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Startup doesn’t matter, DIY culture does

Startup doesn’t matter, DIY culture does

Circa 2009-2010, Indonesia terkena demam yang bersumber dari Silicon Valley. Bocah nakal yang membangun Digg jadi role model. Sosok sempurna, pemberontak, yang tak mau mendengar kata orang lain. Impossible is possible. Dan berbagai ide konyol extra ordinary pun bermunculan. It’s about being cool. And hopefully a billionaire in the next morning.

DIY — Do It Yourself — adalah akar dari startup. It’s about scratching your own itch karena solusi yang ada tak dirasa mencukupi. Mulai dari membuat sesuatu yang baru atau menjadi gila dengan jalan re-inventing the wheel.

Growing up sucks.

Perkembangan dari tren hobi di garasi (2008) menjadi tren unit bisnis yang waspada finansial (2012) — pergeseran definisi startup — adalah hal yang patut diacungi jempol. Tapi bersama dengan pergeseran ini, rasanya kultur DIY juga jadi menyurut. Well, mungkin “pehobi garasi” jadi banyak yang menyadari bahwa starting-up itu tak sekedar membangun website. Seminar startup sudah menampar dengan keras, investor akan tertawa dalam hati: holy crap, what this person is trying to pull out with this silly idea.

Tren baru adalah memulai perusahaan sendiri. Banyak investor yang mulai mendanai perusahaan lokal. Kita pun merasa lebih dekat dengan citra Silicon Valley. Sementara itu, di akarnya kita justru tercerabut. Kita malah kehilangan spiritnya — kultur DIY. Kita seperti tercuci otaknya dan menghentikan semua ide jika tak mengarah ke model-model startup.

Should I blame mobile trend?

Web was the norm. Mashups were the the cool buzzword. Nowadays, people gravitates toward mobile app — so said where the money is. Developers gravitate to the end of the spectrum and only an a small fraction focuses on developing the platform.

Kalau tren mobile tak datang, evolusi web bakal lebih gila karena jadi single platform tanpa saingan. Kini, bahkan next trend pun diperkirakan lebih cenderung mengarah ke mobile. Mobile is the future.

I miss those geeks with those fool ideas. Tunggu, tunggu. Kita (pernah) punya kultur (web) DIY?

PS:

Kalau ada seminar startup atau developer conference, mbok yao undang-undang orang macam Ariya Hidayat.

Bro, kulturnya bro.

Foto oleh jimgris

#TolakRPMKonten

#TolakRPMKonten

This is an old song, sang by our govt to blatantly execute their power using the same chorus: to protect the citizen interest. But that’s not the story we hear and see on telly where crooks walked away from the law easily and the law-abiding-citizen were sentenced years in jail for simply being hungry.

Recently, Indonesia govt released a draft of rules (by Ministry of Communication and Information) related to content creation and distribution. Many feel it as a yet again a govt unreasonable fear of its citizen voice. Govt want to protect common interest by deciding what is correct and what is wrong of a content. A correct content is a content that gives benefit, so they said. Without saying whose benefit it is.

You can read the whole docs here. It’s in Indonesian at the moment. Hopefully someone will translate it to English very soon. Meanwhile I will try to highlight what should have been our concern.

Organizer may not distribute, transmit, and / or make can access to Content that contains loads of action degrading conditions and physical abilities, intellectual, service, skills, and physical and non physical aspect of a party.

If you were following Indonesia internet scene recently, I’m sure you are already familiar with Coin for Prita. Started from a complain on health service issue being posted in newspaper and forum, Prita was jailed. A consumer complaining about a service she received was sent to jail.

When organizer is not allowed to distribute or transmit content than contains degrading condition, intellectual, service, physical and no physical aspect of a party means citizen won’t be able to report the crippled transportation scenes, the slow and expensive internet or other public service issues.

The document is quite lengthy, but it boils down to two important issues:

  1. Govt will be able to punish the publisher
  2. Govt can revoke publisher right of publishing

Those doesn’t differ much from a decade ago scene when some mags were taken down for being vocal to the current govt.

You have a voice, and I urge you to cast that voice against this madness! #TolakRPMKonten

PS:

You can also read Onno W Purbo response on the subject

The Gaps in Indonesian Internet

The Gaps in Indonesian Internet

30 Juta pengguna internet di Indonesia? Posisi ke 4 di Facebook sebagai user paling aktif per negara? — Satu catatan yang menarik, sekaligus patut dipertanyakan.

Apakah angka tersebut cukup bagus?

Dalam kenyataannya, kita masih mempunyai banyak kekosongan, meskipun pengguna internet sudah menembus angka 30 juta.

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