Initial Startups: Behind the Scenes Archive

Venture Capitals in Southeast Asia: What You Need to Know

  It is no secret that venture capitals boost development of startups in Southeast Asia. The region’s venture capital (VC) is an interesting sector of the Asia private equity market, and investors should think about building ties with Southeast Asian VC managers. With the expansion of the IT industry, investors are focusing more on tech-based

Startup Story: Warung Pintar

Southeast Asia (SEA) is home to some of the most notable unicorns. While the region is known for its exquisite tourist attractions, its startup ecosystem is gaining momentum in attracting international investors. Indonesia, the biggest and most populous country in SEA, is slowly becoming the next internet economy in the region due to its rapid

Startup Story: Carsome Malaysia

Introduced in 2015, Carsome was a new kid on the block in Malaysia’s startup community. Since then, it consistently grew into one of the largest integrated car e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia. Being the first of its kind, Carsome acknowledges the need for such a single systematic platform for transparency and convenience, as well as

Learn How Chickin Indonesia Made It to Forbes Under 30

As the largest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is home to thousands of dynamic and growing startups of all development levels; from cockroach to decacorn. As the startup ecosystem is thriving, the Indonesian government wants to keep the momentum by offering support to newly-built business projects. Spearheaded by Pertamina, a state-owned enterprise (SOE), they held

Startups in Asia to Watch Out For in 2022

A great number of startups in Asia have performed extraordinarily well in recent years, attracting the attention of global audiences. The region is well-known for its expanding layer of tech-savvy middle class and long-term economic opportunities, making the market increasingly appealing to all types of investors. Even after being battered by the COVID-19, Asia has

Woman in Startup: TernakUang’s CPO Felicia Putri Tjiasaka

Startups are said to be the agent of change; what may not work in established corporations may work better in startups. Among these things is the role of women in C-level positions, which remains a rare sight in big organizations. Startups, on the other hand, see no harm in having women to lead the company.

Top 10 Women in Tech of Southeast Asian Startups

Southeast Asia has seen its fair share of home-grown unicorn startups. Grab, Lazada, Gojek, Traveloka, and Tokopedia, to name a few, are among major startups finding fruitful business journeys thanks to the region’s established ecosystem. Interestingly, more venture capital (VC) companies and angel investors are recognizing the value of putting their investment in the region’s

Startup Red Flags: What You Can Learn from 2021

  Working at a startup has become a growing trend among Millennials and Gen-Z for the past few years. Startups often offer youth-driven dynamics and flashy perks, but there has also been a sentiment about these new businesses emphasizing too much on the hustle culture that often leads to overworking and even depression. Is it

Vegan and Sustainable Startups That are Changing the Future

Vegan startups initially started as a niche. For the longest time, the plant-based food sector struggled to develop their business mainly because investors with vegan-adjacent ethics were hard to come by. Rather than compassionate choice and conscious consumerism, investors are naturally more drawn to business with a commercial safe net. But once considered as a

How Empathetic Culture Drives Startup Development

Empathy is often viewed as a form of compassion or something that makes individuals feel good about themselves rather than a means of making policies. After two years of struggling against employee burnout caused by the pandemic, empathy is becoming increasingly important in corporate culture. The fuzziness of home and work life has been one