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APRIL 28, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 16 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK

Wired Executive
Otto Toto Sugiri, Chairman, BaliCamp

E-MAILS PER DAY: 40

FAVORITE SOFTWARE APPLICATION OR INTERNET UTILITY: IE 5, Outlook, MS-Office, ICQ

PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT: Nokia 9100 Contact Management Tools (uses this in place of PDA); Compaq 7800 notebook: Not light but "I require speed," says Sugiri.

FAVORITE COMPUTER GAME: Civilization II

PREFERRED ANALOG ACTIVITY: Gardening

BOOKMARKS: ZDnet.com, Chalk.com

LAST ELECTRONIC PURCHASE: Philosophy books from Amazon.com (Last book read : To Have or To Be? by Erich Fromm.)

DREAM INTERNET SERVICE: An e-life site that is a one-stop shop for people on the go. "It's important for [technology] to help create a better life for human beings."

Otto Toto Sugiri shoulders a heavy burden -- namely the 2.5-kg computer he lugs between his homes in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Vancouver, Canada. The Compaq 7800 laptop may induce backache but it also provides the portable connectivity Sugiri needs to run several IT enterprises when he is on the road.

The 47-year-old entrepreneur often is away from home, but the principle underlying his latest venture is less about traveling and more about staying put. Hoping to recreate a little Silicon Valley magic in the tropics, Sugiri founded his own software development colony in the vacation playground of Bali. Called BaliCamp, the two-hectare enclave sits on an island hillside yet is anything but primitive and remote. A satellite dish and leased lines for high-speed Internet communications provide resident software technicians with links to the outside world. A convention hall and swimming pool are among the camp's amenities. "I think of it as an artist colony for software developers," Sugiri says. "I want to create the best environment to encourage creativity and productivity."

A programmer himself, Sugiri runs Indo Internet, one of the country's first ISPs, and Sigma, a successful software business he started in 1989. But his pet project is BaliCamp, which Sugiri hopes will attract talented programmers and hence contract code-writing business from all over. Software development "requires intensive teamwork," he says. "You need to live and work together." There are certainly worse places than Bali to do that.

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