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Joshua Kevin

Joshua Kevin is passionate about tech startups, entrepreneurship and social media. Currently he is actively involved in Indonesia startup scene as a proud writer for TechinAsia. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Hired.com clone. Was expecting someone to come up with this earlier but it's better than never. The question will be sourcing the awesome developers and changing the mindset of Indonesian developers.

Commented 8 months ago on

This startup wants Indonesian tech companies to bid on talent
Nice way to put it: it leaves the audience wondering whether they just digested valuable insights on how to manage their employees or a 193-page native advertisement for LinkedIn.

Commented 8 months ago on

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age (book review)
I fully support your first comment, totally 100%. Covering more startups with different business model are exactly the reason TiA is here. In fact, you should be able to cover startups before the startups got invested. I see more than a few cases that the opposite actually happened. The reason TC and other startups media are so successful is because of its power of turning a nobody to get funded etc because of its coverage. Second is totally opposite from me. Tech in Asia is a premium and the media to look up to. By covering "just any business that can be run in our home" in a sense you are saying that "we cover anyone". Well, at least I expect TiA to do better than that, but maybe that's just me. Third, if you do your research, there are more than a few online shops which has better traction and thus sales. Hence why I'm questioning Leighton why put only one online shop when you can cover several in one article. If you are a bit active on Instagram you'll know which online shops I'm talking about :) Fourth, I'd be super happy if that happens. Especially because of Tech in Asia coverage. I won't repeat my words again but to put it simply from your replies above: I would love to see more Toge productions, Alegrium, 1cak, and Pulsk compared to online shops. Yes :)

Commented 9 months ago on

This bite-sized boutique startup is undaunted by fashion giants like Zalora
Hey man, love you too dude. Actually been waiting for this kind of debate, we need this once in a while. Good to see you put out your opinion as well. Yes, I’m not going to say you’re wrong as you quote it from the US department of commerce. It’s more of my opinion, which especially true in Indonesia :) If you’re talking about definition then yes, e-commerce (buying and selling online) then online shop is part of that. But I’m talking about the impact. Again same with entrepreneur. The definition that you find on internet or books might not be the same as what I thought. Creating an online shop then saying you’re an entrepreneur is the same as I created a Launchrock or Strikingly site then saying I’m a startup founder. If you agree to the first statement then you should cover all the latter statement too :) (True) Entrepreneur makes and creates impact, create job opportunities, and to a certain extent, “suffer”. I’m all about Tech in Asia covering lesser known startups. But online shops? Again, not so much. Is it really there is no more interesting startups to cover that you guys have to cover an online shop? Actually the reason I replied to this thread again is because I got messages from e-commerce players that agreed to this. I’m not going to name names but you can ask the e-commerce players about their thought. If they all agree with you then I’ll write an apology statement to you and everyone. There is where (I think) you have a wrong mindset. VCs are not looking for profitable startups. If you look at all successful, thus impactful, startups their first couple of years are cash-flow negative. You can ask the big e-commerce players and you can get the same answers. profitable doesn’t equal to investable startup/company. It’s about the scale and the market and the founders. A lot of startups can be profitable, but in startups profit and growth are on the opposite sides. Talk to some VCs and they would confirm this. To sum this up: I have nothing against online shop or small businesses in fact I want to see more of them. After all, they are my future potential clients. If my opinion or statement offend anyone, I deeply apologize.

Commented 9 months ago on

This bite-sized boutique startup is undaunted by fashion giants like Zalora
Hi Daniel (or I don't know who since you don't even sign up with your social media), I read every article before I comment and I'm not some troll who lurks in online blogs just to comment on the articles. In fact I wrote articles for this blog too: http://www.techinasia.com/author/joshua I'm not judging/attacking her, in fact you should read my comment over again. Don't get me wrong, Julian Tanoto is doing an awesome job as an online shop owner. If you're from the startup industry, you'd get what I meant :) My perspective: online shops aren't comparable to e-commerce. Everyone can start an online shop and manage it from their room, only those who can thrive and work hard can start an e-commerce (backed with venture fundings too). Online shops rarely employ more than 10 people, most e-commerce employs 100+. If an online shop succeed, all the profits goes to the owner. If an e-commerce succeed, you can see the effect when Tokopedia go public/get bought by giants. For me? I'm just a nobody :) I believe you are a much better entrepreneur than me but I guess the least you can do is google before you ask/comment. I'll be happy to meet you and explain my opinion in person rather than hanging behind a faceless online identity. Thanks and have a great day :)

