‘Silicon Bali’ Draws Online Entrepreneurs

A statue in a Bali forest.
Entrepreneurs are finding Bali an attractive place to do business. (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)

Bali, one of the most beautiful and culturally rich areas I had visited so far, appears to be attracting entrepreneurs, too.

“Bali has all the core ingredients to build a business, but most people would never think that, especially when it comes to technology,” Andrea Loubier of the U.S. said in a BBC story, noting that internet speeds here rival many developed nations.

Buddha statue with religious offerings in Ubud.
Offerings are placed at the foot of a Buddha statue in Ubud, Bali. (Photo by Bruno J. Navarro)

Mailbird co-founder Loubier was drawn to the tropical paradise for its low cost of living and inspirational scenery, she said in the article, titled “Forget Silicon Valley, meet Silicon Bali.”

Along the same lines, Peter Wall co-founded Hubud (“Hub-in-Ubud”) as a high-tech shared work space.

“When you think about Bali, you think about vacation, but I think as more and more of our lives change from, ‘This is my working life,’ to, ‘This is my home life or this is my working life or this is my travelling life,’ it’s all getting mashed together now,” he told the BBC.

The trend feels true to life, having seen my friend Revi’s start-up business, Kids Organic, take off since I visited her at her home amid the paddies just outside of Ubud’s center.

Of course, the article also includes a section about Bali’s monkey troubles.

“Once in a while we get a monkey that comes by,” Wall said. “That doesn’t happen in a lot of other places.”


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