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Software Engineer at Xfers (YC S15) 👨🏻‍💻 Founder of Pengacaramu

Successful leaders like Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates are voracious readers.

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Tea and books

Nerd is the moniker that we give to those people who read voraciously. Some of us might even consider that these people lead a lacklustre life because they spend most of their time reading books. Little did they know that some of the world’s high achievers are avid readers.

When was the last time we pick up a book? Was it a month ago or a year ago? What makes those people who read routinely get an edge over those who don’t read? How do we learn to be like one of them and reap the benefits of reading?

Reading could benefit us in multitudinous…


Graduating during a pandemic is beyond our control, but our attitude towards it is within our control.

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Finding a job during a pandemic, especially for fresh graduates, is a catch-22 for most people. The unvarnished truth is that most companies prefer to hire people with experience. The question is: how can a fresh graduate get any work experience if no one is willing to give him/her an opportunity?

The mere experience a fresh graduate has is his/her mini projects or a few short internships. These are patently unparalleled with other job seekers who have at least 2–3 years of industrial experience under their belt.

I will be sharing about Pengacaramu recent recruitment drive and what I thought have helped me in securing two job offers recently. …


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Virtually all of the industries — aviation, tourism, hospitality, etc. — have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also witnessed the desperate attempts of some of the leading tech unicorns to reduce their expenditure. The shrinking workforce and the introduction of pay cuts are the manifestations of those attempts. The general public might consider this period as the worst time to run or start a startup.

This is the story of a fledgeling tech-entrepreneur who attempts to go against the tide. …


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Who am I?

Hi there! My name is Erwin, a trilingual from the world’s fourth most populous country, Indonesia.

I spent some of my teenager and early young adult days in Singapore before returning to my hometown, Jakarta, late last year.

If you are interested in finding out the rationales behind my decision to come back home, please do check out my previous Medium articles below.

In the daytime, I work as a Software Engineer at Xfers, a YCombinator-Backed fintech startup that operates in Southeast Asia. …

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