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How to Start a Startup in Manila @ Microsoft
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm

Manila has a fast growing startup ecosystem, and entrepreneurs here are lucky to have so many resources available to help them in their journey. However, many people don’t know about all of the resources available, the differences between them, or what resources are right for them. At “How to Start Up in Manila”, we will gather representatives from different entrepreneurial organizations to give a quick overview of who their audience is, and then host a panel moderated by a top local journalist to discuss the startup ecosystem and the opportunities available.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone who is launching or thinking about launching a local startup
Anyone who wants to meet local investors, accelerators, co-working spaces, and founders
Anyone who wants to learn about the resources available for local entrepreneurs

What is the Agenda?
Welcome and Socializing
Introductory Talks by Ecosystem Organizations
Panel Discussion with Representatives from Top Local Organizations
Question and Answer Session
Discussion and Drinks at a Local Bar or Restaurant

C&C: What inspires your WHY? @ Commune Cafe
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Let’s start the year right and go back to our purpose!  Let’s talk BIG PICTURE, MIND MAPPING, and what keeps you going!

C&C What inspires your Why?

Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur @ Freelancer
Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm

Do you want to start your own technology company, but don’t know where to get started? You are not alone. Every day millions of people go to jobs they don’t enjoy, but few do something about it. At the “Employee to Entrepreneur” event, you can hear the stories, tips, and best practices of those who left their jobs to pursue their own startup company. Listen to the experiences of people just like you that have made the transition, and discuss any questions or concerns that you have. How do you know if you have a good idea? What are the first steps in an entrepreneurial journey? Join us for a fun evening!

Who should Attend?
Anyone who dreams of launching their own company
Anyone with an idea for a new business either launched inside their employer or independently
Anyone curious about being an entreprenuer someday

What are some of the Topics?
What is the difference between being an employee versus being a founder
What to consider before becoming an entrepreneur
How do you know when the time is right to quit
What are the first steps in the entrepreneurial journey
and more…

What is the Agenda?
Welcome and Socializing
Introduction to the Founder Institute
Talks on Founding a Company
Question and Answer
Discussion and Drinks at a Local Bar or Restaurant

#raidthefridge @ 55 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm

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It’s the 1st #raidthefridge for 2015! Come mingle with us and make new friends over beers.

And helping us kick-off #raidthefridge are Dip Ghuman and Kyle Lin, CEO and Chief Product Officer respectively, of San Francisco-based startup NEAR.

Dip and Kyle are in Manila this month to launch their anonymous and location-based messaging startup: Near allows you to start or join conversations with people nearby, with a twist!

Near’s team previously worked for Google, Twitter, Apple, and Nike and have decided to use Manila as the first launch market for their startup.

You’re probably wondering why a Silicon Valley team is focused on Manila?

In this session, you’ll learn their design process, the problem Near wants to solve, why others have failed, and most importantly, why they chose Manila over San Francisco, Tokyo, and London to launch their app.

This is Dip’s second business here – the first was a California wine importation business and the numerous trips to Southeast Asia over the last 2 years that catalyzed him to the numerous opportunities in the region.

Some of you who already know Dip are aware he has social running through his veins. His ability to understand people and leverage his talents bringing people together set him on his path to Near.

Dip believes what Twitter did for the world, Near will do for local.

Come meet Dip and Kyle, give them a familiar welcome at Area 55, and learn why Silicon Valley and the startup community of the Philippines has never been closer.


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