Translation: Kopi Kenangan = “coffee memories”
We speak with Rahmat Budiardjo, Senior Vice President at Kopi Kenangan, the fastest growing tech-enabled grab and go coffee chain in Southeast Asia.
Prior to Kopi Kenangan, Rahmat worked in private equity as an investment director at Archipelago Capital Partners, focusing in the Southeast Asia region, and consulting at McKinsey & Company. Rahmat is also an INSEAD MBA alumnus, Class of 2014.
Rahmat shares his two cents on his role at Kopi Kenangan, the regional market for coffee and his takeaways from growing a rapidly-growing consumer brand in Indonesia.
As the Senior Vice President…
We speak with Kyle Lee, Vice President of Corporate Development at Gojek, the Indonesian ride-hailing platform-turned-superapp that supports services from digital payments to food delivery. Prior to Gojek, Kyle worked in private equity, focusing on the APAC region, at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and McKinsey & Company. Kyle is also an INSEAD MBA alumnus, Class of 2018.
Kyle shares his two cents on his role at Gojek, the overall SEA tech landscape and his takeaways from 2020.
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I’m proud to say that I’ve been clean for a month and a half.
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Joe Rogan in 2009: *sets up first podcast* “Nobody’s watching this…113 already? Wow. 113 people is like a show at a comedy club. Now, I feel pressure. Now, we HAVE to be entertaining.”
Joe Rogan in 2020: *starts preparing for his 1,479th podcast*
Love him or hate him, Joe Rogan is, without a doubt, an Internet sensation. A stand-up comedian, actor, UFC commentator, ex-Fear Factor host, and podcaster, Rogan has crafted a colorful résumé over the years. His not-so-linear journey has led him to creating one of the world’s most popular podcast shows, The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE).
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Between the 8th…
I wouldn’t be the first to admit that, in recent years, China has been quicker in adopting emerging tech to the masses than the rest of the world. Its e-commerce and consumer tech businesses have wowed the international crowd. My previous trip to Shenzhen only reaffirmed my curiosity and fascination for Chinese tech, leaving me in awe once it was time to come home.
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Luckin Coffee stock:
What happened after April Fool’s Day this year was no laughing matter to the unlucky investors, including myself, who felt the financial massacre from Luckin’s latest fallout. If the recent market volatility wasn’t enough to wreak havoc on their (my) portfolios, then this news was the nail on the coffin.
An investigative report came to light, exposing the unprofitable, rapidly-growing coffee chain for inflating their sales figures by $314 million. To put it into perspective, that’s roughly 40% of the alleged $732 million in sales the company reported last year. …