On Health

As a founder of a startup, it feels like we are expected to work as hard as we can, in fact forget about 9-to-5 weekdays, we probably still work on our bed or even on the weekends. This is all good if we can keep up with our physical and mental health.

I thought of this post two nights ago, as I was stuck on the bed, having craziest headache ever and ended up puking all of my dinner out (sorry for the NSFW image on your head) and ended up resting almost all day the day after. Obviously everyone has their own limits, and you are open to work as hard as you can but I think here are a few things that we can do.

  • Drink more water. Done? Drink some more. Our body needs a lot of water everyday to work at its best and it’s very good for our dietary too.
  • Take every chance you have to walk or exercise. This especially true for startups in Indonesia, we spent most of our days sitting: either on the way to the office/back home/meetings, working, meetings. So if you have a lunch break and you can walk somewhere instead of taking a taxi or say elevator, do it.
  • Sleep well. Get yourself a regular pattern of sleep even though you only have a few hours of sleep every day, this way your body can adapt and process. Don’t bring your iPad, iPhone, or even worse your Macbook to your bed with you.
  • Take a time off work to just chill or even better, have a holiday somewhere to clear your heads up and back feeling refreshed and full of ideas.

I know some of the ideas here feels like old and cliche but that’s the thing, we keep reading the same thing and we keep forgetting about it and destroy our very own body.

Tempo

For the past months, or shall we say the first half of 2014, it has been all about politics. From our TV stations (not that I watch TV, but my dad does) to the Internet, especially social media. For those who have been living under the rock, Indonesia has just went through a legislative election and the presidential election. The winner have been decided officially, though the opponent are still insisting that it is not over yet.

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Putting all that behind, I want to talk about how I have been reading Tempo magazine a lot ever since politics get into our daily life. I mean I have been hearing about it a lot and how great it is but didn’t really realize it until I actually read it. To be honest, I didn’t exactly love reading in Bahasa Indonesia, I have always preferred to read in English (thus, making me better writing in the language as well), but Tempo has changed that mindset.

Compared to any other media, I probably will say that Tempo has a really, really good investigative journalism. It has courage to write something that other media might not write about especially on how corruption isn’t only happening on this place, but apparently it’s all over Indonesia and it manages to dig deep on more and more things. So, with this post I’d love to recommend you to read Tempo (it has English version as well) and subscribe to it.

Back to Writing

I realize that I didn’t really write anything this year except some articles for Tech in Asia. Even compared to my 2013 commitment, I really mess it up. So here I am in another effort to do a blog post a day, even though it will be just a paragraph. One of the thing that is holding me back sometimes is that, I think too much about what will people say about my posts – then I realized that I’m nobody, why should I worry about that. Hopefully I can commit to writing more!

 

 

2013, Best Year Yet

I should say it is the best year yet of my life so far (been saying that three times back-to-back from 2011, 2012, and now 2013) – this year I get to travel to quite a lot of places and meet a lot of new friends. Started my own initiative, and get interviewed by Bloomberg Indonesia. Not bad, I guess?

January:

Had a blast NYE and then followed by New Year’s BBQ.

My I Got a Boy album arrived

Helped Touchten’s Cute Kill covered

Flood is all over Jakarta

Submitted my thesis

February

Chinese New Year!

Valentine’s Day date with my dad.

Sister going back to Taiwan after spending a month of holiday.

US Visa approved!

KakaoTalk Indonesia team celebrating Jude’s birthday

Press Conference of KakaoTalk – “Media Play Day”

March

XL & KakaoTalk Event at Central Park

Attended Music Bank Live in Jakarta

Valentcia Trifonia’s Birthday

Interviewed by Kis FM Jakarta

Exhibition at Jakarta International School

Announced that Big Bang is KakaoTalk’s TVC Model – took part in the decision making

Successfully defended my thesis with Grade A

KakaoTalk TV Commercial launched

Had a KakaoTalk Event together with @benakribo

April

Went to Startup Asia Singapore 2013

KakaoTalk reached #1 in both iOS App Store and Android PlayStore

Interviewed by Aneka Yess! Magazine

KakaoTalkXBigBang mini concert – had a chance to shakehand with KPop SuperStars! And met with Kakao’s Co-CEO – Sirgoo Lee

Seoul Trip! don’t forget to eat street side foods

Went to the best club in Seoul with best friend, Tesong Kim and his wife!

