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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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 17 - The Hustle Of A Global Entrepreneur

Creating businesses from scratch after migrating to a different continent is very difficult. In this episode, Ronster chats with PJ Entrepreneur, yes that's his real name. They will talk about how he began is journey buying and selling real estate in New York and how one of his tenants, who happens to be Tommy Hilfiger, inspired him to pursue entrepreneurship. PJ will also share his experiences in creating and scaling different businesses and how he was able to replicate the same success in Asia even after travelling for 8 years. He will also share a lot of great advice on how to hustle and bounce back from setbacks in this very inspiring 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 15 - The Hustle Of An OPM Rockstar

The hustle in making a career behind creating and playing your own music is very difficult. In this episode, Ronster chats with Dino Pascual, the lead vocalist of The Bloomfields. They will discuss Dino's early start and exposure to music in grade school and how he fell in love with music. Dino also discussed his early struggles being a musician and how everything changed when he joined The Bloomfields. Dino also details what the hustle is like playing in a professional band and the preparation it takes to hone his craft. Lastly, Dino will also tell us the new project that his band is doing and how we can help them achieve that in this very nostalgic 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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