Tiket.com, an Indonesian startup that lets users book airline tickets, concert tickets, hotel accomodation, and travel packages, has won the top prize of USD 25K at the Tech-I international competition organized by the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative.
The winners were announced at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai held in mid-December.
Since launching in November 2011, Tiket has gone on to grow at a 20 to 50 percent clip every month, according to TechinAsia. So far, it has partnered with 1,000 hotels, six airlines, 30 convert events, and 300 travel agents. Read more
(1) PT Kompas CyberMedia, the company behind Kompas.com, announced an investment in city directory startup Urbanesia.com.
(2) Metro TV officially announced (via Twitter) that they have released a mobile application for Android platform and it is available for free on Android Market. Read more
(1) Telkom Bandung Indonesia has officially launched the Bandung Digital Valley (BDV), which is located in the R & D Centre of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom).
(2) Tiket.com has launched its mobile site for smartphones and tablet users, although it still lacks a more inclusive range of payment methods. Instead of providing mobile apps tailored for different kinds of mobile devices, Tiket has smartly chosen a mobile website catering to those looking to purchase movie tickets.
(3) Android market share has grown fivefold from the beginning of 2011 to reach 29% of total smartphone ownership by October 2011, claims Alven Desnecmen, head of Mobile Phone Marketing Department, Samsung Indonesia.
(4) The marketshare of iOS products in Indonesia is 10.06%. In Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, and Malaysia, iOS penetration reached more than 50%.
(5) Research in Motion and Indosat announced a collaboration that allows Indosat subscribers to purchase applications, themes, and games on the BlackBerry App World and pay for them through operator billing.
(6) Last month, Agate Studio held a press conference to officially launch two of their games, Smash Mania and Sexy Witch, both of which can be downloaded by Nokia phone owners on the Nokia Store.
(7) One of Indonesia’s biggest ecommerce sites, TokoBagus, recently revamp their website and even claimed better User Interface that got positive reviews from users. The revamp is based on feedback from 1.7 million members and 10 million monthly visitors, said the TokoBagus CEO.
(8) Similar to what Kaskus plans to do with its Forum Jual Beli, Female Daily intends to spin off its Market Plaza into a fully fledged e-commerce site.
(9) OngkosKirim is a price comparison service from various courier companies. It is a platform that provides integrated services for checking fares/tariffs, delivery status, and more from various Indonesian courier companies such as POS Indonesia, JNE, TIKI, Pahala, Wahana, etc.
(10) Gilkor can now assist you by finding discounts through various credit card providers. The web version of Gilkor has been available since the beginning of 2011, but recently they have launched their BlackBerry and Android applications.
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Here is some interesting startup news snippets from Indonesia, not only in its capital, Jakarta, but also other tech startup hubs such as Yogyakarta, Medan, Surabaya, and many more. These listed news are taken from our partner, DailySocial, a leading blog on Indonesia’s tech startup scene. Read more