02 Apr '13, 6am

How one Filipino left Silicon Valley to build a startup ecosystem in the #Philippines

How one Filipino left Silicon Valley to build a startup ecosystem in the #Philippines

How one Filipino left Silicon Valley to build a startup ecosystem in the Philippines April 2, 2013 by Guest Contributor By Earl Martin Valencia , president and co-founder of the IdeaSpace Foundation “How do we build a Silicon Valley atmosphere here in the Philippines?” In May 2011, business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan (or commonly known as MVP) posed this question to a idealistic 27-year old idealistic Silicon Valley based Filipino during one of his trips back to the Philippines. That person was me. The Chairman of PLDT-Smart , one of the largest mobile operators in Southeast Asia, told me his 10-year old vision of democratizing access to capital to the best science and technology-based ideas in the country. This conversation was the birth of what is now called the IdeaSpace Foundation — a non-profit organization that promotes tech entrepreneurship in the Philippines. To be...

Full article: http://sgentrepreneurs.com/2013/04/02/how-one-filipino-le...

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