Day 1: My Work #7DaysOfGratitude

So our intention for yoga class this morning was Gratitude. As I usually do take the time to recognize the little things that make life awesome, like the 1st sip of morning coffee or hot chocolate, or breathing in and out deeply and feeling the air course through my body, here is a more structured way for me to share other more catch-all stuff I’m grateful for. Part 1 of my #7DaysOfGratitude offering?

My work.

Why? 7 reasons:

1. Gripping intellectual dialogue at the workplace a.k.a. The Incubator a.k.a. The Foundation is ubiquitous. Case in point:

Boss 1: We need to rethink these strategic matters. (In reference to hackathons–) We should have an orgathon, or something.

Boss 2: Ah, an orgathon. That’s good. As long as it’s not an orgy.

See? My hunger for stimulating discourse and green tendencies, satiated.

2. Mentorship by alpha geeks, under-the-radar greats, and awesome people who blend executional caliber with social impact.

Back in the time when I was relatively immature, I had a judgment and mental model against rich people. It must have been shaped by the context of a feudal, island-culture thing. I am so happy to discover how wrong I’ve been in this judgment, as I am finding myself surrounded by financially successful people who have the heart and mind to help others through the market relevance of their ventures, and even taking the energies to mentor those who are in the journey of going through the lower end of the Technology S-Curve, in the pursuit of fostering more success stories in the ecosystem.

PH Startup community people, why you so awesome?!

3. Arguments on how to serve people best.

Now, for the benefit of those who aren’t familiar about business incubation, two of the things it is about are that it’s psychological and emotional. It is beyond dealing with ROIs and balancing portfolios. If anything, it is about fostering shared ownership. As The Foundation and its founders learn together, I love how there is that deliberate effort to spur objectivity, to build the ability to critique internal tactics and operations in the pursuit of translating it to actionables for improvement.

4. Diversity. Different folks. Different strokes. Common Thread.

The people I work with all come from different backgrounds. The common thread? They are all smart. I am in awe of how my new colleague who is younger than me can poke holes at an assumption in the spirit of creating a more robust program. I love how I am learning that there are different types of rich (boat, commercial plane, private plane, space – you get the idea) through side conversations. I love how my teammate has become comfortable with sharing his story on his own regrets as a student in the past, and using that as a story to encourage students now to maximize their opportunities. I love how I have co-conspirators who have a deep sense of their individual why’s and have the ability to thread these to the advocacy of The Foundation.

5. Passion.

There is not one day since I’ve first stepped inside The Incubator that I have not felt this. It just overflows. More so, heading over to different communities in the country has allowed me to discover more movers and shakers, whether as entrepreneurs, community volunteers or supporters. The more amusing part is they don’t even know it. Such humble people. And it always gives me major #Feels whenever I discover stories of grit. Take the likes of this student startup who participated in the latest competition of The Foundation, didn’t make it to the last cut, but stuck to their idea. I listened to them pitch at a Soc Ent competition over the weekend and they now have a pretty awesome prototype. The whole hall was in awe. That’s pretty bad-ass market validation for them. Another story I love to share is the one of our founders from the 1st batch who came all the way from Tawi-Tawi, underwent a pretty rough childhood, dreamt big, and funneled that ambition to execution. And yes, his team has been generating several millions in revenue in short of a year from graduating The Foundation’s program.

6. Convergences.

Others subscribe to worklife balancing; I subscribe to worklife integration. The things I’m learning now in technology management, or the stuff I learned before on finance and portfolio management, economics and ecosystems all makes much more sense now. Even the stuff I’m learning in yoga about the importance of self-awareness, of embracing a long-term mindset and appreciating the journey are things I see manifested in the stories being fostered in The Foundation. People often tell me that I must be busy, considering how often I work on weekends, or that it’s weird when they discover I’m an introvert in spite of doing community work. Well, being a #StartupGroupie is a lifestyle, and cannot be compartmentalized as a 9-to-5 thing. And my introverted apprehensions to get myself out there is trumped by my hunger to discover more wonderful stories from people that are worth emulating – those with deep, solid foundations, those that combat the building foam of glamorized images of startup life.

And this leads me to my 7th bit:

7.Being giddy about doing another post on sharing the specifics of what I do

…which I will do soon.

My friends keep asking. Even my dates keep asking. Would make sense to just write about it, yeah?

So there. Item #1 of stuff to be grateful for – being in the wonderful web of IdeaSpace. Onwards!

Thank you, Universe!

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Incubated: How The 500 Startups Accelerator Helps Startups Get Noticed

500 Startup’s Christine Tsai emphasizes the importance of the team that makes up a good startup! Couldn’t agree more.

TechCrunch

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It’s only been around a short three years, but the 500 Startups Accelerator has already cemented its spot as one of the top programs for founders who are looking to improve their products and reach new users. Now graduating more than 100 new companies per year, the program has historically done a great job of including international startups.

500 Startups runs four accelerator classes each year, running a 12-week program of about 30 companies in each batch. The program operates as an incubator in which startups all work together within the same office space, with access to staff and mentors to help them grow their business.

The accelerator is particularly strong in helping startups to understand their internal metrics and distribution, helping them to market their products and services more efficiently. And it’s got a strong background in helping companies about design and improving their product.

It’s also…

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Them Bombastic Bitcoins!

It was my 1st time to hear about Bitcoin in the Startup Grind Manila event last month. In addition to the main fireside chat, questions from the audience mentioned Bitcoin along with other emerging technological solutions.

Nice, no?

And so a couple of days ago, an article came out on Lily Allen missing out on huge potential Bitcoin fortune! What a fitting “F*** You” moment indeed. Ahhh, self-fulfilling prophecies.

Yup, a classic example where it pays to have a FOMO. Ha.

It’s not about the money, money.

It’s about new currency.

Open source? Non-freezable? A clear vision to empower communities? It’s about the Bitcoin.