Commented 9 months ago on

This bite-sized boutique startup is undaunted by fashion giants like Zalora
Hi Leighton, As mentioned in our private conversation. I'm not doubting that she is doing a great job in her business but comparing her to an e-commerce and especially covering one online shop instead of aggregating several similar online shops is belittling the hard working startup founders who are actually giving an impact to the ecosystem. "Tech in Asia inventory" is priceless/really precious. Putting one online shop vs covering a disrupting startup is your option to pick. Plus I believe Tech in Asia readers will prefer to see more startups instead of online shops. :)

Commented 9 months ago on

This bite-sized boutique startup is undaunted by fashion giants like Zalora
Definition of startup for this kind of "online shop" is kinda blurry though. i know that it's not "just an online shop" but I guess if you cover this one then you should cover more than tens of them here in Indonesia, not just one. I guess if you can open an online shop and call yourself an entrepreneur, it's kinda underestimating the journey and unfair for those who are working hard to earn that. CMIIW. No offense to anyone though, happy to see more small and medium businesses nevertheless, Indonesia needs more :)

Commented 9 months ago on

This bite-sized boutique startup is undaunted by fashion giants like Zalora
Lovely analysis Josh! Somehow I'm predicting that next year, one of the apps (LINE, KakaoTalk, WeChat, and WhatsApp) will either merge or get acquired by someone or by the others. As for LINE, individually, I think the faster it can scale to the rest of the world, and at the same time being the #1 wherever the market it expands to, will be pivotal to its success. Example: So far, LINE isn't the #1 messenger in Indonesia, yet. But it's gaining on WhatsApp because of its both cute characters and social games.

Commented 2 years ago on

Mobile chat app Line wants to take over the world, but faces a long road ahead.
Hello Eka, Thanks for the comment. Personally I think that your argument might be right, but I chose to think differently. If you think about it, same can be said for Google+, an effort by Google to beat Facebook and Twitter in Social Networking, but apparently it's not going mainstream at all. While these messaging apps are being used by more and more users everyday. Hi Justin, You know what kind of "emoticons" that I'm talking about :)

Commented 2 years ago on

How Asia’s messaging apps will blossom as mobile platforms
Wow, Shakr has won BeSuccess and beGLOBAL back-to-back. Congratulations!

Commented 2 years ago on

Korean startups finally get all the limelight at beGLOBAL event in Silicon Valley
Interesting number on Indonesia, I wonder if it's 14 million downloads or actual users.

Commented 2 years ago on

Line reveals latest user numbers in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia
Rather than Asia, it seems that most of the huge investment (which cause the "increase") happened in China which cannot be generally compared as Asia. Though at the same time I'm hoping that as the ecosystem matures - startups outside China (&Japan) will get more investments/funding.

Commented 2 years ago on

Sign Of The Times? Investments in Asia Increase, Investments In Silicon Valley Decrease
Images are still being cut off on mobile version! :|

Commented 2 years ago on

Tech in Asia Gets a New Design
I think this list isn't really on a larger scope. Some are really predictable like Facebook or Agoda. Maybe you can make another list where it's startup only E-commerce or maybe local companies?

Commented 2 years ago on

9 Popular E-Commerce Sites in Indonesia
Hi I'm @jshkvn and I want iPhone 5 so I can read Tech in Asia everyday and anywhere through the best screen ever. (I know I won't win it because I used to work for you guys :p)

Commented 3 years ago on

Lazada and Indosat Offer Free iPhone 5 [CONTEST]
I wonder whether people outside Vietnam can buy .vn domains..

Commented 3 years ago on

Vietnam’s Website Domain Registrations Grow 172% Annually
Happy to hear from the founders if they are ever in town (Jakarta)!

Commented 3 years ago on

Rewardz Gives Singapore Startup Employees Some Corporate Style Benefits
I think it's more of a pivot from BuzzleMall rather than having his/their second startup. CMIIW

Commented 3 years ago on

Fresh Foods E-Tailer RumahSegar Wants Jakarta Residents to Eat Healthier
Hi Sascha, thank you for the comment, I appreciate it :) I'd say I have similar opinion with you hence the question mark on the title and I think the founders just want to see how the early adopters using it before iterating it and improving the site. Jai from Zodio can explain more, I believe :)

Commented 3 years ago on

Is Zodio Asia’s Yelp?
Hi Kerry, I'd believe that the huge spike in downloads happen after they made the game free and starts using the freemium model. Which is the reason it's not in the top grossing charts. CMIIW, TouchTen team :)

Commented 3 years ago on

Infinite Sky Reaches New Heights, Adds New Features