Juan Great Time on August 29!

Reminiscent of August 8, it was once again raining hard, traffic was bad, and some people were missing that crucial u-turn along commonwealth leading to the Technohub, but that did not stop around 200 people from turning the Ayala-sponsored Juan Great Leap Startup Event into a rousing success. Thank you. Thank you so much to the Ayala-TBI team and Globe for sponsoring the event. Michi, Tina, Carl, and Rhea were amazing to work with on the ground. Special thanks to Carl for making the 200+ nametags by hand.  Thank you to the amazing, amazing panelists. Howard Go, Denton Chua, and Glenn Santos were everything you wanted in a panel: differing opinions, thought-provoking answers, and … [Read more...]

August 29 Juan Great Leap Startup Event Is Just Around The Corner

Just a quick reminder! The August 29 event, Ayala Foundation Presents: Juan Great Leap, Transforming Your Idea Into Startup Success is definitely pushing through next Wednesday, August 29, 630 pm at the Ayala TBI Offices at the UP-Ayala Technohub in Diliman, QC. Again, two quick reminders for those who are got reservations! Nametags (by tonight) and taking that tricky service road as you u-turn along near Iglesia ni Kristo/Tandang Sora. Do try to leave your offices as soon as you can so we can start on the designated time. Super excited to meet all of you on Wednesday! … [Read more...]

Can We Call Them “Finish-Ups” Instead?

At this time last year, I was looking around our Southeast Asian neighbors with startup-scene envy. Why wasn't our startup scene as vibrant? What a difference a year makes. In just one year, we've seen a couple of Startup Weekends, the rise of Twitmusic, the launch of Kickstart and Ideaspace, a booming economy, Streetfood Tycoon, co-lab amenities - all of which were made more all the more prominent by a rabid social media environment fueled by internet-savvy Pinoys. I think everyone will agree though - this is just the tip of the iceberg. I am excited at the thought. Giddy, even. We have so much potential as a people, and I really, really think startups will ultimately be how we … [Read more...]

BizKitchen Launches Its Newest Startup: Mobile Academy!

BizKitchen is proud to launch its newest firm: Mobile Academy! Founders Macky Cruz, Howard Go, myself, and my STORM co-conspirator Paolo dela Fuente built Mobile Academy with one thing in mind: to give creative-minded and ambitious people tools in building the next great mobile app. We see no absolutely no reason why the next Angry Birds or Instagram couldn't come from the Philippines! I want to take you a bit through how this company was made, in the hope of somehow providing some insight. The need: We saw a pretty clear need in the market: there was a dearth of good mobile developers, in particular iOS developers. Not surprisingly, there was also a dearth of iOS training … [Read more...]

You HAVE To Get On The Internets

I've always worked in the technology sector. My first startup was a technology startup. Ironically though, it was only last November that I started blogging on Wordpress. It was only a few months ago that I got into Twitter. It was only this year that I became pretty active in Facebook. I'm now dabbling with MailChimp, thinking about Path, and waiting for the iPhone 5 to get into Instagram and Pinterest, as my Blackberry camera just sucks. I've always read at how powerful social media was. I've always agreed. But I never truly understood. Til now. If you are on the fence on going all out with social media. I hope this post pushes you to one side: dive in! The only regret I've had … [Read more...]

The Insane Difficulty of Finding Your Purpose In The Cubicle

I am of the belief that EACH of us has a unique, special purpose on this earth. None of us were accidents. I believe that God designed each of us with a particular role to fulfill. And until we find this specific purpose, we will be feeling that something is missing. We have to search purposively. Settling is extremely wasteful. Fortunately, we have access to a lot of clues. We can find clues in the gifts we were given. We can find clues in our innermost desires. We can find clues in the things we do where time ceases to be a factor. This is why I personally find the entrepreneurship process such a religious experience. Done right, it starts where your heart is. Done right, it … [Read more...]

Leap, But Don’t Forget To Live

The entrepreneurial life can be exhilarating. Receiving your first payment, landing a first client, landing a first BIG client - these experiences can rarely be matched by anything the corporate world can offer. Then this whole new social network/internet/mobile landscape just takes that experience and injects it with WWE-level steroids. There is so much to do. People to connect with. Ideas to pursue. Strategies to try. Clients to land. It can be addictive. Almost everything addictive is dangerous. Startups - NOT an exception. The past 12 months have been such a whirlwind as far as my entrepreneurial career is concerned. There has been a plethora of Blessings. Apart from … [Read more...]

BOOK REVIEW: The $100 Startup – It’s Awesome

Can you really make a business out of your passion?  Can you do it by spending the least amount of money? Author Chris Guillebeau interviewed hundreds of "micropreneurs" who are making a very comfortable living pursuing their passions in order to find out the answer to these two questions. According to his book, The $100 Startup, the answer is a resounding "YES!" I think this is a great, great resource for people who aren't so much interested in the "I WANT TO CREATE THE NEXT FACEBOOK!" startup, but those who simply wish to make a comfortable living by creating a business around their passions. The book is replete with examples from entrepreneurs from all walks of life, along with … [Read more...]

No Money? No Experience? No Problem!

After she graduated with her degree in Psychology in 2010, we hired Ofelia Linchangco in STORM to do HR analysis and consulting. What was pretty evident from the get-go was that she loved design-related work. She would always volunteer to do design work for STORM's marketing materials and would tinker with the website design. While she would do good work with her HR-related responsibilities, her design work would always elicit oohs and ahs from everyone in the workplace. It was plain to see what her passion was. A year and a half later, she resigned. Planning her leap, she read a lot of books and did a ton of research. Then, using the remnants of her last pay (around P8000.00), she put up … [Read more...]

Once More, With Feeling! Ayala Foundation Presents: Juan Great Leap! Transforming Your Idea Into Startup Success Rescheduled to August 29, 2012

Due to the monsoon rains, we are moving the August 8 event, Ayala Foundation Presents: Juan Great Leap! Transforming Your Idea Into Startup Success to Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 630pm,  at the Ayala-TBI office at the UP-Ayala Technohub in Diliman, QC.  We will keep the reservations of the 250 who signed up beforehand. The seminar is already fully booked, but if you're willing to go on the waitlist just in case people drop their slots, you can do so by filling the form here. See you on the 29th! Hopefully, we don't get rained out this time :) … [Read more...]