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With over 250 million inhabitants, Indonesia has the world’s fourth largest population and Southeast Asia’s largest. Its youthful workforce has long been an untapped asset, but they are now taking things into their own hands. Inspired by the successes of unicorns like Go-Jek and Traveloka, more Indonesians are looking to the digital world to start their own businesses. it faces unique issues and growing pains. CompassList offers nuanced insights into the scene’s rising stars, its diverse and often fragmented markets, and how new players and investors can navigate this complex landscape.


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Tapping into the rapid growth of Indonesia’s small and medium-sized enterprises sector, Jurnal has designed a fully integrated cloud accounting software for SMEs.

“Beautiful homes don’t have to be expensive” at Dekoruma, an Indonesian home decor e-store for affordable stylish furniture and interior design services.


Mikhael Gaery Undarsa

Co-founder and Chief Communication Officer of

Mikhael Geary Undarsa is armed with both IT skills and business administration experience. He graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s in Computer Science and Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in Canada.He then worked as a business analyst at HSBC Canada for almost a year before moving on to join IBM Canada as an IT specialist. After three years working on web-based commerce projects, Mikhael returned to Indonesia to join PT Phase Solusindo  and He left PT Phase to become’s Chief Communication Officer.

Bo Chen

Co-founder and CTO of Xendit

Bo Chen is a talented programmer specializing in web development. He graduated from the University of California with a double degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked as a web development intern at various companies while studying in the US. He graduated in 2014 and worked briefly at web marketing firm Brandcast and fintech startup Ripple. In 2015, he joined fellow UC Berkeley alumnus Moses Lo to establish Xendit, a payment platform for Southeast Asia.


Plug and Play Tech Center is a startup accelerator and venture fund based in Silicon Valley, USA. It invests in over 100 startups every year, from pre-product to Series A, including Dropbox and Lending Club.The VC launched its first accelerator program in Indonesia in February 2017, in partnership with Indonesia’s Gan Kapital. Since then, the program has provided mentorship and US$50,000 funding to each of the 11 startups selected from the ASEAN region including Astronaut Technologies. Other corporate partners include Astra International, BNI, Bank BTN and Sinar Mas.

PT Prasetia Dwidharma is a telecommunications infrastructure contractor that focuses on base transceiver station (BTS) construction projects. The company was founded in 2008 by Budi Setiadharma, the chairman of the board of Indonesian conglomerate PT Astra Internasional. Besides its contractor business, the company has also invested in notable startups such as Indonesia’s smart city app Qlue and online language course site


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