As Paul Graham, Y Combinator Partner, said that we need three things to create a successful startup :
1. Good people to start with
2. Something that customers actually want
3. As little money as possible to spend
Welcome 2017 ! I can hardly say goodbye to 2016, which is full of joy and happiness. So, here I summarise what is my best 16 moments in 2016 :
6. Birth of Alvaro
7. Girls In Tech Mentor Dinner with Bu Sri Widowati, head of Facebook
11. Winner in Alpha Startup Competition
Keep counting my blessing and enjoy this year
It all starts with “Why me?” question and following on “Why not !”. And I think that’s why startup is happening now and it seems that every one is trying to grab this digital opportunity to be a part of the growing industry in Indonesia. Regarding to the McKinsey research, Indonesia’s digital opportunity worth USD 150 billion by 2025 (I know that’s insane, right?!).
So, on this saturday, 10th December 2016, I have got invitation to share my experience in building Student Job with Indonesia Youth Academy. Here, basically what I shared starting from why you need to start a startup, how to start a startup, how to valid your target market until how to run your own startup.
It’s been a while honestly after postnatal break to start sharing and meeting highly motivated young people. (I know I am so fat, so please just ignore how fat I am while I am still breastfeeding my son).
It was really exciting looking at many people raised their hands willing to ask questions. Since we have limited time, there were only 3 sessions with 3 questions on each session. The questions I remember are about how to find the mentor, how to get funding, how long until you finally decide your whynot moment, how to make money and how to secure your idea.
Few of the participants came from out of Jakarta. Even one of the them is Madagascar. (Yes, this is so random.) Feeling their enthusiasme has motivated me. So happy that some of them already started their own business.
I feel deeply honoured to have been invited here today and hopefully Indonesia Youth Academy is getting bigger and bigger and of course, impacting more youth lives !
Pssstt…they open registration for ASEAN Startup Accelerator, register now here
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If you said that raising start up is hard, wait until you have kids. I am telling you that raising kids is more difficult.
I was quite afraid actually having kids. It’s human being with big responsibility. Running startup might only end up at running out of money and I can go back to work anytime. But raising kids is totally different. I have to sacrifice my time, my energy even my body.
It is a serious consideration.
It all needs commitment, consistent, and collaboration with my partner. Fyi, my husband is also startup founder, and yes, we both are risk taker. We have no stable income, no financial guarantee, nothing like employee.
As founder, we can hire people (if we had enough fund) and handover some work like customer support, admin, and social media. We don’t need to do all by ourselves. We can train those staff with our standard procedures. Comparing to raising kids, it’s still easy. Seriously, I am not joking. I have been running own startup from zero until now with more than 100k monthly visits. I know exactly how it feels to set up own web, look for user and approach investor.
When I know I was pregnant, I keep doing my work (nothing’s gonna stop me). Until I have been selected into startup incubator (I was 6 months pregnant at that time), the investors asked my plan after having birth. I understand that they might worry that I would quit startup and be full time mom. I told them basically that this is my passion and I will keep doing it with or without them.
Raising kids is even more difficult. I have sleepless night changing nappy. I have to stay alert every hour even every minutes when my baby awake whether to feed or just to cuddle. Sometimes, my babe is crying loud. No one can understand except his own mother. With the mother instinct, I can recognise slowly but sure my baby cries and know how to soothe him.
And now, imagine what I am currently doing : running startup, Student Job and raising my newborn son, Alvaro, in the same time.
And I said to my self : Why Not ?
Fortunately, woman are great multitasking. We can switch from another task to another one easily. We can also do more than one task in the same time. It allows me to keep doing my work and taking care of my son.
People might think why I don’t give up my job and focus on my baby. I just can’t leave my babe only with my family or the nanny since he is newborn and needs breastmilk (I am expecting to have at least 1 year breastfeed) and there are some task that I need to do by my self as founder.
Having baby is teaching me to be extremely organized. I enjoy what I am doing and nothing’s gonna stop me.
I might say that 2015 had been amazing year for me with fully emotional roller-coaster feeling that lead to exciting yet exhausting journey. Starting from quit my job, ready to tie the knot and do full time my own dream company were incredible unbelievable that I never thought that I am ready. In fact, I really enjoy it.
We do work hard and play harder. I feel like that my world in no longer flat. I started to travel for diving with him from thousand island, pahawang island, and Cebu in Philippines. I like water but I never tried diving even free diving (without oxygen!) and the first time we went to thousand island, I kinda enjoy it. Growing in old-style and strict family, my parents never allow me to go or even stay in my friend’s house (imagine for 25 years old woman-no-longer-little-girl). However, I am like little bird with big wings ready to go anywhere and start the new adventures.
