More than just business

We read the news every day but how much do we know about the editors behind the news? What informs their thinking and decisions? At Maverick we decided to find out about this important group of people the good old-fashioned way, by actually talking to them. Here, published in Maverick’s blog, we talk to Arif…

Go Jek, Uber, Grab and other ride-hailing services is a KPPU issue

The demonstration¬†by taxi and the public transport rivers yesterday received much criticism from the Netcitizenship, who naturally gravitate to things Webby, disruptive and saves them money. The transport drivers are apparently disgruntled over dwindling income caused by their ride-hailing services and the ostensible reason for objecting to the latter’s presence are claims that they do…

Contracts not valid if it ain’t in Indonesian?

Whoa! This may have far reaching implications for foreign companies that have signed contacts with Indonesian companies — and result in lots of work for Indonesian lawyers and translators. Another mess for the Jokowi government to try to sort out if they want to attract foreign investment. INDONESIAN HIGH COURT AFFIRMS FIRST INSTANCE COURT DECISION…

Cutting through the clutter about the Cut the Crab incident

One of the ever-present threats of companies in the Food and Beverage business is food poisoning. This is especially so when you deal in seafood that spoils easily. Cut the Crab, a hip new restaurant chain with a great gimmick – eat the crabs served on the table without plates, forks or spoons – recently…

Why you need to help your new employees find jobs elsewhere

Having staff retention problems? For years we struggled with this problem, trying to stop people from leaving. Then one morning we thought” “Why are we trying to stop something that can’t be stopped?”. So we changed strategies and and decided to manage the departure process instead. We put together the Chrysalis program with Indra Soebardi…

Three is a good number

This is a post I wrote in Maverick’s blog about us winning the Agency of the Year award for the third year running. Satisfied is a word that comes to mind. But also paranoid because I’d sure like to see us retain that title for the next few years coming, as well as winning other…

Appalling malls

Interesting article but isn’t an important question being left out in this article here? What sort of spatial planning does the city have or implements to allow that many malls? If only journalists would ask the right questions, we can hope to have a better city. Jakarta‚Äôs Mall Boom Driven by Foreign Retailers | The…

Bloomberg TV in Indonesia – how should businesses cope?

One for the record. Will this up the game for TV business news reporting in Indonesia? What would it mean for companies operating here? Do they need to have better media handling skills to take advantage of this development?   Bloomberg Television Expands to Indonesia, 21 Years After Bureau Opening | The Jakarta Globe. Bloomberg…

The vibrancy of The Jakarta Globe’s editorial pages

The vibrancy of a newspaper’s opinion page usually lies with the letters to the editor, arguing for or against a proffered opinion from its stable of writers. By this measure The Jakarta Globe certainly has a vibrant editorial page, if only online. The recent opinion piece by Berita Satu Media Holdings group publisher (below) is…

What is the end game for all social media investments?

Unspun was conducting a social media workshop recently when the topic settled on KPIs – Key Performance Indicators. The answer was simple but I could tell it was unsatisfying to the audience: it depends. The audience wanted definite answers to tell them when they were getting their money’s worth if they poured money and resources…

Sandiaga Uno and his defense of the Bakries

They say there is a very thin line between bravery and folly. Today we saw something extraordinary when investor/business man/poster-boy-for-the-next-generation-of-business leaders, Sandiaga Uno pinned his flag to the Bakrie/Bumi Plc mast with his opinion piece in The Jakarta Globe. In doing so Sandiaga has gone where most people concerned about image making – their own…

Walhi scores court victory in Aceh

Something for issues managers to watch out for: Walhi’s success in getting the Medan District Court to revoke a business permit by an oil company to mine in a peatland. Unfortunately, the story does not say whether there are other similar cases, make it difficult to ascertain whether such favorable decisions for environmentalists is part…