As an early institutional investor in companies that achieved billion-dollar valuations, Chandra Tjan can rightfully claim that he is a unicorn maker. Despite the financial impact of the pandemic, Chandra remains bullish about the future where he foresees a continued upward trend in digital adoption, as well as an increasingly crowded unicorn club.


Without a doubt, Chandra Tjan’s triple majors (in Finance, Management and Economics) from the University of Sydney has paid off. Early this November, Alpha JWC, the venture capital company he co-founded and where he sits as Managing Partner, closed its third fund at a whopping USD433 Million. With a combined fund of USD630 Million, Chandra’s company now manages Southeast Asia’s largest capital venture coffer for early-stage startups.

Alpha JWC’s performance certainly boosted investor confidence, with three of its portfolio companies - Ajaib, Kredivo and Carro - breaching the billion valuation mark. That’s not all; there are 11 more headed toward unicorn status, that includes consumer goods producer Lemonillo, coffee chain Kopi Kenangan, and online marketplace GudangAda.

While his triple majors certainly helped Chandra succeed in his endeavours, it’s his uncanny knack for spotting trends and business potentials that made him a major force in venture capitalism.

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