Running as many Startup Weekends as I have, I’d like to share a few observations that’ll hopefully help organizers elevate their participants’ (and to some extent, their own) experience at their event.Continue reading
I used to think that I worked well under pressure given my background in organizing events but when I started work at an IT services company as a Project Manager, I found that I apparently don’t respond too well to it especially when it comes in the form of an angry client screaming at me through the phone.Continue reading
The Assistant Regional Directress of DTI Region VII reached out to me a few months back to talk about better engaging the local startup community and working together on planning government programs that more effectively assists the growth of tech startup entrepreneurs. This gave rise to the Community+ Government monthly meetup – an open discussion between grassroots tech and startup community leaders and their government counterparts on how to better work together to further enrich our local tech startup ecosystem.Continue reading
In the last few months, I’ve been experimenting with various event formats to see if I can keep the monthly meetups I run consistent and interesting for participants. I’m writing this blogpost to share to you what I’ve learned and hopefully help you feel less intimidated by regularly organizing community events.Continue reading
Becoming aware of my workaholic tendencies really took some time. I’ve always considered myself to be someone industrious and that it was a trait to be proud of; but one day two years ago when I came home from work, I immediately took a bath and headed to bed exhausted and just before I dozed of to sleep I heard my sister say “yeesh” as if she was scared of what she was seeing, did I realize that I needed to slow down. This blogpost was requested by one of my ko-fi donors and is something I’m excited to finally start writing about.Continue reading →
The idea for this blogpost came from missing a call with Michael Ong, lead organizer and founder of #ProductBeer, because of a careless mistake on my part ending with me only getting back to him five hours after our supposed meeting time. I apologized profusely, making him say something that ended up being my takeaway from this experience: “Stuff sometimes just comes up… Murphy’s Law!”Continue reading →
“Well, when you are really involved in this completely engaging process of creating something new, as this man is, he doesn’t have enough attention left over to monitor how his body feels, or his problems at home. He can’t feel event that he is hungry or tired. His body disappears, like none of us do, to really do well something that requires a lot of concentration, and at the same time to feel that he exists.”
– Excerpt from transcript of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED Talk
I didn’t find much value in this phrase when I was younger. Maybe it was because I was that much of a workaholic (my sister calls it “being extra”) that I thought the way that I lived back then was the balance because of all that I expected of myself. If I wasn’t doing schoolwork, I’d be doing volunteer work, or taking freelance projects, or doing work for my part-time job. There wasn’t much room for anything else and I kept that momentum up until a year or two after I started working.
It’s been more than a year that I’ve held the Project Manager position at Symph and I’ve picked up things along my journey that really helped me continue my learning as a PM. I’m not a pro, far from it. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with no class on “Management” whatsoever. The only thing, I suppose, that qualified me for the role was my years of doing volunteer work for the community; specifically, organizing events and looking for and communicating with sponsors.
One afternoon, I found this press release from the official website of the Philippine Senate announcing the approval of the Innovative Startup Act. It was recent, in May, and I recall having the opportunity to review the bill before it was passed as community members were encouraged to do so by The Office of Senator Bam Aquino – the senator who authored the bill. Unfortunately, at the time I was admittedly too ignorant so now I hope to make up for it by sharing what I’ve learned.