This is a cool video for a great Governor campaign by Jokowi and Basuki. Respect for both of them for understanding the young generation of Jakarta!
Tons of blogs and various other reading sources discuss about products & technology across different perspectives and also geographically. What may be successful in one country (area) could be successful in other places or it may fail horribly. The point is, products are hand made using technology as its driver, a fact that is always true anywhere in the world.
So what’s the deal here in Indonesia? Usually between products & technology, they both play catch up with each other depending on the product owner’s focus. But as a product become more and more mature, it is technology that is the driver behind all the innovation. This paragraph is like proposing that a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is the way to go but I don’t think it is necessarily so.
The question that we should be asking ourselves is essentially about the product itself. What are we trying to build? What will it accomplish? Will it be a solution or as a chance for users to do things enjoyably? The million dollar question as always; will it be “feasible” as a business?
A bold quote and also the truth. Anyone in the tech scene must know SAP and their products, their enterprises magic to automate, index, manage and most importantly act upon the foundation of data (analytics) generated by their businesses. Their revenue is with the kind of numbers, any company would target for and the quote above is an affirmation of the company’s culture. Data abundance is surely a positive indicator of the future, right?
I am a very open person when it comes to the latest advancements in technology and more often than not, I plunged into all kinds of sci-fi imaginations. Well, here in Indonesia, technology is advancing at a slower rate generally. We have cities like Jakarta, the capital that is no doubt has the most fiber optics coverage city wide. We also have Jogjakarta, a place where in hawker stalls, you can get free wifi while you eat. But those two are cities within the Java island, I can’t say for cities in others islands, I never been there so I’m not speculating. Information is steadily expanding to places where the general population are.
My point is, we need more people in the tech scene to have the guts to define who we are technologically as Indonesians. Yes, we need businesses but as I said in earlier paragraphs, businesses need the technology. We are a nation of curious and tinkerer, criminally here in Indonesia, the outside world doesn’t trust credit cards issued in Indonesia because of fraud levels are high here. This shows the kind of technical skills we have. It’s a matter of putting it to good use for the rest of the population who doesn’t know shit about technology.
Startup incubators are flourishing in Indonesia, they take technical and non-technical founders. Train and consult the founders to create awesome products through their startups. I want to underline non-technical founders and call them toonies. Toonies are founders who have the same passion with Techies, don’t think of my term there as a devaluation form, it’s not. The more toonies, the more startups here and that’s a good thing for all of us. Competition will surely create innovation, education for the users and most importantly a solid foundation for startups to be businesses.
At the moment, I’m in Urbanesia and founded by a toonie. As a team, we’ve had so many differences in the past and I’m sure in the future but this is a good thing as far as the startup is concerned I believe. We learned organically about how to manage teams and create products. Yes, right now the products are still finding its identity but we’re getting there. Experiments and experience is delivering us to new heights. So many things I’d love to share but will do so when it’s due. Fundamentally, the most difficult part of creating a product and the technology behind it is not the product itself, it’s 2 things: mindset and communication.
I can’t say how much I love being in a world that I’ve passionately love since my first “Hello World“. To wrap things up, all the randomness above leads to this. There is no such thing as a perfect product, even miserably so, a perfect technology to support products. It is the bread and butter of any startup to find ways to cope. My best thinking about product & technology is to just create, create, fail, create, success, create, fail, fail, create, success, success, fail, create, create and create. You just don’t give up. Sounds simple, I know by hand that it is not anywhere near simple, that’s why mindset counts. Communication will happen after mindsets, when it’s there, kickass products are there for the taking.
No product sucks, the creators are and that’s a learning curve any product owners should realize. It takes man hours and a whole lot of efforts to create, things that are usually lightly taken. Toonies or Techies, we’re in the business of delivering happiness to our users, now, to build futures.
My blog is a place for my own personal branding, well this post is the “personal” in personal branding. I rarely write like this but here goes anyways.
On my 30th birthday, just a few days before it, someone came into my life and she shook the living world out of me. Caught me off guard and boy The Guy Above knows what each of us need in His own perfect timing.
It didn’t go as smooth or as planned or even close to perfect the first time around which is 2 months ago but at the second try, she makes thing happen for us. She showed me that we’re both stupid when it comes about love cos none of us really know what the four letter word means. BUT, it’ll be so much amazing to experience everything together.
Thanks for knowing me more than me.
Let’s spend the better part of our lives as one. You’re amazing!
First and foremost, Happy 7th of August everyone! This is a day of joy as the default theme. Have a blessed and fruitful Tuesday for everyone.