Visited KakaoTalk office

May

Volunteered and attended BeLaunch 2013 in Seoul.

The magazine that interviewed me was published

Launched Kakao Games in Indonesia

My dad’s birthday

KakaoTalk’s Game TVC launched

June

Met with KakaoTalk’s Chief Service Officer Joshua

Went to HongKong with my dad and sister, yay!

HongKong DisneyLand – checked!

Avenue of the Stars, yes, Madam Tussaud HK, yup, and saw the Rubber Duck Project and Ocean Park HK too!

Hello, Macau – Venetian is superb

Visited Window of the World, Shenzhen.

Experienced Dialogue in the Dark (must try!) in Hong Kong

SGHaze happened

July

TouchTen’s new office – super nice

Time to officially graduate

Watched Chelsea FC vs Bni All Stars. Finally get to see my favourite team ever

Departing for the San Fransisco Trip

Arrived in San Fransisco after 18 hours flight

Officially left KakaoTalk Indonesia

August

Trip to Angel Island, San Fransisco

Hello – Golden Gate Bridge

Seattle Trip

Alaska trip cruise (photo link will follow) – this will suffice for now.

Visited Googleplex and had a free lunch there (thanks Sarah!) & Facebook’s 1 Hacker Way too

First time eating In and Out, and now I want one!

Trip to LA, starting with Hollywood

Indonesia Independence’s Day in Universal Studio Hollywood

Disneyland Hollywood – the firework is always wonderful and superb

Vegas, baby!

Grand Canyon, one of the world wonders. A pleasure

Chilling and eating Oysters at San Fransisco’s Pier

September

Kris Antoni’s Wedding

Watched Girls Generation Tour in Jakarta, this is the third time I saw their performance.

Aldwin Wijaya’s Wedding! Congratulations, bro!

October

Medan trip with Minghao, Andrew, Xin Yun, and Emily.

Jogja trip

Attended and moderated a panel at WordCamp 2013

Launched an Indiegogo experiment

Anton Soeharyo’s [birthday[*https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202383773340722&set=a.4268379392768.176239.1384564355&type=1&ogpermsrc=OPENGRAPHSINGLE_STORY)

Halloween party at TouchTen

November

Launched Bridge Inc – my very own initiative

Startup Asia Jakarta 2013 – with Bridge Inc booth!

Went to Bandung with these great people

December

Dede (CTO of Touchten Games) Wedding – congratulations!

Interviewed by Bloomberg Indonesia you can see the video here: http://www.bloombergindonesia.tv/videos/watch/1116/siapa-dibalik-bridge-inc-apa-misi-dan-tujuan-ekosistem-startup-indonesia-

The 2013 Resolution

Boom, 2013 is here. I don’t know why but my 2011 was awesome, and my 2012 was legendary, so I sure do hope my 2013 would be even more superb. Now that we can move on from the end of the world as we know it, we will look 2013 as a year of new hope and to unearth potentials. I will be graduating this year, and I finally can say goodbye to school though I will keep learning through an ever-advanced technology called the internet. So here goes my 2013 resolutions:

1. Write one paragraph a day on my blog

Yes, this blog. I know that I promised to write 3 times a week back then and ended up only making probably up to 30 posts on 2012. But maybe that was the one that limits or prohibits me from blogging. I put on too much pressure. Now that I lower that bar by only targeting one paragraph a day, it might actually help me write more regularly and at the same time start the “Positive – be thankful – project”

2. Read at least 6 books this year

Again, I promised to read 10 books. I did buy 10 books probably more but I didn’t get to read all of it. So this time around again I lower my expectation to read 6 books a year which means 1 book every two months, or to put a micro perspective on it, 10 pages a day for a 600 pages book.

3. Decrease my weight by 10 pounds (5kgs)

By that I mean get fitter or get healthy-er, I gained around 5 to 6 Kgs across the year of 2012. I bet it’s because of all the bubble tea and Starbucks meetings. Not to mention my supper of Nasi Goreng around 12 to 1am at night and sleeping not too long after. I believe that 60 Kgs is my optimal weight, hopefully by the end of next year I’ll reach that goal. How? Most likely by swimming and futsal more regularly.

