Indonesia

  • BlackBerry Officially Unveils The Z3 “Jakarta Edition,” Its $200 Foxconn Phone

    BlackBerry Officially Unveils The Z3 “Jakarta Edition,” Its $200 Foxconn Phone

    BlackBerry’s future, especially in the hardware biz, is uncertain, but it did take the wraps off a new handset today (via MobileSyrup). The Z3 “Jakarta” edition is unique to the Indonesian market at launch, but it’s also BlackBerry’s first phone co-created with Foxconn, one of the largest Asian manufacturers of electronic devices. The $200 device is decidedly… Read More

  • Touchten Adds Offline Rewards, Ropes In TMS Entertainment As An Investor

    Touchten Adds Offline Rewards, Ropes In TMS Entertainment As An Investor

    Touchten, a Jakarta-based mobile games startup, announced today that it plans to add an online-to-offline (O2O) feature to its games, which it hopes will attract and engage users who don’t use credit cards. The company, which currently has 9 million users and more than 20 titles, also announced that it has raised a Series B led by CyberAgent Ventures and new investor TMS Entertainment… Read More

  • Rocket Internet’s Lazada Builds Out Its Marketplace Model, While Europe Fashion Portal Zalando Gets A New Investor

    Rocket Internet’s Lazada Builds Out Its Marketplace Model, While Europe Fashion Portal Zalando Gets A New Investor

    Rocket Internet’s e-commerce properties continue their march towards new horizons in all corners of the glob: in Europe, ASOS-investor and fashion entrepreneur Anders Holch Povlsen has taken a 10% stake of Zappos clone Zalando, part of a secondary offering with existing shareholders selling portions of their stakes. And in Asia, Lazada has launched its Amazon-style marketplace in a… Read More

  • Microsoft Turns On Its First Carrier-Billing Deal For The Windows Phone Store With Bango, In Indonesia

    Microsoft Turns On Its First Carrier-Billing Deal For The Windows Phone Store With Bango, In Indonesia

    Microsoft, unveiling a raft of product annoucements at its Build conference this week, is also making some advances further afield. Today, Bango, the UK-based mobile payments and analytics company that works with companies like Facebook, Amazon, Blackberry and Google so that app purchases can be billed directly to users’ phone bills, is announcing the first implementation of its service… Read More

  • Indonesian Instagram-Clone PicMix Gets Monetization Right From The Start

    Indonesian Instagram-Clone PicMix Gets Monetization Right From The Start

    At first glance, the similarities between PicMix and Instagram are obvious. Both apps are photo sharing platforms with simple, square Polaroid-esque aesthetics, and display photos from friends in streaming feed. But while Instagram is figuring out how to monetize, Indonesian startup, PicMix seems to have nailed it from the get-go. PicMix makes it part of the core photo posting process for users… Read More

  • MavenSay Enjoying Sudden Popularity In Social Media-Hungry Indonesia

    MavenSay Enjoying Sudden Popularity In Social Media-Hungry Indonesia

    MavenSay, a social recommendation app, just got a surge of unplanned downloads coming from Indonesia, and its founders are moving quickly to include Southeast Asia in its expansion plans as a result. The company’s Toronto-based co-founder, Jesse Dallal, said the two-month old app got 100,000 downloads over the past fortnight. It has a total of 130,000 downloads so far, and the sudden… Read More

  • Hon Hai Looks Toward Indonesia’s Promising Economy As Apple’s Growth Slows

    Hon Hai Looks Toward Indonesia’s Promising Economy As Apple’s Growth Slows

    Hon Hai is planning to diversify its business away from producing Apple devices by signing an agreement with Indonesia to make and sell handsets in that country, reports Reuters. A Hon Hai spokesman said that the company, which derives about 60 to 70 percent of its revenue from manufacturing work for Apple, hopes to sign the agreement next month. Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn, is one… Read More

  • Indonesian Newsstand App Scoop Closes $2.4M Series B

    Indonesian Newsstand App Scoop Closes $2.4M Series B

    Apps Foundry just announced that it has raised $2.42 million (S$3 million) in a Series B round of funding. The Indonesian company is registered and headquartered in Singapore, and this round of funding has come from Indonesia’s largest media group, Kompas Gramedia. The company’s main product is a digital newsstand app called Scoop. This round of funding will go towards Apps… Read More

  • TV Ads Are A Surprising But Important Part of Line & WeChat’s Indonesian Marketing Strategy

    TV Ads Are A Surprising But Important Part of Line & WeChat’s Indonesian Marketing Strategy

    As the War of the Asian Mobile Messaging Apps heats up, Indonesia is becoming one of the most important battlegrounds for players like WeChat and Line–and TV ads are a surprising but effective part of their artillery. Though the country currently has one of the lowest Internet penetration rates in Southeast Asia, a large and youthful population (27% of its 242.3 million people is 14… Read More

