Musik dan Podcast Menarik 2019

Sudah bulan Desember. Suasana di kantor juga sudah bau liburan. Memanfaatkan kelowongan, aku akan merekap musik dan podcast menarik yang kutemukan tahun ini.

Musik Lokal

Berikut rilisan lokal tahun 2019 dari berbagai genre yang berputar terus di playlistku. Dengan kualitas seperti ini, aku berharap semakin banyak yang tahu bagaimana bagusnya musik Indonesia dari tahun ke tahun. Lets go!

List lengkap musik lokal Indonesia yang aku rekomendasikan bisa didengarkan di playlist berikut.

Move – Tuan Tigabelas

Versi live terbaik dari lagu ini

Assalamualaikum nyonya-nyoya tuan-tuan / Heres come the doom, lari cari bala bantuan.

Dalam dua baris, Upi a.k.a Tuan 13 membantai semua battle rapper sepanjang tahun 2019. Lagu ini adalah suntikan adrenalin instan yang kubutuhkan ketika akan masuk ruang meeting dan mendeliver presentasi penting.

Mooner – Menenggala

Live dari Candi Prambanan

Side-project Rekti The SIGIT yang masih senafas rock and roll tapi dengan sentuhan etnik psychedelic. Menenggala adalah single dari rilisan kedua mereka OM atau Orkes Melayu. Benar, track dari rilisan ini mengandung unsur dangdut. Dangdut + Psychedelic Rock + Acid = berjoget kosmis.

Ardhito Pramono – Fake Optics

Bar kosong, asap rokok tipis-tipis dan segelas whisky. Fake Optics dari Ardhito adalah sebuah ode patah hati generasi Senoparty.

Jangar – Negeri Nego

Gila sih, mendengar lagu ini reaksi pertamaku adalah kenapa Lamb Of God tiba tiba bervokal mas-mas dengan suara sengau. Setelah kuriset lebih lanjut, ternyata yang nyanyi bukan mas mas tapi bli-bli. Jangar, fourtet unit rock progressive dari Bali, liar beraroma bensin dan alkohol. Gas!

The Panturas – Putra Petir

Unofficial Soundtrack Film Gundala

Empat pemuda Jatinangor yang ketika bersatu berubah menjadi titisan spiritual Dick Dale dan membawa ombak revivalist rock selancar California selatan tahun 50an. Terkenal dengan live show yang rusuh, Panturas adalah band lokal teratas dalam wishlist harus ditonton 2020.

Isyana Saraswati – Sikap Duniawi

Isyana yang dulu sudah mati. Welcome to the real Isyana

Isyana dan Raisa, bertarung sengit di tempat satu dan dua top of mind solis wanita di Indonesia. Tahun 2019, Isyana membuka tabir pop dan merilis jati diri dia sebenarnya: album Lexicon. Sikap Duniawi adalah single pertamanya, dengarkan dan lihat bagaimana Isyana Saraswati menempatkan dirinya di level yang berbeda dari semua musisi Indonesia lainnya.

Mari kita tunggu karir Isyana berikutnya di panggung Broadway atau East End, melagukan musikal musikal Disney serta berduet repertoir klasik dengan Sarah Brightman. Aku sendiri menunggu Isyana untuk muncul di panggung Hammersonic, menjadi feature di setnya Deadsquad mungkin. Ala-ala Within Temptation gitu lah mungkin.

Podcast Lokal

Secara garis besar, aku jauh lebih banyak mendengarkan podcast dibandingkan musik di 2019. Beberapa orang sepertinya mengalami hal yang sama. William Tanu Tokopedia, di panggung konferensi TechinAsia, bercerita sudah jarang sekali membaca buku karena beralih ke podcast. Stand up komedian Gilang Bhaskara juga bicara di BiarLega tentang kebiasannya di busway yang bergeser dari mendengar musik menjadi podcast.

Selain itu, skena podcast lokal meledak di tahun 2019 sehingga podcaster lokal menggeser rotasi podcast barat seperti Freakonomics atau How I Built This yang tahun lalu banyak ku dengarkan.

Berikut 3 podcast lokal yang aku rekomendasikan beserta spesifik episode yang menurutku paling bagus.