4. Graduate without any trouble

This is a bit (or maybe totally) different than what I proposed last year, I was all about GPA but 2012 certainly puts that perspective on hold or even disappeared. I don’t need any cum laude title, all I want to do is to graduate quickly and without any trouble in the process. I will have my last “defense” on the March then I will have my graduation on July. Can’t wait!

5. Travel more! (a.k.a experience more things)

I did go to 5 citites and 3 countries as I hope for my 2012 resolution. I went to Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), Singapore (Singapore), and Indonesia (Surabaya and Malang). Since I never went to Surabaya and Malang before, I counted them on the list. Next year I have Malaysia and South Korea on the itinerary. I kinda hope for one more country on the list, hopefully I will get that chance. At the same time I made a promise to myself to watch Girls Generation concert at least 4 times (2x in Jakarta, 2x in Singapore).

6. Personal projects

Since I will be graduated by this year. This is the year that I won’t have “school” as a distraction. I can focus on what I’m gonna do. I will start a couple of things that I think I will like to do, and at the same time contribute to the community. Hopefully, I can continue to do what I love and do more in this year.

To close this post, a verse that I got from my church to guide me this year: Phillipians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Day Number 366

Apparently, all the hype about the world ending in 2012 is wrong which I predicted on my 2012 resolutions. Although I didn’t really achieve all of my resolutions, but I made a lot of improvement both in personal and my professional life. Well,  at least that’s what people told me. I gained 7 Kilograms, and held 3 conferences in a year. Wrote decent number of articles and covered some great startups especially Rovio. So below are the overview of what happened on my 2012 (some might think this is a tl;dr) – thank you for the new Twitter feature, this helps a lot for me to recall my memories!

 

January: (or another version of this month’s evaluation here)
- Spent the NYE at the cousin’s house together with the big family. Played PES 2012 until I hurt my thumbs, dad drunk-drive us back home.
- Starting the year with all expectations on #StartupLokal, East Ventures Alpha graduation, Penn Olson’s first conference.
- Finished my Minor Project (which was supposedly to prepare us for the thesis but in fact it was harder than thesis), got a sucky lecturer which gave the whole team a “C” mark.
- Held Jakarta Ventures Night 2012, met with tons of Japanese investors and counterparts. Overseen the East Ventures Alpha startups pitched to the crowd.
- Did a moderator job with Kevin Osmond, Aria Rajasa, William Tanuwijaya as the speaker.
- For the first time in my life, I rode a train to Purwokerto (also the first time) for the Telkomsel Smart Camp.
- Attended Boost Asia Conference 2012 (has great panel which include founding team of YouTube)
- Accepted to Stanford’s ASES conference.
- Celebrated CNY plus ended up watching the Super Sunday on the same day!
- Attended Blaast launching party.
- Had an invite-only interview with Peter Vesterbacka (CMO of Rovio), turned it into article, which got covered by @TechMeme – few people in Indonesia that able to do so.
- Attended Gamelan Jogjakarta for the first time
- First tech conference by Tech in Asia, StartupAsia Singapore. First time meeting the editors and minghao, and Amelia Chen!
- Met with the famous Serkan Toto for the first time! Still keeping in touch with him until now as my mentor

February:
- Attended and covered Jakarta Founders Institute’s first batch graduation
- Helped the TIA guys settle in Jakarta, the prep for SUA Jakarta started!
- Looked for sponsors for the Stanford trip, found them!
- Had to post a disclosure after posting about Apps Foundry bought MakeMac.
- Celebrated my sister’s birthday and Valentine’s Day!
- ATM is definitely one of the best Thailand’s romantic comedy!
- Jeremy Lin sensation
- For the first time, I was stuck inside an elevator.

March:
- Covered GushCloud funding
- Attended CyberAgent Ventures’ Net Impact Conference
- Penn Olson rebranded to Tech in Asia
- Rejected for the US Visa
- SNSD released the “Time Machine” MV
- Announced Startup Asia Jakarta!
- Watched B2ST concert!
- The Raid was epic!
- Covered and attended Google Indonesia launch

April:
- Covered Tokopedia’s Series B investment
- Koprol said last words, but the employees were quickly being approached by tons of companies.
- Attended my second Echelon’s Jakarta Satellite
- My official Rovio’s employee Angry Birds jacket arrived!
- Had a blast for my 20th birthday!
- Attended my first 4SQ Party with Minghao and Willis: http://pics.lockerz.com/s/201788663
- Listened to Andrew’s and Ken’s story at Kaskus office: http://pics.lockerz.com/s/202234763
- Went to Depok for the first time, saw Universitas Indonesia huge campus. Met with the local community too: http://t.co/LjEZDzcy
- Chelsea got into the FINALE of Champions League after beating Barcelona!
- Bought TTS album!

