New Year, New Wardrobe?

A few months back, Arthur Ladaga and I were working on really short articles to publish in a lifestyle magazine…some of the articles didn’t make the cut. Still we’d like to share them with you. :) 

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New Year, New Wardrobe?

Start 2014 fresh, with an improved wardrobe, a healthy financial position and a game plan to be wealthy:

  1. Buy the best classic pieces you can afford. Save with on trend accents. Trends don’t last long…so it doesn’t make a lot of financial sense to invest big bucks on something you’ll use only for a couple of months. Splurge on quality, good fitting, sensible classic pieces then jazz things up with bargain accent pieces.

  2. Stop investing IN fashion, and start investing FOR fashion. If you spent 2012 maxing out your credit cards and worrying about your credit card balance…start investing FOR fashion, rather than ‘in’ fashion. Set up a fashion fund – a mutual fund investment whose earnings you specially dedicate for spending on fashion.

  3. Make a game plan to be wealthy. Your current lifestyle is possible because you have the money to support it. If you want an upgraded lifestyle, it’s going to cost more. So make a plan – do you need to earn more, spend less, invest more, save more, buy more (assets) etc. Enjoy the finer things in life without worrying about the bill, start by making your game plan to be wealthy.


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Your New Year Shopping List

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A few months back, Arthur Ladaga and I were working on really short articles to publish in a lifestyle magazine…some of the articles didn’t make the cut. Still we’d like to share them with you. :)

Your New Year Shopping List

Make sure to include the following in your shopping list for the year

  • BUY KNOWLEDGE: Money is a life-long concern. Equip yourself with money knowledge and skills through the Pera Palaguin books of best-selling author Francisco J. Colayco (available in all leading bookstores). Or join in the Colayco Foundation’s personal finance and investing seminars.
  • BUY SAFETY: Who know’s what 2013 will bring. Face any challenge by building an Emergency Fund equivalent to one month of your salary.
  • BUY ASSETS: Start buying things that increase in value. The poor spend on worthless things, the middle class on debt but the rich buy investments. Spend on assets and soon you can spend for everything else.


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Hate the Gift you Got?

A few months back, Arthur Ladaga and I were working on really short articles to publish in a lifestyle magazine…some of the articles didn’t make the cut. Still we’d like to share them with you. :) 

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What do you do when you really don’t like the gift you got?

There are two types of gift givers:

1) one who aims to make you feel special, loved, etc.) and

2) one who give a gift out of obligation (because everyone’s giving gifts, because you gave them a gift, etc.)

In both cases, they want you to be pleased with their gift and neither would want their gift to go to waste. So what do you do when you hate the gift they gave you? Or it doesn’t fit? Or it’s really something better for someone else? Don’t keep a gift just because of hiya. Give it to someone else otherwise it will just clutter your home. Here are three simple rules to avoid any potential awkward moments with the original gift giver.

  1. Give the gift to someone else, especially if it’s a generic type of gift. Avoid giving it to a person who is in the circle of friends and family of the original gift giver. Do change the wrapping or consider giving multiple gift items .
  2. If it’s a special, one-of-a-kind kind of gift. Be kind and look for a home for the gift and not just a recipient. Find someone who will really appreciate receiving that as a gift.
  3. Keep the item in a gift closet and give it as a gift in the year to come for birthdays, special occasions, etc. Remember to note who gave you the gift in the first place (or you might have a faux pas and give it back to the giver).


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Lean Start Up Machine in Manila 2014

Sirfaraz Piracha, the Growth Manager, Europe And Asia Lean Startup Machine recently got in touch to encourage us here in Manila to get a move on it and secure those last mile sign-ups required to bring Lean Start Up Machine to Manila this 2014. Check out more about Lean StartUp Machine here.

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Lean StartUp Machine is a workshop that “kicks off with a series of product pitches that help attendees organize into teams. Everyone works on a NEW idea. Each team then develops its problem hypothesis, solution hypothesis and a series of assumptions which are core to the success of the business.”

