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Top ten newsmakers of 2017

Major upheavals in the global business ecosystem started from Uber CEO and founder Travis Kalanick who was under pressure by investors to resign and was eventually handed over to Dara Khosrowshahi as the new CEO of a startup worth over US$68 billion.

The startups unicorn makes great news of the year that will force anyone not to far from technology as the foundation of future business. Here are the major headlines in technology and startup companies this year:

Tinuku Travis Kalanick

Travis Kalanick, Uber co-founder

Travis Kalanick is co-founder of Uber Technologies Inc. which operates the largest ride-hailing service in the world. Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO of Uber where investors and board members tried to address some of the controversies that damaged the company's work culture and reputation.

Tinuku Elon Musk

Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX founder

Elon Musk is the founder and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Boring which has composed maps and future business trends. This year's Musk launched Tesla Semi as an electric truck drove a diesel truck into the brink of extinction. SpaceX this year set up Falcon Heavy rocket for vision to Mars.

Tinuku Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son, Softbank founder

Masayoshi Son is the founder and CEO of SoftBank, Softbank Mobile, and chairman of Sprint Corporation as the richest man in Japan. This year did spectacular things and raised US$100 billion through Vision Fund for many startups.

Tinuku Cheng Wei

Cheng Wei, DiDi Chuxing co-founder

Cheng Wei is the founder and CEO of DiDi Chuxing as the largest ride-hailing service in China. Wei through DiDi this year raised US$9.5 billion in corporate valuations of more than US$50 billion. The company is expanding its global business and investing in many startups including electric cars.

Tinuku Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng, Tencent co-founder

Ma Huateng or nicknamed Pony Ma is co-founder and CEO of Tencent Holdings Limited which operates a variety of internet services both in China and the world. The company is aggressively investing in many global startups. Just this year Ma has raised US$21.8 billion in wealth.

Tinuku Jack Ma

Jack Ma, Alibaba co-founder

Ma Yun or otherwise known as Jack Ma is co-founder of Alibaba Group Holding Limited as a Chinese technology giant. Ma has a net worth of US$37.9 billion and through Ant Financial this year funded many startups in Southeast Asia.

Tinuku Sachin Bansal

Sachin Bansal, Flipkart co-founder

Sachin Bansal is a co-founder of Flipkart which this year founded to invite other unicorns like Ola, MakeMyTrip, Quikr, and Hike Messenger to launch an industry body to lobby local business interests more in competing global players such as Uber and Amazon.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm founder

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the founder of Paytm and One97 Communications Ltd as one of the youngest billionaires in India. This year raised a US$1.4 billion funding led by softbank. Investments to double Paytm's valuation to more than US$8 billion and become an Internet bank with many financial services.

Tinuku Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder

Jeff Bezos is founder and CEO of, Blue Origin and Business firms include retail, cloud computing, aerospace and newspapers. Bezos with a net worth of US$98.6 billion to become the richest man by overthrowing Bill Gates for a short time. Bezos also garnered the largest fortune this year of US$33.8 billion.

Tinuku Nadiem Makarim

Nadiem Makarim, Go-Jek founder

Nadiem Makarim is the founder and CEO of Go-Jek as the largest ride-sharing service in Southeast Asia. Makarim in the year used Go-Jek's large fund to acquire many startups including, Kartuku, Midtrans, Mapan, Pathao and invested in Myanmar and Philippines.


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Zoomcar raised $40 million led by Mahindra and Mahindra

Zoomcar raised a Series C funding of US$ 40 million led by Mahindra & Mahindra. On-demand car rental service headquartered in Bengaluru, Zoomcar Inc, confirmed to have raised new funding including the sale of shares to Mumbai's auto giant Mahindra & Mahindra, where Ford and other investors also took part in the round,

Zoomcar CEO and co-founder, Greg Moran, said the Series C round is still open and can be extended to other investors who will participate in a US$170 million valuation. Mahindra & Mahindra confirmed it has invested Rs176 crore (US$27.5 million) in this latest round which gets 16 percent stake in share.

