IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sqeeqee.com, the world's first "Social Networthing®" platform founded by Wall Street veteran, Jenny Q. Ta, is pleased to formally announce the installation of one of Indonesia's top tech pioneers, Shinta W. Dhanuwardoyo, as Co-Founder and President of the company. The two businesswomen will continue a successful collaboration that began over a year ago when they embarked on their journey as co-founders of VCNetwork.co.
Since that first meeting, the two women have formed a close bond of friendship and built a highly effective business partnership through their joint company. Bringing Dhanuwardoyo to Sqeeqee will enable the pair to continue to work together and expand Ta's original vision for Sqeeqee. Dhanuwardoyo's role will allow the company to increase its user base globally, with a specific focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
"Being in the technology industry for two decades, I understand the Asia-Pacific region well," said Shinta W. Dhanuwardoyo. "Indonesia is the fourth largest populated country in the world, behind China, India and the U.S., respectively. Therefore, I believe users from this region should have the opportunity to learn about the Sqeeqee platform and how unique it is in comparison to other social networks. I'm enthusiastic about the opportunity to join my good friend and colleague, Jenny Q. Ta, to continue the vision and expand the reach of Sqeeqee."
Proven Partnership Success
During the past year, the two high-powered businesswomen have worked closely together to already implement a variety of Sqeeqee initiatives. Together, they also founded VCNetwork.co, a start-up funding network that has been described as a virtual eHarmony meets Shark Tank. VCNetwork.co is a digital platform that includes a database of independent international venture capitalists. The network essentially plays the role of matchmaker, bringing together aspiring entrepreneurs, who need funding to achieve their goals, and venture capitalists with the means to provide that funding.
"Working together this past year on VCNetwork.co, Shinta and I both learned that our skills complement each well, and that's why I believe our partnership is at its strongest. I'm thrilled to extend our working relationship to include Sqeeqee. Besides continuing to add user growth and expand the Sqeeqee brand globally, Shinta and I will consider partnerships in new investments, potential acquisitions, and look to retain financial advisors and investment bankers to help with this rapid growth," said Ta.
About Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo
Ms. Dhanuwardoyo is a tech industry veteran and trailblazer. Since the inception of her first company Bubu.com in 1996, the award-winning entrepreneur has impacted Indonesia's digital landscape in countless ways. She has been recognized by Globe Asia as one of the "99 Most Powerful Women," and she was named to the "Inspiring Women Honor Roll" by Forbes Indonesia Magazine. Dhanuwardoyo has worked tirelessly to advance technology in the region since founding Bubu.com and serving as the company's CEO, a position she still holds.
In addition to founding Bubu.com- a web development company that later evolved into a full-service data-driven digital agency- Shinta also served as CEO of Plasa.com (now Blanja.com), a Telkom Indonesia owned e-commerce marketplace. Plasa.com attracted investments from eBay in 2012 in a joint venture between the two companies aimed to create a marketplace that connects hundreds of millions of merchants to customers both locally and globally. The desirability of the platform Shinta built during her tenure at Plasa.com, demonstrates both her experience in the digital sphere and her visionary approach to e-commerce.
Dhanuwardoyo also served as the Managing Partner at Nusantara Ventures, a pioneering technology venture capital fund in Indonesia aimed at helping entrepreneurs create and grow market-leading digital media companies throughout the region from 2011 until 2013. As one of Indonesia's leading authorities on ICT, Shinta has also been instrumental in fostering valuable ties with Silicon Valley. She co-founded Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance, a non-profit organization (incorporated in 2014) whose mission is to bridge the flow of ideas and collaboration between the tech industry in Indonesia and Silicon Valley.
About Jenny Q. Ta
Ms. Ta, a serial entrepreneur and Wall Street veteran who founded two brokerage firms and became a self-made millionaire by age 27. Prior to being a tech innovator, Ms. Ta was the founder and CEO of Titan Securities, a full service investment firm that was acquired in 2005, as well as Vantage Investments, a full-service broker-dealer start-up she founded in 1999 and grew to a quarter of a billion dollars in assets. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in sales, marketing and finance.
She developed Sqeeqee.com to serve as the world's first "Social Networthing®" platform. The platform was designed to allow users everywhere to monetize their social media presence rather than letting the ability to profit from online activity remain the sole domain of corporate advertisers. Ta also launched Sqeeqee's interactive multi-player game, Squiggy Piggy.
After meeting Dhanuwardoyo, the pair decided to partner to launch VCNetwork.co (VCNetwork), a comprehensive database of independent venture capitalists who are seeking viable startups to fund. With the success of this collaboration, it was a natural step to bring Dhanuwardoyo's expertise to Sqeeqee to help with the vision of growing the platform globally.
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