Indonesia’s social recruitment platform KerjaDulu closes $5m seed round from MNC Group

Founder Kerjadulu Chris Liu (left) and Bruce Sung (right) - photo by MNC Group

KerjaDulu,an Indonesia-based social networking platform for jobs, announced raising $5 million as seed funding from the MNC Group.

Following the funding, David Fernando Audy, a board member at MNC Media Group, will now join KerjaDulu’s board.

In October 2014, KerjaDulu had secured a six-figure investment from the Chairman of PT Astra International Tbk (ASII) Budi Setiadharma.

According to KerjaDulu founder and CEO Chris Liu, the latest seed funding  amount will be used for ongoing product development and to scale-up the the company’s operations. The investment signifies the company’s transformation from startup to an early-stage growth company, he added.

“With MNC Group getting on board, I truly believe KerjaDulu will be stronger in the days to come. The key thing that MNC Group brings to the table is business acumen and expertise, as well as a strong network,” Liu said.

“MNC itself employs more than 40,000 people and is very active with recruitment. We can utilize KerjaDulu.com’s innovative social recruitment platform as our priority to hire talented people,” added Audy .

Founded by Liu and Bruce Sung, KerjaDulu connects qualified and skilled professionals with conglomerates and SMEs looking to recruit them.

The site that launched on 1 January 2014, has “hundreds of thousands” of active users in the country, says Liu, who had previously founded C2 Networks in Taiwan,

“In the beginning of 2014, we had only about 80,000 users. By the month of April 2014, we had reached more than 250,000 users. This year, our user base has increased by 52.7 per cent and returning customers reached 30 percent, “he added.

The site’s competitors in Indonesia include – Garyawan and Jofom (owned by JobStreet Indonesia).

MNC Group is the largest and the only integrated media, broadcasting, entertainment and telecommunication group in Indonesia with operations that encompass content production, content distribution, television and radio broadcasting, newspaper, magazine, tabloids, telecommunication operator, mobile content aggregator, value added services provider, and IT system integrator.

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