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From Tech Forum Central Asia 3 In Almaty, Kazakhstan

I came to Almaty, Kazakhstan, as a trainer at Tech Forum Central Asia 3, but the truth is, I’m the one learning so much from this trip. First, I’ve learned that Almaty is one beautiful and unique city. The city has a magical background of the snow-capped mountains that reminds me of Narnia. I told […]


How to Work in Paradise: Start with Hubud

Last weekend, I have to work overtime but I have nothing to complain about, because I was working in paradise. NulisBuku.com and The Bay Bali held a writing competition ‘Letters of Happiness’ and a writing workshop in Bali. Me, my NulisBuku.com partners and my lovely writer friend Feby Indirani, headed to Nusa Dua, to speak […]


Empowering Productivity at CrowdSourcing Week Global Conference 2014

People say, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – I was definitely in the right room when I attended CrowdSourcing Week Global Conference 2014 in Singapore, 7 – 10 April 2014. The event was packed with brilliant speakers and visionary audiences. That way, I found myself learning new things […]


La Journée de la Femme Digitale 2014

Palais Brongniart was forbidden for women until the late 50s. Naturally, it was the perfect place to celebrate International Women’s Day 2014 #IWD. So, Catherine @cathbarba & Delphine @DelphineRB decided to use the venue, also known as Place de la Bourse (The historical Paris Stock Exchange), for their La Journée de la Femme Digitale 2014 Conference #JFD on […]


Unleashing Women Power with Technology

Just like Michelangelo who already can see ‘an angel’ inside a marble stone that later we know as statue of ‘David’, I also can see how women potential can sparks with technology. Women have highly potential traits like the ability to multitask; able to use time effectively, they have more empathy, they will think about […]


What to Ask to Mentors: How to Nurture Critical Thinking

At the ‘Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship’ seminar by US Embassy, one of 3 inspiring speakers, Svida Alisjahbana @svidss said, Indonesia has no mentoring culture, we’re not used to asking questions, the thing that is really needed when you’re meeting face to face with the important people that could be the mentor for your success. And I […]


Hooked! – Designing Growth & Creating User Habit for Startup Success

Last week I attend 2 days workshop by 2 brilliant guy, Nir Eyal @NirEyal and Sangeet Paul @Sanguit by @atamerica– it was JP @JPEllis, the co-founder of award winning app Harpoen, who notify and remind us about this event. Nir Eyal is a lecturer from Stanford Graduate School of Business and has been writing for Forbes, Techcrunch […]


Start Your Own Social Enterprise

“In 100 years, we will not be known for our technological advances; rather we will be known for how we used technology to tackle some of humanity’s biggest challenges.” ~ Adnan Mahmud, Co-Founder Jolkona.org I had the privilege to attend @AdnanMahmud session at @atamerica when he was visiting Indonesia last week. In a way, I felt that […]


Indonesia: The Next IT Hub

“The center (of Asia) is not China nor India. It’s Indonesia,“ Cristophe Thomson said on our own conversation at @StartupLokal 2nd Anniversary event co-host with @e27sg Singapore for Echelon Jakarta Satellite. You can read more about his opinion on his upcoming book: Jakarta! –  published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama and will be launched soon. Inside the room, […]


Welcoming Mark Wang of GEPI

Last night we welcome Mark Wang, Executive Director of GEPI (Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia) to Jakarta. I like him a lot. His body language is very open, vibrant and energetic. He’s enthusiast and clearly passionate on what he’s doing. He’d listen carefully for everything I said and give positive feedbacks the whole time. This is […]


Spirit from Regional Entrepreneurship Summit 2011

The Regional Entrepreneurship Summit talks about entrepreneurship, but it’s really talk about dreams -Hillary Clinton Lucky me to be invited to Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI) – Regional Entrepreneurship Summit (RES) in Grand Hyatt, Bali from 22 – 24 July 2011 represent #StartupLokal. In Bali I was staying and spend time with the amazing girls […]


Have Idea? Can’t Execute? Find a Technical co-Founder!

I heard this a lot from people who want to start their own digital startup:  “Ollie, I have ideas, but I can’t do programming. I can’t execute my ideas!” The answer is simple: collaborate! Find a technical co-founder. Where to find them? Go to networking events for IT people. One of them is #StartupLokal meetup […]


How to Start a Startup

When I start building my first startup in 2006, online book store Kutukutubuku.com, I don’t have anything in mind. All I know, I want to work surrounded by books. And that can only happened if I make my own book store. After years, a friend on twitter @penq, ask me some tips on successfuly starting […]