In case you missed it, Forbes recently launched its annual 30 Under 30 Asia list. The 300 visionaries spotlighted on the list are redefining the future of business and society in Asia.
A record more than 4,000 nominees applied to be on this year’s list. Whether they’re innovating with new ways of delivering goods or venturing into the Web3 space, these honorees’ forward-thinking vision shows determination and optimism. They have collectively raised more than $3.5 billion in funding and represent 22 countries and territories, with the most listmakers hailing from India, followed by Singapore, Japan, Australia, Indonesia and China.
Indonesian entrepreneurs—who make up 10% of the overall list—are mostly building businesses to serve an increasingly tech-savvy population of 274 million. One duo doing just that is Debeasinta Budiman and Garret Koeswandi, the cofounders of Aplikasi Super. Their 4-year-old social commerce firm is working to lower the price of consumer goods in Indonesia’s smaller cities and rural areas, where they typically cost more than in larger cities. Focusing on the less developed eastern part of the country, Aplikasi Super works with a network of resellers who fulfill demand from consumers through its app. The company has raised $36 million in funding from investors including Alpha JWC Ventures, rapper Jay-Z and World Bank managing director Mari Elka Pangestu.
Also named to the list is Kevin Zhang, who is accelerating the expansion of his Singapore-headquartered logistics startup Inteluck across Southeast Asia after establishing a foothold in the Philippines over the past eight years. Inteluck expects revenue to more than triple to as much as $70 million this year from $20 million in 2021, according to Zhang.
Household names like South Korean actress Hoyeon, who starred in Netflix’s show Squid Game, also made this year’s list. There are also 15 Olympians and athletes on the list, including American-born skier Eileen Gu, who competed for China at this year’s Beijing Winter Olympics, winning two gold medals and one silver.
In other news, Forbes has opened nominations for its 2023 North America 30 Under 30 list. Do you know someone who is creating the next Instagram, Stripe or Spotify? If so, click here to nominate yourself or someone else to the list. The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2022.
Billionaire brothers John and Patrick Collison built Stripe into one of the world’s most-hyped, highest valued—and profitable—startups, worth some $95 billion. Now they must stave off going from disruptor to disrupted. The shockwaves from global instability are being felt by businesses big and small, and like many entrepreneurs, the Collisons must navigate the new normal without slowing down.
Key quote: “Businesses that don’t have to sing for their supper every day, I think they get a bit flabby and lazy. We still have a list four times longer of the things we would like to do.”—John Collison, Cofounder, Stripe
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