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THINK: You Only Have 1 Peso

I started out my day with 50 pesos in my pocket. By 5pm, I had 1 peso. I had food waiting for me at home. True, I didn’t have any more expenses for the day, but I still needed to hop on the MRT to get home. Good thing, I had a stored value card to get…

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How To Shut Your Way Up To Sales Success

Back around 2007, I remember being thoroughly underwhelmed by the CEO of a multinational company our startup competed with. Our companies were summoned by a client in a joint meeting to compete for a bid. I distinctly remember telling Pao: "The guy didn't say anything and just wrote down notes. He was so unimpressive." Little did I…

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Hope Is the Common Entrepreneurial Thread

I have interacted and talked to a multitude of startup entrepreneurs over the course of these last few years. You can bet I have tried to figure them out. What is the common thread? What makes an entrepreneur? There are a number of things which stand out: tenacity, hard work, execution, with good doses of people skills…

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For the Young Entrepreneur: Do not Fear the Lingo, Get down with it! (Even more fun with wise friends!)

(Matt Lapid will be regularly posting original articles with me here on JGL, with the perspective of being brand-new entrepreneur. Heres his second article. As usual, please tell us what you think with the content we are pumping out for you. Gracias! - Peter) “So is it a B2B or B2C…Kasi pwedeng B2C…Pwede rin B2B, but you…

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5 Things I Learned in Raising Investment Money

You guys know that I've always advocated bootstrapping. I will ALWAYS advocate bootstrapping as the way to go. But when someone asks me if she should raise money though, I never ever blurt out a "you should always bootstrap first." The real (sometimes frustrating) answer is of course, "it depends." It depends on whether your idea needs…

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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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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…

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