Posts in startups
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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Ep 22 - The Hustle Behind Grab

The hustle behind Southeast Asia's biggest ride hailing super app is no easy feat. In this episode, Ronster chats with Brian Cu, the President of Grab Philippines. Brian will share deep learnings about how Grab started and how they hustled to get drivers onboard. He will also talk about how he was able to grow the grab team, how they competed head-to-head with Uber and the things that happened to Grab after they merged with Uber. Brian also shares his secrets on how to handle criticisms, how to cope with stress and what Grab has in store for the public and the startup community in this mind-blowing episode.

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Ep 21 - The Hustle Behind The Philippine Startup Law

The Philippine Startup Bill is now officially a law. In this episode, Ronster chats with Karl Satinitigan to discuss the details behind The Philippine Startup Law. Karl will discuss in great detail a lot of valuable information that the public needs to know like how people can get access to the funding this law provides, how startups can get tax incentives and what type of people are eligible to get these benefits. Karl will also share the challenges and the process they had to go through to get the law passed and the next steps we need to take to implement the law in this very important episode.

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Ep 20 - The Hustle Of A Startup CFO

The role of a Chief Finance Officer in a business is very important. In this episode, Ronster chats with Addi Guevarra, CFO of Advance. Addi will share his experiences as a Finance professional that prepared him to be a CFO in his own startup. He also shares why they chose to solve the problem of helping employees bridge their cashflow problems through Advance. Addi will also share key tips on how to manage your money as a startup and as an individual in this enlightening episode.

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Ep 19 - The Hustle Of A Marketer Turned CEO

The process of quitting your corporate job to join a startup can be a very scary experience. In this episode, Ronster chats with Cindy Burdette, CEO of Allcare.io. Cindy talks about the hustle in starting her career and how she was able to rack up awards for her work. She also discusses how difficult it was to leave her corporate job to join a startup and the sacrifices she had to do for it. Cindy also sheds light on the struggles she faced when it was her turn to run the company and do ICO and fundraising. Lastly, she discusses the importance of having benefits and gave a very special gift for those listening to this episode.

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Ep 18 - The Hustle Of A Chatbot Maker

Making chatbots are not as easy as it seems. In this episode, Ronster talks to Andrew Demeter, a world-famous chatbot maker. Andrew is the Social Media Manager and Community Manager of Chatfuel, the world's biggest chatbot development platform and he will discuss what it was like having a career helping other people make chatbots while he is still a full-time college student. He also talks about how he got recruited into the Chatfuel team and what makes a good chatbot. He also shared is tactics on how he copes with his struggles and his predictions for bots in the very near future in this very educational episode.

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Ep 16 - The Hustle Of An Influencer Marketing Entrepreneur

Influencer Marketing is one of the most effective ways in this era of Social Media. In this episode, Ronster chats with Ace Gapuz, CEO of Blogapalooza. Ace shared her stories on how she hustled her way through early struggles in her career and how she was able to bounce back from them. She also shared what it takes to be an effective Influencer that brands would love and taught us very useful tips on networking, persuasion and sales in this very informative episode.

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Ep 14 - The Hustle Of Getting In 30 Under 30

Getting in Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 list is an exceptional achievement. In this episode, Ronster chats with Georgianna Carlos, Founder and CEO of Fetch! Naturals and a recent inductee of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2019. She discussed how she started her career as a Psychology major and the hustles she had to go through early in her career. She also talks about how she immersed herself in a new environment to run her first startup, MyOffice. Lastly, she discussed how grew Fetch from scratch and shared how it impacted in her getting in 30 under 30 this year in this very inspiring episode.


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Ep 13 - The Hustle Of A Venture Capitalist

In this very rare episode, we will get to know the ins and outs of Venture Capital. Ronster hosts Michael Lints, a Venture Partner of Golden Gave Ventures. Michael shares what a VC does in great depth like how they raise funds, who they raise funds with, how a VC makes money and what they look for in terms of funding a good startup to invest in. He also shares what he thinks the Philippine ecosystem should to improve and catch up with the region. He also shared great tips in how startups can get the attention of VCs and one can grow a network from scratch is this very packed episode.

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Ep 12 - The Hustle Of A Tech Co-Founder

Did you ever wonder what the hustle is like building an app that thousands of people use? In this episode, Ronster hosts Andrei Navarro, the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Booky. Andrei will share his journey on how he started programming 20 years ago to how he improved his coding over the years in his different stints as a developer and professor. He will also tell us how the mindset should be in creating a very popular app and the right approach to programming. Most importantly, he dropped a very big surprise in this episode that will leave us all hungry and ready to eat great food.

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Ep 9 - The Hustle Of A Filipina Ecosystem Builder

Building an ecosystem for startups to thrive in is something that is not easy to make. In this episode, Ronster talks to Katrina Chan, the Director of QBO. They discussed the early stages of her career in how she hustled to qualify into one of the most prestigious schools in the country, also on how she studied in the US. Kat also discussed the start of her career and how QBO almost never happened. 

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Ep 8 - The Hustle Of A Fashion Model Turned CEO

What does fashion and business have in common? In this episode, Ronster chats with Abbie Victorino, Founder and CEO of Style Genie. Abbie will share how she started her career being a Fashion Model and how she got into the world of eCommerce. She will also discuss how she used her expertise in eCommerce to launch her startup - Style Genie. They will also discuss the difficulties and challenges of launching a fashion startup and the importance of the Girl Boss movement for women entrepreneurs.

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Ep 6 - The Hustle Of A Serial Entrepreneur

Did you ever think about how serial entrepreneurs manage having multiple businesses at the same time? In this episode, Ronster sits down with RJ Ledesma to talk about how he manages running multiple businesses like Mercato Centrale, a hosting career and a TV career all at the same time! They also discuss about key learnings that RJ was able to gather while being exposed to so many entrepreneurs. RJ also drops a very big surprise in this episode that can benefit you if you have a budding food business.

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Ep 5 - The Hustle Of A Shirtpreneur

Did you know that you can put up a shirt business without any capital? This this episode, Ronster chats with James Fernando of Shirt.ly. They talked about how James started his 10 year old journey of selling shirts from high school all the way to how he was able to empower people to create shirt businesses of their own. They also discussed how Shirt.ly was able to escape "The Valley Of Death". They also talked about James' hacks in time and money management and his secret resource in tracking his progress.

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Ep 4 - The Hustle Of Incubating Innovation

In this very rare interview, Ronster was able to chat with Earl Valencia, Co-Founder of the Ideaspace Foundation. In this episode, they discuss how Earl started his hustle from being an aspiring astronaut to becoming a student in Boston University. Earl also talks about his journey in Ideaspace and the reason he went back to the US to prepare himself to help the Philippines in the very near future.

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Ep 3 - The Hustle Of A Capital Markets Lawyer

Learn about how lawyers can help you setup raising capital for a business and provide a lot of help in this episode of Hustleshare. Ronster sits down with Attorney Josef Acuña, a Capital Market lawyer to discuss how hard it is to become a lawyer and specialize in a certain field of law. Atty. Josef also provides valuable insights on how you can setup your business for success in a legal point of view and many more.

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