Indonesia’s online marketplace Bizzy appoints ex-Microsoft executive as CIO

Image of Bizzy's team.

Bizzy, Indonesia-based B2B marketplace for business supplies and services, has announced the addition of Norman Sasono as chief Innovation officer in a move to drive new product developments that will improve the way companies procure and build US style employee benefit portals.

Sasono brings more than 15 years of experience in the software development industry, starting from the grassroots as a developer, working his way through to architect, and then CTO, in major local and multinational companies such as Microsoft and Intimedia.

Most recently, at Microsoft, Sasono led Indonesia’s technical evangelism to start up developers and architects and mentored many of Indonesia’s top startups within incubators.

“Norman has built some of Indonesia’s largest enterprise platforms for financial and insurance sectors.  We’re thrilled to have someone with his vision and skill set join us on the journey to radically shift the way businesses buy,” Peter Goldsworthy the CEO and Founder of Bizzy said in the statement.

Sasono said, “I am very excited to join Bizzy. As a startup, Bizzy has shown strong revenue growth month-on-month, confirming their product-market fit in a massive addressable market. We will work with customers to produce products of an international level of engineering excellence, helping simplify corporate purchasing and create a new standard in employee benefits.”

Over the last six months Bizzy has grown its business supplies and service offerings, with a total of eight categories including industrial, health and business services. These categories already represent over 20 per cent of total revenue and are part of the reason each order on Bizzy is now nearly $2,000.

As the new CIO, Sasono will look to expand on one category that has surprisingly emerged in Indonesian companies replicating Silicon Valley models: Employee Perks.

“We are seeing more cases where the HR team is the center of purchasing. They are investing serious time in thinking about how to keep their teams happy. There have been some great examples.” says Goldsworthy.

Bizzy has consulted with MNC group to help set up an indoor garden as an area for their teams to channel their inner Zen. Companies like Traveloka and TNT Express are investing in substantial pantry treats for their staff and more companies are exploring employee benefit portals which will take the bulk buying power of the corporation and extend it to their employees.

In the next 30 days, Bizzy will launch the first of these portals in a closed marketplace (private log-in access) for leading Indonesian startup Gojek’s employees.  Employees will be able to buy any item in the Bizzy catalogue at below wholesale rates for their own personal usage. A new category that will be exclusively available on Bizzy’s closed marketplaces will also be available for employees, wholesale travel below market rates.

Also Read: Ardent Capital invests $2.5m in Indonesia’s B2B portal Bizzy

 

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.