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Career Advice for Starters

I’ve been in business for close to 13 years now – and this is not including summer jobs and my mini-childish-rackets. My very first company was a single-proprietorship when I was 16 years old making websites for companies abroad. I was actually supposed to have a partner but a few weeks into it it was

Start With You

Business isn’t glamorous. It may have some glamorous trappings and the media may present a polished picture, but the reality is business is bloody. This is why 80% of businesses fail within their first 18 months of starting. It’s really difficult. There are many moving pieces and many variables — some variables we don’t even

ROLE: Growth by Example

One of the most common statements that I heard growing up was “Do as I say and not as I do.” This always puzzled me as a child because I wondered why I had to comply to so many rules and regulations when those who were older than me could get away with not following

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

In this first of many more articles that I will be publishing on this site, I thought it would be helpful to chronicle my entrepreneurial journey.  I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane with me. Running a Business in College When I was in college, I found out that students were either too

Unlimited Motivation

People are often driven to do something. Motivation is extremely important in encouraging actions. In the 21st century, money is still often seen as the key driver. And so, in a past Better Business Brunch about the Philippine Economy organized by New Leaf Ventures, the participants were asked what they would do if they had UNLIMITED MONEY. I had the opportunity to

Living the Life of Ideas

This week, we asked our friend, Nix Nolledo, for some insight into his successes and how he achieved them. Nix is a digital entrepreneur with businesses in the mobile and online community. He is the CEO of Xurpas Inc. and is involved in many other entrepreneurial ventures. In this article, Nix focuses on ideas — how

For SAAS in Southeast Asia, it’s Software AND a Service

“Why does New Leaf Ventures invest so much on implementation and training teams?” There’s a lot of excitement about the Southeast Asian tech scene. A lot of it has to do with the publicity international tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and the incredible growth of Alibaba from China, are making in general.