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...]

Startups Unplugged – A Video Montage

The moment was captured. So real, honest, and simple. It illustrates the warmth and vibrancy of a growing community that supports and is open to collaboration. To all the leaders and feeders in the startup community, may this video fuel your spirits :) … [Read more...]

5 Things I’ve Learned from Startups Unplugged

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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...]

Startups Unplugged. Wow.

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In a lot of ways, it was like launching a startup. The concept (sorta-kinda-like group speed dating) had never been done before and it was either going to be AMAZING or a complete, fiery DISASTER. No in-between. We thought it was a great way of creating better impact with a larger crowd than the usual conference/panel format. It was like holding a candle to a moth. We had to do it. It now fell on the capable shoulders of Matt Lapid to execute. So how did it go? At around 230, we started with a prayer, a sorta keynote (I felt totally unworthy doing a keynote, so I instead just went with some reminders), and then I painstakingly went through with the instructions - which … [Read more...]

20 More Tickets Released and Venue Clarifications for Startups Unplugged

Three quick things: 1) The event is fully booked again, but we're releasing about 20 tickets because of people who called to say they can't make it (thank you so much for the thoughtfulness guys!) 2) VENUE: there was some confusion because at some point, the Eventbrite Googlemap was pointing to some place else. The event will be at the Ayala-TBI office, at the UP-AYALA Technohub along Commonwealth in Diliman, QC. The venue is right beside Figaro where all the restaurants are. You can look at the map here.  3) Try to be there at 130pm. We are expecting a sizeable crowd, so please try to be at the venue at 130 so we can start asap. I'm pumped and excited for tomorrow! … [Read more...]

The Starstruck Guide to Startups Unplugged

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I'm starstruck. Looking at our line-up for Saturday, I am humbled, excited, giddy, honored, and super-thankful all at the same time. I cannot over-emphasize the fact: Saturday will be a TREMENDOUS LEARNING EXPERIENCE. You just have to take advantage of this rare opportunity to gain access to some of the most innovative and compelling startup founders in the country today. There will be a brief keynote, and then the main "group speed dating" activity will transpire. The rules are simple: Each entrepreneur will have his own "nook" with 12-15 chairs each. These chairs shall not be moved.  A first bell will ring to signal the start of the proceedings. You can now go and sit … [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...]

Only 100 Seats Left For STARTUPS UNPLUGGED, Register NOW!

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100 Seats Remaining With eight days left till the March 2 event, only around 1oo seats remain. From experience, these seats tend to get gobbled up fast a few days before the actual event - so we advice that you click on the button below NOW and reserve your slot! Don't Flake!  Also, for those who already have reserved their slots, please don't flake! We've exerted all effort to make this a free event for all those who want to attend, so if you think you already know you cannot make it on the 2nd for some reason, please just reach out and tell us so we can give your slot to someone who can make it! (email us at peter@juangreatleap.com or matt@juangreatleap.com) Prepare Your … [Read more...]

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