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PH startups, developers push for global digital inclusion through Facebook’s Free Basics

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Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Daniel Horan, Growth & Partnerships Manager, Facebook Dikshant Chopra, Lily Lyman and Product Partnerships Manager, Facebook Jackie Chang, and Kickstart VP and Head of Community Engagement Christian Besler at the Kickstart Raid the Fridge event.

Philippine startups and developers were recently called to push for global digital inclusion by providing free access to basic internet services to millions of people worldwide through Facebook’s Free Basics powered by Globe.

Globe, through its venture capital subsidiary Kickstart Ventures, Inc., recently brought Facebook’s Free Basics closer to Philippine developer and startup communities to rally them to develop locally relevant and useful services for Filipinos through the Free Basics platform.

Jackie Chang, Product Partnerships Manager, Facebook, spoke to over 150 members of the Philippine startup community at the Raid The Fridge event hosted by Kickstart.

“We’re here to support local developers create locally relevant services and content that will make a real impact in people’s lives. This is an opportunity for the developer community in the Philippines to scale their products and bring the benefits of the internet to more Filipinos,” said Chang.

One of Kickstart’s portfolio companies, Kalibrr, which provides online job training and assessment tools to job applicants, is already one of the pioneer Philippine digital startups to be part of the Free Basics platform. To date, Kalibrr has 40,000 monthly active users on its blog advice content.

Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Group Daniel Horan is equally excited with the partnership between Globe and Facebook to connect more people around the world through free internet services.

“Globe continues to share with Facebook the common goal of expanding the digital lifestyle and make it more inclusive. By opening Free Basics to developers and entrepreneurs, we see more opportunities to bring more Filipinos online and benefit from the free basic services offered. With this collaboration, Globe and Kickstart aims to bring more developers and services to the platform.”

He said that the Globe-Free Basics partnership would serve as the company’s impetus to drive existing business models, launch new and exciting offers, and make mobile internet more accessible within a safe browsing environment for Globe customers without having to worry about unexpected data charges.

With the refurbished platform, more than 60 new services are available across the 19 countries where free basic services are available. People using the app or mobile web version can navigate to a menu where they can select which services to add to the list.

To know more about Free Basics by Facebook powered by Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph/free-basics.

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Facebook rebrands internet.org app as “Free Basics”

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  • More flexible. Developers can include their services in internet.org
  • More secure. HTTPS web services now supported in internet.org
  • Name change. From internet.org to FreeBasics.com by Facebook.

Jackie also shared FbStart, a new Facebook program to help early-stage mobile startups build and grow their apps. So if you’re a startup about to release or has recently launched a mobile, check out their FAQs as soon as you can![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row parallax_image=”” columns_type=”default” section=”” full_screen=”” vertical_centering=”” full_width=”” full_height=”” background=”” bg_color_info=”” img=”” parallax=”” parallax_bg_width=”110″ parallax_reverse=”” video=”” bg_type=”” parallax_style=”” bg_image_new=”” layer_image=”” bg_image_repeat=”” bg_image_size=”” bg_cstm_size=”” bg_img_attach=”” parallax_sense=”” bg_image_posiiton=”” animation_direction=”” animation_repeat=”” video_url=”” video_url_2=”” u_video_url=”” video_opts=”” video_poster=”” u_start_time=”” u_stop_time=”” viewport_vdo=”” enable_controls=”” bg_override=”” disable_on_mobile_img_parallax=”” parallax_content=”” parallax_content_sense=”” fadeout_row=”” fadeout_start_effect=”” enable_overlay=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_pattern=”” overlay_pattern_opacity=”” overlay_pattern_size=”” overlay_pattern_attachment=”” multi_color_overlay=”” multi_color_overlay_opacity=”” seperator_enable=”” seperator_type=”” seperator_position=”” seperator_shape_size=”” seperator_svg_height=”” seperator_shape_background=”” seperator_shape_border=”” seperator_shape_border_color=”” seperator_shape_border_width=”” icon_type=”” icon=”” icon_size=”” icon_color=”” icon_style=”” icon_color_bg=”” icon_border_style=”” icon_color_border=”” icon_border_size=”” icon_border_radius=”” icon_border_spacing=”” icon_img=”” img_width=”” ult_hide_row=”” ult_hide_row_large_screen=”” ult_hide_row_desktop=”” ult_hide_row_tablet=”” ult_hide_row_tablet_small=”” ult_hide_row_mobile=”” ult_hide_row_mobile_large=””][vc_column text_color=”” animate=”” animate_delay=”” width=”1/1″][vc_simple_slider ids=”4197,4194,4196,4195,4198,4199,4200,4201,4202,4203,4204,4206,4205,4208,4183,4185,4181,4193,4192,4182,4187,4190,4188,4186,4189,4191,4184″ arrows=”always” nav=”dots” transition=”slide” auto_rotation=”yes” fullscreen=”yes” stretch=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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PH developers, startups to go global via Internet.org

