Creating a Nationwide Venue Marketplace in India, with Rahul Rane, co-founder of MegaVenues

Rahul, please introduce yourself… My name is Rahul Rane and I am the co-founder and CEO of Megavenues.com. We are an event venue marketplace startup based out of Pune, India. Currently I am based in Houston working on global expansion of Megavenues. We are currently a team of 42 including development, design, digital marketing, business development, sales, content creation and interns. What’s the story behind creating MegaVenues and can you explain how it works? MegaVenues.com is a marketplace for event venues that allows venue owners to list their properties i.e. banquet halls, open air venues, meeting and conference rooms, wedding...

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Developing a WordPress plugin shop while on the road, with David Hehenberger, founder of Fatcat Apps

David, please introduce yourself… My name is David Hehenberger. I’m originally from Austria, but I’ve been traveling & living in Asia for 4 years. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has been my homebase for the almost 2 years. I’d consider myself a “technical marketer” – I can write code and love working with data-driven marketing approaches such as conversion optimization and SEO. I currently spend most of my time running my WordPress plugin shop, fatcat apps. My first product is called Easy Pricing Tables. What’s the story behind creating Easy Pricing Tables and can you explain how it works? Easy...

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Scaling a Creative Marketplace in Indonesia with Sayed Muhammad, founder of LocalBrand

Sayed, please introduce yourself… My name is Sayed Muhammad. I am the founder and CEO of Local.co.id, a startup that aims to empower local talent through information and technology within the creative industry. I graduated from the economics program in University of Indonesia. Since then, I have worked in a wide range of industries including logistics, market research, banking, and securities. What’s the story behind creating LocalBrand and can you explain what you do? The year of 2011 is when I noticed that the growth of the Indonesian creative industry is at its peak. There are numerous creative works that...

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From Bloomberg in New York to launching a Startup in New Delhi, with Cheenu Madan, founder of ClinchPad

Cheenu, please introduce yourself… I’m Cheenu Madan. I am from and currently reside in New Delhi, India. I have a Masters degree from University of Florida and have worked at Bloomberg in New York City. What’s the story behind creating ClinchPad and can you explain how it works? I was working in New York City with a comfortable job and earning six figures. Inspite of this I was getting restless at my job as I always wanted to start something of my own. I finally quit my job and moved back to India where I started experimenting with various ideas....

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Lessons learned growing a sustainable fashion startup from Sri Lanka, with Lonali Rodrigo, founder of Lonali

Lonali, please introduce yourself… After completing secondary education at Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, my desire was to explore my passion for creativity in fashion design and traditional crafts. I joined the Garment Industrial Management Institute in Colombo and completed the certificate course which provided me the opportunity of familiarizing with all aspects of the apparel industry. Then I moved to the Academy of Design to complete the Higher National Diploma in Fashion, culminating with winning the Ethical Fashion Award at Sri Lanka Design Festival in 2010. Later, I graduated with a BA (Hons) bachelor degree in fashion from the University of...

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26 Entrepreneurs Uncover How Business Mindset Works in Indonesia

A special thanks to tilyanPristka in Indonesia for sponsoring the Indonesia edition of our Global Startup Report. In this week’s chapter 26 entrepreneurs share their thoughts on how business mindset works in Indonesia. — I think the business mindset here tends to be very localized. People don’t want to share their ideas and they don’t want investment to give up ownership of their great idea. Also, the investment landscape is a lot less developed should you be an entrepreneur searching for investment to grow your business. Another thing I hear is that the growth mindset is less aggressive here, and...

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Creating a Marketplace for Bootstrap Themes, with Heru Susanto, Founder of Indonesia based BootstrapMade

Heru, please introduce yourself… My name is Heru Susanto. I live in Tangerang, a small city near Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta. My background is web design and programming. Since 2007 I have worked at several local tech companies. With this experience, it was during 2010 I started to work independently as freelance web designer, work from my small home office. Beside freelance work, I also started creating premium WordPress themes and HTML templates, selling them on several big theme marketplaces. During 2013 I started using the Bootstrap framework for my themes and projects. Popular theme marketplaces started adding a special...

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Share and learn sheet music and cover songs, with Baptiste Poirier, Co-Founder of Paris based Jellynote

Baptiste, please introduce yourself… I’m Baptiste Poirier, I was born here in Paris, where I currently live. I’m an engineer, and I worked a couple of years as a financial analyst for Amundi. I liked it, but now I won’t go back to that job. I love the entrepreneur’s life! What’s the story behind creating Jellynote and can you explain how it works? Jellynote came from a personal need of our team (Adrien, Arthur and me), where the current available tools for practicing music were not enough for us. We created something new, which did a better job in helping...

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27 Entrepreneurs Share Actionable Tips For Successfully Doing Business in Indonesia

A special thanks to tilyanPristka for sponsoring the Indonesia edition of our Global Startup Report. In this week’s chapter 27 entrepreneurs share their tips and advice for successfully doing business in Indonesia. — There is a lot of bureaucracy, a lot of paperwork. Where possible get translations of the various things (laws and rules) in your native language. Don’t just get a second opinion, get 5 or 6, from whichever organization and/or department, invariably more information will be forthcoming. @Ace / Light Within Productions There are several things that entrepreneurs should pay attention to starting up a business in Indonesia,...

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Transforming Bus Transportation in the Philippines, with Aurora Soriano, co-founder of PinoyTravel

Aurora, please introduce yourself… My name is Aurora Soriano and I co-founded PinoyTravel with Maui Millan. PinoyTravel is an online reservation service for long distance buses in the Philippines. Before our launch, it was easier to buy and airline ticket from Manila to New York than a bus ticket to a nearby city. My family is from a small town in the northern part of Philippines called Bauang. I have 6 siblings and we mostly stayed in this town while my father worked in the big city. We didn’t have a car, so a good part of our lives were...

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