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 who get enough votes in their college business simulation companies have that title. Those who inherit Dad’s business at 19 can call themselves CEO (to Dad’s Chairman of the Board).
Quick, tell me the last Filipino you know who created a product in his college years and turned it into a business?
At 19, I was busy going out with my friends, playing video games, and cramming for the next exam. This guy probably does all that as well. Oh, but he’s also creating mobile enterprise software and trying to grow his firm at the same time!
Gian isn’t just a CEO, he’s an entrepreneur.
At 19 years of age, he’s a wunderkind.
Let me tell you the best part of his story for me.
Gian’s company, Orange Apps, has created a customizable mobile portal for schools. It runs on the Android platform.
Gian had one problem when he was trying to develop the app….
He didn’t have an Android phone!
So what did he do? At first, he kept on borrowing a friend’s Android phone. Finding this too slow, he finished building a payroll system for a client, and then used the funds to buy himself an Android firm.
This, my friends, is the very essence of entrepreneurship.
His school, PUP, has since adopted his platform. Gian is now busy getting his product to other schools and expanding.
All while trying to fulfill school requirements for his impending graduation.