Philippine digital lifestyle purveyor Globe Telecom and Facebook are working together to support the developer and startup communities in the Philippines through Internet.org.

(Right) Follow in the footsteps of Kickstart-funded startup Kalibrr, an online job-matching platform, which is now accessible for career advice free of charge via internet.org. To help explain internet.org to startups and developer communities will be (left) Jackie Chang, Product Partnerships Manager for Internet.org at Facebook, during Kickstart’s Raid The Fridge on September 28th.
Follow in the footsteps of Kickstart-funded startup Kalibrr (above, right), an online job-matching platform, which is now accessible for career advice free of charge via internet.org. To help explain internet.org to startups and developer communities will be Jackie Chang (above, left), Product Partnerships Manager for Internet.org at Facebook, during Kickstart’s Raid The Fridge on September 24th.

Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative aimed at connecting the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected to the internet. Today, Internet.org is available to more than a billion people in 18 countries worldwide.

Jackie Chang, Product Partnerships Manager for Internet.org at Facebook, will be the guest speaker at the startup community’s Raid The Fridge event hosted by Kickstart Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned venture capital subsidiary of Globe. Raid The Fridge draws over 150 founders, investors, and developers every last Thursday of the month.

“#raidthefridge is Philippines’ reliably recurring startup community event: its everyone-is-an-equal atmosphere builds bridges across startups and corporates, founders and investors, developers and businesses. The drinks keep things friendly and fun and the heart of each evening is the 8pm speaker slot and the candid open forum that follows. We’ve featured speakers from all over the planet – and this time, we are thrilled to welcome Facebook’s Jackie Chang who will be talking about the Internet.org initiative and how it can impact local startups and developers for a much-needed global exposure.” said Minette Navarrete, President of Kickstart.

“Globe continues to share with Facebook a common pursuit of broadening the digital lifestyle to make it more mainstream. By opening Internet.org to developers and entrepreneurs, we see more opportunities for the local digital startup community to expand their reach, propagate social advocacies, and push entrepreneurial pursuits at the grassroots level,” said Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Group Daniel Horan.

We are committed to working closely with Facebook to bring more Filipinos online, and to benefit from the free basic services offered through Internet.org. With this collaboration, Globe has achieved its current position of being the purveyor of the Filipino digital lifestyle and the undisputed leader in the mobile data segment,” said Horan.

On the other hand, Glenn Z. Estrella, Globe Vice President for Digital Media said: “We are excited over this milestone since developers will now be given a voice to share their information to the internet. This will also help our local developers share their apps not only to people in other Asian countries but also to those in Africa and Latin America. By providing tools and informational web app related to jobs, education, government information and news, etc., they will be instrumental in building community awareness.”

Last May, Facebook announced the Internet.org platform aimed at supporting local developer communities. Attendees will have a chance to learn more about developing relevant content and services for Internet.org during the Raid the Fridge event on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 8:00pm at the Kickstart office in Makati City, Philippines.

What is Innovation?

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Kickstart Alley at Globe Innovation Forum 2015

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These and many more at Globe Innovation Forum 2015 where Kickstart-funded startups hustled hard and won over Globe employees at the Kickstart Alley that showcased SaaS, Digital Lifestyle, eCommerce, and Social Impact startups from the Kickstart investment portfolio.

