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Startup Tips

Pinoy Designer Began Fixing Houses in the US, Now Has a Multi-Million Peso Construction Business in PH

MJ Ringor’s company integrates design and construction, lessening the stress of building

Some of the projects that MJ Ringor's Mundo Design + Build has worked on include (from left) Hotel 101, TNS Global Market Research Philippines, and the Microsoft office in ManilaNo project is too small for MJ Ringor. When his company, Mundo Design ...

by Paul John Caña  | August 09, 2017 04:00:00
Startup Tips

How Kenneth Cobonpue Built on One, Big Lucky Break to Sustain Success

He didn't rest on his laurels after Brad Pitt bought his Voyager bed and made it famous worldwide

“If it weren’t for this bed, I wouldn’t be here,” says Kenneth Cobonpue in a talk before youth and student entrepreneurs taking part in the Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at the University of Asia and Pacific last month. “It takes Hollywood to ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 08, 2017 10:00:00
Business Ideas

Pinoy, ASEAN entrep-craftsmen prepare to conquer Paris

A regional design initiative sets up the stage for better performance in the global market

On the day of her interview with Entrepreneur Philippines, Dr. Mina Gabor walked into her office beaming from ear to ear.The woman had reason to celebrate, she admitted. It is, after all, near the end of 2016 and should all go according ...

by Angelo Cantera  | November 10, 2016 06:00:00
Business Ideas

'Accidental entrepreneur' saves a tile company, his team's jobs and earns SME honors

iMIC’s Ric Vincent Atienza recounts the journey to winning big at the Asia CEO Awards

He may have admitted that his company has yet to generate “so much revenue,” but Ric Vincent Atienza, the managing director of iMaverick International Corporation (iMIC,) still managed to come home recently with one of the most prestigious business awards in the ...

by Angelo Cantera  | October 23, 2016 05:00:00
News and Events

State of the craft: ASEAN designers elevate the region’s handicrafts

SMEs are creating a marketplace made up of designers, architects and major buyers

When Kenneth Cobonpue made waves in the international scene through his first line of furniture made of rattan, the Philippines was put on the map in the world of design. He is only one of the many designers in Southeast Asia innovating ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 16, 2016 08:00:00
Run & Grow

How the most modern offices are leveling up their amenities

Even more interesting than the ”?"how” is ”?"why” companies are doing it

As someone who designs workplace environments, it’s fascinating to participate in the “amenity one-upmanship” happening at corporations throughout the world and at tech firms in particular. From ping pong tables and kegerators (refrigerators that typically dispense draft beer), to massage and nap ...

by Ryan Mullenix  | August 15, 2016 02:00:00