Indonesia

  • 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