Now on its second year, Globe Innovation Forum brings together the latest trends in telecommunications and information technology featuring longtime Globe partners Amdocs, Huawei, HP, etc. alongside our startups.

Startup innovation was a major theme this year and with new startups popping up almost everyday in the local startup ecosystem, Kickstart Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe, lost no time showcasing its investment portfolio whose products and services bring real value to consumers. Because we believe startups are magical and can create wonder and offer great value for money. 🙂

What about you? Ready to embrace what startups can offer you?

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SlingshotMNL Opportunities in Tech Investing

[vc_row][vc_column text_color=”” animate=”” animate_delay=”” width=”1/1″][vc_column_text](null)Monday, 6th July 2015, saw the Philippines hosting the largest ever tech startup gathering in the country: SlingshotMNL, the official APEC-related tech startup conference, which attracted 1,200 participants and 120 startup exhibitors. People trooped to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) to listen to key government agencies, global tech companies, local startups, academics, investors and other key ecosystem players participate in a two-day conference that aimed to help build a bridge between the public and private sectors in the country who had an interest in building a more robust startup ecosystem. The Department of Trade and Industry was the key government agency here; but the Department of Science and Technology was visibly present and supportive.

I moderated a panel on “Opportunities in Tech Investing” in the afternoon of Day One. I had a great panel!

The panelists, in alphabetical order:
* Jay Fajardo – CEO and co-founder, Proudcloud; and our partner for the Launchgarage acceleration program from 2012-2014
* Justin Hall – Principal, Golden Gate VC (SG)
* Daniel HerssonCleantech VC/PE Team Leader and Consultant, Asian Development Bank
* Hugh Mason – CEO and co-founder, JFDI
* Shyan Menon – Investment Director, Infuse Ventures (India)
* Koichi Saito – Founder and General Partner, KK Fund

I sent the panelists an advance email with the themes I planned to cover. Brilliantly, the startup community pitched in over the weekend with questions of their own! Which was great, because whilst the panel’s original intent was to point out opportunities for investors, clearly the founders’ perspective was key to a balanced discussion. Shoutout to Vin Dancel, Pavan Challa, Eric Clark Su, Maoi Arroyo, Gian dela Rama, Alvin Edwald Chan, Valenice Balace, Marielese Tan, Carlo Valencia and Gerry Cruz, who gamely joined my weekend prep for the panel!

We got quite positive feedback about the panel and the flow of the conversations, so I thought I’d share the content here. I won’t edit the draft: you’ll see the original thoughts, and can compare them with the actual discussion. Like a good startup, a good panel moderator has to be agile, and pivot when the situation calls for it!

First, the questions:

  • A quick round of introductions: maybe 2 minutes each, to say what you do, and what you want to get out of SlingshotMNL
    • After the round, we could do a quick show-of-hands summary: who’s been a founder / who’s worked for a startup / who’s invested in a startup outside of their own / who’s worked in corporate / who’s worked in VC — it’ll be “raise your hands for all that apply” to help the audience remember the context of each panel member
  • Investing is a tough profession, subject to both the company execution as well as market shifts; and tech is a sector that has shown rapid shifts. Why invest in tech?
    • What are the upsides investing in tech vs traditional industries?
    • What are the risks? How do the opportunities outweigh them?
    • How do you mitigate this kind of risk?
    • Do you have different criteria for investing in different regions / markets?
    • Which KPI matters most to you for valuation, and does this change from seed to Series A and beyond?
  • The literature on tech investing suggests more generosity, transparency and collaboration than is prescribed for traditional industries.
    • Do you subscribe to this when you make your own investments? How?
    • Have you seen bad investor behaviour, and how do you deal with it?
  • People say “tech investing” as if “tech” was a single category, subject to a single set of factors. But the truth is that tech has a broad spectrum of sectors, each of which is its own universe. Are there sectors that you are currently focusing on?
    • Any global tech trends that you are observing?
    • Any regional shifts that you anticipate coming to SEA?
  • Thoughts about specific regions / markets:
    • In your current investment portfolio, where do you have the most exposure, and why?
    • Do you favour any market or region for your current investment activity? Would you start to shift in or out of any particular region?
  • Are there government or regulatory policies that the SEA region needs to accelerate the development of innovation ecosystems here? Any best practices we should adopt?
    • In fact, should governments get in on the act at all?
  • In SEA, we talk about a gap between early stage to Series A, and we see a number of startups raising bridge rounds to get them to milestones that will allow an A raise.
    • Do you believe this is a systemic gap, caused by smaller seed rounds, more modest valuations in the region, or slower growth due to inherent market characteristics?
    • Or do you think this is par for the course, and not unusual given that only exceptional startups in any market achieve the kind of traction that gets them to a Series A without a bridge round?
  • There are growing concerns of a possible tech bubble, in the US and in a few other regions.
    • Do you believe there is a bubble? Why or why not?
  • Last: What is your fearless forecast for tech investing in the ASEAN from 2015-2020?

