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Jakarta Post

myGADGET; Ryan Gondokusumo: Business in his pocket

  • Hans David

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, January 19, 2015   /  10:30 am

In 2011, Ryan Gondokusumo stepped out of the comfort zone of working in an established company to build his own digital start-up company.

Ryan founded, a website which connects corporates and freelance designers looking for jobs. After a rocky first year, the start-up survived and has since become a main portal for both companies and local designers looking to connect.

Ryan'€™s venture with has earned him a number of awards and recognition as an entrepreneur. In 2011, he was named a SparxUp Awards winner and was nominated for the Red Herring award. Two years later, he won the Inaicta Awards and was nominated for the Apicta Awards.

Recently, Ryan started another venture branded, which aims to connect not just designers but freelancers from all backgrounds with companies.

Ryan, who graduated from Purdue University in Indiana, the US, told The Jakarta Post recently that to lead his businesses, he continuously depends on his gadgets to coordinate his team members on the fly.

All of Ryan'€™s gadgets are Apple products and he said that he was a loyal fan of the brand.

'€œTo be frank, I initially used Windows. Then I purchased an iPad and I have been in love ever since. People say that once you try an Apple product, you will stick with it and that is exactly what happened to me,'€ he said.


I use a lot of apps that support my daily work on my iPhone. One of the most important applications I use on my iPhone is called Basecamp. Basecamp is an app that allows me to communicate better with my team when I am outside of the office. I have a lot of meetings outside my office, so when a decision has been made during a meeting, I directly use Basecamp to coordinate with the team staying in the office.

Flipboard and Spotify

Basecamp allows me to write down specific tasks, assign them to team members and set their deadlines. I also installed the GetResponse application for a mailing engine. There are several apps that I installed for personal needs, such as Flipboard for reading news and Spotify for listening to music.

Bamboo Paper

On my iPad, I installed an app called Bamboo Paper. This is a very good app for presentations, especially when I need to explain schematic sequences and plans. This app is like a whiteboard and I use it a lot.

'€” JP/Hans David

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