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Kurio For Android Smartphone is Now Available on Google Play

After successfully published Kurio on Apple App Store iPhone version, our Android Smartphone version is finally here. We are very excited to make this app available for Android users, which are prominently representing the majority of Indonesia smartphone users. And in case you wonder, the iPad and Android Tablet version will be ready early next year. We are taking our time in making sure we can bring the same awesome experience from the phone to tablet format for reading pleasure.

You can find our app on Google Play by search: ‘Kurio’ or you can download it here

Built inherently native while maintaining our consistency of UI and UX between the two platforms presents great challenges. But we believe we have nail it and hope our users can see and feel our passion and love in the app. Android version offer the same feature, User Interface, and experience compared to the iPhone version. Although, at this early stage, Kurio might work better on some Android devices compared to others, but rest assure our awesome engineer team are constantly optimizing and improving across devices to make sure our users can have great experience using our app.

For more information about Kurio, please read other post in this blog, or visit our website http://www.kurioapps.com/ for more detail. And follow our twitter @KurioApps for more updates and tips.

PS: a great review and rate on the App Store and Google Play will be much appreciated, tell us if you like it, and share to other why they too should use Kurio

Thanks all

@davidwayneika

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Early Feedback, Input, and Updates on Kurio

Hi all. It’s great to see many of you have downloaded and give it a go for our new app Kurio.  We’re thrilled and deeply thankful that so far your feedback and comment regarding the app have been very positive and receptive. We do notice and fully understand there are few bugs and issues for some of our users.

Here are 4 most common input and comment, and we try to explain what’s happening right now: (there are more than just 4, but we think this is the major one that needs explanation)

1. Mixed content and language between local Indonesian language and English

As we preparing Kurio, our recommendation engine and curation team’s only goal is to make sure we have enough balance between great quality content for every topics in Kurio as well we want to offer ‘local’ feel to it. For our first initial phase, Kurio is meant more for local users. That’s why, by default you will see many of local stories and sources. We feel Kurio has to offer something different then the rest of other news app. As we were prioritizing local stories and sources, we find that for many topics like Leadership, Mobile Development, Self Help, StartUp, and many others; there were very little sources available from the local Indonesia. That’s why we decide that until we can make it fully 100% Indonesia local content and separate with the rest, we took decision that we just have to give some portion to the international/ english sources to fill those topics. Kurio is much more than just news app. In fact, Kurio’s mission is not about news. Kurio mission is to help users to be better at what they do. Hence, many topics available on Kurio as you notice on first time setting up the app is very geared towards industry/ profession related topic like: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Mobile Development, Digital Marketing, Social Media, etc…

Hope that explains why we need to mix Kurio’s content with English content to make sure we can deliver and recommend great stories from around the web. Simply ignoring or leaving the local content also is not an option. Afterall, Kurio is made in Indonesia, and we proud with that. We hope more and more sources and publishers will start connecting with Kurio so we can make sure slowly, but sure we get more of the local content.

Having said that, moving forward on our next release update, we will separate the content and let users decide. Whether they want their Kurio feed to be 100% Indonesia sources and language, 100% English, or they want mix. In the future, we are planning to permanently allow users to tell us their home base; ie: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, etc… so we can alter and personalise the content more to their local, popular, and familiar sources while still recommending great quality, useful, practical content from around the web on the specific topic that we feel the quality and volume is not sufficient.

2. Unmatched Headline and the Content Bugs.

We notice there are several sources and topics that present this issue. Our team is working around the clock to investigate, identify, and address those issues. You should see some improvements along within the next few days. It’s our first experience building such app, so we will make mistakes, own it, learn from it, and fix it :)

3. Love Button and Its Functionality

Some of you have asked and comment about the Love button inside an article. What does it do? How can you see all the ‘loved’ mark stories? Currently the ‘love’ button icon is not meant as bookmark function. It’s for letting our algorithm to aware which stories suits you, that you like. So our smart engine and recommendation algorithm take note of it and will soon be able to recommend more related stories uniquely to you. So, after a period of time, your ‘Technology’ topic or ‘Startup’ topic might have different stories/ content from other users’ ‘Technology’ topic or ‘Startup’ topic because we want to alter the content to suits you even more. We’re considering to give users another options to ‘bookmark’ save their favorite article, this will come soon on the next update as well.

4. Readibility and Content Format Issue

We also notice that on several content across topics and sources, you may have experienced false content, missing space, apostrophe, and content format. We are handling our engine as I typed this. Many of these thousands of sources that we have, currently have their own way and style of formatting their content and web sources. Our engineers are tackling it one by one to make sure Kurio presents the format content in the best possible way. And hopefully soon we will be able to tackle those issues. Like i mentioned above, we will mistakes, learn from it, own it, and make some changes.

