Last week, we had a discussion. The topic was starting an IC (Integrated Circuit) Design company. This topic was not new for us. We have been discussing this for quite a while. I remembered that in 1998 I wanted to start this kind of company, right after I got back from Canada. But, at that time nobody was interested. So, I switched to other field, security and never look back.
The topic came up because of pak Trio Adiono. He came back from Japan with his experience in designing chip. He was also able to get synopsys toolset for his design group at our university. (I maintained synopsys when I was a grad student. It's a damn good tool. Of course, you still need other tools to do other things). Now, we were toying the idea of starting up again. The thing is, we know that we are good. No, I am not saying this just to brag. We are really good. It's a shame if we just use our talents at university only. There are chips to design that are useful for humankind (and business of course). We just have to test our engineering ability.
There are problems ahead of us. For example, how do we convince industry that we are capable? Test us first with a small project? How do we become part of the industry? (Over the span of 7 years, we have talked to various companies small and big such as Atmel, Sagantech, ... but no follow-up. There was always something that happened, like bomb in Jakarta or Bali. That killed our business opportunities because people think that it is like that in all parts Indonesia. In fact, most parts of Indonesia is just like heaven.)
For me, personally I have invested my time and effort in another field. I have started a successful company. It was not an easy journey for me. I am not ready for another start-up roller coaster. As investor, perhaps? But not as one of the founders. The thing is, if we start this start-up, we need a strong team and I may have to be part of it.
What do you think?