Think Bigger. Much Bigger.

Whatever you're thinking, think bigger. - Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO When thinking of or developing your startup idea, the overwhelming advice now is to "get out of the building" and do honest-to-goodness research with potential customers. Intuitively, you'd think that what should happen is that your idea would narrow down, right? This was what I thought: that…

Electrifying JGL Mini-Meetup Last Night!
My head illuminating the preceedings

Electrifying JGL Mini-Meetup Last Night!

In the midst of the now-signature Juan Great Leap event rainshower, around 25 people from the Juan Great Leap Facebook Group met up for an evening of ideas, energy, and collaboration. The format was simple. We started with 5-10 minutes of news (in the JGL Community and the larger local startup community). Then we did an Open…


“You want to be an astronaut kid? Go for it!”

You know, I've always said in this blog that if you are a single young person, you just have to go for it and take the leap, after all, you don't have any large bills yet nor a family to support. Wait, so does that mean that if you're slightly older and have a family to support…


Join the Super-Engaged JGL FB Group!

 After the first Juan Great Leap (JGL) get-together last March, I decided to create a Facebook group (separate from the JGL page) for the growing community to get to know one another better, have a venue to exchange ideas and concepts, and simply to better help one another. There were around 30 initial people in the group.…


Perhaps You are the Bottleneck

I've recently been talking to some of the incubators that have sprouted in Manila. Let me tell you, we've come a long way from the "I want 80% of your startup since I'm shouldering all the risk!" we've always heard from angels and investors when we tried to raise money before. If your team is top-notch and…

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World, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

It's been close to a year now that I wrote this post. In it, I lamented at how poor the startup support was in our country. I compared our startup scene to that of our neighboring countries and complained. Then, almost on cue, all the activity started. The first Startup Weekend was launched and was followed by…

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