We think, for now, those 4 issues above are the major bugs among smaller issues. We are taking this input and feedback very serious and we’re happy for your feedbacks. Keep it coming, tweet us @KurioApps or email us support@kurioapps.com or just tap me @davidwayneika for any further additional thoughts, comments, complains, critics, bugs, anything. Kurio won’t be as great as we want to without constant feedback from our users. Thank you again for downloading and using our app. For more info about what is Kurio, and how it’s different from other news app available, please go to: http://www.kurioapps.com/about and http://www.kurioapps.com/faq

Cheers

@davidwayneika

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Intro: What Is Kurio? What Can You Do With It?

Kurio is your personal content discovery app. It’s a new way to discover, explore, and consume internet’s best content of news and beyond that matches your personalities and interest. Kurio filters millions of articles every day and recommend you the best of your favorite topics.

Kurio belief that no matter what you want to do or become, you can’t do it without knowledge. Now with Kurio, not only you can catch up with the latest local and international news from Internet’s best sources all in one place, it offers much more than just news. Powered with our smart engine, Kurio recommends useful, practical, and informative articles for your hobbies, work-related, your interest, and profession like startup, digital marketing, mobile programming, marketing, leadership, design, entrepreneurship, parenting, healthy living, travel, and hundreds of other topics. Your Kurio feed will be as unique as you are. Kurio learns your preference and will get smarter as you use it. Whatever you want to do or become, Kurio equips you with the necessary information to help you stay ahead and be great at it. Knowledge is power.

Kurio is both stunningly beautiful on the outside and intelligent on the inside. With our award winning beautiful design and user interface, combined with unique user experience, Kurio take even more pride of our smart engine. Powered with machine learning technology and recommendation engine, Kurio committed to ensure you get the story that you need. The more you use Kurio app, our engine will separate the noise and filter your feed. We hope you love our app and we hope you learn and discover something new everyday.

When you first launch Kurio, you can start by personalise your feed in simple steps. Use our search feature to explore and discover your favorite topics. You can also follow popular publications like the Esquire, FHM, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Trenologi, Daily Social, Marketing.co.id, Wall Street Journal Indonesia, Jakarta Post, Berita Satu, Auto Car, Fitness for Men, Super Soccer, and over thousands of other popular sources. We always update the list of the publishers sources every period. Kurio also lets you connected on your Twitter feed and important events, #Hastags, influencer on your Twitter to see more updates from your social feed.

Learn more at: http://www.kurioapps.com/faq and please follow us @KurioApps for more daily updates and tips. Thanks all

davidwayneika 

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Finally! It’s Here. Kurio is Now Available for Download on Apple App Store, Android Version is Coming Soon.


What a great way to start the day when i get notification that our App Submission Kurio is approved on Apple App Store. And few hours after, i searched ‘Kurio’ on the App Store from my iPhone and there it is, all of our hard work, sweat, and sleepless nights appeared on the search result. We can’t express enough how happy we are knowing the process have been pretty smooth. While this is certainly doesn’t mean our job is finished, but it’s a small milestone for our team’s journey indeed. Tons of more hard work and challenges still ahead of us. We realize that, we embrace it, and hopefully we thrive in it.

For now, we are not hoping to get tons of downloads for the first few weeks. But we do hope that user who download it, loves it, wants to keep using it. We will keep listening to any of users’ comment, feedback, input, critics, so please don’t hesitate to send us any message on Twitter @KurioApps or drop an email to support@kurioapps.com

For more info about Kurio please visit our website here and to learn more how to use or set up please read it here

Having said all that, please pardon for few bugs here and there, our team is working really hard to squash ‘em all. Our Android version will soon also be available on Google Play. We can’t wait!

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We’re So Excited!!

After 6 months of validating, developing, crushing thousands of bugs, and iterations our Personal Content Discovery app ‘Kurio’ is submitted to Apple App Store and followed with Google Play Submission short afterwards.

What an exciting night when our team working on last minute stuff and able to see our logo on Apple App Store submission page. We’ve been blessed and privileged to work with some of most talented, smart, great personalities founding team. And for that, i’m forever grateful.

I pray that Kurio can be a great tool for our users in helping them discover, explore, and consume web’s best content. Inherently, we really believe that no matter what you want to do or become, you can’t do it without knowledge. Especially at our home country, Indonesia our young generations and generations to come can now take full advantage of infinite access to great useful and meaningful information, news. This is not to say they can’t do so right now. I was struck by the truth of Internet and search engine. In one of the scene in my favorite TV Series, ‘The Newsroom’ the main character, Will McAvoy says this to his shrink: “How i miss encyclopedia, you can find about pretty much everything.” And his shrink replied: “You can do that with Google”. Then Will reply with profound truth: “Yes, it’s true, but you need to know what you want to find or search. You can’t no longer just browse things anymore and discover interesting things that not necessarily you were looking for.”

