46 episodes

We break apart and dive deep into the different parts of the Indonesian tech scene to get an insider’s look into how each space is evolving. Leveraging our research, proprietary insights, and working with leading entrepreneurs; we'll give you a view behind the curtain of one of the world’s fastest-growing tech scenes.

Indonesia Digital Deconstructed by AC Ventures AC Ventures

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We break apart and dive deep into the different parts of the Indonesian tech scene to get an insider’s look into how each space is evolving. Leveraging our research, proprietary insights, and working with leading entrepreneurs; we'll give you a view behind the curtain of one of the world’s fastest-growing tech scenes.

    Ep.45 - How to Attract & Retain Top Talent in Emerging Asia

    Ep.45 - How to Attract & Retain Top Talent in Emerging Asia

    In today's episode, Derisa Zahara, AC Ventures' AVP of Organization and People, talks with fellow practitioners in the Southeast Asian recruiting and HR sector. 

    Sandi Sadek is the Chief People Officer at global venture capital firm B Capital. Also with us is Sergio Salvador, the former Chief People Officer and current Strategic Advisor at Carsome, as well as a member of ACV's portfolio advisor community. 

    The group discusses various strategies for attracting and retaining top talent in the region, where competition has always been fierce, as well as the implications of new technologies like AI on the future of talent acquisition in emerging markets.

    • 30 min
    Ep.44 - How Global Investors Can Capitalize on Indonesia's Insurgent Brands

    Ep.44 - How Global Investors Can Capitalize on Indonesia's Insurgent Brands

    Each year, Bain & Company releases a comprehensive list of “insurgent brands,” defined primarily as high-growth independent, local consumer brands not owned by a multinational corporation. They compete head-on with the market’s largest incumbents or create new categories altogether. 

    Indonesia is predicted to be the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2045. Estimates suggest its GDP per capita could reach a tipping point of US$7,500 by 2030. When combining all the market's key ingredients, we end up with an environment where disposable incomes are set to explode and fuel the growth of consumer sectors like wellness, luxury goods, cosmetics, beauty clinics, and more.

    With us today to discuss is Melina Anlin, VP of Investment at AC Ventures, a former senior manager at Bain in Indonesia, and an expert on the rise of local insurgent brands.

    • 35 min
    Ep.43 - A Green Blueprint: How Accacia Decarbonizes Real Estate with AI

    Ep.43 - A Green Blueprint: How Accacia Decarbonizes Real Estate with AI

    The real estate and infrastructure sectors are responsible for about 40% of global carbon emissions, and addressing the climate crisis requires reforming these industries. Today, we are talking to Annu Talreja, Founder and CEO of Accacia, an Asian startup that enables large property owners to monitor their carbon footprint in real time by integrating with ERPs and property management systems. 

    Accacia has already been implemented across more than 20 million square feet of real estate in Asia. Today, the company is expanding across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the United States, and Canada. Speaking with Annu today is Helen Wong, Managing Partner at AC Ventures.

    • 21 min
    Ep.42 - Epic Narratives: Transforming Ventures with Strategic Storytelling

    Ep.42 - Epic Narratives: Transforming Ventures with Strategic Storytelling

    Today, we look into the strategic communications and storytelling aspects of venture building with two expert guests, both of whom are part of AC Ventures' advisory community for the startups we invest in.

    Mike Amour is a seasoned veteran in the global advertising and communications industry. His current role is Founding Advisor and Director at Salamander Advisory, founded by a group of TMT growth professionals to help VC firms and tech companies meet milestones and achieve their potential. Mike's career includes working on Nike’s comms strategy as it boomed in the 1990s, as well as those of other blue-chip global brands. He has held C-level roles at some of the world’s most renowned agencies, including McCann Worldgroup, Wieden+Kennedy, Grey Advertising, Havas, and more.

    Also with us is Harumi Supit, a principal at Alur Communications. She’s an indie powerhouse and strategic comms consultant, and the former Head of Corporate Communications for OVO, before and after its acquisition by Grab. If you’re an ACV portfolio founder, both Harumi and Mike are available for consultations by reaching out via our value creation team.

    • 36 min
    Ep.41 - From Setbacks to Success: Growth Stories from Simplus & RADC

    Ep.41 - From Setbacks to Success: Growth Stories from Simplus & RADC

    In today's MindShare episode, we dive into Indonesia’s new retail scene. Host Leighton Cosseboom is joined by Tiffany Danielle, co-founder of Rosé All Day Cosmetics (RADC), an Indonesian beauty brand that recently raised a series A round of US$5.41 million led by SWC Global, with participation from AC Ventures and new backer DSG Consumer Partners.

    The round came shortly after RADC saw 4x annual revenue growth in 2022 followed by 6x growth in 2023. 

    Also with us, Jack Zhang is the co-founder of Simplus, a leading Southeast Asian small home appliance brand that tripled sales in 2023. Some of its most popular items include its signature high-speed hair dryers, easy-to-use air fryers, high-quality vacuums, mops, and more.

    During the ‘Double 11’ shopping festival in 2023, Simplus ranked number one on TikTok and number two behind Philips on Shopee’s top brands in small home appliances and achieved a record-breaking US$1 million in sales on a single day. Both companies have reported profitability.

    • 25 min
    Ep.40 - Analyzing TikTok's Tokopedia Takeover: A New Era of Indonesian E-commerce

    Ep.40 - Analyzing TikTok's Tokopedia Takeover: A New Era of Indonesian E-commerce

    In this NewsCast episode, AC Ventures' Adrian Li and Leighton Cosseboom team up with Jianggan Li from Momentum Works to dissect TikTok's strategic acquisition of a controlling 75% stake in GoTo's Tokopedia for US$1.5 billion, a move sure to revolutionize Indonesia's e-commerce arena in 2024 and beyond.

    The group unpacks how the acquisition could catapult Tokopedia to e-commerce supremacy in the nation. They discuss the transformative impact on job creation and the potential boon for over 64 million Indonesian MSMEs. Tune in for a deep dive into the intensifying e-commerce rivalry, speculations on possible counter-moves by Shopee and Lazada, and perhaps even collaborations with giants like YouTube or Instagram. 

    The trio also sheds light on TikTok's ambitious plan to leverage cutting-edge data analytics for unparalleled market influence. Listen as Jianggan, Adrian, and Leighton unravel the extensive implications of this deal for consumers, sellers, investors, and the Indonesian tech ecosystem at large.

    • 24 min

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