Episode #5: Indra Wiralaksmana

As an American living in Indonesia, there have been many adjustments to daily life that I’ve had to make. One thing that I sometimes forget is to schedule prayer breaks when scheduling all day events. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, at around 226 million people, and Muslims pray five times a day. A few of those times occur during normal working hours. 

Across the globe, there are 1.7 billion Muslims, second only to Christianity at 2.3 billion. This represents a huge opportunity. Today’s guest is Indra Wiralaksmana, co-founder and CEO of Umma. Umma is a Muslim community based platform. It’s part social network, part content aggregator, but designed specifically for the needs of people who consider themselves Muslim. 

A trained accountant with a background in consulting, Indra and I discuss his journey from Jakarta to the US and back to Jakarta. How he transitioned from accounting to startup country manager and ultimately how he made the leap from private equity to startup founder. 



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