Juan Great Time on August 29!

Reminiscent of August 8, it was once again raining hard, traffic was bad, and some people were missing that crucial u-turn along commonwealth leading to the Technohub, but that did not stop around 200 people from turning the Ayala-sponsored Juan Great Leap Startup Event into a rousing success.

Thank you.

Thank you so much to the Ayala-TBI team and Globe for sponsoring the event. Michi, Tina, Carl, and Rhea were amazing to work with on the ground. Special thanks to Carl for making the 200+ nametags by hand. 

Thank you to the amazing, amazing panelists. Howard Go, Denton Chua, and Glenn Santos were everything you wanted in a panel: differing opinions, thought-provoking answers, and excellent delivery. Special thanks to Denton (and his wife Anne) for celebrating his birthday with us, Juan Great Leap – style!

Thank you to all 200 people – and now I feel I know most of you  – for gracing the event.

As to what happened, let me post here recent blogposts from people who attended:

Ryan Salvanera’s blog 

Rachel Davis’s blog

Also Twitter reactions here.

Personally, I had such a blast! I actually had trouble sleeping last night because of the resulting adrenaline rush. It’s such a thrill for me to meet and hear the stories of different people. Thank you for trusting me with your stories. It was great seeing people from the first Juan Great Meet and how some of them have progressed with their startups (let’s go Katipunan Craft Beer!) It was also a thrill seeing some people I’ve met in Startup Saturdays in the room.

I was overwhelmed with the response, and I’m even more inspired to reach out and help more people.

Thank you for this honor and privilege.

Now, let’s strive to take even more leaps for Juan! Seeya in the next event!

Once More, With Feeling! Ayala Foundation Presents: Juan Great Leap! Transforming Your Idea Into Startup Success Rescheduled to August 29, 2012

Due to the monsoon rains, we are moving the August 8 event, Ayala Foundation Presents: Juan Great Leap! Transforming Your Idea Into Startup Success to Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 630pm,  at the Ayala-TBI office at the UP-Ayala Technohub in Diliman, QC. 

We will keep the reservations of the 250 who signed up beforehand.

The seminar is already fully booked, but if you’re willing to go on the waitlist just in case people drop their slots, you can do so by filling the form here.

See you on the 29th! Hopefully, we don’t get rained out this time 🙂


Due to the heavy rains and extreme weather conditions, the August 8 startup event, Ayala Foundation Presents: Juan Great Leap, is being postponed. We shall be moving it to a later date, so please keep posted. 

I think during these times, we should be shifting our focus a bit from startups towards patriotism and concern for our fellow countrymen who are severely affected by the flood.

The true entrepreneur ALWAYS has a bias towards action. Let’s harness this and do what we can.



Spread vital information.



Let’s make great leaps for our countrymen.

August 8 Nametag Reminders

For those who are registered to attend on August 8 (10 days to go, woohoo!), just on case my email didn’t get to you, please be reminded that we are going to use the nametag as a creative tool to facilitate networking and collaboration.

The nametags will look like this:

Unless you want a generic nametag (without a goal), please send me an email at peter@juangreatleap.com which states:

a) The name you want to use

b) The title you want to use

c) The startup goal you’d like to achieve

Please do send me that email by this Thursday (August 2) so we’ll have ample time to print ’em.


Documenting the first JUANGREATMEET

WHAT: Juan Great Meet

WHERE: Astoria Plaza

WHEN: March 27, 2012

We were around 40 people packed in the Chelsea Room of Astoria. I started out with profusely thanking everyone who came.

I gave a short talk entitled, “The 5 EPIC fails which almost did us in,” which detailed the 5 worst mistakes we’ve ever done in our startup – these were also pretty much the 5 biggest lessons we had to learn.

Incidentally, the five were the following:

1) Bad hiring

2) Failing to listen to customers

3) Failing to think big

4) Saying yes to everything

5) Failing to plan for our own obsolescence

Here’s a short excerpt regarding hiring:

After some Q&A with me, we proceeded to the highlight of the night!