I find that so true, especially to those users whose ability in typing the right keyword and technics on search engine is not as advance as others.

With Kurio, our app will help our users to discover interesting things. It’s much more than just news. It’s beyond. We want to equip our users with great article that match to their professional background, work related, industry related stories. Great quality, useful, meaningful, and practical information is widely available, yet access to it not necessary equal to everyone. We want to solve that.

Success for Kurio is not merely just getting millions of downloads, millions of active users, nor millions of dollars from revenue, or great review from Tech writers. Job well done is when Kurio can bring significant impact to people. First time mothers who needs great sources to learn about parenting, babies, nutrition, etc so they can be a great parent, great mom that their babies deserved. A 25 year old digital marketing who gets promoted or win great account for their companies, because of things they read and find on Kurio that makes her advance in her knowledge on how to create great solution for her clients. Or co founder of a startups like myself, to discover great tips, trick, how-to’s on business plan, revenue model, marketing, etc to navigate their first experience in entrepreneurship to have higher chances of success.

Those situation are what our team pray and hope to be able to deliver. Impacting people’s live, generate stronger young work force to be able to compete, to make better decision with their life, their career, or any other areas in life because they are well-informed.

We take information and knowledge for granted. We ridicule people who loves to read, by throwing comment like ‘too much reading is bad for you’. In Kurio, we believe the contrary. Knowledge is perhaps one thing that can escape point of diminishing return. There’s no such thing as ‘Knowledge Overwhelmed’. Good read, discover great information will help you to make better decision and choices. Learning from others is the smartest thing you can do to avoid mistakes in your life. Whether it’s career, business, relationships, marriages academics experience, all can take lessons from others to be better at those areas of our life.

We can’t wait to release Kurio hopefully very soon. This is our first version of the app, so there will be few mistakes and challenges. But do bare with us as we keep working hard to make it better and optimizing, iterating the app to bring the best experience and purpose for our users. Tablet version will be ready by early next year in 2014.

Good read, Good life

Cheers

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If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. Things will never stay the same.

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Is The Internet Changing The Way You Think?

An old book i came across last year, called "Is The Internet Changing The Way You Think? by John Brockman about how Internet impact on our minds and future. It’s a compilation of great minds thoughts on how they view Internet and what it means to them personally. 

As i read through the book, i found an interesting chapter, an excerpt from Peter Schwartz. He is a futurist, business strategist, co founder of Global Business Network, a Monitor Company, and an Author. 

This is what he thinks about Internet and how it has changed him. 

"With the coming of the modern internet, the World Wide Web, and the incredible of knowledge access, another level in transformation took hold. I am one of those people who used to read encyclopedias and almanacs. I just wanted to know more — actually, everything. 

Before the Internet, that was limited by the boundaries of my brain. Now there is a nearly infinite pool of accessible information that becomes my knowledge in a heartbeat measured in bits per second. For those of us who wallow in the world of knowledge for pleasure and profit, the Internet has become a vast extension of our potential selves. 

Nearly all useful knowledge is now accessible instantaneously from much of the world. Our identity is embedded in what we know. And how I think is an expression of that identity. ” end of quote.

For Peter Schwartz, Internet has led to that deep sense of collaboration, awareness, and ubiquitous knowledge that means that my though processes are not bound by the meat machine that is my brain, nor my locality, nor my time. 

I love to discover those kinds of insight about the correlation between knowledge and internet. It is supposed to be like that. Internet inherently is a mean to liberate information flows and distribution.

Most haven’t grasp the concept, hence have not taken full advantage of it. I deeply believe, with the right dose of use of Internet, our beloved nation Indonesia will see its glorious days ahead with the current young generation. Habit, culture of reading, learning, and knowledge discovery should be part of our day to day habit. With our latest mobile app soon to be launched, i hope we can provide one of the tools to bridge between desire of learning and pool of knowledge filtered, curated, and matched perfectly to equip and empower people to be better.

After all, life, our family, our community, our companies need a better you, the potential selves.

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Tech companies focused too much on technology, not enough on the People

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The 20 Insightful Thoughts Jeff Bezos Has Ever Said

Found this great insights, thoughts from Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos. He is one of tech icon that i highly respect given the way he runs Amazon, his visionary way of manage the company and growing strategy. 

One time i read a simple statement from him about tech business. He said “Our way of thinking is to observe what exist today from 10 years ago, and will still exist 10 years from now” Sounds simple, yet pretty profound.

Anyway, i came across an article about 20 smartest things that Jeff Bezos said. Here they are:

1. “All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you’re Woolworth’s.”

2. ”There are two kinds of companies: Those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.”

3. ”Your margin is my opportunity.”

4. ”If you only do things where you know the answer in advance, your company goes away.”

5. ”We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.”