It wasn’t meant to be a punchlist to be checked off in sequence. The panel’s perspective was to share experiences and insights that could be useful to public and private sector participants who care about accelerating the development of a Philippine startup ecosystem. We kept a brisk pace, provided differing perspectives, and tried to keep things interesting and fresh for the audience. I certainly enjoyed, and I hope the panelists and the audience did, too.

Next up: the discussion highlights.

(You may also view the session below beginning at 33:29)

 

 

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Raid The Fridge with Coca-Cola Founders, muru-D

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Good food, good company, and an amazing set of speakers – the best way to end May! Over 150 guests showed up at our monthly startup community mixer Raid The Fridge in Area 55 to listen to guest speakers from Coca-Cola Founders and muru-D.

Dave Lim and Stefan Jacob shared that thru Coke’s innovation platform – Coca-Cola Foundersstartups across Asia will be given access to Coke’s 3Rs: RESOURCES (people, expertise, equipment); REACH (operations, fans, distribution); and RELATIONSHIPS (retailers, leaders, media, partnerships, vendors). Open happiness, indeed.

Next on-stage was global startup accelerator muru-D represented by Joseph Ziegler, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Singapore, and Jamie Camidge, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances. Muru-D, which is backed by Australian telco Telstra, flew in to invite Philippine-based digital/tech startups to apply to their six-month acceleration program based in Singapore. You can find details on muru-D and their acceleration program here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row parallax_image=”” columns_type=”default” section=”” full_screen=”” vertical_centering=”” full_width=”” full_height=”” background=”” bg_color_info=”” img=”” parallax=”” parallax_bg_width=”110″ parallax_reverse=”” video=”” bg_type=”” parallax_style=”” bg_image_new=”” layer_image=”” bg_image_repeat=”” bg_image_size=”” bg_cstm_size=”” bg_img_attach=”” parallax_sense=”” bg_image_posiiton=”” animation_direction=”” animation_repeat=”” video_url=”” video_url_2=”” u_video_url=”” video_opts=”” video_poster=”” u_start_time=”” u_stop_time=”” viewport_vdo=”” enable_controls=”” bg_override=”” disable_on_mobile_img_parallax=”” parallax_content=”” parallax_content_sense=”” fadeout_row=”” fadeout_start_effect=”” enable_overlay=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_pattern=”” overlay_pattern_opacity=”” overlay_pattern_size=”” overlay_pattern_attachment=”” multi_color_overlay=”” multi_color_overlay_opacity=”” seperator_enable=”” seperator_type=”” seperator_position=”” seperator_shape_size=”” seperator_svg_height=”” seperator_shape_background=”” seperator_shape_border=”” seperator_shape_border_color=”” seperator_shape_border_width=”” icon_type=”” icon=”” icon_size=”” icon_color=”” icon_style=”” icon_color_bg=”” icon_border_style=”” icon_color_border=”” icon_border_size=”” icon_border_radius=”” icon_border_spacing=”” icon_img=”” img_width=”” ult_hide_row=”” ult_hide_row_large_screen=”” ult_hide_row_desktop=”” ult_hide_row_tablet=”” ult_hide_row_tablet_small=”” ult_hide_row_mobile=”” ult_hide_row_mobile_large=””][vc_column text_color=”” animate=”” animate_delay=”” width=”1/1″][vc_gallery ids=”4014,4019,4020,4018,4017,4016,4009,4013,4011,4012″ columns=”1″ masonry=”” indents=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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ENTREPRENEUR MAFIAS: Why they matter

The #raidthefridge – April 2015 edition featured guest speaker Manny Ayala, Managing Director of the Philippine* office of Endeavor Global, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York with a “super connector” reputation for promising startups and founders.

