Pandu Sjahrir Reveals His Dream Scenario in Indonesia's Tech Industry
Recently appointed as the youngest IDX’ commissioner, Pandu Sjahrir has more than just a hobby to tell
This article is a part of DailySocial’s Mastermind Series, featuring innovators and leaders in Indonesia’s tech industry sharing their stories and point of view.
In the past few years, Pandu Sjahrir has captured spotlights all over the tech industry. From the Chairman of SEA Group Indonesia, Board Member of Gojek, and the latest one is appointed to be the youngest IDX's Commissioners.
Starting off with a productive hobby of investing, he currently has a full-time business as a professional and one of Southeast Asia’s leading investors in the seed and early growth stages. He is also the Managing Partner of Indies Capital, which controls Indies Special Opportunities Fund, the leading alternative asset manager in the region, and Indies Pelago, a secondary tech fund in Southeast Asia. And most recent, is the new entity called AC Ventures.
With the economic-mindset runs in his genes, Pandu Sjahrir managed to survive through a financial struggle and admit to not afraid of failure. As long as he has a very supportive family and a strong team on his side. He has quite a big dream for Indonesia's tech industry, and here's the scenario.
As an active investor with a focus on the growth companies, how do you see the current investment landscape in Indonesia during COVID-19 pandemic?
Pre-COVID is a different world than today, technology has become a much bigger part of the business. Every quarter, the number increases very strongly because of the adoption. In terms of shopping, playing games, even now working and studying online. People are adapting to this new world using technology platforms to connect to each other. That also changes the way we should look at investing. Starting from businesses that can benefit from this new way of relating, communication, or interacting. In fact, life goes on and people still have to do their daily needs, but the way to deliver has changed. We have to be very open-minded about the new COVID-19 world, on how should we look at the new world stage.
Another thing worth mentioning is the role of deglobalization. What happens in the US companies doesn't t necessarily translate into happening in Indonesia. The same thing applies to China companies. We're seeing more local solutions to everyday problems, not necessarily a global solution. What's good about what has happened within the last 30 years of this "globalization" has been the improvement of human capital as well as tier countries, developing countries turning into more developed countries.
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