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!