Mr. South East Asian Product Manager
I grew up in a small town in Indonesia, and I managed to get out of this city and earn a spot in a top undergraduate campus with a full scholarship (about $100K). My story is about creating opportunities through education and helping kids from Papua land an opportunity in a top university in Indonesia that has really spoken to me all these years.
I applied for a transfer to US universities back in my 2nd year to achieve this same goal (EdTech exposure). Although I got into Minerva (a for-profit university), I decided to turn it down as I would get into debts (since I used up the scholarship for 1 year) during my family’s financial difficulty & my younger brother’s admission to the university.
Undergrad School: Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering in Robotics
Age: 24, Ethnicity: Asian or Indian
Extracurriculars: Pro Bono Consulting to a Series A Startup in Indonesia.
Title: Associate Product Manager
Length of Employment: 1 yr, 6 mos
Big Life Wins:
1. Participated in an international science competition & got the best overall score amongst 200+ participants from 40+ countries, achieving the first of such award for my country.
2. Established a team & enabled resource sharing, allowing my manager to scalably grow the team from 2 people to 15 people, granting me a spot in the company’s top 5%.
Post MBA Goal:
I really believe in democratizing education & resources.
My short-term focus is to be a PM in EdTech (Education Technology), with a bridge of being a PM in big tech right after graduation. (especially for visa sponsorship).
My long-term goal is to identify the broad opportunities of bringing the whole EdTech industry back into Indonesia.
Target School: MIT Sloan