During in the last 1 year we had been together (6 months in relationship and 6 months in marriage), I would like to share what I learn from my husband that completely affect my life in good way :
1. Spend less time in social media (even deleted my path account)
I wrote an article about it before it that you can check here. I can’t push you to stop using social media immediately but how much time you spend less in social media better. I still have Facebook and Twitter account but I only check and update during spare time (probably once per month), I regularly check and update my Linkedin (for professional purpose) and Instagram (for leisure) and share my thought in own website. I have real life, real friends, and real connections. I don’t need to worry what people think of me and vice-versa. I’d rather to have limited group of friends (in WhatsApp group) that really care about me instead large number with unknown random people. And guess what, I enjoy life more.
2. Worry less about money
Yes, money may make our life better but money is not everything. When I was teenager, I got motivated to earn a lot of money, work harder and be the best of the best due my father had been unemployed. I had difficulties times since then and become extremely carefully spend every penny I had. I was so skinny unhealthy with limited food I could afford and lack of experiences. And the mindset I had when I had enough money I’d rather to buy new smartphone or branded stuff.
But since I got married, my husband taught me not to worry about money but take risk and time. It doesn’t mean to be extravagant but it’s mostly about appreciate what you have at moment. He always eats good food and loves traveling. I always wanna do that but I am just waiting the right time until (I think) I have enough money but it seems that the perfect time will never come. So I started healthy lifestyle (that cost more of course but worth to try) and go travel more across nation wide and abroad. I am feeling more open, enthusiastic, and dynamic. I have more stories to tell. And with the good food we have, I am feeling like a machine, stronger and healthy (I have never been sick even my pain in stomach (or magh in Bahasa) had gone. And I don’t care anymore what my smartphone is and my brand I wear, as long as those works and feel comfortable. Now I realized not to worry too much about money, but to optimize what we have to become priceless.
3. Focus !
Just like Doreaemon song, I wannna be that, this, and everything. In first, I wanna be socialita and then I wanna be geek as well. I just love both and unfortunately I couldn’t be both. So I had to pick one and get focus. Since I know I am INTJ, I’d rather to live in my own world, learn all geeky stuff, and keep improving my skills. So I focus on building my dream company, Student Job that will be a long journey, but with his support, and looking at Student Job traction progress, I am confident that I can do it.
So that’s the top 3 in my head and I though worth to share and I hope it would also help you to be better in this upcoming year. I am also writing the to-do-list below to simplify the real steps to do after reading my blog (and the things that I keep doing this year) :
1. Read Hacker News
This one is quite technical stuff and I am facing a bit difficulties in beginning read the Hacker News. It might take some time to really understand but as the time goes by, it will help how you think instead reading the random news with bunch of rumours and gossips. Hacker News is part of Y combinator that founded by Paul Graham, one of the most successful startup founder and investors. If you are interested, take a look here.
2. Eat good food
Yes, your only treasure you own is your body. You live, work, eat everyday with your body. Take care of your body with good food. Seriously, bad food may have good taste for a minute in your mouth but won’t last forever. Start healthy lifestyle with eating no sugar-replaced with fruits, no rice and meat !
3. Do more exercise
I get used to swim every morning or at least once per two days to keep my body strong and healthy. You can do any kind of exercise that you enjoy at least make your body actively moving.
4. Learn a lot
With unlimited resources, you have no excuse not to learn from anywhere and anytime. You can simply check which one better renting or buying a house in Khan Academy or even Google what is black holes. Learn something new everyday and get smarter time by time.
5. Travel !
This one is my favourite. No doubt that travel will enrich your experience. Travel is like reading life, knowing people culture, out there, and get out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to expense a lot of money, just go with backpack style, find local host in airbnb and get cheap flight tickets.
Perempuan memiliki peran penting dalam bidang teknologi, bahkan dalam skala global. Berikut 3 daftar perempuan yang saya kagumi.
1. Christine Lagarde – Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde merupakan orang Prancis dan sangat bangga dengan negara asalnya ! Hal ini tidak menjadi hambatan sebagai perempuan pemimpin institusi internasional tingkat dunia. Dipercaya sebagai Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, pada tahun 2011, semakin mendorong Christine untuk meningkatkan stabilitas ekonomi dunia dan mengurangi angka kemiskinan.
2. Sheryl Sanberg – Chief Operating Offier of Facebook
Setelah keluar dari Google, Sheryl gabung dengan Facebook pada tahun 2008 dan membantu media sosial tersebut mendunia, IPO hingga profitable. Sheryl telah meluncurkan buku bestseller berjudul “Lean In“. Sheryl secara aktif mengajak perempuan dan pria untuk kolaborasi bersama dalam kesetaraan gender dan mendorong lebih banyak perempuan menjadi enterpreneur.
3. Susan Wojcicki – Chief Executive Officer of YouTube
Susan merupakan karyawan Google ke-16 yang kemudian dipercaya sebagai CEO YouTube pada tahun 2014. YouTube kini memiliki valuasi nilai sebesar $ 20 milyar. Susan memperlihatkan secara professional bagaiman keahliannya dalam memimpin dan management bisnis.