Manny spoke about “entrepreneur mafias” and why they’re important in growing vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems. It is generally accepted that entrepreneurship is a key tool for socio-economic development and prosperity, and his talk kicked-off with “The Fairchild Mafia,” a group of eight engineers who founded companies that built the foundations of the Silicon Valley ecosystem.

*Endeavor Philippines: Now the 21st member country in Endeavor Global’s growing network of emerging economies. They are focused in supporting high-impact entrepreneurs by giving them access to the networks, capital, and talent needed to scale a business. Endeavor selects entrepreneurs with the biggest ideas and most ambitious plans that have the potential to 1) create wealth, jobs and innovative products/services and 2) multiply that success by mentoring and investing in other entrepreneurs. Today, Endeavor is in 22 countries and has supported over 1,000 high impact entrepreneurs.

 

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Minette B. Navarrete

President

Minette is Vice-Chairman and President of Kickstart Ventures, Inc., the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Globe Telecom.  She is a member of the Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council, and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board.  She is a Senior Vice President at Globe Telecom, focusing on New Business, and a member of the Board of Directors of AdSpark, Globe’s wholly owned digital advertising subsidiary. 

Minette has held a number of CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from scrappy Philippine startups to iconic global companies.

Dan I. Siazon

Senior Vice-President & Treasurer

Dan is a co-founder as well as 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 JAFCO Asia, with senior-level stints in key global markets including the US, Japan, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

Dan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, and dual master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute in International Studies (MA) minoring in German studies, and the Wharton School of Business (MBA).

Joan Cybil Yao

Vice-President

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 BS in Management Engineering with a minor in English Literature, cum laude, from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

Bit Santos

Portfolio Director

Bit Santos is the Portfolio Director at Kickstart Ventures where he leads the efforts to support portfolio companies and to nurture the local startup ecosystem. He has been a software product development leader for more than 10 years.

Prior to joining Kickstart, he was the Chief Technology Officer of OLX Philippines, an online classifieds platform company. He was primarily responsible for the product and technology strategy and operations of the Philippine team, but he also worked on global and regional initiatives within the OLX Group.

Pia Angeli C. Bernal

Community Manager

Pia joined Kickstart Ventures in September 2012 as its manager for social enterprise investments. Beginning May 2017, she serves as Kickstart’s Community Manager where she oversees PR/communications and external relations with the startup ecosystem stakeholders and enablers.

Before Kickstart, Pia held key Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, specialising in resource mobilisation, project management and comms, employee volunteerism, community relations, and public-private partnerships. In Globe Telecom from 2006 to 2012, she owned the Education and Social Protection Services CSR portfolio, which saw the application of telco assets -- mobile, broadband, and value-add services -- to bridge resources to communities in need. This role in particular prepared her for Kickstart, as it allowed her to experiment and become an early adopter in the use of digital technology for public good at a time when smartphone and broadband adoption were still early, and the gains from the use of digital assets, technologies, and skills were still evolving. 

Pia holds a BA in Development Studies from the University of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines.

Frances Barsana

Business Development Manager

Frances Barsana is Kickstart’s Business Development Manager, who drives value creation in our portfolio companies by building strategic and commercial partnerships between best-in-class tech startups and top1000 corporations in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.

With her deep understanding of both sides of the opportunity: the innovation and speed of tech startups, and the scale and stability of large corporations, Frances is the conduit for high-impact collaborations that help shape and define digital transformations within the ecosystem.

Frances was previously Business Development Director at PHAR Partnerships Singapore, an international media and marketing consultancy with offices in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines, Baguio where she majored in Journalism.