The latest C Series funding is US$24 million led by Ford in 2016 and an undisclosed investment from China's Cyber Carrier added at the end of the year. Other supporters include Sequoia Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, FundersClub and a number of angels including former U.S. financial secretary Larry Summers and former CFO Infosys T.V. Mohandas Pai.


Internet users in Indonesia are 143.26 million by 2017, APJII reports

The Indonesian Internet Service User Association (APJII) reports the number of internet users in Indonesia is 143.26 million by 2017. The latest APJII survey concluded that internet users in Indonesia are dominated by people aged 13-18 years and still have internet infrastructure gaps between urban areas and rural.

APJII released the survey results on the penetration and behavior of Indonesian internet users in 2017 where the increase in number compared to the previous year. APJII also enforces age and area categories to map the user penetration levels in the survey. To know the total population of Indonesia is 262 million people.

"Internet users are up 10 million compared to the previous year (2016) of 132.7 million people.The youngest is the highest," said APJII Secretary General Henri Kasyfi Soemartono.

Internet users are dominated by 13-18 year olds and penetration rate is 75.50 percent. The top category is Kalimantan Island which has penetration rate at 72.19 percent, t…

Sony announces blue-chip company for taxi and ride-hailing market

Sony Corp. announced it will be a blue-chip company that jockeyes Japan's taxi and ride-hailing market with a joint venture plan to develop an artificial intelligence-based hailing system. This partnership is conducted between domestic taxi companies and technology companies that see the potential of a profitable Japanese market.

Sony plans to build an AI-based platform with Daiwa Motor Transportation Co Ltd and five other domestic taxi companies. This month, SoftBank Group Corp. and China's Didi Chuxing announced it will hold a business in Japan this year for customized services in the country.

SoftBank is one of the investors in Didi and also the largest shareholder of Uber Technologies Inc. Didi and Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo Co. Ltd. plans to offer taxi services to visitors from mainland China and the company is also in talks with Uber.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on Tuesday told investors in Tokyo that Uber should change the way business is in Japan and need to build partnershi…

Know Various Types of Traditional Indonesian Batik Patterns

Tinuku ~ Various types of batik spread across the archipelago. Batik is art of painting using cloth has a pattern and a special way of making the write or paste on the fabric. By treatment with certain distinctive ways.

Batik is pictorial cloth made specifically by writing or applying wax to cloth and since October 2, 2009 batik has been designated as one of Indonesia's cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Everyone knows batik designs have supernatural powers and each motif worn only by specific users. Parang motif which symbolizes strength and power, should only be worn by rulers and knights. Batik of this type must be made with calmness and patience.

If you do wrong in the batik process, the magical power is lost. The process of making batik is full of philosophical meaning, batik is a meaningful symbols that shows how society thinks maker.

Perhaps you just know only one kind of batik design. But geography and area of Indonesia storing various types of batik motifs depending on region t…

Geely and Volvo unveiled new brand Lynx & Co and 01 SUV most connected car in the world

Tinuku ~ Lynk & Co 01 SUV allow owners easily start business to share vehicle. Chinese cars Geely announced new car keys sharable and open platform designed as the "most connected car in the world".

Geely inaugurates compact SUV using new brand Lynk & Co. The car projected as Geely products based on Volvo cars which specifically enable economic growth by sharing car accessed through digital lock.

The tech-heavy design as the most connected cars ever produced and based on Compact Model Architecture will used by brand Geely and Volvo to support future models including V40 hatch, S40 sedan and XC40 SUV.

Radical vision automotive future by launching Lynk & Co 01 SUV compact hybrid will invade market in 2017. Brand new crushing industry convention with digitization strategies, electrification, connectivity and enable third-party developers participation.

"The 01 is most connected car in the world. Designed for modern urban spectacle that is used for collaborative…