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Ep 44 - The Hustle Behind Ellana Cosmetics

The hustle behind Ellana Cosmetics is a story filled with its constant and ongoing development. In this episode, Ronster chats with Theresa and Diego Buenaflor, the power couple behind Ellana Mineral Cosmetics, as they hop on the Hustleshare Time Machine and discuss the early days of the company before the boom of online shopping. They share exactly what makes their brand special, as well as both the risks and achievements the company has overcome. They discuss budgeting, finances, influencer marketing, and provide encouraging advice and tips for fellow equally driven entrepreneurs and makeup and skincare junkies.

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Quickie 6: The Hustle of a Pinoy Growth Hacker

Contrary to popular belief, the hustle of a Pinoy Growth Hacker involves more than just marketing. In this Quickie, Ronster chats with Ping Rivero, Co-Founder of Cognity Labs and Growth Hacker at Gabi, where they discuss what growth hacking truly is and what comes with it. Ping not only shares his experiences getting into tech, but also talks about the course of his development and the lessons he has learned throughout his career, offering countless advice to tech enthusiasts looking into his field.

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Quickie 5: The Hustle of a Product Manager

What is the difference between a Project Manager and a Product Manager? In this Quickie, Ronster has a chat with Mika Reyes, Product Manager of LinkedIn, who discusses what it is like being a Product Manager in one of the biggest startups in the world, and why she loves it so much. She also shares her journey in startups, where it has taken her, and what she is doing next to help Filipino startups get to the next level.

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Ep 43 - The Hustle of an Ex Ad Agency Veteran

It takes more than just creativity to get through the advertising industry, and the hustle of being an ex advertising agency veteran proves it. In this episode, Ronster continues the marketing series with Eileen Borromeo, South-East Asia Marketing Head of Payoneer. Eileen shares not only her journey in the realms of advertising, but also shares what it takes for young marketing enthusiasts to make it through. She also shares how she manages to balance her personal and private life with her hustle.

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Ep 42 - The Hustle behind a Millenial Ad Agency

Bouncing back from failure in the creative industry is an extremely hard achievement. In this episode, Ronster chats with Luis Arcangel, Founder and CEO of Montgomery Fitch, to talk about how he led his team to bounce back after almost losing everything to becoming a multi-awarded ad agency led by millenials. Luis is also going to share how he started his journey as a balikbayan and the difficulties he had to face running a business and teaching as a professor at the same time. Luis is also going to share how it is to work best with millenials and how to keep top notch talent and many more in this incredible episode.

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Ep 41 - The Hustle behind Cropital

The hustle behind Cropital definitely proves that anybody can help change the world. In this episode, Ronster chats with founder of Cropital and Wildfire Pitching Competition Winner Ruel Amparo, and discusses the problems and opportunities within the agricultural sector. Ruel shares not only his experiences building Cropital, but also his inspirations, motivations, and learnings gained from prior work experiences. While sharing these, Ruel also discusses his hustle in a business perspective, offering information and insights about the system our local farmers follow, proving that knowledge and passion can truly prove to be unstoppable.

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Ep 40 - The Hustle of a Champion DJ

Consistency truly is key when it comes to the hustle of a champion DJ. In this episode, Ronster continues the nightlife series and sits down with radio jock and nightlife DJ Mark Thompson to talk about establishing his career both on radio and in the nightlife scene. Mark shares his experiences of balancing radio and DJ-ing, as well as the habits that have to be formed to successfully maintain your hustle. He offers advice that is not only fitting for rookies in his field, but go beyond the limits of radio broadcasting and music production in this very cool episode.

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Ep 39 - The Hustle of a Nightlife DJ

The hustle of being a DJ is as electrifying as the beats they produce. In this episode, Ronster chats with Patty Tiu, otherwise known for her stage name Deuce Manila, founder of Sessions Academy Manila. Being in the nightlife scene for years, Patty shares the past, present, and future plans for her career. She discusses her early experiences of DJing, along with the struggles and anxieties she had to face early in her career and how she overcame them. Considering her success with her hustle, Patty offers some tips and tricks for other DJ enthusiasts, as well as some behind the scenes preparations before performing at a gig. This episode also highlights Patty's other business ventures and projects, expanding further her career in the hopes of discovering other interests and learning new things.

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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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