf), Partner at Y Combinator, previously Growth at Airbnb. Y Combinator is an American seed accelerator that has funded over 2,000 companies over 29 batches since 2005. Combined valuation at over $150 billion with some of the famous ones are Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Coinbase, Instacart, from Indonesia they have Xendit, Payfazz, Ajaib, Eden Farm, and Nusantara Technology. Gustaf talked about how he taught growth at YC, how he started to be interested in South East Asia Region, and his experiences in managing Indonesian Startups Alumni. Talked about famous YC teaching such as Make Something People Want, Do Things that Don't Scale, and Product/market Fit. Advices and views about trends, regulations, and pros and cons in joining YC as Indonesian companies. You can find more info about Gustaf at twitter: @gustaf, IG: @gustaf, Y Combintor at IG: @ycombinator, website: ycombinator.com, twitter: @ycombinator, Startup School at website: startupschool.org. Spoken in…
Oct 31, 2019
Norman Sasono -- CTO of DANA Indonesia
with Norman Sasono (@nsasono), CTO of DANA Indonesia, previously Co-Founder and CTO of Bizzy and LoyaltiExpress. He shared how a boy from Bali with military family line from both grandpas could be interested in technology, his journey before he joined Microsoft for 7 long years. After that how he co-founded two companies with his friends, LoyaltiExpress and Bizzy as CTO. Then he shared how he left Bizzy after 3 and a half year to join DANA as CTO, opportunities to learn fintech, building highly scalable and secure system towards Indonesia cashless society and be a pillar in Indonesia Digital Economy. How to hire engineers and develop them and their career path. Finally he shared his mental model to stand firm against adversity, hard physical training with BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu) and CrossFit. You can find more info about DANA at IG: @dana.id, website: dana.id. Spoken in Indonesia and English. For updates about Longspeech go to IG: @longspeech.
1 hr 10 min
Sep 23, 2019
Edward Ismawan Chamdani -- Managing Founder and Partner of Ideosource Ventures
with Edward Chamdani (@ismawandchamdani), Managing Partner and Co-founder of Ideosource VC. He shared about his days as tennis player, going as far as attending school in USA for it, then how it led him to start a VC firm. Then his works before consultant and founders before shifting to investing. Importance of complement value with partner, struggle as first time VC, finding lucky break in his first investment, passing opportunity investing in Gojek. He also shared how Ideosource aimed to be different from traditional VC by aiming for long-term vision with value investing with Film Fund and more. You can find more info about Ideosource at IG: @ideosource, website: Ideosource.com. Spoken in Indonesia and English. For updates about Longspeech go to IG: @longspeech.
1 hr 7 min
Aug 18, 2019
Aryo Ariotedjo -- CEO and Founder of Wellspaces and Managing Partner of Grupara Ventures
with Aryo Ariotedjo (@aryoariotedjo), founder of Wellspaces and Grupara Ventures. He shared his early life and the struggle with formal education, building relationship since school days, then his first venture in USA. Then he shared how relationship led him to start Grupara Ventures, why Wellspaces started as a free office space. How he amassed network of awesome people, how Gibran Rakabuming Raka attended his Meat Up event. He also shared about his personal life, dealing with depression, joining BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu) to keep both physical and mind healthy, why he avoid business books and what to read instead. You can find more info about Wellspaces at IG: @wellspaces.co, website: wellspaces.co, and Grupara Ventures at website: gruparainc.com. Spoken in Indonesia and English. For updates about Longspeech go to IG: @longspeech.
1 hr 16 min
Aug 1, 2019
Steven Wongsoredjo -- CEO and Co-founder of Nusantara Technology
With Steven (@stevenwongsoredjo), founder and CEO of Nusantara Technology (parent company of Yukepo, Keepo, and Super). He shared how he started as a solo founder, how he manage his employees in three different cities, and what inspired him to use the name 'Nusantara'. Then he also shared got accepted into Y Combinator, what the program was like, what he got from it. Last but not least Steven talked about his achievement being chosen as Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia and how did that came to be. You can find more about Nusantara Tech at website: nusantara.technology, IG: @nusantara_tech; Yukepo at website: yukepo.com, IG: @yukepo.com; Keepo at website: keepo.me, IG: @keepodotme; Super at website: superapp.id. Spoken in Bahasa and English. For updates about Longspeech go to IG: @longspeech.
Jul 11, 2019
Nick Yudha -- CEO and Co-founder of Monstore and Antikode
with Nick Yudha (@nickyudha), co-founder of Monstore & Antikode. He shared how he and his two friends founded Monstore, where the name came from, the collaboration with Ismaya, Marvel, and Google, his feeling when President Joko Widodo wore his tees in We The Fest. Then he shared how being cheated by dev freelancer twice triggered him to found another company, Antikode. Managing two companies comes with stress, Nick also talked about his habit to cope with it. You can find more info about Monstore at IG: @monstore, website: heymonstore.com, and Antikode at IG: antikode, website: antikode.com. Spoken in Bahasa and English. For updates about Longspeech go to IG: @longspeech.