I was know Shane from Freelanceswitch forum as he always giving fast and long respond among others. I find a link in the forum to his and his friend, Peter, business website. Regulary I visit their blog and read some new perspective, at december 6 2007 in Jakarta time they give people questions. I am trying to understand their questions since I don't leave outside from Indonesia for my entire life hahaha. Ok, let's start the interview. You can see the original post from Shane & Peter Blog
What’s your personal mission statement?
Long term mission, I want to be computer professional as my promise to my dad before rolling in into University. I want to share knowledge, educate and also giving excellent service to my client. Beyond of that, I want to help people either in personally or professionally manner. The big one is to build a business which showing that our country could be considered as world class software producer.
What’s the biggest mess you’ve dealt with this year?
Fixing an Accounting Application using Mambo Content Management System done by another programmer, what the heck, since when we could use a website tool into web application which require reliability. Secondly, I am trying to find the true answer of the differences between freelance and enterprenuer.
What current entrepreneurial efforts consume your time?
Finding a project and trying my luck. Creating proposal, creating quotation, making an invoice, interact with my loyal customer, programming, giving training, implementation, fixing bug, and find a good time to take a rest.
I read inspirational books to motivate me in doing business, such as "Muhammad business before his prophecy", "Sufi Corporate", "35 mistakes done by enterprenuer", "Riding the Dragon" and also local management books. I learn on how making good proposal, yet some proposal is accepeted. My favorite book is "The Purple Cow".
Why do you do what you do? What inspires you? When do you get most excited?
Houston, I got language problem hahaha. I hope the answer is not miss much; I do what I need to do to continuing my life and I love to do this.
People inspire me, including Shane & Peter which have a nice studio site. Traffic jam inspire me too, I can not work 8 hours a day and trapped in traffic jam for hours when going to work place and back home.
When I meet new people and sharing knowledge in many topics. Getting involve in new project make me excited.
Boxers or Briefs? or as Naomi says, Bikini or Thong, duh?!?
What do you do when you’re not [designing | programming | managing | writing | toiling for the wo/man]?
Have fun with my Xbox console, messing around with my Korg keyboard, and talking to my cat when I really bored. Yeah, I know the last one is weird. hahahaha.
What one thing made the biggest difference when getting started?
A nice situation, nice chat, nice negotiation, and nice cofee.
What’s your exit strategy?
I don't have one today.
What is the last thing that made you belly laugh?
When I answer these questions, I see Short Video on YouTube! David Blane spoof. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYxu_MQSTTY
Have you ever been in business before?
No, I never involved in business before.
At what point do you consider yourself successful?
Success is relative stuff for my self, since it never can be measure but I am trying to answer the question: When my business is run well and any project done
What was your first experience with a computer?
Using my dad computer with DX 486 Cyrix 66Mhz machine, I play around with Windows 3.11, QBasic and Lotus Worksheet. If nintendo is a computer, then nintendo is the first computer I ever touch.
Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates in a jello wrestling match, where’s your money?
I put in half, so I don't I lose some money and gain more money from the winner.
Where do you do your best thinking?
My bathroom is the most quiet place on my neighborhood. I always crack the problem when I do some "regular" task in life.
What does your average daily work / life balance look like? How much time do you work, play and sleep?
I have no constant work hours and trying to cope my time at best to keep my health in optimal state. I rest for first 5 hours, the play a game for 2 hours, then working again for 3 – 5 hours, going outside for about 4 hours, and going sleep for 2 – 6 hours.
If I could introduce you to anyone, who would it be?
Person give me chance to partnership and give me opportunity to work their project in my country. I hope he/she also show kindness in budget. hahaha.
What stops you from giving up when you are frustrated?
Pray to God. If you need human then my lovely fiance is the best supporter and nice place to share my difficulty, she tried to understand what I am talking about especially when I am talking about zorg thing like programming and such. She is the best bet to release my stress.
If Chuck Norris and Steven Hawking had a baby (hey it’s my damn interview), would you vote for her for president?
Yes, since their baby name is Harry Potter.
This is the end of the interview. I need 3 hours to answer these hard question hahaha.