Camille Cua

Investment Associate

Camille joined Kickstart Ventures in 2014 and is a member of the Kickstart Deal Team, with a primary focus on making strategic investments into promising startups in the region and globally.

Camille seeks out entrepreneurs building the next generation of category-defining digital companies, who offer innovative solutions to deeply felt problems, especially in Southeast Asia. She is also responsible for Semaphore, a Kickstart-owned SMS API.

Camille holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Fordham University and is both a voracious reader and eater.

Janis H. Nolasco

Office Manager

Janis is Kickstart office manager and the designated grown-up(!) in view of her 15+ years of experience in office management systems and administration.

She holds a BS in Clinical Psychology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Winchell Wong

Investment Analyst

Winchell is an Investment Analyst of Kickstart Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Globe Telecom. He is a member of the Kickstart Deal Team, which sources and screens investment opportunities. Prior to joining Kickstart, Winchell was an Investment Analyst for Novel Capital, a Philippine-based private equity firm that focuses on the SME sector. For three years, he was responsible for the sourcing, screening, execution, and management of both debt and equity deals in the Philippines. Winchell is a certified public accountant and a CFA Level 3 exam passer. He holds a BS in Business Administration and Accountancy and graduated Cum Laude, from the University of the Philippines.

Ernest L. Cu

Kickstart Investment Committee Chairman; Globe CEO

Ernest Cu is the President and CEO of Globe Telecom, Inc., the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines. Under his visionary leadership, Globe has outperformed industry growth with the company breaking records across all key product groups, brands and market segments, catapulting Globe as the number 1 mobile brand in the country.

Prior to Globe, Ernest was President and CEO of SPi Technologies. At the cusp of the new millennium, he spurred the beginning of the BPO business model for the Philippines, earning him the recognition as one of the founding fathers of BPO in the country. Lauding his pioneering spirit, Ernst & Young named him ICT Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003.

In 2017, he was hailed as the Philippines’ Best CEO by Finance Asia. A second for Cu, he first received the award in 2010. Also in 2017, for the fifth straight year, Cu was recognized as one of the 100 most influential telecom leaders worldwide by London-based Global-Telecoms Business Magazine Power 100. Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific has also named him CEO of the Year twice, first in 2012, and again in 2017.

Ernest has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management Engineering from De La Salle University in Manila, and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Alberto M. de Larrazabal

Kickstart IC Member; Globe Chief Commercial Officer

Filipino, 64, Globe’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). As CCO, Mr. de Larrazabal oversees the integration and execution of our strategies across all commercial units, including marketing, sales and channels, and product development for all segments of business. He joined Globe in June 2006 as Head of the Treasury Division. He became the company's Chief Finance Officer in April 2010. He had over two decades of extensive experience as a senior executive in Finance, Business Development, Treasury Operations, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as Investment Banking and Investor Relations.

Prior to joining Globe, he held such positions as VP and CFO of Marsman Drysdale Corp., VP and Head of the Consumer Sector – JP Morgan, Hong Kong, and SVP and CFO of San Miguel Corporation.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management Engineering from De La Salle University.

Minette B. Navarrete

Kickstart IC Member; Kickstart President

Minette is Vice-Chairman and President of Kickstart Ventures, Inc., the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Globe Telecom.  She is a member of the Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council, and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board.  She is a Senior Vice President at Globe Telecom, focusing on New Business, and a member of the Board of Directors of AdSpark, Globe’s wholly owned digital advertising subsidiary. 

Minette has held a number of CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from scrappy Philippine startups to iconic global companies.

Peng T. Ong

Kickstart IC Member

Peng T. Ong is a Managing Director at Monk’s Hill Ventures, a technology venture fund. He sits on the boards of YY Inc. and Singapore University of Design & Technology, and also on the advisory board of the Chancellor of the University of Illinois.

Until recently, Peng was also on the boards of SingTel and Singapore’s National Research Foundation, and chaired Infocomm Investments. Peng founded Match.com (bought by IAC), Interwoven (now part of HP), and Encentuate (acquired by IBM).

