Ep 38 - The Hustle Behind Coins.ph

The hustle of getting Coins.ph acquired by Go Jek took years of failures and learnings. In this episode, Ronster chats with Ron Hose, Founder and CEO of Coins.ph. Ron will share how he started out his hustle by being a maker and how he created his early startups that failed but taught him a lot of lessons early. He will also share how he got one of his first startups acquired and how he became a VC along with the lessons he got being an investor. Then he will share how he ended up in the Philippines and what led him to create Coins.ph. Lastly, he will share amazing insights how it is like getting acquired and he will share tons of advice for startup people in this amazing episode.

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Quickie 4 - The Hustle Of A Startup Trainer

Training people to turn their idea to a startup takes a lot of skill and experience. In this quickie, Ronster chats with Carlo Valencia, a startup trainer. Carlo talks about his journey on how he jumped from doing a corporate job to doing a tech startups and the early mistakes he did when he started his company. He will also share what happened with his startup leading to why he is helping aspiring founders not make the same mistakes he did when he started out in this very enlightening quickie.

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Quickie 3 - The Hustle Of A Dev God

Being a world class programmer takes incredible effort and skill. In this quickie, Ronster chats with Jason Torres, the CEO of Mashup Garage. Jason will share how he started coding at the young age of 10 years old and his journey to becoming a programmer. He will also discuss the importance of education and how this has helped him, along with the sacrifices one has to make, to build a successful startup in this geeky quickie.

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Quickie 2 - The Hustle Of A UX Designer

The hustle of rebuilding and understanding UX design is no easy feat. In this quickie, Ronster chats with Mark Lacsamana, a Senior Product Designer in Kalibrr. He will discuss the key things he learned from his mentors and the challenges he's faced with when designing a system. Mark will also discuss what he looks for in a team member and how he further educates himself on UX Design in this very interesting quickie.

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Quickie 1 - The Hustle Of An AI Trainer

The hustle of training artificial intelligence is a very unique and fun profession. In this episode, Ronster chats with Jean Alfonso-Decena, a Senior AI Trainer in Starbutter. Jean will share how she started her career in customer service and how she transitioned to getting into AI Training. She also shares what an AI Trainer does and the importance of creating ethical bots in this futuristic quickie.

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Ep 37 - The Hustle Behind Ninja Van

Running Southeast Asia’s leading largest logistics provider in the Philippines is an astounding responsibility. In this episode, Ronster chats with Martin Cu, the Country Head of Ninja Van. Martin shares his journey of how he started out as an intern in Globe and learned the ropes of Marketing. He will also share how he transformed when he worked in Zalora starting out as a buyer all the way to becoming the head of their Marketing. Marin also shares how he was able to apply a lot of his learnings when he led Ninja Van and the challenges and struggles his team had to go through to get Ninja Van to where it is today in this epic episode.

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Ep 36 - The Hustle Of Creating Silicon Valley In The Philippines

Leading the Philippine Software Industry and replicating Silicon Valley in the Philippines is a daunting mission. In this episode, Ronster chats with Jonathan De Luzuriaga, the President of the Philippine Software Industry Association and the CEO of Spring Valley. Jonathan will share the history of the BPO and software industry. He will also share how he was able to create a remarkable career in the BPO Industry that led him to consulting and eventually, software. He shifted his career to software and how he became the President of the PSIA. Jonathan also shares why he created Spring Valley and the benefits that founders can get by working there. JDL will also share amazing lessons that he learned during his career in this astonishing episode.

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Ep 35 - The Hustle Behind A Filipino Bitcoin Pioneer

Being a pioneer in a new technology like cryptocurrency and blockchain is never easy. In this episode, Ronster talks to John Bailon, the CEO of Satoshi Citadel Industries, the country's innovating company for bitcoin ecosystems. John talks about how he took the great leap from running a simple photo booth business to putting up another company out of his newly-developed passion for cryptocurrency.  He speaks about the importance of finding the right people for his like-minded team, even if they’re from different fields of experience. John talks about the highs of the business, like gaining big time funding from Kakao Talk and Cebuana Lhuiller, as well as the lows of his journey. He even goes in depth about his struggles of picking up the pieces after the cryptocurrency bubble burst in 2018.  Learn about how he continues to motivate his team to continue the hustle in this uplifting episode.

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Ep 34 - The Hustle Of Innovating Fitness Motivation

Influencing people to get motivated about their goals is an age-old challenge. In this episode, Ronster chats with Dennis Timpanaro, the Founder and CEO of GOtivation, to discuss how he is innovating the science of motivation people to get motivated to exercise. Dennis will also share how he started his career in procurement as one of the youngest directors in McDonalds. He will also share how he began is journey of becoming a startup founder when he did not know how and where to start. Dennis will also share the challenges and pivots he made to steer GOtivation to the right direction. Lastly, he will share the secrets of how to get motivated in achieving your goals and the factors that can help you achieve them in this motivating episode.

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Ep 33 - The Hustle Of A Filipina Executive Abroad

Leaving home and carving out an amazing career in a foreign country can be very daunting. In this episode, Ronster chats with Taj Mahal Aquino, a vice president of one of the biggest banks in Singapore. She will talk about how she started her career as a Radio DJ which led her to shift to the corporate world, specifically in the BPO industry, to be able to balance school and work. Taj discussed how this led her to bigger and better job opportunities that included an offer to migrate to Kuala Lumpur. She will share her experiences as an immigrant and the adjustments she had to make to survive living away from her family and adapting to a new environment. Lastly, Taj will also share her advice to Filipinos who seek to work abroad and her tips on how one could excel even if they are away from home.


