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Leighton Cosseboom

An American journalist providing English coverage on all things related to Indonesia's tech, venture capital, and startup scenes. I provide an international perspective on Jakarta's new enterprises and the ecosystem in which they exist.
Hey Jeremy. Thanks for this. I made a small update above that relates to your comment.

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Ardent Capital crew runs wild in Jakarta, sets up cash back app Snapcart
Hi there, Actually I was unclear on something when I wrote this earlier today. Please see above. (Update 9/2/15: The above has been updated to show that users can earn up to IDR 20,000 per product, not per receipt. This is important because it speaks to how much money Snapcart users can realistically earn from the product.)

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Ardent Capital crew runs wild in Jakarta, sets up cash back app Snapcart
Land acquisition is a bona fide plague for anyone who wants to do construction in Indonesia. It's not unique to foreign firms actually. Local companies and even the government struggle with for infrastructure projects.

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Foxconn scraps plan to build factory in Indonesia: report
Actually these pics just representative of the story. The one you see above is not the facility in Indonesia. It was never built. But thanks for pointing it out :)

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Foxconn scraps plan to build factory in Indonesia: report
Hi Huy, Alright, I've poked around and found some interesting stuff. Here's what I've found on the first pass that might support the claim. If you can poke holes, perhaps I should transparently update the paragraph above :) Here's something that explains how "generating revenue in this environment is a formidable task and partly explains why average revenue per user (ARPU) is low in Indonesia when compared to other countries in the region." http://www.gbgindonesia.com/en/services/article/2015/indonesian_telecommunications_an_increasingly_mobile_market_11108.php Here's something else that says "Of the big three Indonesian telecommunication network and services providers - Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), XL Axiata and Indosat - only Telkom managed to post net profit over 2014." At 38.2 percent, the mobile phone business segment (particularly prepaid) still accounts for the largest share of Telkom’s revenues. However, net profit only grew by 3.1 percent. If prepaid mobile credit is also the bread and butter of XL and Indosat, it likely points to lower than average recharge rates. http://www.indonesia-investments.com/business/business-columns/telecommunications-in-indonesia-telkom-indosat-xl-axiata/item5480

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Mobile adtech startup PopSlide makes it rain free phone top-ups
Oh interesting. I hadn't considered that. Will have to follow up to check if PopSlide's SDK allows for that. Is it usually the case with apps like this? Thanks in advance.

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Mobile adtech startup PopSlide makes it rain free phone top-ups
It's a pretty controversial thing. The idea is that local firms will be the ones to earn from Indonesia's consumption as opposed to foreign companies cashing in on the archipelago. In that sense, it will funnel a lot of business to local companies like Advan and Polytron. However, many make the argument that the measure is far too protectionist, and will actually limit business activity in Indonesia. https://www.techinasia.com/4g-smartphones-indonesia-regulations-uncertainty/

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Mobile adtech startup PopSlide makes it rain free phone top-ups
This is a very good question. It's a conversation I've had with several mobile startups, but let me see if I can find some published data that confirms it. Thanks for keeping us on our toes.

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Mobile adtech startup PopSlide makes it rain free phone top-ups
I wonder if this has anything to do with China's stock market crash and the upheaval it's caused in the global market. Economist says "The Nikkei index in Japan slipped by 4.6%" http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21662092-china-sneezing-rest-world-rightly-nervous-causes-and-consequences-chinas

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Line halts plan for IPO: report
Come on Quigley....you own one of these right?

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Otaku dream: this smart anime body pillow responds to your caress
I live on Flowdock. I die on Flowdock.

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Workplace chat app Eko gets $5.7M series A funding to make teams productive, quit Slacking
Indeed I recently spoke to an Uber representative and half of the conversation ended up being about how safe Uber is. Regardless, I'd like to see a ratio of how many acts of sexual violence occur in China involving regular taxi drivers or on public transportation. The condemnation or forgiveness of Uber should be based on comparative data I feel.

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Uber nightmare: Chinese woman robbed, sexually assaulted in three-hour ordeal
Not an expert, but I'm wondering if K-pop has trouble getting out to the foreign markets not because people in the business are assholes, but instead if perhaps that style of entertainment isn't culturally relevant to people outside of Asia.

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Want to see an all-star K-pop concert in your hometown? Crowdfund it
Very interesting. Indeed, we've seen a lot of early stage 500 activity in Indonesia, usually co-investments. I think you're exactly right.

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Why 500 Startups is pouring money into Vietnam
Free is always good. But how's the quality? Is it more worth it for Singaporeans to bite the payment bullet and have seamless coverage as opposed to dealing with something that may be spotty and annoying?

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MyRepublic promises 1 year of free, unlimited mobile data
I meet a lot of people who claim to be the co-founder of a Rocket company. Even though most of them are indeed 'CEOs for hire' do you think the "co-founder" status of an incidentally successful Rocket venture helps that person's career significantly in the future?

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This guy turned Go-Jek from a zombie into Indonesia’s hottest startup
Agreed, very gutsy. I think with Go-Jek, Indonesia also had a perfect storm of conducive market conditions.

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This guy turned Go-Jek from a zombie into Indonesia’s hottest startup
Sign me up. This sounds great :) These guys will probably do well, as they can potentially save people a lot of money.

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This startup is solving the worst thing about the end of your holiday – pesky foreign currency
Do we know of any companies that are working on affordable electric cars for the mass market? These inventions are cool and indeed sexy, but electric vehicles that bypass fossil fuels are kind of meaningless if only the top of the pyramid can afford them. Am I off the mark here?

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Japan’s sexiest electric sports car lands $14M to speed into global markets
Hi Simon, Nice points. Definitely a big opportunity to target the Indonesian market, I think. Sadly, the standard for medical treatment in Indonesia is quite low, yet there is a growing middle-class who can pay for better care. This might sound a bit silly, but I've never been to a doctor or dentist in Indonesia because I'm afraid of the quality. Can anyone else share insights about the quality of Indonesian medical services?

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Media firm acquires Indonesian medtech startup to boost digital footprint