The businesses he created now generate annual revenues that total more than US$1 billion. He has a master’s in Computer Science from UIUC and a BSEE from UT Austin. Peng is also an avid audiophile.

Myla Crespo-Villanueva

Kickstart IC Member

Myla Crespo-Villanueva is a technology entrepreneur. She has founded five startups and corporations in Asia over the past twenty-five years, and is a leader in the Philippine IT industry.

She is Managing Director of MDI , a pioneer and leading systems integrator and distributor for Dell, Cisco, IBM, Juniper, VMWare, Fireeye in the Philippines. MDI has introduced many innovations and firsts in its proud history.

Myla co-founded Wolfpac in 1999, a pioneer in Mobile Value-Added Applications and Services during the growth spurt of mobility in Asia. She also founded Meridian Telekoms in 2000, the first nationwide broadband wireless internet provider serving 7,100 islands. In 2005-2006, both companies were acquired by Smart Communications , the incumbent telecommunications company in the country with over 65 millions subscribers.

After acquiring two of her companies, Myla represented Smart Communications in the GSM Association in 2005-2010. GSM Association is the industry trade body representing 800 operators in more than 220 countries. She was part of its Executive Management Committee and was also named Chairperson of the GSMA Mobile Innovation Forum from 2007 to 2009, which linked an ecosystem of Venture Capital, Telecom Operators and mobile technology startups.

Myla was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004, by the Entrepreneur of the year program of Ernst and Young, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Stock Exchange, Bankers Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Securities Exchange Commission. She was also named one of the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service or TOWNS in 2010 for her pioneering work in the use of Information Technology in nation-building.

In 2006, she co-founded Novare Technologies with Craig Ehrlich, former GSMA Chairman and Mohan Gyani, former CEO of ATT Wireless. Novare is a consulting and solutions provider for telecommunications and banking in areas of customer lifecycle management, transformation technologies and mobility.

She is Regional President for Asia Pacific of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN), a global organization spearheading a yearly forum of for executive women active in telecommunications to ‘network’ and discuss current issues in the industry. Recently, she was also appointed as one of the chapter founders of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) in the Philippines.

Myla is a trustee of Go-Negosyo, which advocates entrepreneurship among Filipinos. She was a technical advisor to the PPCRV Chair (Philippine Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting) in the first-ever automated election in 2010 and is now part of the Board of Trustees.

She is a graduate of Santa Clara University, CA with a BS in Economics. Myla is married to Jun Villanueva with two children, Blanca 18, and Luis, 12.

Alberto M. de Larrazabal

Chairman of the Board

Filipino, 64, Globe’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). As CCO, Mr. de Larrazabal oversees the integration and execution of our strategies across all commercial units, including marketing, sales and channels, and product development for all segments of business. He joined Globe in June 2006 as Head of the Treasury Division. He became the company's Chief Finance Officer in April 2010. He had over two decades of extensive experience as a senior executive in Finance, Business Development, Treasury Operations, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as Investment Banking and Investor Relations.

Prior to joining Globe, he held such positions as VP and CFO of Marsman Drysdale Corp., VP and Head of the Consumer Sector – JP Morgan, Hong Kong, and SVP and CFO of San Miguel Corporation.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management Engineering from De La Salle University.

Ernest L. Cu

Board Member

Ernest Cu is the President and CEO of Globe Telecom, Inc., the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines. Under his visionary leadership, Globe has outperformed industry growth with the company breaking records across all key product groups, brands and market segments, catapulting Globe as the number 1 mobile brand in the country.

Prior to Globe, Ernest was President and CEO of SPi Technologies. At the cusp of the new millennium, he spurred the beginning of the BPO business model for the Philippines, earning him the recognition as one of the founding fathers of BPO in the country. Lauding his pioneering spirit, Ernst & Young named him ICT Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003.

In 2017, he was hailed as the Philippines’ Best CEO by Finance Asia. A second for Cu, he first received the award in 2010. Also in 2017, for the fifth straight year, Cu was recognized as one of the 100 most influential telecom leaders worldwide by London-based Global-Telecoms Business Magazine Power 100. Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific has also named him CEO of the Year twice, first in 2012, and again in 2017.

