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Women in Tech: The One and Only Hedy Lamarr

I knew about the other side of Hedy Lamarr, just minutes after I found out that Bali Startupers’ very own Andrea Loubier was going to exhibit Mailbird in Tech in Asia’s Singapore conference along with other female startup founders (aka Women in Tech) This is a part of the tech media’s effort to pay homage to women in science and tech in response to the International Women’s Day. I was looking for a story, in my effort to echo that spirit, when I stumbled upon a book written about the Hollywood star: Hedy’s Folly. The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Scrounging for everything I could find on her, it turned out that our “introduction” had taken place years before, in form of a rerun of Samson and...

P2P Lending in Asia after LendingClub’s Debacle

Renaud Laplanche knew what he was doing as the founder and CEO to LendingClub (est. 2007), the largest by volume peer-to-peer lending platform in the US. He took LendingClub through the biggest IPO in 2014 for US Tech  and, that way, kick-started online lending trend and public interest on lending-related fintech. He resigned earlier this month, forced by his board of concerned directors and stakeholders following questionable practices LendingClub did under his watch. LendingClub’s shares plummeted, its loan buyers stop buying and the P2P lending future seems uncertain at best. Impacts on Asia’s P2P Lending e27 said it’s just a jab to the face of the industry, not a knock-out haymaker.  A stiff jab I might add, so it still hurts. With $ 8 Billion valuation following its ...

Startup Spotlight: Interview With Tobias Strebitzer, CTO of MagLoft

Please, introduce yourself. When did you move to Bali, where do you live, etc…? My Name is Tobias Strebitzer, Cofounder and CTO of the Bali startup MagLoft Digital Publishing Solutions.I wrote my first ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Software at the age of 6 years in Basic, keeping track of allowances that my family members owed me. Back then I discovered the strong synergy between business and software engineering. Continuously improving and expanding my knowledge in both fields made me speak 15 programming languages fluently. My studies in Business and Management helped me master my entrepreneurial and business skills not only theoretically, but also practically, while working as a CTO in a renowned Austrian software agency, leading a team of 8+ developers. After university I st...

The Future of Startup World

What lies ahead for future startups? This post isn’t about me guessing what the next trend in the startup world will be. Nope. If I knew anything about that, even the slightest, I wouldn’t be sitting here and just write about it…I’d go out there and make it happen. So, this is just me thinking that it’s about time to ask such a question. These past few years we’ve seen how the likes of Uber and AirBnB altered the otherwise low-tech industries into booming tech-based services. Such a “simple” and smart innovation has helped both startups to rise into the cult status as unicorns, namely private companies with a minimum valuation of $1 billion. Such disruption also took the market by storm. It inspired others to do the same in virtually every niche and vert...

Inspiration: 10 books for Startupers

Following a recent poll made on Twitter by WebMarketing & Com, here is a 10 book list that inspired some current startupers and might inspired you as well. 1. Business model generation, Osterwalder & Pigneur Business Model Generation is as a manual for “visionaries”, for those who want to change the world. This book offers a series of innovative practices used today by leading consultants and companies worldwide, including 3M, Ericsson, Capgemini, Deloitte, and others. Inspired by those who do, it is for those who are ready to abandon old models and ready to embrace new models of value creation. 2. Losing my virginity, Richard Brandson Richard Brandson, founder of the Virgin Group, shares his experience: personal life, professional successes, great lessons learned along...

Growth Hacking : 4 tactics to take advantage of Twitter

Growth hacking is defined as the “use of unconventional tactics to acquire more customers faster.” Here you will learn how to utilize Twitter effortlessly in order to reach a large number of people. Beware, the problem with these techniques is that, once it’s widespread, they come out of the growth hacks category (of the “unconventional tactics”) and become spams ! In each technique, you will find some useful tips to avoid being categorized as spam. It’s up to you to make good use of it. Hijack the traffic when sharing on Twitter Every time you share a link to an article on social networks, you are able to add a discrete bar that will redirect the traffic to your own website when it’s clicked. There are several services that can help with this tech...

Digital Nomad in Bali

As the title suggests, this post is about being a digital nomad in Bali, and will become an expanding post on that subject. *** I was this close (imagine me gesturing a tiny space using my thumb and index finger) from working for “Google”. Why the quote marks? That’s me referring to the difference between being a Google’s employee and working as a part of independent contractor that work directly under Google’s supervision. Putting aside the difference, that’s the closest thing I–a non tech guy with only average command of design and sub-zero coding skills–from working with the search engine giant. This is a technicality that I was always eager to overlook every time I repeated the story to my friends. Most of them are even more non-techie th...

Why Startuping in Bali?

In recent years, Bali has gained some notoriety as being a perfect startup environment. Its comparatively lower living cost makes it ideal to bootstrap your startup and makes it lean. Talents are abundant. You can connect to coders, growth hackers, designers, copywriters or virtually anyone who can help you roll your startup just by being  a regular at any Facebook community group. The good folks at Bargainfox created a head-to-head comparison infographic between London and Bali. As far as startuping is concerned that may validate why the digital nomad choose Bali as their base.

Bali Startupers first meetup (PR)

Badung, Bali — Two Bali-based startups, Mailbird, an email client program for Windows and Bedforest, an online booking service will host a meet-up at Bow Restaurant on Jalan Batu Belig, North Kuta on February 5, 2016. The meet-up is launched as a meet-n-greet for other Bali startups, and is planned to be a regular event. It will focus on the startup community all across Bali (hence, the name). During the meetup, attendees will discuss about all aspects related to the startup ecosystem in Bali, including the things that they need to keep their startups moving forward within such an environment. “It is a great forum for anyone passionate about startups in Bali, be it coders, designers, growth hackers or founders, to come together to explore the ecosystem,” says Omri Ben Canaan, CEO of Bedfor...

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