6. ”I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two — because you can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time. … [I]n our retail business, we know that customers want low prices, and I know that’s going to be true 10 years from now. They want fast delivery; they want vast selection. It’s impossible to imagine a future 10 years from now where a customer comes up and says, ‘Jeff I love Amazon; I just wish the prices were a little higher,’ [or] ‘I love Amazon; I just wish you’d deliver a little more slowly.’ Impossible. And so the effort we put into those things, spinning those things up, we know the energy we put into it today will still be paying off dividends for our customers 10 years from now. When you have something that you know is true, even over the long term, you can afford to put a lot of energy into it.”

7. ”If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.”

8. ”Any business plan won’t survive its first encounter with reality. The reality will always be different. It will never be the plan.”

9. ”In the old world, you devoted 30% of your time to building a great service and 70% of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.”

10. ”We’ve done price elasticity studies, and the answer is always that we should raise prices. We don’t do that, because we believe — and we have to take this as an article of faith — that by keeping our prices very, very low, we earn trust with customers over time, and that that actually does maximize free cash flow over the long term.”

11. ”The framework I found, which made the decision [to start Amazon in 1994] incredibly easy, was what I called a regret minimization framework. I wanted to project myself forward to age 80 and say, ‘OK, I’m looking back on my life. I want to minimize the number of regrets I have.’ And I knew that when I was 80, I was not going to regret having tried this. I was not going to regret trying to participate in this thing called the Internet that I thought was going to be a really big deal. I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that. But I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried. I knew that that would haunt me every day.”

12. ”We innovate by starting with the customer and working backwards. That becomes the touchstone for how we invent.”

13. ”When [competitors are] in the shower in the morning, they’re thinking about how they’re going to get ahead of one of their top competitors. Here in the shower, we’re thinking about how we are going to invent something on behalf of a customer.”

14. ”A company shouldn’t get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn’t last.”

15. ”I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”

16. ”If you double the number of experiments you do per year, you’re going to double your inventiveness.”

17. ”If you never want to be criticized, for goodness’ sake don’t do anything new.”

18. ”If you’re long-term oriented, customer interests and shareholder interests are aligned.”

19. ”Invention requires a long-term willingness to be misunderstood. You do something that you genuinely believe in, that you have conviction about, but for a long period of time, well-meaning people may criticize that effort. When you receive criticism from well-meaning people, it pays to ask, ‘Are they right?’ And if they are, you need to adapt what they’re doing. If they’re not right, if you really have conviction that they’re not right, you need to have that long-term willingness to be misunderstood. It’s a key part of invention.”

20. “You want to look at what other companies are doing. It’s very important not to be hermetically sealed. But you don’t want to look at it as if, ‘OK, we’re going to copy that.’ You want to look at it and say, ‘That’s very interesting. What can we be inspired to do as a result of that?’ And then put your own unique twist on it.”

For more check out here: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/09/09/the-25-smartest-things-jeff-bezos-has-ever-said.aspx

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Be a Better You

My personal passion and mission is to help and see other people to be better in what they do. Especially in the context of what i do as tech startup. I constantly think about how i can contribute in that mission. 

Internet , or the World Wide Web offers incredible explosion of knowledge access, complete transformation of how human being learn about things. 

Unfortunately, in Indonesia, and many countries who are still relatively young in this internet era, uses Internet only for recreational purposes. Entertainment, YouTube, Social Network, Online Games, etc.. Not to say that those activities are wrong, but there’s has to be more. 

It is a shame and waste if young generation only uses Internet on that level. We should take advantage of the access of knowledge provided by Internet to know more - actually everything there’s need to know. 

I believe, that no matter what you want to do or become, you can’t do it without knowledge. Simply put, those friends or colleagues that appeared to be very smart and resourceful do not come natural. Yes, some who are blessed with certain IQ or level of intelligence seems to grasp things easier and faster, but most of them who we labelled ‘Smart’ are simply know more. They know more because they read more. 

About 4 months ago, i decided to move my thinking into action. We put up a small team on the idea of helping people to have full access of information that matters for them. Whatever their world or background is, marketer, engineer, staying home mom, designer, etc we should have something that can help them to better in what they do. The kind of story or content that would give them an edge and be better because they know more. They know a better way of doing things. Knowing is the beginning of action. Knowledge is power. I truly believe that.

We think we have something. We’ve created a beautiful mobile app to help users who want to be better. A personal content discovery app that help users to easily discover useful, informative story that will help them to know more about specific topics or interest.

We hope with this app, we can help users to excel in what they do. We want to be able to equip and empower our users.

As we’re gearing up for finalizing and testing phase of the app, we’re very excited in the process of making it, believing that this app will actually have a value for our users. After closing an app on our mobile, the general satisfaction feeling that we get is entertained. With our app, we want users to feel that they’ve learned something today. They know something that they didn’t know before.

Stay tuned, more updates on the app availability will be posted soon.

Cheers,