I have seen phenomena lately where founder is chasing for public attention just like how celebrity does. The thing is that as startup founder, we are supposed to focus on our daily stuff starting from preparing product, doing marketing plan and sales plan, pitching to investor, whole business process, it seems overwhelming but the truth, yes, it is beyond overwhelming. Our duty to work more than 80 hours per weeks as we are committed to run own company and enjoy “corporate freedom”.
So what happened once startup founder goes public attending events, being speaker or guest star, instead doing daily task ? I know few founders just too busy hanging around by being speaker but at the end, he failed as founder. These are what you’d do to be good founder ”
1. Let people judge you
When you start being celebrity, you think too much about what other people think about you instead your own product. People keep comparing and you will be worried too much. You don’t need to spend more time about personal self branding. You’d rather do your own work and get things done. Read a lot of books and write in personal blog to share and learn your knowledge.
2. Focus on your goal
Ask your self first, what is your life ambition and why do you do it ? If you just wanna be famous with fancy title in your CV, just be motivator or trainer and get paid. But, if you wanna chase your dreams and make them happen, please stay focus on your goal. Remember, running a startup is like bringing a big stone across mountain with high risk. Don’t complain and just enjoy your journey.
3. Be the real founder
Real founder is passionate about their ideas and determined to do it until the end of the world. They are not easily affected with the glamorous of media and fans. Real founder knows exactly what their role and get their stuff done.
These are the most respected founder (so far) from my point of view :
1. Ferry Unardi, founder Traveloka.
I rarely see him in meet up or conference but I know he must be a busy (not just busy but extremely productive) since Traveloka is growing so fast.
2. Sidnei Budiman, founder Dealoka
I can tell how passionate he is as founder from his dedicated time to work and expand the business to Bandung also.
3. Yansen Kamto, founder Kibar.
With many projects launched including startupsurabaya, seedstarworld, femaledev and many more, I adore him. His commitment determination will never lie.
What do they have in common ? Media published about them and they are not exhausted to push media to spread the good words about them, because they proved it ! How about Mark Zuckerberg ? He is the exception and that’s how we can copy from him. He can tell anything he wants as he becomes millionaire and he is recently active speaker, motivator and donator after (not opposite).
Until you make your own company worth $20 M or goes IPO,
go out, hangout and enjoy life !
Hello movie lover ! Yes, bagi kamu pecinta film yang hobi norton apalagi ga pernah ngelewatin film terbaru di bioskop, kini kamu ga perlu repot lagi untuk nunggu nomat (nonton hemat) apalagi dvd bajakan release di kaki lima melalui aplikasi Popcorn Time.
Kamu hanya butuh modal laptop dan WiFi super cepat tanpa hambatan minimal 1.5Mbps bahkan kalau bisa 3.0Mbps. Nah caranya mudah banget, pertama-pertama kamu install aplikasi Popcorn Time disini atau klik http://popcorntime.io.
Lihat pada bagian bawah website akan muncul pilihan berikut :
Kamu dapat install melalui Mac OSX 10.7, Windows 7 ke atas, Linux 32 dan 64 hingga handphone Android version 4.03 ke atas. Setelah selesai install, akan muncul icon Popcorn Time seperti di bawah ini :
Berikut tampilan pilihan film dari berbagai genre hingga TV series tersedia di Popcorn Time. Film yang ada disini lumayan update banget dan lengkap. Bahkan tersedia pilihan subtitle dari berbagai bahasa.
Tinggal klik film yang ingin ditonton kemudian pilih tombol “Watch Now”. Kamu juga dapat setting resolusi film yang diinginkan, semakin besar maka semakin besar data yang dibutuhkan (alias makin lemot).
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1. Ketik website AdBlockPlus di http://adblockplus.org di tab baru.
2. Akan muncul dengan tampilan seperti di bawah ini. Klik tombol berwarna hijau untuk install. Tombol tersebut akan menyesuaikan browser yang kita pakai. Karena saya menggunakan Safari maka browser yang muncul adalah Safari. Untuk intall software ini gratis kok alias tidak dipungut biaya sama sekali.
3. Setelah selesai install AdBlockPlus, otomatis akan terlihat logo ABP di bagian atas toolbar dengan angka dalam lingkaran merah. Sejumlah angka tersebut menunjukkan jumlah iklan yang di block sehingga tidak muncul lagi ketika menikmati YouTube.
Horay, bisa internetan bebas iklan mengganggu. Selain menghapus iklan di YouTube, AdBlockPlus juga berfungsi menghilangkan seluruh iklan di Google Search dan yang berafiliasi dengan Google. Gampang dan mudah. Selamat mencoba