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She co-founded a $1 billion fintech start-up in Asia — and wants to show other women they can too

  • 13 days ago

Tessa Wijaya describes herself as “a unicorn among unicorns among unicorns.”

As an Indonesian woman running a $1 billion financial technology start-up in Southeast Asia, she is a rather rare breed.

Women leaders in tech are uncommon. This is especially true in fintech, where they hold 7% of leadership positions. But Wijaya said she is hoping that will change by showing more women and girls they can follow the path less traveled.

“I really do want to encourage more women to be in tech,” the millennial entrepreneur told CNBC Make It.

A $1 billion female founder

Wijaya is the co-founder and chief operations officer of Xendit, an Indonesian fintech platform that processes digital payments for businesses in Southeast Asia, like Grab, Wise and Traveloka.

Since launching in 2015, Xendit has grown rapidly. Today, it processes more than 65 million transactions worth $6.5 billion annually. It reached the $1 billion “unicorn” status in September.

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