Introducing Thursdays Unplugged – And Why I’m Limiting It to 4 People

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While I like organizing events like Startups Unplugged or Open Coffee, where I really get my kick is when I go on one-on-one coffee-talks. In the bigger events or in some of the speaking events I've done, I may be able to impart knowledge and help out, but obviously, the learning cannot be customized to the individual. Sure, after the event there can be informal networking and getting to know people, but I don't really get to KNOW people that much. This is why I like doing one-on-one coffee-talks. More than just the startup idea, I get to know the entrepreneur's story. I get to know his motivations. I get to read body language. I don't just shoot from the hip and comment on just the … [Read more...]

2 Days to Go, 22 Slots Left for OPEN COFFEE!

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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...]

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

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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...]

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


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...]

JGL’s One Great Leap!


There's a lot going on now with two of my startups, STORM and STRATA. People movement, scaling, fire-fighting, creating processes, client meetings, projects, you name it, we're doing it right now. For STORM specifically, we usually do systems implementation around this time in preparation for the coming year. Plus we're also renewing with all our current clients. These next few weeks leading up to the first quarter of 2014 will be quite taxing for our team. I wish there were two of me sometimes. November marks the 2nd year anniversary of JGL's first post. While the blog has been growing and our events have been successful. There's so much that I've wanted to do in JGL which we … [Read more...]

Last Call for October OPEN COFFEE!

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Last 23 slots for OPEN COFFEE! Since we're holding the event in a slightly smaller venue than our usual 47 EAST, we're limiting the slots to around 80 people. As of 5pm today, 57 people have already confirmed, so I advise clicking here to reserve your slot now before they run out. You can REGISTER HERE.  See you at Centerpoint Ortigas on Saturday! … [Read more...]

The Wait Is Over! JGL OPEN COFFEE IS NOW BREWING! Reserve your slot now!


FInally! By far, the most common question my mailbox has received is: When is the next open coffee? and How come we didn't have open coffee last month? People, I'm so sorry for the delay, as I've been sorting out some stuff. I know we've now missed two months of open coffee. Let me begin making up for it by announcing that we're now good to go for the next Open Coffee this October! (woohooo!) EVENT DETAILS: WHAT: JGL OCTOBER OPEN COFFEE!!! WHEN: October 5, 2013, 9:30 am WHERE: 3rd Floor Function Hall, Centerpoint Building, Garnett cor. Julia Vargas Streets, Ortigas Center, Pasig Registration: Do register HERE to grab a slot.  Gate Fee: Kindly bring P100 for simple coffee and … [Read more...]

I’m Back!


If I'm not mistaken, I think this has been the longest time that has elapsed that I haven't written here. (where I wasn't sick or indisposed) Apologies. Given the rains, I actually had a lot of time to write, but I found myself spending a lot of time thinking and regrouping instead. Given all things I've been diving into and experiencing lately, I think I needed to take a step back. Needless to say, we'll be back to standard programming by tomorrow! Enjoy the week! … [Read more...]

Last Call for July Open Coffee – 27 slots left!

Posting the last call for this Saturday's Open Coffee event at the 47 East compound! Do register here now and grab the remaining slots before we close registration. What I've observed is, the larger the crowd, the more valuable the process becomes. When someone pitches a large crowd, there is almost always someone who has a very intimate level of information that's extremely useful for the one pitching. The larger the crowd, the more chances someone finds another person who's the perfect collaboration partner (I've seen this happen multiple times) So...let's make this one the BIGGEST ever! If you haven't been to our previous open coffee events, do let this Saturday be your … [Read more...]

JULY OPEN COFFEE on the 27th!

Can you feel it in the air? It's that time of month again! Here's a pic of what happened last time! We could barely fit the screen! Do join us for the next JGL Open Coffee on July 27, Saturday. We'll be doing it again at the beautiful 47 East Co-working facility at 47 Esteban Abada, Loyola Heights, QC. Remember, the more we are, the more value the resulting networking and learning creates, the more chances cross-industry idea pollenation happens. Do invite more awesome people to go with you! Do reserve your slots HERE, now! Don't forget to bring P100 for the coffee and snacks. Seeya! (Know someone who would especially benefit from attending Open Coffee? Hit the share … [Read more...]


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