JGL Thursdays Unplugged v1 – So What Happened?

Last week, we held our very first Thursdays Unplugged in the STORM office in Ortigas. I was with John, Gelo, and Ethel. We were supposed to be 5 people but the last participant couldn't make it at the last minute. In retrospect, it was better suited for 4 people - more on this later. So what happened?  I had no idea what was going to happen, so it was a bit awkward to start - it seemed too intimate at first. Then I laid the rules - 15 minutes per person, with an ideal 5-minute pitch, and then everyone can supply ideas and advice. And just like that, we started. It was pretty cool. Everyone had a very different idea, with each at different stages of the startup process. One was … [Read more...]

Special Yolanda-edition JGL OPEN COFFEE to be served on NOV. 30

Juan Great Leap will be holding its NOVEMBER EDITION of OPEN COFFEE on November 30, 2013. Yolanda-themed Just for this edition of Open Coffee, we shall be slightly increasing the entrance fee to P200 (we usually charge P100 for venue and simple snacks). The extra cash shall be given to Yolanda typhoon victims. You may give more than the P100 extra if you wish to do so of course! While of course, you may pitch ANY IDEA under the sun if you want, we also highly encourage people to pitch new ideas on how to further help out the Yolanda victims. We've seen ideas be funded in Open Coffee before, so why not get your Yolanda idea out there for possible support? There are limited slots, so I … [Read more...]

The Wait Is Over! JGL OPEN COFFEE IS NOW BREWING! Reserve your slot now!

FInally! By far, the most common question my mailbox has received is: When is the next open coffee? and How come we didn't have open coffee last month? People, I'm so sorry for the delay, as I've been sorting out some stuff. I know we've now missed two months of open coffee. Let me begin making up for it by announcing that we're now good to go for the next Open Coffee this October! (woohooo!) EVENT DETAILS: WHAT: JGL OCTOBER OPEN COFFEE!!! WHEN: October 5, 2013, 9:30 am WHERE: 3rd Floor Function Hall, Centerpoint Building, Garnett cor. Julia Vargas Streets, Ortigas Center, Pasig Registration: Do register HERE to grab a slot.  Gate Fee: Kindly bring P100 for simple coffee and … [Read more...]

July 2013 Open Coffee Postscript

There was a moment during the actual pitching proper last Saturday's Open Coffee event that I looked at Matt and AR of JGL and said, "I love this...I love it!" It was one of the many times when someone in the audience had the the RIGHT contact or the RIGHT information and then just generously offers it to the pitcher who needs it. This encapsulates the whole point of Juan Great Leap: collaboration and learning. The JGL Open Coffee format pushes this to another level: there is no "sage on the stage" or a central source of information. It's just entrepreneurs and entrepreneur-minded people helping one another out. As usual, last Saturday was very, very different from every other Open … [Read more...]

Last Call for July Open Coffee – 27 slots left!

Posting the last call for this Saturday's Open Coffee event at the 47 East compound! Do register here now and grab the remaining slots before we close registration. What I've observed is, the larger the crowd, the more valuable the process becomes. When someone pitches a large crowd, there is almost always someone who has a very intimate level of information that's extremely useful for the one pitching. The larger the crowd, the more chances someone finds another person who's the perfect collaboration partner (I've seen this happen multiple times) So...let's make this one the BIGGEST ever! If you haven't been to our previous open coffee events, do let this Saturday be your … [Read more...]

75 now confirmed for OPEN COFFEE. Register NOW to grab the last slots!

Looks like we'll be having our biggest open coffee yet! 75 people now confirmed! We have to cap the attendees to a manageable level (too many people doesn't work for the format used). We'll be closing off registration at 100 slots. Do register HERE now to quickly reserve your slot. (I suggest doing it NOW) I'm excited to see everyone this Saturday, 9:30 am at the magnificent 47 East compound! … [Read more...]

May Open Coffee Is Now Brewing! Sign up now!

WHAT: MAY OPEN COFFEE WHEN: 930am-12:00 noon, Saturday, May 18, 2013 WHERE: 47 East Co-working Compound (47 Esteban Abada, Loyola Heights, QC) Inviting ALL entrepreneurial-minded people: young or old, newbie or veteran to join this month's edition of OPEN COFFEE. This event has been outdoing itself every month we have it, so I'm pretty excited to see what this month's version will  offer. Don't you miss it! Sign up here now! Here's how the last one went... … [Read more...]

Open Coffee Postscript

I had another awesome time last Saturday morning at the April Edition of Open Coffee. Here are some of my thoughts and observations on now holding four of these formatted mixers. 1)  The Sharing Continues to Amaze Me My colleague AR told me that she plans to write a thesis about how the growing Filipino entrepreneurial community is debunking the notion of Filipino crab mentality. You can see this is in action in Open Coffee. In the pitches, you will see people will share business plans, ideas, and plans to people they do not know. (and unlike in "formal" pitching venues, there is no "prize" save for the learning. What's magical is that the audience reciprocates - sharing their own insight, … [Read more...]


Typically, most of the slots for open coffee get scooped up 2-3 days prior to the event. This time, half of the slots are already filled, with a full 10 days before the event. So if you want to attend, don't walk, RUN to fill this form up. Remember, the April OPEN COFFEE event will happen at Bo's Coffee at Bonifacio High Street at 9:30 am on the 27th. See you there! … [Read more...]


WHAT: APRIL OPEN COFFEE WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 930 AM WHERE: Bo's Coffee, Bonifacio High Street HOW MUCH: Just buy a cup of coffee as a form of thanks to Bo's for hosting us For those who missed the last Open Coffee (which included this part), you just HAVE to join us for the next one! As usual, the level of generosity, idea-sharing, energy, learning and overall do-goodery are expected to be at awesome levels. For the reservations for this one, I'm going back to Googledocs, as it seems to have a lower flaker rate and we can ask for more information from you (to help us improve JGL content). Do reserve a seat NOW by clicking HERE. Limited seats. … [Read more...]