Podcast Boker – Episode Rhoma Irama

Podcast Boker a.k.a BKR Brothers a.k.a Ryo, Molen dan Bobby. Hands down, podcast paling maksimal dari sisi kengehean. Membahas hal hal terkait pergaulan Jakarta Selatan dengan eksplisit, jujur dan (for the lack of better word) ngehe!. Podcast yang selama tahun 2019, rutin menemani dan membuatku ngakak sepanjang perjalanan kerja dari Cibinong ke Ampera.

Di medio tahun 2000an awal, ketika masih SMA di Surabaya, jadwal rutinku setelah magrib adalah mendengarkan radio. Di EBS FM klo tidak salah, jam 7 sampai jam 9 ada acara yang dipegang oleh DJ bernama Yohanes dan Micky. Sepanjang acara, mereka berdua bercanda jorok, membahas hal-hal seru tentang Surabaya dan ngobrol ngalor-ngidul. Podcast Boker mengingatkan aku tentang acara ini dan bagaimana penyiar radio yang bagus, bisa membuat aku merasa ikut nongkrong dan tertawa bareng mereka.

Episode yang pas untuk memulai mendengar podcast ini adalah ketika BKR Brothers menginterview Kiki Aulia Ucup, manager Barasuara, tentang pengalamannya mengundang Rhoma Irama untuk Synchronize Fest dan segala keabsurdan dibelakangnya.

Podcast Stand Up Indo – Episode Pandji Pragiwaksono

Stand-up komedi adalah satu kesenian yang tidak aku sangka bisa bertumbuh besar di Indonesia. Aku menemukan Seinfeld, Pryor dan Carlin ketika kuliah dan selama di Surabaya, tidak pernah aku bertemu se-orang pun yang mengenal, let alone suka, dengan gaya berkomedi tunggal seperti ini.

Di tahun 2011, stand-up komedi Indonesia bertumbuh pesat dan salah satu kontributor penting adalah komunitas StandupIndo. Podcast StandupIndo membahas segala macam hal di belakang panggung stand-up komedi. Mulai profil para komika sebelum jadi komika, profil komunitas dan juga pembahasan sisi bisnis dari stand-up komedi itu sendiri.

Satu yang aku suka dari podcast ini adalah cerita cerita bagaimana kesenian ini mengubah hidup banyak komika. Seriusan, aku seringkali terinspirasi mendengar podcast ini daripada Merry Riana. Yang menginspirasi juga adalah, the length some comics take to get their materials. Di satu episode, Rahmet Ababil ikut tawuran hanya untuk cari premis dan menguatkan personanya sebagai komika SMK.

Episode favoritku adalah Pandji Pragiwaksono. Di tahun 2011, Pandji membuat special show stand-up pertama di Indonesia dan aku beruntung ada di dalam Usmar Ismail hall pada event itu. Belum ada komika yang seprolifik Pandji: spesial paling banyak, punya acara standup-rutin setiap minggu dan yang pertama tur di luar negeri. Di episode ini, kita bisa mendengar beberapa strategy yang dilakukan Pandji untuk menjadi top of mind komika.

Seperti mendengarkan HBR Ideacast, banyak hal tentang marketing, branding dan strategy yang aku dapat di episode ini.

Amwave – Episode JRX, Twice Bar dan SID

Amwave membahas berbagai macam aspek skena musik lokal. Serupa dengan podcast indo tetapi untuk konteks yang berbeda. Dengan durasi minimum satu jam, Amwave secara in-depth membahas pelaku, event, brand clothing dan tentu saja, band dan musik yang berpengaruh terhadap musik sidestream di Indonesia.

Episode favorit adalah ketika Bobby (dari podcast Boker) menginterview pundit punk Bali paling kontroversial JRX a.k.a Ari Astina dari Superman Is Dead. Dimulai dari membahas pernikahan JRX, sejarah terbentuknya SID dan bagaimana ups and downs order manggung SID di tahun 2019.

Bias, karena aku bertumbuh besar SMP dan SMA dengan lagu SID. Tapi untuk setiap penikmat musik, Amwave merupakan angin segar untuk yang ingin mengkonsumsi konten seputar musika nusantara semenjak majalah Hai dan Rollingstone kolaps.

How To Develop Loan Product ?

