Aizat Rahim is the co-founder and Managing Director of Dropee, a B2B e-commerce marketplace helping Southeast Asian retailers grow their businesses.
Dropee's currently servicing more than 100,000+ retailers, and they’ve last raised a $7M Series A led by Ondine Capital.
👋🏼 How would you explain your job to someone outside tech?
Managing high-level direction and people to ensure we hit our goals.
🧐 What's something about you or your job that would surprise us?
I still go down on the ground and talk to customers. It can get pretty daunting but it's the best learning ground for me and the company.
🏆 What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
We recently launched Digital Niaga, a $240M fund supported by financial institutions to help micro SMEs purchase inventories on our platform!
🔍 What's a startup trend or space you're watching this year?
AI for obvious reasons, but I like back-office stuff (e.g., accounting, HR, etc.)! I noticed those are the spaces most people don't realize clients (whether businesses or consumers) would pay a significant amount because they generally don't enjoy doing it.
💼 What advice would you give someone starting out in your industry?
Never stop talking to your customers.
🗣 What's one thing you can keep talking about for hours?
Fast-moving consumer goods! It's the core industry for Dropee and my family has been involved in this since the 90s.
🎥 What's your favorite movie/TV show?
Currently, I am watching Fresh off the Boat, it's hilarious!
🍨 What's your go-to ice cream flavor?
Dark choco or mocha.
FYI. We've edited this interview for clarity.
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