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A collection of advice for students from Vivek... →
Silicon Valley is different. It’s okay to fail, to try again. Startup culture is fun, lively. You gain MBA-type experience-after bachelors Join a startup that has some level of funding. Otherwise much too risky to give up well paying job alternative Click title for more
This Week in Asia Episode 100 →
I cant believe there are 100 episodes of TWIA
What Entrepreneurs Can Learn About Social Media... →
The bottom line of any business is being able to get products to the hands of consumers but to be able to sell, you’re gonna need a customer base or an audience, you need fans of your brand and product. Sometimes your product is so good you don’t need to spend too much on marketing but you still need to build up a fan base. Here are some ways to create one and make sure they keep...
A day-by-day guide to Jack Dorsey's 80-hour... →
Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey works 16 hours per day from Monday to Friday, eight each at Square and Twitter. He does it the only way it can be done, and that’s through strict discipline. He has his days themed. Hopefully he has enough rest and keeps his diet healthy too.
BlackBerry Devcon Asia BKK moved to Singapore?
We’re hearing rumors that BlackBerry Devcon Asia that is scheduled to be held between 7-8 December in Bangkok may have to be moved to Singapore due to the severe flooding that has been affecting the city and other parts of the country for the past several months. RIM is expected to deliver a confirmation very soon as this news comes right in the middle of a BlackBerry hackathon that is being...
What's wrong with Australia's startup scene? →
If you think starting up a tech company in Indonesia is difficult, apparently it’s just as or perhaps even more so in Australia. Like here, they also compare their startup scene with the scene in the US and clearly there is a massive gap separating American startups and Australian startups. This blog post from The Age goes over a number of factors to consider when founding a startup in...
There is a huge market to take things and throw away all the clutter and make it...– @bm_
Having trouble raising series A funding? You're... →
American startups are finding it more difficult to raise series A funding and this is very likely caused by the sheer number of startup companies that have surfaced over the last 18 months according to Twitter employee and founder of Mixer Labs Elad Gil. All the VCs I know tell me times are getting more and more busy for them. They are seeing way more series A deals coming through their doors,...
Freemium self-publishing making writers rich in... →
Guardian: a growing number of self-publishing websites host thousands of free-to-read web serials – anything from historical epics to sci-fi – posted by their authors. As a serial gathers critical mass, the author is invited to become a “VIP”, and readers have to pay for the new instalments – only a few yuan, but these micropayments from readers can number in the millions: China...
What differentiates Indonesian game industry from... →
This is the first of a series of posts by Ronald Widjaja talking about the state of the Indonesian gaming industry. It is in Indonesian so you’re gonna have to rely on Google translate to read it if you don’t understand the language. Or maybe we’ll post a summary on our English site later. Berikut adalah beberapa faktor yang membuat industri gamedev lokal kita jauh berbeda...
Apple is turning Mac OS X into iOS by sandboxing... →
Sandboxing means restricting access, in this case, limiting the abilities of apps to perform functions that may affect how the larger environment operates. It also blocks apps that require access beyond the user space. For example, an app like SuperDuper which copies the entire hard drive for backup purposes would be blocked from the Mac App Store. Apple’s argument is that sandboxing...
Yahoo is getting serious about mobile →
Yahoo! launched a collection of mobile apps at the Yahoo! Product Runway last night; A weather app for Android, a TV companion app called Into_Now for iPad, a Flipboard competitor called Livestand, and an iPad mail app. This focus towards mobile seems to suggest that Yahoo! fully understands what it can do with its massive asset as a digital media company. Outside of the US, the majority of...
How not to launch a product - Gmail for iOS →
Google launched Gmail app for iOS last night which ends up being a complete disaster and was pulled in less than two hours. Google’s VP of Apps Dave Girouard issued an apology over at Google+ blaming the buggy notification component as the reason for the retraction. The app is clearly a disaster and Google probably should have apologized for submitting such an embarrassingly bad app. Back...
I hate it when people call themselves ‘entrepreneurs’ when what they’re really...– via David Lee
Focus on Benefit & Value →
A very good blog post from Andi S. Boediman, an Jakarta-based entrepreneur/investor who founded and run Ideosource and IDS (International Design School).