May:
- Started the month with leaving my Blackberry inside a Bluebird taxi
- Attended grand launching of Tiket.com
- Met @fajaranugerah and Mark Wang of GEPI
- Attended the launching of Indonesia E-Commerce Association (idEA)
- Attended Qeon Interactive launching
- Attended Technopreneur Talk (featuring Lichi Wu from Millenial Media, Karaniya from VIVAnews)
- Met Evan Spytma of Popcap for the first time
- Fasting for 10 days for the Pentecost
- watched I AM (which was superb)
- Chelsea won the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (FINALLY!)
- Went to GamedevGathering at UMN
- Activated the “ticker” feature on @TechinAsia
- Covered Wego’s investment in Valadoo
- Prepping for SUA Jakarta

June:
- Interviewed by @twitalkID!
- Featured on MNC News and Kompas TV talking about Startup Asia Jakarta http://t.co/guSQr3OL
- Met more than a few Singapore startup founders for the iStart Jakarta program
- Met @csugiono, @enda, @valentmustamin, and tons more in Startup Asia Jakarta
- Explained Startup Asia conference to Marissa Mayer (ex VP in Google, now Yahoo! CEO) in person
- EURO 2012!
- Got a picture taken while riding an Ojek by Elisha http://instagram.com/p/LvSr-Xkr7w/
- Met TouchTen team for the first time, ended up going nobar together, which was the reason we got this close today.
- Took a picture with the famous Vanessa Tan http://instagram.com/p/Lvd48xklGY/
- Visited TokoBagus office for the first time, got the office tour by @Remco_L
- Gossiping with @DeaSurjadi for the first time
- Bought Diablo 3

July:
- Spain won Euro 2012 with Torres and Mata on the scoresheet.
- Olympics
- Carly Rae Japsen
- Interviewed by the Jakarta Globe: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/myjakarta/my-jakarta-joshua-kevin-networking-enthusiast/528342
- For the first time I left my Macbook charget at Starbucks PVJ, rode an ojek to get it in the middle of the night.
- Love them: http://pbs.twimg.com/media/AxXpyjRCEAEukh8.jpg
- Voted for my first Jakarta Governor election
- Covered PriceArea’s Series B funding by GREE and So-net
- Attended Steve Wozniak’s event in Jakarta!
- Announced Startup Asia BAndung:
- Watched The Dark Knight Rises!
- Went to my first wedding celebration outside Indonesia
- Partied hard at Zouk Singapore

August:
- Start of the footballing season, my weekend is back!
- Changed my twitter handle from @oleeoebi to @jshkvn
- Love that First Media now has FML
- United lost, Arsenal drew, Tottenham drew, Liverpool lost. Only City and the Blues has gotten 3 pts. GREAT GREAT 1st week indeed!
- Covered WEEKEND Inc’s launch
- Hazard started superbly on this first few matches. 1 goal, 6 assists in 3 games!
- Announced our first TiA Six Cities Roadtrip!

September:
- Helped out TouchTen team in the AFA (Anime Festival Award) – fun fun fun!
- Did TiaRoadTrip from Jakarta, Bandung, Depok, Jogjakarta, Surabaya, Malang!
- My sister left for Taiwan for her undergraduate study
- Covered GREE’s second investment in Indonesia: Bukalapak
- Met Jokowi in a padang food restaurant.
- Officially bought SMTOWN SG ticket!
- Getting visa for the Australia trip!
- Went to the Monas for the first time in my whole 20 years living in Jakarta with Anton and Karin. Played and danced around for the Jak-Japan Matsuri event

Oktober:
- #StartupAsiaBdg (although I wasn’t able to attend it)
- Got Girls Generation to say Hi to Tech in Asia readers!
- Australian visa approved
- Grandpa left us forever. Rest in Peace, grandpa :)
- Officially ending my journey at TechinAsia
- United “won” against Chelsea 3-2. MOTM: Clattenburg
- @antonsoeharyo’s birthday celebration
- Ended the month helping TouchTen in the Jakarta Game Show 2012. Having fun with the rest of game developers like Altermyth, Mintsphire, Toge Productions, NightSpade, and Agate.

