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October open coffee

WHAT: JUAN GREAT LEAP NOVEMBER EDITION OF OPEN COFFEE WHERE: CENTERPOINT FUNCTION HALL, 3rd Floor Centerpoint Building, Garnet corner Julia Vargas Streets, Ortigas Center, Pasig City WHEN: Saturday, November 30, 2013, 9:30AM If you haven't reserved your slot for OPEN COFFEE this Saturday morning, then click that red button on the left and reserve your slot now. Whether you're a veteran or a new entrepreneur, someone who wants to be, or someone who just wants to check things out, there will ALWAYS be something new to learn from open coffee. Here's how the last one went. Then, let's all have lunch after! … [Read more...]

My Night With Entrepreneurs

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One of the things I had promised myself was that I would always say "yes" to entrepreneur speaking engagements whenever I would have the honor of being invited and if my time permitted. A few weeks ago I was asked by Ateneo MBA students to be one of the speakers for their culminating event, "Night with Entrepreneurs." I hesitated in saying yes because the weeks preceding January 1 are always the busiest for STORM - it's when our current clients renew and when new clients are added. Not wanting to begin compromising what I promised, and realizing I could make up the work I'd be missing, I said yes. I'm glad I did. Why? Well, first off, I got to hear and learn a lot from my … [Read more...]

How Failing 2,032,198 Times Helps You Succeed

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We've heard it so many times for entrepreneurs - how you have to know how to fail in order to succeed. I wanted to dissect how exactly this is so. How exactly does failure help you succeed? My first instinct in answering this question is to look at my own entrepreneurial journey. Has failure helped me? When asked this question, my reply is almost immediate - yes, it has helped me tremendously. It's not just because of the sheer learning that happens afterwards (though this is big as well, and is the basis for the lean startup movement) The great thing that failure has given me is the stomach for it. Having failed so many times before and knowing first-hand what the … [Read more...]

Special Yolanda-edition JGL OPEN COFFEE to be served on NOV. 30

October open coffee

Juan Great Leap will be holding its NOVEMBER EDITION of OPEN COFFEE on November 30, 2013. Yolanda-themed Just for this edition of Open Coffee, we shall be slightly increasing the entrance fee to P200 (we usually charge P100 for venue and simple snacks). The extra cash shall be given to Yolanda typhoon victims. You may give more than the P100 extra if you wish to do so of course! While of course, you may pitch ANY IDEA under the sun if you want, we also highly encourage people to pitch new ideas on how to further help out the Yolanda victims. We've seen ideas be funded in Open Coffee before, so why not get your Yolanda idea out there for possible support? There are limited slots, so I … [Read more...]

Letting Yolanda Permanently Change You

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When I arrived home Sunday night to watch news on what happened with the super typhoon, I was in shock. The first few aerial pictures of Tacloban were coming in. It was utter devastation. Worse, there was a blackout on how people actually were on the affected islands as all communication lines were down. It was getting ominous. News over the next few days confirmed our very worst fears. Thousands dead. Cities, literally wiped out. Lives destroyed. The next day, Inquirer hailed it as the worst Philippine disaster. Ever. As media started descending on the island, the footage veered from bird's-eye onto man-on-the-street. I'm not so sure if anyone watching could hold tears back as … [Read more...]

Entrepreneurial Thinking Needed in Yolanda Aftermath

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Okay, so you've given both money and items in kind. You've volunteered your time and helped packed goods. Chances are though (especially if you've seen the gut-wrenching footage), you're still asking: WHAT ELSE CAN I DO WHAT ELSE CAN I DO WHAT ELSE CAN I DO? Perhaps one thing is to do what this blog advocates. Be an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur is all about problem solving. It's all about finding new, better ways of doing things in the harshest of conditions. Yolanda has brought about all sorts of grand problems in the most unimaginable of conditions. Rebuilding - both immediate and in the longer term - will REQUIRE entrepreneurial thinking. Amidst all the … [Read more...]

STOP CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! (and other different ideas to help Typhoon Yolanda victims)

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Coming from a weekend retreat, I only recently saw footage of the utter devastation wrought by Yolanda. For a good hour, my wife Pauline and I were just silently watching, with a hand on our mouths. I've never seen this kind of footage from Ondoy, Habagat, or even the recent 7.2 Bohol earthquake. It was heartbreaking. I have some friends with families in the regions affected who still cannot call to confirm whether or not their loved ones are alive or not. It was also particularly shocking to see our countrymen resort to looting. I think this is the very first time I've heard of this happening, even if we seem to be hit by a disaster every quarter. This is one proof for me why … [Read more...]

On Scaling, the Recent SOFTCON, and the Wonder of Technology

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Recently, I took a picture of the weekly FLEXIBLE BENEFIT products we received in our office and now had to deliver to our clients: There were hundreds of items ordered in a span of a few days. It was the very first time I've seen this many orders made in our system. We had to find a room to keep all the items secure. The problems we're facing in STORM now are very different from what we've faced over the last few years. Before, we would just be consumed mostly by sales and developing the technology further. (and you know, startup stuff like "where the hell do we get the money for next month's payroll?!") Now, while the above-mentioned things are still supremely important, we … [Read more...]

My Year in the Philippines: Reflections On Starting Up and Development

Miarayon, Bukidnon, Philippines

I've been in the Philippines for almost exactly a year now. Oh, what an incredible ride it has been so far. Within the year, I've had so many different experiences from starting things up with JGL to a brief stint at co.lab to being part of the launch of Ashoka Philippines.  Life has been unpredictable. I've been exposed to so many new and different ideas. So many different people. I've gained a sense of belonging in a country that has opened my eyes to the world. The year has really been such a gift and a strong driving force of change for me. I remember the days when I only had one peso in my pocket. I remember the days when I was so desperate for blog content that I would write … [Read more...]

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