What Is Your Fearlessness Quotient?

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At work, when we talk about hiring (which we talk about A LOT nowadays), I usually tell my co-managers that I am very interested in hiring "entrepreneurial-minded" people. Then I'd get often asked: What does that mean? That's a question I've been mulling about for ages. What exactly is it? How do you evaluate if someone has it? How do you know if someone has the potential to have it? There are so many theories on what entrepreneurship is. Here's one of mine. I think, when you distill it, when you boil entrepreneurship down to its basest levels, entrepreneurship is all about fearlessness. Entrepreneurs just conquer fear. Innovation, a word long synonymous with … [Read more...]

Just Touch the Water

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It still amazes me how so many of the largest companies in world started out as some crazy idea in someone's head. Then, these individuals began talking about it with another person. Perhaps Larry invited Sergey over for a coffee chat, perhaps Steve started an argument with Woz, Hewlett started brainstorming with Packard, Procter meets with Gamble for the first time, and so on. As the idea is shared, it separates itself from one individual and takes on a life of its own. Now, two or more people get excited about it. More talks are scheduled. More energy is generated. Perhaps more people involved. Then things get actually tried out. Soon, papers get signed and boom, a … [Read more...]

How you can use FEAR as a REVERSE Spider Sense

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Fear has been my constant companion all throughout my startup career. I remember feeling I might be laughed at as I was about to present my idea to potential partners or investors. I remember that crippling feeling. That extreme doubt I felt when I was about to resign from my fulltime job. I remember hearing all the "no's" in this journey, the disheartening voices and fearing they actually might be right. I remember delaying the first-ever post of Juan Great Leap (JGL) for weeks for fear other people might judge me. After developing several startups (both successes and utter failures), and the unexpected growth of the JGL audience, you'd think I finally would be free from … [Read more...]

Juan Great Leap Calls on 5 More Student Leaders!

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I'll be meeting around 5 student leaders next Wednesday, 4pm, at the STORM conference room, at Unit 602, Centerpoint Building, along Julia Vargas. The main agenda will be: 1) How to push entrepreneurship and the startup movement in universities 2) How to help student entrepreneurs   (Map here) Our conference room seats around 10 people, so there are 5 seats still free. I wanted to open it up to interested parties. Do you want to join this conversation? If you are an incoming undergraduate student, interested in entrepreneurship, and you're the type of person who gets things done, then you might want to join us. If you are interested, please do send me an email at … [Read more...]

Just Start.

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I think sometimes we overestimate what it takes to "start" - especially for those of us who are first-time entreps and don't exactly know what were doing. (welcome thought: I suspect most first-time startup founders fall into this category - everyone starts out feeling stupid) Perhaps we're thinking: "Oh gosh, I need to raise a million bucks." or "I need a technical co-founder who has a 3.8 GPA in computer science." or "To do this I need to resign from my job and risk everything! Need to prepare." or "I need to win one of those startup contests!" You know, if we always think this way, we might never come to the point when we think we're ready to start. It will end up as just some … [Read more...]

5 Things I’ve Learned from Startups Unplugged

Justice League by DC Comics

I've been trying to push myself to blog Post Startups Unplugged, and share all the instances of serendipity that truly made this miracle happen. However, I thought that it would be more effective if I were to cut to the chase about what I actually learned from it all. Here it goes! These are the 5 things that I've learned from Startups Unplugged: Ask and you shall receive. I had no shame in asking sponsors to join Startups Unplugged. This is how I usually got in contact with a sponsor: A kind individual would give me a business card of XYZ individual from XYZ organization, and I'd literally call that person on the spot, even it if was the direct line of the CEO. It might sound too crazy … [Read more...]

Start, UNPLUGGED!

MTV Unplugged 2.0 Episode on November 18, 2001

One of my favorite things about blogging on Juan Great Leap is that I get to document my entrepreneurial journey without much apprehension. The cathartic experience that comes from sharing, as a crazy individual who is just starting in the Philippines, enables me to embrace the fear monster. From my first Open Coffee to witnessing the art of sharing at living hope, I'm starting to realize why Peter calls Juan Great Leap his gift; there is great reward in giving and sharing for all. With Startups Unplugged coming up next week, I'd like to share what this event means to me and what I hope to give back to it. What does Startups Unplugged mean to me?  Three months ago, I was blurting … [Read more...]

Secrets to Change: Write Down Your Ideas

Photo Credits: Lisha Angeles

Actions speak louder than words. We can all agree on that, right? Words can simply be thrown around like this "Hello...how...are you? Good. Great." Am I giving you any value with those fillers? No, I don't believe so. Let me get straight to the point. Words lose their value if they don't spark action. Even if you're literate and you treat them as signifiers, words are worthless if you don't act upon what you say. Perhaps, if you have even read some of my blog entries you may have questioned my authenticity, "Is this guy for real?" "What planet did this emo, Am-Boy kid come from?" I question myself too. Will my dreams, hopes, and aspirations actually turn into anything … [Read more...]

Startup Sacred Time for 2012

For all those calories you consumed....you HAVE to use the planner!

From 1:00pm to 6:00 pm every Friday afternoon, all Storm employees are required to work on a pet project of their choice. We call this “Innovation Friday.” The endeavor isn’t exactly original. I know Google employees need to devote 20% of their time on a personal project of their own. The difference here is the forced schedule. At 1pm every Friday, you have to drop what you are doing to work on your thing. No official project timelines are moved or extended – so you have to be able to keep your usual work commitments with half of a weekday removed. People love it though, and adjust accordingly. What strikes me is how different the projects are – from each other and from the … [Read more...]

Start@Starbucks!

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Start-bucks Coffee. My first startup, STORM Consulting, started as an idea in 2005, I talked about it with around 10 people - all potential co-owners I targeted - mostly in Starbucks. I then narrowed the field down from ten to two people and began building the foundation of the firm with my two new partners. A recent startup, StreamEngine, (site is still in beta) which is launching this January, started when I talked to potential partners - mostly in Starbucks (some in Seattle's Best). A chunk of my time now I'm currently using by  talking to different people regarding different ideas - all in coffee places and dining areas in the metro, 30-60 minutes each, mostly after … [Read more...]

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