Two Wunderkinds In a Row!

Quick, tell me the last Filipino you know who created a product in his college years and turned it into a business? I wrote this line last Thursday morning in the (very popular) Wunderkind post. Who knew I'd meet another wunderkind just a couple of hours after publishing that post?  I had a meeting with Noreen Bautista of Jacinto…


Juan Great Saturday at The Briggy!

The second Juan Great Meet was held in Briggy last Saturday, and we had a blast! Glenn Santos of Memokitchen started things off with his "news roundtable" portion. Glenn talked about the different events happening in the local startup scene, including news from accelerators like Launchgarage and Ideaspace, startup sites like Represent.ph and homegrown.ph, and other interesting events like…


FULLY BOOKED for Juan Great Meet on October 27 at the Briggy

I totally forgot to post this! More than 50 people have confirmed for our meet at the Briggy this Saturday, October 27, at 130pm! This effectively makes the event fully booked. I'm pretty excited about this! There's a variety of people coming in: new startup owners, startup legends, newbies - all across different industries and specialties. Gonna…



Yesterday, I had the privilege of giving a talk at the AIESEC Leadership Convergence Summit. The person who spoke before me was Gian Scottie Javelona and I found his story riveting. The people at the conference were branding him a "19-year old CEO." But I think this title sells him short. Anyone can call herself CEO. Those…


Homecourt Advantage: 4 Reasons Why It’s STILL Awesome to Have an Actual Office

A few of my startup founder friends are deliberately choosing NOT to have a physical office. Their logic is simple: Smaller utility costs (electricity, water, rent) No travel costs (gas AND cost of time lost to traffic) No furniture costs Mobile technology now allows for free video conference calls across the internet Last weekend, we moved to…

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1% Membership Requires Conviction

No matter how loud this blog becomes, 99% of people will still choose to go the usual route. 99% percent will still choose to go with the herd. 99% will still play it safe and choose the comfort of a twice-a-month salary. What differentiates the 1% from the 99%? What differentiates the 1% from the 99% is…


The Dangers of a Fragmented Life, Part 2

(This is the second of a two-part post, the first of which could be found here.) In 2004, I decided to try to live on my own. There is nothing wrong with living on your own - my mistake was that I allowed the situation to further isolate myself from my family and friends. This accentuated the…


Help Needed For Talim Island

Unbelievably, we have not seen the last of the floods brought about by the habagat two months ago. In the middle of Laguna de Bay is an island called Talim. Due to unique conditions and continuous rain in the area, 1500 families are still affected by flooding. The local parish priest has been calling out for more…


10 Slots Left – Juan Great Meet, October 27

People, there's 10 slots left for the 50-person JGL meetup at The Briggy Hall on October 27. Those of you who are planning to go, you might want to sign up here now. P150 entrance fee for food 130pm-430pm,  October 27 Open to everyone in whatever stage of the startup process: veteran startup owner, new startup owner, thinking about…


The Dangers of a Fragmented Life, Part 1

In grade school, I used to be deathly afraid when my parents would pick me up from school. For some reason I couldn’t understand, I was ashamed of them. I didn’t want my friends to see me with them. One funny result of this was when people would call me at home (yup, we used the landline…

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