The Software Guru: On Refuting Peter, Premature Startup Culture, and Change for the Next Generation (Part 2 of the Joey Gurango Series )

In one of his blogposts, Peter, refers to the concept of the Argonaut from the book, Start-up Nation. What are your personal opinions on the contribution of the Argonaut to a Philippine Startup Nation?  Joey: I think the Philippine Startup scene is about 10 years away from being labeled as mature. A lot of my colleagues, maybe including Peter, might say that we’re on the cusp, about four years away from being a mature startup scene, I don’t think so. I actually don’t agree with some of the assumptions  [Peter] is making on the Philippines as a Startup Nation and the impact that you can make on it. For me, it’s almost like saying that the Philippines is a mature democracy, but how far … [Read more...]

6 Crucial Lessons From The Rise Of THE Startup Nation, Part 2 of 3

(This is the second of a two-part post regarding the tremendous lessons we can apply from closely looking at how the preeminent Startup Nation developed. Part 1 can be found here.) 4. We Need To Have More Filipino Argonauts In Greek mythology, the Argonauts  were sailors and adventurers who travelled with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece. In her book The New Argonauts, AnnaLee Saxenian writes, "The New Argonauts are foreign-born, technically skilled entrepreneurs who travel back and forth between Silicon Valley and their home countries." This "argonaut" concept of people coming back and forth from centers of global innovation, like Silicon Valley is a key component of … [Read more...]

6 Crucial Lessons From The Rise Of THE Startup Nation, Part 1 of 3

So who's the real Startup Nation? Nope, it's not who you think. The country we are talking about received more venture capital per capita than any nation in the world - 2x as much as the United States. They have more companies listed in the NASDAQ than Korea, Japan, Singapore, China, India and all of Europe combined. They've done this despite their small populace (just 7 million people), having relatively little natural resources, and being in a perpetual state of war (it is surrounded by its enemies). It is Israel. In their amazing book, Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle, authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer tells the story of how Israel has recently achieved … [Read more...]