Looking back 10 years ago when I was having my 20th birthday, it was a different experience. Back then was full of ideals, theories and mostly anger. Those 3 things shaped the last 10 years of my life in it entirety. Now, that anger have been turned more into spirit, a rebellion spirit I might assert. I still refuse to go with mainstream ideals and choosing to make my choices/decisions based on creative thinkings that override norms.
It’s that time (again) to experience another 10 years of my life with the same determinations believing that 1 is enough to inspire and contribute to CHANGE. Nothing is consistent, the only consistency is change and therefore change is inevitable. I’m gonna spend the next decade to do exactly that. The kind of change that filter non-sense, bullshit and opportunists out of the ecosystem.
Thank you friends and families for all the wishes, God bless you all and let this happy day for me becomes yours also.
Viva la vida!
This has been a fun day of basketball with the guys. I can’t find myself to sleep at this hour because after a few years of never exercising and or playing any kind of sports, I was too drained. So here I am writing a blog post about something Rama and me talked about before we played.
About a week ago, I caught up with Ariel and Okto at Setiabudi One to have some geek talks. We met up around 8 PM and as always, we lost track of time and were home early in the morning. We talked about a lot of things that we agreed and also didn’t agreed. Technical stuffs like scaling a website and also some off topics like there were no mosquitos around while we were there lol.
That night, we didn’t have any pre-arrangements about what to do or even a topic to talk about, we just talked about the awesomeness of what we do. What interests me was that there is a topic not about technicalities that we couldn’t agree more besides any other topics. The harsh realities of being an engineer in a web company in Indonesia whether it is a startup or its more mature form.
I have no usable work experience in other countries but it seems that in Indonesia, we the engineer is more often described of a handyman than anything else. My experience in several companies I worked for and with further clarify this particular stigma. Every engineer, supervisors, manager and C-Level execs know this but especially engineers. This is part of our culture to devaluate skills.
My question which I asked to the 3 guys mentioned above was:
So what is the use of making yourself even better, more aware and “smarter” than who you are right now engineers?
This question spurred different answers from different perspectives. One answer is: that particular question I asked is what actually drives talent off to fled to better opportunities with especially better remuneration. A mentality I call “Hire Me“. Even Facebook, Google, Apple and the rest of the gang is basically doing the same thing.
Another answer is rather giving but not much different from the above. This is the fact we’re living upon, either you accept it or don’t. Whichever decision doesn’t make any difference to the current state. This creates a care-free mentality of as long as the job is done as requested and meeting the deadline on time, then it’s a success.
From my perspective, it’s not just because I’m coming from a technical background but I value technical skills greatly. They’re the very foundation of being an engineer. I have the luckiest opportunity to be able to meet and be friends with great engineers. Engineers who keep redefining who they are which a direct inheritance of the discipline itself.
On the Internet, there is so much going on at any given moment in a programming world where everything is a variable and a second late is equal to being obsolete. An engineer has to absorb, conceptualize and implement abstracts like design patterns, business flows, etc into a unified product for the mass to enjoy. This comes with the occasional bumps and bruises everything you code.
Being an engineer is actually when your left and right brain really being stimulated. There’s another way of doing something more efficiently, better and faster depending on its context. Mark Zuckerberg even called Facebook’s engineering ethic as “The Hacker Way“.
With all the reality of being an engineer especially here in Indonesia, where does this place engineers? I say engineers are pretty much dumb if they don’t ask the question I asked above. As an engineer, that urge to learn something new is a basic trait to be successful as one. This is probably the ultimate reason why engineers in Indonesia can cope with the reality. An engineer’s Kryptonite: Knowledge.
Hopefully the market breaking activities of the newcomers with fat backings in Indonesia will set an example and hopefully a standard. Startups are here to make money, engineers are there to let the Startup make money. If the sentence before this reverbs eloquently over and over with C-Level execs, only then we engineers are accommodated accordingly.
Technology counts a great deal in startups, if you can’t fathom this, you probably should be doing something else or your CTO is so damn good that you never realize the kind of technology implemented supporting a startup.
I sincerely is on the positive end of this blog post, don’t take this blog post as a complaint or the sorts, this is merely being realistic yet still hopeful that Indonesia is as capable and as great as any other matured internet market in the world.
To wrap things up, I wish you a good night sleep cos this blog post is finally making me wants to sleep for the night. Gonna leave with a quote from earlier blog posts:
You’re GREAT, get used to it!