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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.