T.I.P. Technopreneurship Learning Series
- Plug and Play co-founder to T.I.P.ians: “Never stop learning”
- Ayannah founder and CEO visits T.I.P. for technopreneurship talk
- Al Serafica to engineering students: “Find your calling”
- Ricardo Yap of Datalogic conducts the fourth session of the T.I.P. Technopreneurship Learning Series
- T.I.P.’s Technopreneurship Learning Series continues with Edison Manuel of Progyny
- T.I.P. conducts second session of Technopreneurship Learning Series with Manila Valley
- T.I.P. kickstarts Technopreneurship Learning Series with SizeUp CEO
The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Technopreneurship Learning Series (TLS) continues on, this time with Plug and Play Technology Center Co-founder and Vice President of Operations, Jojo Flores. His talk, where he shared his entrepreneurship experiences and learnings to T.I.P. students and faculty members, was held on August 18, 2016 at the T.I.P. Quezon City campus.
“Never stop learning,” Flores told the students as he related how he involved himself in different kinds of ventures through the years. These include American Liquid Packaging Systems (ALPS) where he started and distributed 5-gallon bottled water over 10 water companies under the brand, “Aqua Service.” He also built on his career in the bottled water business in the Philippines through Metro Bottled Water Corporation, under the brand name, “Wilkins Distilled Drinking Water.” Flores is also the Vice President of Chemtex Plastics Asia which he started in Manila in 2012. “They’re not technology-related services, but they were important experiences for me because they have prepared me for Plug and Play,” he said.
Before his success, Flores failed many times and learned to work doubly harder in order to recover from past failures. As parting advice, he said, “You have to ask yourself why you are doing something. You will have to work hard. The ideas, the execution, and the work, they will all have to come from you.”
Plug and Play Technology Center (2006) accelerates the success of a community of over 300 startup technology companies in three (3) campuses at Silicon Valley at any given time. It connects startups to corporations and invests in over 100 companies every year.
The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) recently invited Miguel “Mikko” Perez as guest speaker for the T.I.P. Technopreneurship Learning Series. Perez is the founder and CEO of Ayannah, a digital commerce and payment services provider for online and mobile communities, especially the unbanked. Ayannah provides affordable and accessible digital financial services for the emerging middle class, many of whom are unbanked and migrants. This proudly Filipino-made web-based financial services software aims to solve the problem of the lack of availability of cash in the countryside.
Perez related that he did not come from a rich family and that it was his father’s various business ventures that made him interested in being an entrepreneur himself. With almost 30 years of experience, Perez, who was once Chikka’s Director of Finance and Business Development, enlightened the students by sharing important entrepreneurship pointers to them.
In his talk, Perez advised students that they should start small through working in an actual company, so that they may know how it is to learn and earn at the same time. According to him, a good entrepreneur should be a perfectionist, a problem solver, must be persuasive, persistent, and passionate. “These are not just some of the things I look for in entrepreneurs, but also in my employees,” he said.
Perez also emphasized that venturing into entrepreneurship means addressing a major need or problem and providing a unique solution for it. “Whether it’s starting a business or finding a job, you need to find something that differentiates you from the rest,” he explained.
“There’s no excuse for you not to do what you want to do, especially at your age. You have lots of opportunities – the ability to start your own business or to find the job that you love. It’s more than ever within your grasp,” Perez told the students.
Dr. Gonzalo “Al” Serafica visited the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Quezon City campus for the 3rd Engineering Students’ Research/Design Project Colloqium on March 11, 2016. Speaking around the theme Engineering Research and Design Towards Commercialization, Dr. Serafica related his life after he left the Philippines in 1989 and shared about his exposure to various technologies in the U.S.
A Filipino chemical engineer, Dr. Serafica has 20 years of extensive experience with technology utilization and commercialization and holds 10 U.S.-granted patents and more than 20 international-granted patents. He is a long-term Balik Scientist of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and a consultant for USAID Science Technology Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE), and is currently on an extended stay in the Philippines to help scientists and engineers commercialize their technologies and expand their intellectual property. Through his successful work on engineering design, he promotes technology for commercialization or technology for producing marketable products.
In his talk, Dr. Serafica explained how engineers become applied scientists. “Engineers are meant to make products and viable contributions for everyday application,” he said. With this, he advised the students to utilize their learnings in school and look at potential applications of a material or technology. He also advised them to begin first with one project or research they are most interested in and try to apply their engineering capabilities to address most, if not all of the needs of the users. “Ano ba ang kailangan ng tao? Sino ba ang gagamit?”
The Balik Scientist also raised the importance of knowing the impact of what the students will be doing as future engineers. “These are the things that you really need to check with yourself: Why are you doing it? Being an engineer is just a profession. You have to find your calling.” Dr. Serafica told them.
Students of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) attended the fourth session of the Technopreneurship Learning Series conducted by the President and Founder of Datalogic Systems Corporation Ricardo L. Yap on February 18, 2016 at T.I.P. Quezon City.
Yap is a certified public accountant and IT hobbyist. With his interest in technology and business, he ventured into technopreneurship and eventually set up Datalogic Systems Corporation. Datalogic provides computer solutions to some of the biggest companies in the country today including Pilipinas Shell, Holcim, San Miguel Corporation, Conception Industries, and Intellicare. It has been in the business for 15 years now.
In his talk, the CPA turned technopreneur related his journey with Datalogic, defining technopreneurship as a means of providing a much needed solution to a problem.
Believing in the importance of education and mastering skills, Yap told students to take advantage of their time in school to learn. “Technology and engineering are what we need today. While you’re here in your school, learn your tools well and study hard. You cannot solve problems if your tools are not excellent,” he told them. Yap himself studied different programming languages before he developed an accounting script software which launched him into his computer solutions venture.
