KUALA LUMPUR, 19 OCTOBER 2018 – DOJO is revolutionising the co-working space industry in Malaysia with the recent addition of Commerce DotAsia Ventures Sdn Bhd (Commerce.Asia) and GrowthX Academy as their anchor members at Menara Amplewest in Kuala Lumpur city. The omnichannel e-commerce ecosystem company founded by Ganesh Kumar Bangah occupies a 5,000 sq. ft. space within the DOJO co-working ecosystem.
From left to right: Dewan Ng and Jack Chan, co-founders of DOJO pictured with Ganesh Kumar Bangah Founder and Executive Chairman of Commerce.Asia and Dr. Tom Tan of GrowthX Academy
DOJO is the brainchild of two young entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, Dewan Ng and Jack Chan. Located in the Golden Triangle, DOJO is surrounded by views of lush greenery from the Bukit Nanas Reserve, Menara Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and the banking district along Jalan Sultan Ismail. DOJO offers and promotes work-life integration instead of a work-life balance.
“Most of us work more than eight hours a day, especially for those in a start-up. So a work-life balance is impossible to achieve as work becomes part of our lifestyle. DOJO offers life at work - a place where you can have high quality of life and get high quality of work done. Work-life integration is the future,” says DOJO Founders Dewan Ng and Jack Chan - both under-30-years-old start-up entrepreneurs themselves.
The addition of Commerce.Asia as part of their member profile also marks a new foray for DOJO as they enter into the custom-built office section of the co-working space industry.
“We custom built Commerce.Asia’s workspace according to DOJO’s design principles that allow for connection, collaboration, and well-being,” says Chan. He further added that the company’s space is located on its own dedicated floor together with GrowthX Academy.
Commerce.Asia owns the license to operate GrowthX’s Academy and Market Acceleration (MXP) programme in Malaysia. The go-to-market programme was developed based on the vast experiences of its co-founders based in the Silicon Valley. Commerce.Asia was founded by Ganesh Kumar Bangah in 2017 after he listed leading online payment gateway, MOL on the NASDAQ.
Today, Ganesh’s mission is to push capacity development of Malaysian SMEs, brands and micro-entrepreneurs to prepare them for Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) which is anticipated to open up the Malaysian e-commerce space to the global market. Occupying one entire floor at the DOJO ecosystem, merchants are trained and prepared to service the demands of a global market, as Ganesh strongly believes that Malaysia has the potential to be the e-commerce hub of Southeast Asia.
“We are inspired by Commerce.Asia’s vision and are pleased to be able to support them at DOJO as a hub for digital entrepreneurs,” says Chan. “Despite DOJO being a new and independent co-working space in Malaysia, we are happy to be selected as Commerce.Asia’s headquarters as it brings inspiration and innovation to DOJO’s community, as well as to the greater entrepreneurial community as a whole,” he added.
DOJO is a Malaysia’s 6th Malaysia Digital Hub™. Malaysia Digital Hub is an initiative by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). It is awarded to participating partners to catalyse the economy by attracting and maintaining startups and its ecosystems.
“Malaysia is gradually gaining interests from startups and entrepreneurs worldwide. Located at the heart of ASEAN, Malaysia is able to connect businesses to a regional market of more than 625 million people. With the introduction of Malaysia Digital Hub™, the local and global tech startup communities can now leverage these benefits that our country has to offer. We believe this will help to strengthen Malaysia’s position as a global hub for startups and entrepreneurs” said Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO of MDEC.
DOJO offers a community focused co-working space where it is as important to them to build relationships with members as well as offering the best workspace.
“Team DOJO focuses on developing meaningful relationships within the space - members greet each other by their first names, insights and ideas are shared in our common areas,” says Dewan Ng.
DOJO has also created an oasis in the inner city - a tranquil workspace that offers an intimate view of Kuala Lumpur Eco Park.
Both Chan and Ng believe that there is room for DOJO to grow from their first base at Menara Amplewest at Jalan P. Ramlee. Aside from Commerce.Asia, other members include GuavaPass, citizenM Boutique Hotels, SuperCharger and Coins.ph. DOJO also partners with Amazon Web Services, Jeff Leong Poon & Wong, Grab, TechinAsia, Gobi Partners, Future Lab, Policy Street, Kakitangan.com, GoGet and many more start-up ecosystem partners.
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DOJO KL Sdn. Bhd. (DOJO) is a community focused co-working space based within the Golden Triangle in Kuala Lumpur. They seek to empower the creative and entrepreneurial by creating inspiring workspaces, organising education and social events, and providing personalised services to help their members grow. Taking a “People First” approach, they believe inspiration, happiness and connection will enable creation and innovation; thus increased productivity. DOJO events are curated to enhance wellness and foster meaningful relationships.For more information on DOJO, visit www.dojokl.com.
Commerce DotAsia Ventures Sdn. Bhd (Commerce.asia) is a South East Asian ecosystem builder that assists SMEs, Brands & Micro-entrepreneurs to sell online by providing them with end to end omnichannel commerce solutions. Commerce.asia develops these solutions by integrating best of breed technologies from Technology Enablers (i.e. e-commerce solutions for payment, loyalty & marketing, warehousing & delivery, etc.). Commerce.Asia brings together these Technology Enablers by making strategic investments, providing guidance and mentorship to them. For more information on Commerce.asia, visit http://commerce.asia.
San Francisco-based GrowthX Academy (operated in Malaysia by Commerce DotAsia Accelerator Sdn Bhd.) delivers dynamic curriculum, personal and professional branding, hands-on experience and immersion into our network of student peers, instructors, mentors, events, startups and investors. We help companies to commercialise innovation through capital, talent and know-how. Visit https://www.growthx.asia for more.
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (MDEC) is the holistic, government-owned agency launched in 1996 to pioneer the transformation of Malaysia’s digital economy. Its roots stemmed from Vision 2020, the plan to develop Malaysia into a fully-developed nation by 2020. MDEC pursues a digital future that unlocks significant economic, environmental, and social value within the nation. Learn how the MSC initiatives can help your business to grow by clicking here: https://www.mdec.my/msc-malaysia.