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Toto Sugiri, Chairman, BaliCamp
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.
PER DAY: 40
FAVORITE SOFTWARE APPLICATION OR INTERNET UTILITY: IE 5, Outlook,
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."
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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