Yap even encouraged students to stay in the country after graduation whether to work or build their own businesses. “People, corporations, need talents like you to stay in the Philippines. If you leave, whatever contribution you give will stay in the country you went to. Napakasayang ‘di ba? If you’re going to contribute, contribute here. Is it feasible? I can tell you, yes,” he emphasized.
On thinking and building their own solutions and innovations, Yap gave this final reminder to everyone, “You should not build things unless you have strong conviction in the things that you build. When you create something, make sure that you truly believe in it,” he concluded.
Edison Manuel, Filipino vice president of operations at Progyny, recently conducted the third session of the Technopreneurship Learning Series of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) in a session held at T.I.P. Quezon City on February 16, 2016.
With experience in life science and medical devices for the last 20 years and 4 years in consumer electronics, Manuel carries extensive experience in operations from startup manufacturing into full commercial release, program management, factory integration and consolidation, strategic outsourcing, and key supplier partnerships. He currently lives in Silicon Valley and is VP of Operations at Progyny – the largest online marketplace of families seeking fertility solutions.
Manuel advised students to begin by going back to the basics and asking themselves the following questions: Do I continue to improve? Do I reduce cycle and lead time? Do I simplify processes? Do I reduce cost? According to Manuel, these questions will guide students in developing their own inventions and innovations. “If the answer is yes to all four questions, then you are doing the right thing. Remember that all four must be congruent. You cannot sacrifice one for the other three,” he said.
Looking back at his past experiences and learnings from different companies, Manuel oriented the students on supplier measurement, startup stages, outsourcing, and the importance of intellectual property or patents. Aside from learning about individual startups, students were also taught about the role of angel investors and venture capitalists in helping technopreneurs launch their companies and products to the market.
Manuel emphasized the importance of taking action and getting their ideas out there. “You can invent something, but if you don’t do anything about it then it becomes useless,” he said. He also added that as future technopreneurs, students should not only learn, but know about continuous process improvement. They should also try growing their network as early as now as this will benefit them in the long run.
“You decide who you want to be. Nothing is free. Success has no shortcuts,” Manuel concluded.
Manila Valley Founder and CEO, Christopher Peralta, visited the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) to conduct the second session of the school’s Technopreneurship Learning Series held at the T.I.P. Quezon City campus on February 9, 2016.
With more than 15 years of experience in the mobile and technology sector, Peralta is the co-founder of Mobiry, a mobile ticketing and mobile couponing company, and is the founder and CEO of Connect People and Manila Valley, companies that help out startups and entrepreneurs. Manila Valley, his newest endeavor, is an accelerator program that is focused on supporting top Filipino entrepreneurs and startups in the Philippines by tapping into the Silicon Valley ecosystem.
During his sharing, Peralta stressed that putting up a startup business is not only about thinking differently, building a great team, creating a minimum viable product, networking, and executing ideas. Peralta said that the willingness of individuals and teams to be like sponges and learn is just as important. “If you want to build a business out of something, learn. See what works, what doesn’t. Find what the needs of your customers are and eventually, find out what opportunities are out there…Think beyond what you see and read, get on the ground, talk to other startups, and talk to people,” Peralta added.
The Manila Valley CEO was quick to point out that startup life is hard. In fact, studies show that 92% of startups fail in their first three years. Despite this, Peralta encouraged everyone to equalize this with hard work and passion. “Statistics show that founders of companies that have failed, and that have founded subsequent companies, enjoy some level of success. Get up, fail again. Keep going until you succeed,” he advised the students. Peralta ended the session by having several students deliver “Passion Pitches” wherein they had to share their life passions within a limited amount of time.
Following Anatalio Ubalde, SizeUp CEO, Peralta is the second invited speaker in the ongoing Technopreneurship Learning Series of T.I.P., a series of talks by leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and company founders which aims to inculcate the entrepreneurship mindset to the school community.
The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) recently kickstarted “InnoVision: The T.I.P. Technopreneurship Learning Series” in its first session held on December 14, 2015 at the T.I.P. Quezon City campus. Speaking as guest lecturer was Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of GIS Planning, Inc., ZoomProspector.com, and SizeUp.
Ubalde is an economic developer, entrepreneur, and inventor. SizeUp, his latest venture, was built to help out small businesses by providing them insights on how they perform versus their competitors. It is now considered as one of the most prominent financial technology companies in the US.
According to Ubalde, the ideas behind his business ventures came from his commitment to helping people especially the less fortunate. “My story of being an entrepreneur, and having interest in being one, has very little to do with me wanting to be rich. There are so many better ways to make money than being an entrepreneur. My interest is in serving people,” he said.
The SizeUp CEO also expressed the importance of finding out one’s true calling. “There is a difference between what you want to do and what you are called to do. To answer this, you have to ask yourself how best you can serve the world,” Ubalde said.
Aside from sharing his background and a run-through of the technologies he has developed, Ubalde also encouraged T.I.P. students to exercise actualizing ideas. According to him, innovation is not just about generating ideas but, more importantly, making ideas happen. Ideas are plenty, but the real challenge is making these ideas a reality.
Ending his talk, he advised students to look directly into their own daily lives, determine what issues or problems they can put their arms around, and come up with innovations that will help lessen or eliminate these problems. Ubalde also expressed his belief in the students’ ability to innovate and create change. “You guys are the best at this. You’re fresh and you’re open to possibilities. What I’m doing, you can do,” he said.
The recently concluded talk by Ubalde is the first of a series of learning sessions lined up by T.I.P. for its students, faculty members, and staff to develop an entrepreneurial mindset within the school community. T.I.P. will be inviting leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and company founders from around the Philippines and the world to share life lessons, career insights, and perspectives on innovations in their fields.