Fresh from the acquisition agreement of Detik.com by Para Group, Detik’s founder and editor in chief Budiono Darsono is said to be rounding up a number of bloggers and developers from Jogjakarta to create a brand new startup. Word on the street is it will not be a news portal, so it’s not going to compete with Detik, but it will be one to watch nonetheless, especially since it’s not clear at this point what it will be.
Whatever it is he is building, the people he’s putting together may seem rather random. We were told that they come from different backgrounds, such as developers, bloggers, and community leaders, but all supposedly have prominent presence on the Internet, whether it’s a blog, community twitter account, Facebook group, mailing list, whatever.
Does this mean the man popularly known as BDI will be leaving Detik? It’s difficult to say for certain at this point. He could be just putting together a team for a new project that he will invest in and support instead of taking a direct involvement in operations, but with the deal closing in a matter of weeks, we’ll probably know more about this soon after the take-over is official.
On the other hand, in an interview with Bisnis Indonesia, BDI said that he will remain at Detik for the time being. This signals a departure at some point, likely to be within a short order, which means he could be running the new startup as soon as he hands over Detik to the new owners.
[update] Budiono Darsono just confirmed to us through Twitter that he will remain at Detik
[image from Budiono Darsono]