November:
- Chelsea got the revenge against United just a few days after the 3-2 match
- Had a tons of fun at TarQ 2, playing Counter Strike and presenting some TouchTen games there!
- 007 Skyfall was entertaining
- #AUSTRIP to Sydney and Melbourne, best 10 days ever :D visited Opera House, Madame Tussaud, Sydney Tower, Bondi Beach and tons more. Pictures on my Facebook!
- Played together, hugging, biting, and pinching my half brother and sister :p
- Visited my first Apple Store
- Obama won the election 2012
- Rode almost all methods of transportation in Australia from planes, tram, train, to taxi.
- Pikarin Listiyanichu’s birthday
- First bowling match with dad
- Had my first wine-tasting trip
- Bought my first iOS phone: iPhone 5
- Joko Widodo won the Jakarta Governor election
- Attended a gala dinner with the Minister of Creative Industry: Ibu Mari Elka Pangestu, thanks to @yansenkamto
- #SMTOWNSG – totally worth it, helped me a bit to lower my craving for Taeyeon, drenched in rain for the last 30 minutes but it was all worth it.
- Mom opened her first physical store
- Went to KASKUS’ birthday celebration

December:
- Finally had a LOTR marathon and watched The Hobbit
- Life of Pi was one of the best movie for 2012
- Got addicted to Clash of Clans and did my first in-app purchase
- Bought FM 2013 for PC and FMH 2013 for iPhone and iPad
- Spent the last 2 or 3 weeks of December listening/talking in Hangeul.
- Dancing Queen of SNSD was released, bought it on iTunes, and can’t stop watching the MV
- FIFA 2013 was hard but totally worth it
- Chelsea beat Aston Villa 8-0
- Lampard finished the curse of Everton by beating them 2-1 at Goodison Park

Pretty great 2012 huh? And this happened exactly after an equally great 2011 – I’m soooo excited for 2013, how about you?

Houses or Places

This has been a long time coming, I have always been wanting to post about this but time doesn’t let me. Or at least, I don’t have enough time to sit and write for my very own blog.

In life, we are given options, some have more, some have less or even no options at all. In this post, I’d like to talk about Houses (buying something solid – a house, a car, a Louis Vuitton purse) or Places (buying experience – concerts, skydiving, traveling). This post is totally inspired by Derek Sivers – someone that I look up to as a role model. In this post, he said:

Wouldn’t it be more fun to never have to OWN anything, but to just have it when you need it?

I mean, of course, if you have billions of Rupiah, never mind US Dollar – it might be an exception where you can just buy anything you want and at the same time do all the experience. But for a lot of people – the middle class – including me, we have to choose.

For me, it has always been the latter instead of the former. Ever since I have been earning money on my own, I know how hard it is to do that hence I have to spend it on something that is truly meaningful to my life. I don’t know whether it’s because of my age or not but I’ve been traveling, I’ve been going to concerts (mostly kpop – yes),  and I definitely will go skydiving in the next couple of years.

Why you said? Why don’t you spend the money for fancy branded clothes and put a down payment on a car or something? I’d say things won’t affect your life, the time you feel happy owning an expensive thing is only when you’re planning to buy it, the time you actually buy it, and probably a little while after you buy it. As time passed, you will “adapt” with that expensive stuff and you know what? You will actually want something more, something new. It is a never-ending loop.

At the other hand, experiences actually shape your life. You see something that probably 99% other people in the whole world isn’t experiencing at that time. You are the few hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands that will remember this experience. Remember that Guns n Roses or L’arc~en~Ciel or So Nyuh Shi Dae concert? You’re gonna be able to tell that to your kids, your grandkids. Remember that time when you’re going to Sydney and playing on the Bondi Beach? Or when you’re eating on a roadside stall at Seoul, sipping soju and eating Ddukbokki? – all is something that you can people over and over again. Or if you’re lucky, it’s saved on a printed photo somewhere or on your Facebook so you can rem·i·nis·cence about those trips.