The group was divided into 6 subgroups. Each person had to answer the 2 questions: 1) What is the biggest challenge you are facing in your startup process, and either 2a) What help do you need? or 2b) What’s the best advice you could give?

Since a third of the group already were doing their startups and around two-thirds of the group were in the process or didn’t know where or how to start – the conversations which ensued were scintillating. Interestingly, the random groupings somehow turned out to be the best configuration possible – the right people met with the right people.

The room just had an unbelievable vibe and energy – people were talking excitedly about their plans, their startups, and advice. More importantly, people were doing resolutions: to start something, to help one another, to help push the cause further. So many exciting plans were laid out.

In the end, I had to kick people out of the room because we went way way beyond the allowed venue hours! That didn’t stop people from conversing along the corridors, however 🙂

Amazing night. Can’t wait to see where this goes.


Hey people,

Two people just backed out due to sudden schedule conflicts. We now have two slots open. If you are interested in going, please send me an email at pcauton@yahoo.com before 12:00 noon tomorrow. Do send it in ASAP so I can reserve your slot.

Event’s on at 7:00 pm tomorrow at the Chelsea Room, Astoria Plaza.

Seeya everyone!



Okay! We’re 40 strong on Tuesday for the first ever JUANGREATMEET!!! (I couldn’t say no to the 5 additional people). I had to put my foot down at 40 people – the venue cannot accomodate it.

So – Arnold, Melissa, Dennis, Glen, Gep, Ian, JP, Carlos, Jonathan, Jonathan’s business partner, Johann, Mrs. Johann, Joey, Robbie T., Artie, Jeff, Sherwin, Andrew, Kathy, Ryan, Chey, Cesar, Roy, Ansyl, Lauren, William, Macky, Reggie, Irene, Erica, Gigi, Raffy, Kiyo, Martin, Peter I, Brenda, Robbie G, Alex, Sharon, and RG, see you all on Tuesday!

I’ll be sending you guys a quick survey in a while, kindly please answer and email back to me. The survey will help me prepare better for Tuesday. Again, please don’t flake!!!

For those who didn’t make the 40, don’t fret – I’ve learned my lesson here and will get a bigger venue next time.

I’m totally psyched to meet everyone and learn from everyone on Tuesday!

Seeya in Astoria!

Juan Great MEET: 7pm, March 27, Astoria Plaza

Okay. I’ve postponed this long enough.

Let’s meet.

I know a number of you have wanted to meet up – I’m so sorry if I haven’t replied with a definitive schedule on a coffee talk just yet, as my schedule’s been crazy. I pray you’d be okay with this in the meantime.

Let’s not complicate things. I’ll just give a short short sharing of My Own Startup story, we’ll have a Q&A portion, and then it’s Mingle Time. I’ll invite a handful of other entrepreneurs and founders who want to help out so the learning experience and exchange would be at a maximum.

It’s going to be free, of course 🙂 Sagot ko na muna. 

If you’ve been sitting on your behind just reading posts and don’t know where to start, this might be a great way to kickstart your process.

If you’ve recently founded a startup and have some questions, then it might be a good venue to get some advice, network, and even help out.

If you’re in the process of starting up, then it might be a good place to find a support group who will listen and help out.

I’ve reserved a room for around 30 people, so the atmosphere would be more intimate and comfortable. Obviously it will be limited seating. So if you are bringing friends, please bring people who are seriously interested in startups. You can leave your significant other just this once, so we can maximize the slots for truly interested people (assuming your partner isn’t a startup enthusiast like you).

Also, if you are say you are going, please don’t flake. I trust you and I will reserve a place for you if you are among the first to reserve.

No need for a Facebook event page, I think. Let’s again make this simple. If you want to go, shoot me an email at pcauton@yahoo.com ASAP and tell me how many you will be. First 30 people get in. That’s it.

WHAT: Juan Great Meet

WHERE: Chelsea Room, Astoria Plaza, Escriva Drive, Pasig City

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WHY: Ultimately, to LEARN