Jakarta, TechnoBusiness ID (English Edition) ● Atma, a community-based job searching social platform that was just founded this year, managed to raise more than US$5 million in pre-seed funding led by AC Ventures and followed by Global Founders Capital.
In addition to corporate investors, Atma’s funding round that exceeded the target was also attended by several founders and company leaders such as GoTo Group, Advance Intelligence Group, Ula, Lummo, Kopi Kenangan, Sampoerna Strategic, MMS Group, and Xiaomi as angel investors.
Co-founder and CEO Edy Tan said Atma was founded with the aim of building the largest and most active community of lower-middle-income job seekers in Indonesia; thus getting a job, income, and a better life.
Atma was founded on inspiration from the social impact provided by Gojek to 2.5 million drivers in the informal sector. Edy Tan himself is a former Gojek Chief of Driver. Armed with that experience, he then founded Atma with his colleagues.
Edy Tan’s colleagues who co-founded Atma, namely Chris Gunawan, former co-founder of RestoDepot and Product Executive Vara; and Susan Suhargo, former Strategic Initiatives Tencent and Regional Marketing Gojek.
Atma was founded on inspiration from the social impact provided by Gojek.
Then, Tim Young, a former investor at Atlas Asset Management and Fixed Income Trader at HSBC; Monica Oudang, Chair of YABB, GoTo Foundation, and former Gojek CHRO. The founders, who are full of experience, are certainly a special lure for investors.
“More than 100 million active workers in the middle to lower-income group face significant inefficiencies in finding the right job and according to their skills and preferences,” said Michael Soerijadji, founder and Managing Partner of AC Ventures.
Atma will assist workers in finding the right job more easily and career development opportunities through additional certification or training. Atma will redefine the job searching experience and help candidates increase their potential.
With the funding recently obtained, Atma will use it to improve product and service quality, implement a go-to-market strategy, and strengthen a team that is expected to reach 100 people by the end of this year.●
—Purjono Agus Suhendro, TechnoBusiness ID ● Photo: AC Ventures