There has been a saying that if you want to change the world, while you’re young you should travel, you should see the world and realize that it’s not just as small as your city. There are tons of problems that this world are facing, and it is up to us, the people living on it, to do something about it.

So, do you prefer Houses? or Places?

 

Moving On to New Journey

I know that this is a total contrast of what I posted around two months ago – but i guess this is life, full of twists and turns, and this is a part of the journey. Since I’m probably not allowed to post my last post in the Tech in Asia blog, I guess this personal blogpost would do.

Before I start my thank you post, I’d like to say that this is a mutual decision between us, we are moving towards different directions and I think it’s just a right timing to start over. Moreover, I’d say right now the Indonesia team is more solid than what we had at the beginning of this year (well, it’s only me) and I’m happy to have helped them scale the team (I hope they think the same too) and to reach where we are right now.

It is a hard post to type especially after losing out my grandfather just eight days ago, it feels like I just lost someone and something that is meaningful in my life in just a short time.

I’m really thankful to Willis Wee, for teaching me how to be an adult and I’d say I’m a different man compared to who I am before I worked for and with him. Minghao Teoh, he might not be the best single guy out there, but he’s definitely a great friend and one of the best biz dev I ever knew. Vanessa Tan, she might be the one we “bully” around because she’s a girl but never underestimate her potential, strongest and smartest girl around in the tech scene here in Asia. The editors – Rick Martin, Charlie Custer,  and Steven Millward – they are just totally three superb editors, and from my point of view, we won’t be where we are right now without them. Thank you Rick for drowning me in the Markdown realm, thank you Steven for the sexy british accent and your kindness, thank you Charlie, I learned a lot just doing work together with you and reading your blog posts, videos, and your work.

Ultimately, it has been a great joy for me to have planned, produced and ran Startup Asia conferences, especially Startup Asia Jakarta 2012. It was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, tech conference ever held in Indonesia and I’m proud to be part of it. Events and blogging will still be part of my future, but right now I think I’ll just lay low and help startups that want my help, talk to more entrepreneurs, and working on my thesis while figuring out what to do next.

If you would like to catch up or discuss anything interesting – please drop me an e-mail: hello[at]joshuakev.in

Thank you for reading!

Why Tech in Asia?

Each and every day, you wakes up and go to work, there should be a question of: Why do I work for my current employer? Why am I working on the current job? What is my purpose? Have I got something worthwhile out of this company? Those questions should be in your mind and if most of the answers lead you to a negative feeling, I’d say you should quit your company and start a fresh/a new.

This brings me to the question: Why Tech in Asia?