  • Real Prizes To Draw Gamers In Indonesia

    Real Prizes To Draw Gamers In Indonesia

    Indonesian game developer, TouchTen, has been signed up as Gimmie’s exclusive game distributor in its country. Gimmie is a start-up by former lead programmer at PopCap Games, Roy Liu, and David Ng, who led business development at ChinaCache. The company employs a model typically found in fun fairs, which offers real prizes as rewards for playing. After a recent pivot away from Silicon… Read More

  • An Open Letter to LivingSocial: Learn from Groupon's International Mistakes

    Another day, another unfortunate piece of news out of Groupon’s international operations. Today it’s that SoSata, Groupon’s Indian site, got hacked.  In a letter to users, Groupon encouraged them to change user names and passwords and assured them no financial information was compromised because none is stored on the site. Compared to the flood of angry headlines… Read More

  • Wanita Power: What Women in the US Could Learn from Indonesians

    JAKARTA– I’m mid-way through a trip to Indonesia at the request of the State Department, and I’m finding a hard time putting the experience into words. You’d think after two years of writing about other countries it’d be easy. I can’t remember if it was always this hard, or there’s just something different about this trip. Maybe it’s the… Read More

  • RIM Agrees To Filter Pornographic Content On Indonesian BlackBerrys

    Another day, another example of RIM having to buckle to governmental pressure in order to stay in business. It has emerged that RIM has agreed to filter pornographic content on Indonesian BlackBerrys as a direct result of a government request. While this isn’t the first time that RIM has had to accommodate various government requests, it does represent the first time that RIM has greed… Read More

  • Eduardo Saverin Beats Mark Zuckerberg to Indonesia

    Someone needs to make me a “Where in the world is Eduardo Saverin?” logo. Following up on my story that he was holed up in a penthouse in Singapore investing in Facebook games, comes news that Saverin has hopped over to Indonesia to meet with some startups. Pictured to the left is Saverin with Aria Rajasa of GantiBaju– a company I wrote about here that won the SparkxUp awards… Read More

  • Coincidence? Or Has this Tiny Indonesian Company Pushed Google into the Market Faster?

    Andy Sjarif has an almost weird, man-crush on Google. No matter what crazy things Eric Schmidt may promise shareholders, Sjarif is in no doubt that the great and mighty Google can achieve them. Self-driving cars? Trips to the moon? Wind farms? All in a day’s work at the Googleplex. Google with its execution, its Ph.Ds and its algorithms is Sjarif’s mahaguru. But – all that… Read More

  • Southeast Asia: One Thing Yahoo Has Done Well [TCTV]

    Silicon Valley and Wall Street both bash Yahoo a lot these days, but if there’s one place the company has excelled it’s in Asia. Its Alibaba investment alone is one of the best deals made in the Chinese Internet, and Yahoo Japan is propping up even more of Yahoo’s stock price. Yahoo also has local portal strongholds throughout Southeast Asia, including Indonesia where it has… Read More

  • Ask a VC in Indonesia: Is East Ventures Early or Crazy? [TCTV]

    Welcome to part two of Ask a VC in Southeast Asia. This week, it’s Wilson Cuaca and Chandra Tjan of East Ventures. I shot this video in Singapore, but they invest primarily in Indonesia where East is one of the only traditional early stage VC firms. Over delicious crab, we discuss the Web opportunities in Southeast Asia, whether startups should focus locally or globally, and perhaps the… Read More

  • Hey, Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare: Zynga and I Are in Indonesia. Where Are You?

    Hey, Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare: Zynga and I Are in Indonesia. Where Are You?

    JAKARTA– You’ve probably heard about the swell of Internet users coming from Indonesia. It’s already the second largest market for Facebook, after the United States. It’s “only” the fifth largest market for Twitter, but it’s number one in terms of the ratio of people online to Twitter adoption. And Google trends ranks Indonesia as the top… Read More

  • If You're Not in Pain, You're Not in an Emerging Market

    If You're Not in Pain, You're Not in an Emerging Market

    JAKARTA–It was only a few days ago I was sitting in a wheelchair getting a blood transfusion. It was Friday night in Singapore, and I was at Clarke Quay– a pseudo-outdoor mall of clubs. It’s like a smaller scale version of the Las Vegas strip frequented by Singaporean college kids, goofy Western expats and hot Asian girls, mind-bogglingly shimmied into too-tight dresses. Read More

  • Ask a VC: Is Southeast Asia's Economic Growth for Real This Time? [TCTV]

    As promised, my guest on Ask a VC this week is James Chan of Neoteny Labs, an early stage investment firm with operations in Singapore. Chan isn’t some banker-fied expat, he’s a “son of Singapore’s soil” as he phrases it. He was educated in the system, served his two years in the army and got a scholarship to study in the US, part at Carnegie Mellon University… Read More