President at Kickstart Ventures, Globe Telecom’s wholly-owned corporate venture capital subsidiary. She is a member of the Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council, and Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board, and is concurrently Vice-Chairman of Yondu, Globe’s technology solutions company.
In Globe: Minette joined in July 2006 to start Business Development in what was then a pure-play mobile operator: under her leadership, the team created Globe’s first digital strategy blueprint and put in place the foundation of Globe’s digital media, content, and mobile advertising businesses.
In 2012, Minette led her team to found Kickstart Ventures, Inc. and spin it out as a wholly-owned Globe subsidiary. Kickstart is an investment firm that funds early-stage digital startups, providing capital, incubation and mentoring, and market access. Kickstart is the Philippines’ most active early-stage investor; its portfolio has some of the country’s best-performing startups; its mentorship program is highly coveted. Kickstart portfolio companies have attracted funding from some of the world’s most respected tech investors: Y-Combinator and 500 Startups from Silicon Valley; Omidyar Network from New York; IMJ Investment Partners from Japan; and Wavemaker Labs from Singapore.
Minette has held CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from Philippine startups to iconic multinationals. Before joining Globe, she was Managing Director of online game publishing startup, Level Up! She previously served as Levi Strauss & Company’s Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam; and President & CEO of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation. She cut her teeth in global giants, Unilever and L’Oréal.
Minette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Major in Management Engineering, from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Dan is the Senior Vice-President and Treasurer of Kickstart Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Globe Telecom. He also concurrently supports Globe in M&A activities, which in the past have included acquisitions of Yondu (formerly Entertainment Gateway Group) and Bayan Telecommunications.
Dan’s career track has mostly been in global tech-related companies, particularly in telecommunications, personal portable computers, and over a decade in tech venture investing with stints in key global markets including the US, Japan, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia.
Dan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and dual master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute for International Studies (M.A.) and the Wharton School of Business (M.B.A.).
Joan is Vice-President of Kickstart Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Globe Telecom. She is a member of the Kickstart Deal Team.
Prior to Kickstart, Joan was Investment Manager for Southeast Asia at LGT Venture Philanthropy, a global impact investing firm headquartered in Europe. For six years, Joan was primarily responsible for the sourcing, screening, execution, and management of LGT VP’s deals in the region.
In 2015, Joan also served as a consultant to the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of the Philippines, advising the Office of the Secretary on matters related to MSME development, tech startups, innovation, inclusive business, and social enterprise.
Joan holds a B.S. in Management Engineering with a minor in English Literature, cum laude, from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
Alex is Director of Portfolio Development: in-charge of driving market performance and strengthening business and tech architecture of Kickstart-funded startups.
He has deep experience in tech: 18 years in Web Development, IT and Infrastructure; 10 years management experience in technology; and an expert in enterprise application architecture, development and tech processes.
But he’s not just a geek! Alex is an old-hat in bridging the gap between geeks and suits as well as applying tech to real-world business problems. He’s no stranger to developing policies and procedure to streamline existing practices from across multiple industries: banking and finance, medical technology, digital print and publishing, social networking/media, and energy/power generation.
Alex is passionate about helping startups and is an active member of PHP User Group Philippines (PHPUG-PH), R Users Group Philippines, and AWS User Group Philippines.
Pia joined Kickstart Ventures in September 2012 as its manager for social enterprise investments.
Before Kickstart, Pia was with Globe Telecom for six years managing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in education and social protection services that harnessed telco core competencies (mobile and broadband technologies, m-commerce and VAS solutions) to achieve operational efficiencies and scale.
Her work in the use of information and communications technology in public schools, and in working with local and international non-profit organizations and key government agencies for the delivery of social protection services, have resulted to user behavior insights and in managing multi-stakeholder expectations, especially in their use of web and mobile applications.
She has received recognitions in Globe Telecom and communication skills awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Philippines), Public Relations Society of the Philippines, and the American Chamber CSR Excellence Awards.
Pia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies from the University of the Philippines in Manila.
Camille joined Kickstart Ventures in 2014.
As Product Manager, she spearheads the growth and development of Semaphore, a Kickstart-owned web-to-SMS API. She is also responsible for the implementation of data analytics in Semaphore, as well as in Kickstart’s portfolio companies.
As much a math geek as she is a people person, Camille has found a happy middle in the Kickstart family.
Prior to joining Kickstart, she worked with a technology-focused growth equity fund based in Silicon Valley and New York. In 2013, Camille received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Fordham University—and in the process was christened an official “New Yorker” by the city that never sleeps.
Janis is Kickstart office manager and the designated grown-up(!).
She is a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology graduate from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Today, she has fifteen years’ of experience in office management systems and administration.
Bavi is the Kickstart accountant.
She is a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduate from the University of Batangas in Southern Luzon and has 14 years’ worth of experience in accounting working with small and medium enterprises, manufacturing companies, and government agencies.