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Ep 32 - The Hustle Of A Pirate Turned Startup Founder

How did a former pirate get angel investors and sell his first startup at the age of 17? In this episode, Ronster chats with Ellard Capiral, the Founder and CEO of Admov, a platform that allows businesses to advertise through ride-hailing networks such as Grab or Uber. He will share his experiences as a self-taught developer and how hustled to pay for his own college education.  He will also share the key things he learned on how to become a very good developer during his tenure in Trend Micro. Ellard will also discuss how he came up with AdMov and the whole process of growing his company. Lastly, he will also share his advice to those just getting into the startup business, the specific skills that developers should have to improve and how to motivate yourself to keep going in this very interesting episode.


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Ep 31 - The Hustle of An OFW Startup Founder

Building a tech startup as an OFW in a foreign country is very challenging. In this episode, Ronster chats with Jon Santillan, founder of Denarii Cash, a mobile wallet that allows money transfer from UAE to the Philippines. He will talk about how he built his previous startups and how he is using his learnings from them to build his business now. Jon will also share his tips on adjusting to other cultures as an OFW and the advice he learned and lived by as he continues to grow his company in this insightful episode.

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Ep 30 - The Hustle of A Filipino Tech Mogul

Getting 3 startups acquires in Silicon Valley is a feat no other Filipino has done. In this episode, Ronster chats with Winston Damarillo, where they go back in time as he shares his journey to becoming a Filipino Developer turned Tech Entrepreneur in the US. Through his experience in Silicon Valley, he saw the potential of Filipino developers which led him to setting up DevCon, wherein he aims to create a venue for them to grow and learn more, not only locally, but internationally as well. Winston will also discuss the rise of technology entrepreneurship today and his advice to developers and businessmen on ensuring their success in the industry in this inspiring episode.

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Ep 29 - The Hustle Of Winning The Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

Winning the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards with only a 2% chance among 2900 other applicants was no easy feat.  In this episode, Ronster chats with Carmina Bayombong, Founder of InvestEd, 1 out of 7 companies that recently won the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. She will discuss how her hustle on putting low income and marginalized college kids to school has led her to building her own startup company. Carmina will also talk about her passion in helping the community and building a career out of it to further make an impact in society. Lastly, she will give her advice to entrepreneurs who are in the valley of death and tips to fundraising from her years of experience in this heart-warming episode. 

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Ep 28 - The Hustle Behind e27 and Echelon

Showcasing Southeast Asia's startup ecosystem is a very big responsibility. In this episode, Ronster chats with Mohan Belani, the Founder and CEO of e27 and Echelon. Mohan will share the humble beginnings of how e27 was born and why Echelon was made. Mohan also talks about the process of how they choose which stories to feature and the impact of articles they write to startups and investors. Mohan will also share amazing tips on how to go to startup conferences on a discount, how to recruit effectively, and the qualities of a good startup in this awe-inspiring episode.

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Ep 27 - The Hustle Behind Quikwire

Pivoting your startup to the right direction is a very difficult feat. In this episode, Ronster chats with Ray Refundo, the Founder and CEO of Qwikwire. Ray talks about how he started his first startup and what it felt like when he had to go back to corporate when it failed. He will also talk about how he managed and developed his team of interns to making them his co-founders today. Ray will also share his tips on how he coped with the ups and downs of the startup life and how this helped him in realizing his “why” in this eye-opening episode.

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Ep 26 - The Hustle Behind Profoundly and Near Group

Creating a world-famous app that grew to 60 million users in 3 months is unheard of until Profoundly was launched. In this episode, Ronster chats with Prashant Pitti, the Founder and CEO of Profoundly and Near Group, to discuss how he was able to create apps that millions of users are using with zero marketing. Prashant will also share his journey of how he became an entrepreneur after being an Assistant Vice President of a US bank at the young age of 23. He'll also share his tips on how to create products that scale and he will reveal if Profoundly really reveals the people asking questions on the platform in this jaw-dropping episode.

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Ep 25 - The Hustle Of A BPO Marketplace

The future of the BPO industry in the Philippines is set to have a resurgence in the very near future. In this episode, Ronster chats with Derek Gallimore, the Founder of Outsource Accelerator, to discuss the importance of having a marketplace for Philippine BPOs. Derek will share what he thinks is the next wave of opportunities that the BPO industry can take advantage of and how he can help evangelize this industry from an untapped market in the West. He will also share his personal tips on how you can bounce back from a failed business and what he thinks is the future of the BPO industry in this telling episode.

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Ep 24 - The Hustle Behind Kickstart Ventures

The hustle to get $150 Million to invest in startups is extraordinary. In this episode, Ronster chats with Minette Navarette to discuss the hustle behind Kickstart Ventures. Minette will share how she started her career in working for multiple multinational companies to how she started working on innovation while she was with Level Up Games and Globe Telecom. She will also share the origin of how Kickstart Ventures came to be and their philosophy of how they invest and what happens during due diligence. For the first time ever, Ronster will also share what it is like working with Kickstart and the valuable lessons he learned when Kickstart invested in his first startup. Lastly, Minette will discuss in detail how the $150 Million Active Fund fund of Ayala will be invested in startups in this exciting episode.

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Ep 23 - The Hustle Behind Kumu

Building the Philippines’ fastest-growing social media network takes serious hustle. In this episode, Ronster chats with Roland Ros, the Founder of Kumu, as he shares how he started his hustle and how he got Dado Banatao to be his Adviser. Roland will talk about his humble beginnings, from moving to the country to pursue his passion, how he bounced back from 15 years of failures in multiple businesses he started. He is also going to share key learnings like he five key factors that Dado Banatao taught him in launching businesses that he used to grow Kumu to be used heavily by Millenials and Gen Z's in this very insightful episode.

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