I had a grand time chatting up a storm with Franky and Jay at theBobberycast last night! With a Battlestar Galactica backdrop, we talked about Juan Great Leap, the role of the academe in the startup ecosystem, how to get more students interested in startups,  the startup Bottleneck, the sudden boom of the Philippine startup scene, how funding can help the 30-something would-be-entrepreneur, my Chikka experience, and so much other stuff. You can view the video here.  … [Read more...]

70 More Tickets Added to the Fully-Booked Startups Unplugged Event on Saturday

Last night, we hit 250 people registering at the event. We've now got around 20-30 people in the waitlist as well. Considering we've got a bigger space we can work with than the last conference, some people who got tickets and reached to say they cannot make it (thank you so much!) and how it just would be a shame if we limit the number of people who can participate, we're releasing 70 more tickets for the event.  For those who already got tickets, I do implore you - since the tickets are free AND limited, you WILL be screwing over someone who might truly want to go if you reserve a ticket and flake. If you do find that you cannot make it on Saturday for some reason, do email me at … [Read more...]

JGL@THEBOBBERY Tonight at 6!

Hey, if you aren't too busy later at 6pm, do tune in at thebobbery.com where I'll be having a LIVECAST with the always-awesome host of thebobbery, Franky Branc. Of course, we'll talk up a storm about startups and entrepreneurship. If you haven't checked it out, do take a gander at thebobbery.com  - it's a great site where you can learn a lot and be updated on the Philippine tech startup scene. … [Read more...]

Startups Unplugged: Get Personal with Justin Garrido of Social Project.PH

I recently caught up with fellow Fil-Am, Justin Garrido, of Social Project.PH. Justin’s a former director of Aldi Foods in the US and he received his MBA from Melbourne Business School. Now Justin is in the Philippines starting up, Social Project.PH. Justin is definitely a versatile and knowledgeable Argonaut. I always acquire a ton of knowledge from my conversations with him. I am honored to be able to share his story with what we Amboys call real talk. I’d like to introduce you to the passionate, change-maker Justin Garrido of Social Project.PH, one of the awesome startup founders scheduled to speak at Startups Unplugged. What is Social Project.PH?  Justin: Social Project.PH is a … [Read more...]


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...]

Employing The Mach 3 Strategy

I was shaving my head this morning in the shower with my trusty Mach 3. I thought the blades needed changing. I made a mental note to myself to buy a fresh pack of blades - the woefully overpriced ones at the grocery counter. I had been buying these blades for FIFTEEN years already - I had been paying Gillette a small fortune. Funny, because I had never wanted these high-end blades in the first place - I won this Mach 3 way back in the 1998 Christmas party in my first corporate job. Once I got the Mach 3, somehow I just made a habit of buying the blades. I represent recurring revenue for Gillette. They must love me. If your startup idea can operate with a recurring, … [Read more...]

Only 100 Seats Left For STARTUPS UNPLUGGED, Register NOW!

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...]

Ben Francia’s First-Hand OPEN COFFEE Experience

So what goes on in Open Coffee? Digital marketing expert Ben Francia weighs in on his first Open Coffee experience in his blog right here.  Do check out the rest of his cool blog as well! Don't dare miss the next one! … [Read more...]

Open Coffee Fun!

Last Saturday was just an awesome experience. It never fails - get a room full of entrepreneurial people together to talk about startups and the room just erupts with energy. In the last open coffee, the discussion veered towards mostly finding co-founders and some the more philosophical aspects of doing a startup. This one was really all about 2 things 1) ideas and 2) helping one another. "What do you guys think of this idea?" "I think that will/won't work because..." "I know someone who can help you with..." "Let's talk later I think I can help you with..." I thought it was just awesome. In fact, one of the attendees wanted to do a study on how this burgeoning … [Read more...]

Juan Great Leap Presents: Startups Unplugged – Get Personal With 20 Awesome Startup Founders!

On March 2, we're having a MAMMOTH Juan Great Leap event! We've invited a who's who of 20 young startup movers and shakers across a variety of industries. Our objective? We want you to be able to learn from them in a very personal and unique way. I can best describe it as "Group Speed Dating." Those questions YOU'VE always wanted to ask? The stories YOU want to hear? The problems and solutions that's relevant for YOU? Well, simply put, you can just go around and ASK THEM yourselves. This will be on March 2, Saturday (yep, we heard all those requests not to do it on a weeknight), at the AYALA TBI Office at the UP-Ayala Technohub in Diliman. (This will be awesome. And you just … [Read more...]