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Surya Setiyaputra

Hustler | Connector | Indonesianist
Sydney, Australia

Meet Surya

Curious about everything; Passionate about creating a better world; Crazy about food.
I like social enterprise, kind human and startups.
Random facts: Australian – grew up in Indonesia, bass player and decent cook.
Currently learning – 日本語、 空手道 and dogs behaviour.


I like solving challenging problems and destroying the status quo – GNAWRL!!

I like building businesses and leveraging business for good causes – creating magic WOOT!

I like developing innovative SME pipelines so things can flow and go WOOSH…

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

–Albert Einstein

Personal Projects

Current Projects

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Kertanegara Premium Guest House
Co-Founder & Whisperer, 2012 – Present
Kertanegara Premium Guest House is an upmarket budget accommodation opportunity in Malang, Indonesia. The property leads customer ratings for the city. It is well recognised by it’s customers for excellent hospitality and fantastic stay experience.

Recent Project


Co-Founder & Chaos Controller, 2013 – 2015, Failed – Bad timing and not the right team to build this
BuzieBee is an Australian startup whose primary aim is to connect students with disruptive opportunities within our network of local SMEs.  We are prototyping a new platform that will re-invent how students can obtain on-the-job experience while pursuing their education.


Cocoa Digital 
Co-Founder & Plumber, 2014 – 2015, Failed – Bad value preposition
At Cocoa Digital, we plan, bake and decorate your website, so that you can focus on selling the your product or service to the world. You can leave all the boring bits to us. Cocoa Digital is a full-service digital agency based in both Australia and Indonesia. Let’s connect!

Suka Kerja 
Founder & Catalyst, 2014, Didn’t see the light of day is a job listing portal for emerging Indonesian digital creatives. The portal also facilitates community learning, and functions as ahub for showcasing the portfolios of new emerging talents from across Indonesia.

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Square ‘n Tie
Founder & Mischief Maker, 2013 – 2014, Failed – Fun but poor value preposition
Square ‘n Tie is an Australian online retail brand specialising in fashion accessories for men. At Square ‘n Tie, we believe that looking good and doing good go hand-in-hand. Our e-commerce site is now online. Get in touch to learn more.

一、人格 完成に 努める こと – Seek perfection of character

–– Gichin Funakoshi 1970s

How can I help?

Have you got an exciting new project or unique opportunity?
I am keen to lend my skills to social enterprise projects and micro businesses who might want to bootstrap their existence by leveraging technology and social media.
Feel free to reach me and let’s chat over coffee.