This month marks my 2 years tenure in Amartha. After almost decade of experience in telco industry and straight outta Manchester Business School Innovation studies, in late September 2017 i jumped headfirst into fintech startup world. It was challenging and exciting ride with constant learning every single day of the week.

One of my key learning from leading Amartha’s Business Development team is how to design loan product. Amartha core business is micro-loan for rural women and as bizdev, my task is to explore new loan product opportunities. In this post, i will brain dump my learning in developing loan product for micro-business segment.

Hope its useful!.

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Techinasia Conference 2019 Takeaways

Quick recap on attending what probably the biggest tech and startup conference in South East Asia. I only attend day 2 hence this might be short. Hopefully still useful.

Enjoy!

View from the front seat

Xendit on Running Experimentation and Hiring Practices

Moses Lo and Tessa Wijaya from Xendit shares their experience scaling startup beyond series A. Xendit itself is a payment gateway, enabling apps or website to do everything related to payments.

First interesting insight from them is their dead simple guidelines on running experimentation : 3 months, 7% growth per week. Any experimental product which consistently passing those bar will get invested more. Below the bar, project will be scraped. Nothing happened to the team, they will be assigned for something else. Any point of time, Xendit will have 3 or 4 “business as usual + 1” experiments , new product which adjacent to their current offering.

This is a good innovation practice by nurturing exploration while still budget conscious. Moses learned this from his time in Y Combinator.

Second one is their hiring practice to do trial day. Candidates applying for Xendit will have to spend one day to work with the team as part of their hiring assessment. By doing this both the team and candidates can sense whether they can fit together or not. Since interview is a bad predictor of performance, Trial Day help Xendit avoids bad hiring by test the candidates on real working condition.

OVO on Solving Problems Using Fintech

On main stage, Jason Thompson from OVO delivered quo vadis speech on where the fintech is going. It was the best presentation ive seen on Day 2. Jason gave insightful and humble presentation on OVO’s journey so far.

Three key points from Jason’s speech.

First, OVO achieved 10x growth due to strategic partnership with Grab and Tokopedia. Grab Bike & Grab Car contribute high frequency of transactions while Tokopedia drives the value of the transactions. On top of that, OVO itself boost ubiquity and reason to use by having presence in almost every shopping mall in Indonesia.

Jason Thompson, CEO of OVO

Second, answering on the skepticism on cash-back, the growth of OVO has been healthy. This is due to the growth in both users and value, is followed by growth in stored value fund. Seems like users are more comfortable to left their money in OVO balance.

Third, OVO aimed to expand beyond wallet into other financial services. Investment will be their first expansion, powered by Bareksa acquisition. Jason spent quite a time emphasizing how big investment opportunities in Indonesia while investment in adoption is still very low compared to the region.

Massive opportunities in Indonesia investment market

Lending and insurance will be next. OVO transaction data will be leveraged to make their financial services attractive for each users ( e.g credit scoring for cheaper lending and insurance).

I predicted OVO’s move to expand into other financial services back in May. Do read my analysis here. I also channeled Jason’s optimism on Indonesia investment market.

And yes, Jason also confirm OVO status as the fifth unicorn in the country.

Tokopedia on Their Next 10 Years

William Tanuwijaya interview was probably the most sought-out session in Day 2 of the conference. Main stage area was jam-packed with people, i could barely saw the stage.

William, Tokped founder versus Willis, TIA founder

Guided by Willis Wee of Techinasia himself, William talk about a decade of Tokopedia journey, key decisions thats important for growth of Tokped and also his personal growth as a founder CEO.

Three important takeaways for me.

First, asked about early decisions that has been pivotal for Tokped foundation, Willliam answer was the decision to not blindly copy global ecommerce promotion day (e.g 11.11 in China, Black Friday). Relying on big-bang promotion day to boost sales is not only unsustainable, but also many of these promotion day is out of context for Indonesian hence it doesnt bring good result. Tokopedia choose to pick promotion day on the last week before lebaran. Smart move considering most office workers already got their THR bonuses during this time. This is also a subtle jab for Bukalapak which make promotion day every single month (1.1, 2.2 and so on).

