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Can We Trust TrustedCompany?

TrustedCompany has just sealed a USD 1 million of Series A funding from three major investors. The fund is obtained to enhance their ideas by protecting online shoppers from the possibility of getting scammed based on consumer reviews. Nevertheless, after paying a visit to the platform and analyzing the posted comments, we were forced to grow our suspicion towards the startup. Can we really trust TrustedCompany?

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Opinion 

6 Indonesian Startups That The World Needs To Know

Whenever I meet people who is not from Indonesia, I am constantly being asked what are the exciting Indonesian startups these days. It’s a tough question, since I don’t know what classifies as “exciting” or “good” for a startup. But I’ve gathered 6 startups that I think qualifies as both “exciting” and “good” in the sense that if you’re an investor, you should definitely take a look; if you’re an entrepreneur, you should check it out anyway.

These are 6 Indonesian startups that I think has a unique product, and has a good chance to grow outside of Indonesian market, and hopefully also the global market.

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Opinion 

Not About Uber: Regulations Should Grow With Us, Not Against Us

Regulations, i.e. made by the government to apply in a certain country, are meant to regulate the way things are for the benefit of the many (and in most cases, the country as well). We are in a time where technology is increasingly often challenging rules and creating regulatory problems, since when problems have not existed before, how can they be regulated (or prevented)?

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Opinion 

Should Local Apps Be Pre-loaded on Devices?

Nowadays, there are more and more local applications created. In terms of quality, a number of those apps are even comparable internationally. Just take a look at PicMix, a local application which was initially created to fill in the lack of Instagram on BlackBerry, which eventually gained 18 million users globally. The fact though, most Indonesians aren’t aware of these local apps. Bundling local apps or having them pre-loaded on certain devices could be an alternative to keep developing local applications.

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Analysis  Opinion 

Prepaid Nation. Or How Online Services Companies Can Make Money in Indonesia

The other day Pando published a story about how being “big in Indonesia” is like a kiss of death for Path. In a similar way, this seems to apply to other companies like BlackBerry, Friendster, Multiply, and Koprol, though obviously not to all international technology companies. With that in mind, what failed them and why is Indonesia such a tough market to crack financially?

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Opinion 

Getting 10Gbps Home Fiber Connections by 2015 Sounds Great, But…

Earlier this month, Telkom Akses announced its 10Gbps Internet infrastructure project. The wholly owned subsidiary of Telkom plans to link up 20 million homes to the internet using fiber optic cables, unifying its currently diversified network. The project sounds quite ambitious but if executed well, will help the country catch up with the rest of the region as far as internet penetration and connection quality are concerned.

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