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How a Bitcoin Pioneer in PH Survived the Vagaries of the Cryptocurrency Market

Meet the founders of one of the first blockchain technology companies in the Philippines

When John Bailon first heard about Bitcoin, he thought it was a scam.“When I downloaded the software, I ran it, [and] it crashed on my computer,” he told Entrepreneur Philippines during an interview last April.  “I said, this must be a scam. That was maybe ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 15, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

Meet the 27-Year-Old Leader of the Coming Revolution in the Stock Market

John Christian Bisnar wants to grow the number of equities investors in the Philippines from less than a million to 10 million in a decade

John Christian Bisnar is the CEO and co-founder of fintech startup Investagrams, an online platform and community that helps stock market investors in the Philippines learn and practice trading strategies with real-time prices without using real money It’s just as well that John Christian ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 08, 2018 08:00:00
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15 Years and Counting: The Fabulous Story of Club Mwah

Showstopping performances from mostly gay and transgender performers are the big draw in Manila's premier entertainment venue

Nightclubs and entertainment hotspots have notoriously short lifespans. Rare is the establishment that is still standing and bringing in the crowds 10 or even five years since it opened. That makes Club Mwah, a 15-year-old events and entertainment venue that puts on ...

by Paul John Caña  | June 30, 2018 09:00:00
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David Leechiu: The Making of a Property Wunderkind

Only 45, he now leads the country's biggest property brokerage founded only two years ago

Parents won’t admit this to their children but sometimes doing badly in school can lead to something good. Just ask David Leechiu, the CEO of Leechiu Property Consultants, the country’s leading commercial property brokerage founded only two years ago.As a high school ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 01, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

From Gas Stations to Shipping to Casino Resorts: The Unstoppable Rise of Dennis Uy

At just 43, the Davao entrepreneur known for his close ties to the president has built a business empire worth billions

Starting with oil retail, Davao native Dennis Uy has since built up his business empire to include a logistics company, convenience store chain, hospitality management school and gamingWhen the local oil industry was deregulated in 1998, it paved the way for smaller ...

by Paul John Caña  | May 18, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

How Do You Build a Startup Called Maria? Vincent Lau and His Intrepid Journey from California to Manila

Setting foot in the country only eight years ago, the UC Berkeley alum is revolutionizing the Philippines' HMO industry

There are many ways for startup founders to raise funding, gain exposure and expand their networks in markets where they are operating.Most of these didn’t come easy for Vincent Lau. The 36-year-old Chinese-American was born and raised in Oakland City, California but ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | May 08, 2018 11:00:00
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New TNC Micab's Cebuano Founder is Making a Big Bet Manila Taxi Drivers Can Change for the Better

With incentives, retraining and app-based feedback, co-founder Eddie Ybanez says it's not impossible

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)'s accreditation of Micab as the latest online transport network company (TNC) last April 30 was much awaited but also much-deserved. The Cebu-based taxi-hailing company has won clearance to operate as a TNC in Metro ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | May 02, 2018 02:00:00
News and Events

Here's How Lazada is Keeping its Lead Over Emerging E-Commerce Rivals

The leading online shopping platform in the country is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a birthday sale this month

Inanc Balci, CEO of Lazada Philippines, has been with the company since it was launched in the country in 2012For three days starting April 25, online retail giant Lazada is holding a massive sale to celebrate its sixth “birthday.” The country’s leading ...

by Paul John Caña  | April 25, 2018 10:00:00
News and Events

SEC on Initial Coin Offerings: If It Acts Like a Security, It Must be a Security and Must be Registered

A regulator explains how the commission is trying to balance technological innovation and investor protection

Xurpas founder and chair Nix Nolledo speaks at the cryptocurrency forum held recently in Makati CityIf somebody borrowed a million pesos for five years from a bank, the lender will probably need to assign a loan officer to process the loan and ...

by Roel Landingin  | March 22, 2018 10:00:00
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Dragonpay: How an Early Fintech Startup Introduced Digital Payments in a Country Fond of Cash

The founder of one of PH's earliest financial startups shares his thoughts on where the industry is heading

If you’ve recently applied for a clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) online, there’s a big chance your payment for the transaction went through Dragonpay’s platform without your knowing it.Dragonpay doesn’t appear among the payment options, which include only banks ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | February 20, 2018 02:00:00
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How a Defeated Congressional Candidate from Cebu Turned to Entrepreneurship and Built a Property Firm Now Worth Php8.1B

Cebu Landmasters founder Jose Soberano III is now the province’s biggest local property developer

Jose Soberano III is the founder of Cebu Landmasters Inc.When Jose R. Soberano III retired from Ayala Corp. after 23 years of working as project manager at regional subsidiary Cebu Holdings Inc., there was nothing more that he wanted than to serve ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | January 05, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

How GCash and PayMaya are Trying to Wean Pinoys from Cash and Shift to Digital Payments

The two telco-backed e-wallet platforms turned to key partners to make big strides in 2017

“Philippines—I think you have the opportunity to make the world’s best fintech, because you have so many mobile phones, more than 7,000 islands. We should make Philippines a cashless society. When you have a cashless society, [there is] no corruption. Life is ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | January 02, 2018 09:00:00
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How Lydia's Lechon Grew From a Street Stall in Baclaran to a 24-Branch Dining Chain

Lydia De Roca got help from SM's Henry Sy to expand her lechon business into shopping malls

From a humble stall in Baclaran, Lydia's Lechon now has 24 branches around the countryRedemptorist Street in Parañaque is always busy, being the home of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, or more popularly known as the Baclaran Church. ...

by Cherrie Regalado  | December 23, 2017 09:00:00