Second is about their Super Ecosystem strategy. Tokped is exploring many new things such as financial services, selling tickets and bill payment. However, William emphasized that Tokopedia will prefer collaborate with aligned partners rather than building their own. Different path from what Amazon is going where they start to develop many in-house verticals. Hence Tokped platform will be geared to be more open and William invites startups and other institutions to develop the ecosystem together.

Last and the most interesting one is his vision on Tokped next 10 years. Tokopedia next decade vision is to enable smalll business owners in rural Indonesia to have the same capabilities as national (or international) retailer. William cited that he wants store owner in Aceh can possibly make their business big without having to move to Jakarta to get better access to market. This could contribute into decentralization of economy of Indonesia and also reverse urbanization.

To realize this vision, Tokopedia will make most of their e-commerce capabilities as a services for this small business. For example, if a seller need logistic or warehousing capabilities to do overnight delivery, Tokopedia could provide it. This also goes for marketing, payment and other capabilities.

In their last impact report, Tokopedia claimed to contribute 1% of Indonesian economy. William aim to push this into 5% in the next decade.

How LinkAja Might Win ?

LinkAja has officially grand-launched last June. It represents collective efforts of Indonesian BUMN (state-owned enterprise) to gain market share in emerging digital payment space. Clashing with the likes of Gojek, Grab-backed OVO and Alibaba-backed DANA.

Images from LinkAja.id

Things are not starting smoothly for them. The grand launch has been delayed couple of times due to technical issues, experts doubts their agility to compete and they’ve slouched to 4th place below DANA. Even though a year ago, T-Cash was fighting head to head with OVO to gain 2nd place.

So whats the move going forward ? Heres my quick thoughts on how LinkAja can win

Non-Smartphone Features

Gopay, Ovo and DANA all require smartphone to use. On the other hand, telco-based wallet such as T-Cash can be operated from dumb phones using USSD command. LinkAja can leverage this to offer more inclusive experience.

To process payments, user can just provide their mobile phone and approve payment via sms-delivered OTP. This could be beneficial to push LinkAja usage in rural areas where mobile internet coverage is spotty.

Digitizing Government Payments

In my experience, government payments are mostly in cash. From paying traffic fines, renewing your driver license or paying annual vehicle tax, LinkAja could be leveraged to make all of this cashless. Toll-road, Commuter Line and TransJakarta has been successfully converted to 100 percent cashless hence its not impossible to expand this into any sort of government payments.

For government institutions, cashless payments could make their payment processing more efficient and reduce fraud as well. This could be incentives for policy makers or public institution leaders to push LinkAja adoption in their organization. LinkAja could capitalize this putting registration and cash-in booth on every government institution that accept cash payment.

Leveraging Combined User Base

LinkAja is an evolution T-Cash. Telkomsel has 100 million existing user base. There also four state banks backing LinkAja up : Bank Mandiri, BNI, BRI and BTN. The four combined (also known as HIMBARA) represented almost 200 million accounts. Not to mention user contribution from Pertamina and Jiwasraya.

As i mentioned in my previous article, massive user base dont mean much if there are no clear benefits for Telkomsel or HIMBARA to use LinkAja over other wallet provider.

Good example of this is initiative to link integrate current account to LinkAja balance. Hence if you are one of HIMBARA bank users, you dont have to constantly top up, just link your account and LinkAja app could substitute your card as payment method.

Another ideas might be to use LinkAja as easier method to do peer to peer transfer. User can transfer money from any of HIMBARA bank to any mobile phone number since primary identifier for LinkAja (0r any other wallet) is mobile number.

Loyalty points is another angle that state owned enterprise could collaborate with LinkAja. Points from Telkomsel top-up, Pertamina petrol station, any payments from HIMBARA banks will be consolidated in LinkAja.

The key is to make the experience using LinkAja much much better for existing BUMN customer base compared to non-user. If its not, then LinkAja would not have advantage over other big 3 wallet provider no matter how many state enterprises backing them up.

Investing : Next Frontier in Indonesian Fintech ?

In current Indonesian context, when somebody talk about fintech they mostly refer to lending. In DailySocial surveys, more than half of respondent associated fintech with online lending services with payment as a close second. Number of fintech funding activities also skewed toward this direction with 60% of total 14 deals in 2018 went to P2P lending startups. If you browse through fintech list in OJK website, only P2P lending are listed even though insurance and investment fintech falls under OJK supervision. There are currently 113 registered lending fintech as of June, far more than any other types of fintech combined.