Ernest has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management Engineering from De La Salle University in Manila, and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Minette B. Navarrete

Board Member

Minette is Vice-Chairman and President of Kickstart Ventures, Inc., the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Globe Telecom.  She is a member of the Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council, and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board.  She is a Senior Vice President at Globe Telecom, focusing on New Business, and a member of the Board of Directors of AdSpark, Globe’s wholly owned digital advertising subsidiary. 

Minette has held a number of CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from scrappy Philippine startups to iconic global companies.

Peng T. Ong

Board Member

Peng T. Ong is a Managing Director at Monk’s Hill Ventures, a technology venture fund. He sits on the boards of YY Inc. and Singapore University of Design & Technology, and also on the advisory board of the Chancellor of the University of Illinois.

Until recently, Peng was also on the boards of SingTel and Singapore’s National Research Foundation, and chaired Infocomm Investments. Peng founded Match.com (bought by IAC), Interwoven (now part of HP), and Encentuate (acquired by IBM).

The businesses he created now generate annual revenues that total more than US$1 billion. He has a master’s in Computer Science from UIUC and a BSEE from UT Austin. Peng is also an avid audiophile.

Rizza Maniego-Eala

Board Member

Rizza is the Chief Finance Officer, Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer at Globe Telecom. She joined Globe in February 1998. Her previous positions in the company included being an Assistant Vice-President for Financial Planning and Analysis, President of G-Xchange Inc. (mobile-commerce subsidiary), and Senior Vice President for International Business.

She has had extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, capital markets fundraising, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, strategic planning, business development, and setting up and managing startups.

Prior to joining Globe, Rizza was Deputy Research Head for Natwest Markets. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Mina A. Reapor

Financial Planning and Accounting Manager

Mina is the Financial Planning and Accounting Manager at Kickstart Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Globe Telecom. Prior to Kickstart, Mina worked for 17 years at Globe Telecom focused on corporate accounting, taxation, and derivatives reporting. Mina also owned oversight responsibilities with respect to the financial reporting of selected subsidiary companies of Globe Telecom. Mina is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and formerly an Audit Associate at a prestigious accounting firm, Sycip Gorres & Velayo (a Member Practice of Ernst & Young Global) (CPA). She holds a BS Accountancy from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, graduating with cum laude honors.

Jason O. Ramirez

Investment Associate

Jason is an Investment Associate at Kickstart Ventures and a member of the deal team, which sources and screens investment opportunities. Prior to Kickstart, Jason spent 3 years as an Investment Associate at Molave Capital Management, an industry agnostic value-oriented hedge fund: researching public equities. His past research coverage includes Semiconductor, Consumer Goods, Technology and Energy stocks in the US, Europe, and Asia. He also served for 3 years as an Analyst in the Global Markets division of BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Bank in NYC: managing the market risk for equity and fixed-income portfolios of global hedge funds and asset managers. Jason holds a BS in Public Accounting from Fordham University in NYC.

Jecky G. Pelaez

Legal Consultant

Jecky is Kickstart’s Legal Consultant, providing legal advisory and consultancy in areas such as company operations and systems, human resources, and corporate and regulatory compliance. He also supports the Kickstart Deal Team in deal screening, investment analysis, and due diligence.

Prior to Kickstart, Jecky was a lawyer with Siguion-Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako Law Offices and with Picazo, Buyco, Tan, Fider & Santos Law Offices, focusing on corporate and labor matters.

Jecky holds a BS in Management from the Ateneo de Manila University; a Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines; and an MBA from the Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Carla Samson

Corporate Communications Manager

Carla is the Corporate Communications Manager of Kickstart Ventures Inc., driven to grow awareness and elevate brand value to stakeholders through insight-driven communication initiatives.

She has led business-to-business and consumer-driven campaigns for regional and local PR accounts in the travel and tourism, FMCG, and tech startup sectors. Given her focus on market insights and cross-industry knowledge, she intends to bridge owned and earned media channels for strategic industry positioning of both Kickstart and its active investments. Carla holds a degree in AB Development Studies from De La Salle University-Manila and an MA in International Development from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.