Candid stories and lessons from builders and innovators.
Discover what founders have learned about resilience, growth, creativity, and innovation from their own personal journeys.
Ilya Kravtsov - Reinvention Amidst a Pandemic
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, facilitates contactless payments, and other analytics to event organisers. As you might be thinking, this business must have been hit hard by Covid-19. Which it was. But Covid-19 didn’t mean the end for PouchNATION.
Today we talk about PouchNATION’s core business and technology, how they grew the company right up until Covid-19, and then how they quickly adapted to the realities of Covid-19.
Melia Winata - Growing a Social Enterprise
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 purpose driven brand who has three core pillars: Empower Women, Promote Culture, and Improve Livelihood. In Episode 2 of Sidedoor, Charlotte Kowara’s advice was to “build purposeful products” and Du Anyam is an excellent example of this philosophy.
In this episode we discuss Melia’s journey with Du Anyam, how they work with the women of Flores, and what growth obstacles they face, like any other business.
Nicole Yap - Building a Tech Ecosystem
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 ecosystem and transform it into the crown jewel of Southeast Asia.
Nicole and I chat about the changes she’s witnessed in Indonesian tech, what Digitaraya does, how it fits into the local ecosystem and how she’s helping transform the way young entrepreneurs think.
Tiger Fang - Lessons From High Growth Startups
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 became a country launcher for Uber. Lazada is the Amazon of SE Asia and Uber was arguably the fastest growing startup ever. Between these two positions, Tiger has a plethora of experience when it comes to growth, management, and the intangibles that make a startup go.
This episode is a masterclass in startups and storytelling. A must listen for any aspiring entrepreneur.
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Irma Surya - Simplifying Legal Advice
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, the practice of using lawyers the old fashioned way is still prevalent.
Irma Surya is the founder and CEO of Plato, a legal platform in Indonesia. Irma and I discuss the genesis of Plato, how the platform works, and the challenges growing a legal platform in Indonesia.
Reducing Plastic Waste in Indonesia
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 focused on reducing plastic waste through filtered water stations.
Ovy Sabrina is the co-founder and COO of Rebricks, a company that turns plastic waste into bricks that can be used in landscape architecture.
While their products are different, both are tackling the plastic problem in their own way. We discuss the evolution of their companies and how they’re approaching reducing plastic waste.