Two things from this: Indonesian fintech growth so far still contributed by lending thus other financial services is underutilized. This leaves lots of room to grow for fintech ecosystem going forward. Second, with lending companies already reach hundreds, fintech players need to think hard what will be the next play.

So what could be the next phase for Indonesian fintech ? my take is on investing. Of all the financial services, it is the least inclusive with less than 1% registered investors in a 270 million population. Number of investors has been growing double digits for four years straight and most of the growth are contributed from younger segments.

In this article, i wrote overview on investing landscape in Indonesia, challenges and how this sector has big potential to drive further fintech growth going forward.

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Anticipating Facebook’s Libra

Yesterday, Facebook launched its own global currency called Libra. It is built on blockchain and it carries Facebook ambitious bet to redefine how money works in the internet (you can see it in this video). Theres lot of interesting aspects of Libra, from its underlying technology, the management model and privacey features. TechCrunch explain it beautifully in this 4000 words explainer.

Explainer of main use case of Libra. You can watch the video here

My key takeaways from Facebook Libra are these :

  1. Libra is crypto-based digital currency. It is a cryptocurrency hence decentralized, open and secure. However, unlike other cryptocurrency, it is blazingly fast (1000 TPS compared to 7 in Bitcoin and 15 in Ethereum) and financially stable due to the backings of real-money reserve. To use Libra, you will need Calibra, its digital wallet. You can cash-in, store, send and cash-out in Calibra similar to Paypal, Gopay, OVO and other digital wallet. However, Calibra will seamlessly handle multi-currency remittance, available around the world and integrated with FB Messenger and Whatsapp. Calibra itself is built by Facebook however since Libra is open infrastructure, in the future other companies might built other wallet apart from it.
  2. Libra is mainly targeting unbanked population. In the intro video, Libra is designed to be fast in Lagos, simple in Manila and convenient to send money to Mexico City. To use Libra and Calibra, user only need feature phone, internet and any kind of government-issued identification. It doesnt require smartphone hence highly inclusive. Libra also claimed to utilize blockchain to drasticly reduce fees.
  3. Libra is backed by lots of prominent organization. Apart from Facebook, Libra is supported by giants and whales of global institution. Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Stripe are onboard. Theres also telco (Vodafone), venture capital (Andreesen-Horowits) and non-profits (Kiva and Mercy Corps). Full list of Libra backers can be read here.

This is an interesting slash scary things for fintech and crypto development going forward. If you work in wallet or digital money business, Facebook is eye-balling your lunch. Every penny that went into Calibra wallet is a penny less from other wallet. If youre in fintech focusing on unbanked, like me, this could be potential to do cashless financial service delivery. If you work in blockchain, Libra could be the key use case to bring the crypto to the masses. Global bitcoin users currently is 35 millions while Facebook itself has 2.3 billion userbase.

So considering this development, what can we do to anticipate? heres my initial thoughts :

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Second Act : OVO Strategy to Expand Beyond Wallet

This is series of study case analysis that i like to write from time to time. I am a big fan of Ben Thompson’s Stratechery and these essays are inspired by Ben’s work. Check out my last post on LinkAja.

On second week of April, Dealstreetasia broke the news that Indonesian payment wallet provider OVO has acquired online mutual fund startups, Bareksa, for 20 mio USD. This news came just merely a month after OVO acquisition of P2P Platform Taralite. Taralite acquisition has enabled OVO to offer credit-card-like Paylater which at the moment only available in Tokopedia. Bareksa on the other was used to power OVO Invest feature which can be accessed after user do advanced KYC by submitting their E-KTP.

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Seeking information in OVO customer service booth. Pic credit from Metropolitan.id

As a country with massive unbanked population and asymmetric banking industry , Indonesia is a lucrative ground for fintech. These recent developments is a clear attempt to expand into wider financial services and having Lippo and Grab as their backer, OVO have ample warchest to start landgrab in multiple fronts.

In this essay, i will share my analysis on rationale, challenge and predictions on OVO next step in Indonesia financial industry.

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