  1. To write and have my opinions/articles be seen by 1, 10, 100, 1.000.000 of people. I love English, and I love to read so that leads me to learn writing and there is no better place than an online media to do that. Although we’re a blog, we do keep the journalism ethics intact. And to simply have your writings published and seen by thousands after the publish button is clicked is just a satisfying feeling.
  2. Putting Indonesia startups on Tech in Asia map, if not the whole tech world map. If you realize, most of our news are coming from China, Japan, and Indonesia would probably come third most of the time. This is a concern for me and really pushes me to write more and cover more stories so that when people browse Tech in Asia, you will see stories about Indonesia and especially about startups from the country.
  3. I meet extraordinary and inspiring entrepreneurs & leaders almost every day. This is probably a chance that not every 19-years-old in Indonesia can get. I have met countless entrepreneurs whether it’s from my very own country or even abroad. I talked and chatted – either casually or seriously – with people who I never imagined to even meet with in the first place.
  4. To learn the successes, and the failures, of building a start-up on a first hand basis. Writing about startups has really involved me in a way where I get updated with what is happening with the startups here, although I’d want to write only the successful stories, failures always be there and as they say the majority of startups fail anyway. It really helps me to learn from them directly or indirectly.
  5. To simply build my network from ground up. Before I get involved in the startup scene, I basically just a normal university student with a dream of getting some decent job with the decent pay. I know almost no-one in the industry, but now I’d say after around 18 months blogging and networking on events, networking nights, and conferences, things have changed dramatically and network will help me when I build my very own startup later. Since the world has more and more working towards a globalization and more connected, without a right connection, even if you have great ideas or skills, you won’t get that far.
  6. To mature, on a more accelerated basis. Most of people in my age with rich parents (I’m not stereotyping, but if I do, I apologize) would probably just party hard and live the life like you will be in university/college all your life. But fortunately, I don’t have that privilege. Working in a startup really made me mature in an accelerated way because it forces you to do that. It shapes your mindset and push you to make hard decisions in a timely manner. Which leads me to number 7.
  7. To work in a startup environment. If you ask me several years ago, “would I work on a small company with less than 10 people and making less than millions of dollars?” I’d say “I’ll think about it” or maybe “Naaaah” – but nowadays I’d suggest to my friends to do that. Why? Working in a corporate structure is really old-fashioned and not really nurtures your entrepreneurial instinct, at the same time there’s always bureaucrazy and your boss will have to report to another boss. In startup, you really feel that your contribution matters, a lot, that if you keep winning, your company wins too. You will be more exposed, you will see that people appreciate your work directly instead of congratulating your boss. (P.S. I have never worked in a corporate world so I might be biased, I’m open to any million dollar paycheck vacancy so I can feel it though!) – yet at the same time I know that working in a startup is not for everyone, the challenge, the stress, and the pay might not be the same. But if you really want to build your own company, where’s better to learn than at a startup?
  8. To work for and with amazing people. When I met Willis for the first time, and first couple of months, we fought a lot. Seriously. But now I’m just simply amazed (have always been) at his work rate, his ambition, his contribution to the ecosystem, his maturity, and his none-bullshit way of thinking and speaking. I learned a ton of things from him, both good things, and bad thing such as playing Diablo 3. He’d look like a zombie most of the time yet even if I did mistakes, he would patiently tell me and told me what I should’ve done. The editors are just really the 3 people that I really look up to, although so far we only have met for work stuff, I really really do wish that the whole team can spend 1 week on a beach playing and drinking beers.
  9. It all leads into two things: Passion and Purpose. I know that passion is probably one of the most-used words lately, but it really does affect the way you work. If you are passionate about it, you will see that the work you produce is just better and people will see it too. Working with a purpose and a goal always important, and I always have a purpose of getting inspired and inspiring people. I want to see more and more upcoming young entrepreneurs from this country, whether it’s in tech industry or not. The country needs these people badly. And I hope what I’m doing would help that, bit by bit.

There isn’t a number 10 because 10 is a symbol of perfectness and startup is simply a right example of imperfectness. Hence the reason we build it day by day, scale it, fund it, so that it can work for thousands of people out there and affect their life one way or another.

I’m not gonna lie or at the same time boast, but I have been offered jobs from several companies, both foreign and local, where he/she is also working on something exciting and some of them offered a higher payroll and bonuses. I’m flattered and it really shows me that money will follow great works, but for now, I’m not thinking about money yet (I do need it, yes) but more towards what I can contribute to the ecosystem and really leave a mark before I continue to my next adventure.

Birthday Wishes

I know, I know, it sounds stupid to make a birthday wishes like almost two weeks before it actually happens. But since it’s my blog anyway, I will post some wishlist so that if God reads my blog (He doesn’t need to, though) He can fulfill all of my wishes.

  • Startup Asia Jakarta 2012 planning, sponsorship, speakers, everything is closed in a timely manner and works out perfectly!
  • Break more stories, read more books, and meet more interesting people
  • Talking about books, I’d love to get my hands on – Thinking Fast and Slow, The Power of Habit, The Undercover Economist, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Jim Collins’ books, Seth Godin’s books, Jason Fried’s Rework, Guy Kawasaki’s book except Enchantment, Douglas Edward’s I’m feeling Lucky, Richard Branson’s books.
  • I know it sounds like a lot of book, oh well, might as well requesting a Kindle!
  • Xbox 360+ Kinect
  • The all new Macbook Air 15″ and iPhone 5, perhaps also the new iPad (going all out on Apple this year….)
  • Chelsea to win Champions League and FA Cup (I know people will diss me for this)
  • Travel more, I mean really, I want to save up to travel more. Hopefully will be able to go to Seoul, Tokyo and Europe before my next birthday. (well, this is a wishlist)
  • Hundreds of more posts for TechinAsia
  • More contributions for East Ventures
  • Make a real positive change/contribution for the whole tech scene in Indonesia
  • Be more matured, professional and do 200%
  • Make my family, especially my parents, proud of me

I’ll get back to this once I have something real good to update!