Today we caught up with Dewi, our business development manager, and recently, writer! Her first story on Batik was released last week.
Hi Dewi! How did you end up in Kontinentalist and Potato Productions?
Hi Peiying! Back in 2017, I met up with Pei Ying (whom I have been friends with since university) and another mutual friend for coffee. Pei Ying told me about the new company that she was working at. She told me that she was setting up a company that works with geospatial data, and was trying to use data and maps to tell stories.
At that time, I had just started working at my second job after graduation at a bank (JP Morgan) doing research for their due diligence operations under the Bahasa desk. I didn’t really understand what it was that Peiying was doing, but she did mention to me that if I ever wanted to do any part-time or freelance writing, that she would be happy to bring me on board. Unfortunately my time was really consumed by my job so I did not really have time to do that.
About a year later, when I caught up with Peiying again, she mentioned that she had sort of better formed the company and told me that she was looking for someone to do a bit of business development and marketing. She asked if I would be interested, and at the same time a sister company called Jala was also looking for someone with Bahasa Indonesia skills. So I met up with Peiying and Jani for brunch for a very informal interview and chat, and things fell into place. Before I knew it, I was working for both Jala and Kontinentalist by May 2018!