Their Shanghai and Jakarta subsidiaries are already set up. Trial in Shanghai is planned to begin in late April, Jakarta service will start in late August.
JKT48, the Indonesian sister band of ultra-popular Japanese girl group AKB48 (Asiajin), is promoting Rakuten Belanja Online, Rakuten’s joint venture with Jakarta-based media powerhouse PT Global Mediacom, on Indonesian TV.
In the 30-second commercial, various members of the group can be seen wearing different clothes and accessories and using gadgets – and apparently all items can be bought on the site.
Rakuten Belanja Online was first announced back in December 2010 and began operations in June 2011.
Here’s the JKT48 TV spot:
Indonesia is just getting started on the Internet, but interest is rapidly growing in this massive market of 240 million people. The country is on the map especially in the tech industry in Japan and (to a lesser extent) Silicon Valley, which is why a new conference called BOOST is trying to connect these three regions.
The inaugural event describes itself as a “non-profit conference that helps local Indonesian startups grow into scalable companies” and will have some A-list entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from Japan and the US as speakers (see below).
Entrepreneurs who want to have a chance to take part in “small group mentoring sessions” with the speakers and other BOOST attendees, can apply here (deadline: December 19, 2011).
General attendees can get tickets here.
As you can see above, the line-up of speakers planned for the event is pretty impressive. It includes Dave McClure (founder of 500 Startups), Jia Shen (co-founder of Rock You), Hiro Maeda (co-founder of Open Network Lab), Jameson Hsu (co-founder of Mochi Media), Brent Hurley (founding team member of YouTube), Akimitsu Sano (CEO of Cookpad), Steven Goh (CEO of mig 33), legendary game creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi, and others.
Last Friday, I was invited to Jakarta to give a keynote presentation at the Sparxup Awards 2011 event for Indonesian startups.
The presentation’s topic was “Innovation, Imitation & Hyper-Localization In Asia”, and assuming some readers might be interested, I embedded it below.
Here are the slides (direct link):
Here is some recommended reading, probably of value for just about everybody reading Asiajin: in 2007, Students at Singapore Management University have created a wiki called “Digital Media Across Asia”, which now covers a total of eleven countries (in English), namely:
On the site, the wiki is being called the “world’s most comprehensive wiki dedicated to digital media throughout Asia”, and I think this could well be true.
The wiki is updated 2-3 times per year (only the students themselves and faculty can edit it), and it’s a great resource for country-specific information on social networks, mobile, search engines, video sharing platforms, etc. etc.