“Next, each team creates an MVP, or “Minimum Viable Product.” The goal of the MVP test is to “Get Out Of the Building,” speak with real customers and to collect cash or non-cash currency which serves as validation.”

“The process promotes a problem-centric approach to business ideation. By continuously validating and invalidating assumptions, teams are forced to pivot their solution (and even problem) toward a true customer pain; rather than creating a solution and after-the-fact seeking customers with a problem.”

“The event culminates with each team pitching its new solutions and its experience using the process. In this competition the winning team is not selected based on who has the best idea, but instead on which team honors the process and gains the most insights through its pivots.”

Check out the Lean StartUp Machine experience:

Brian Watson – Analyst, Union Square Ventures

Melissa Perri – Project Manager, OpenSky

Source: Lean StartUp Machine

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Kris Kringle Commandments

A few months back,  Arthur Ladaga and I were working on really short articles to publish in a lifestyle magazine…some of the articles didn’t make the cut. Still we’d like to share them with you. :) 

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Kris Kringle Commandments

  1. Have a theme for codenames: It’s more fun that way.
  2. Cheap does not equal to useless: Give something that is affordable but still useful.
  3. Put yourself in your giver’s shoes: Gifts don’t need to be expensive. It takes the fun out of it.

Deliver what it is asked: Provided that it doesn’t violate rule no. 2, give what is requested.


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My Love Don’t Cost A Thing!

A few months back, Arthur Ladaga and I were working on really short articles to publish in a lifestyle magazine…some of the articles didn’t make the cut. Still we’d like to share them with you. :) 

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My Love Don’t Cost A Thing!

Worrying about what to give your special someone this holiday season? Follow any of the three tips below for a memorable gift giving regardless of the price of your gift!

  1. Put a smile on their face or even a laugh! Give something funny or humorous. Shy away from joke books, or prank kits. The key here is that you understand what makes the person laugh. Take a hint from your inside jokes or your loved one’s adorable quirks.
  2. Put effort and elbow grease into it. Whatever the price of your gift, make it more special by making something yourself. Wrap the gift is a self-made wrapping paper featuring your pictures together. Create a fun adventure or activity with the gift as a prize. There are so many ways to spruce up the gift giving!
  3. Put a lot of thought into it. The best gifts are well thought of and usually the most special. It shows that the giver took the time and effort to match the gift to the recipient. It’s not about the price.


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Christmas Shopping vs. Buying

A few months back, Arthur Ladaga and I were working on really short articles to publish in a lifestyle magazine…some of the articles didn’t make the cut. Still we’d like to share them with you. :) 

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Christmas Shopping vs. Christmas Buying

Shopping is when you go to a store with an intention to buy. You are scouting for gifts – checking quality and price of the various goods the store has to offer. Buying on the other hand is the actual transaction where you exchange your money (cash or credit) for the chosen good. Go shopping before you buy. Armed with your Christmas list containing all the gifts you have to buy-for whom and what price range…go to your favorite stores make notes and even take photos of the goods and tag price with your phone’s camera. Choose the gifts you buy because these match the person who will receive it, it’s good quality and it fits in your budget.

 


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POSTPONED! Perfect your IDEA selling skills – Pitching!

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: On behalf of LSManila community, we sincerely hope that your family and friends in the Visayas region are safe and sound.  In light of the recent calamity, we feel its most appropriate that all resources be directed to ongoing disaster assistance endeavors.
As such the following events for the week have been cancelled:

  • LearningOpp: Lean StartUp in Action (Introduction), scheduled to occur on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:00 PM
  • LearningOpp: Pitching Your Idea, scheduled to occur on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7:00 PM has been cancelled.
  • LearningOpp: Developing Customer Personas, scheduled to occur on Thursday, November 14, 2013 7:00 PM has been cancelled.

These events will be rescheduled if not before the year ends then early January. LSManila will be having a meet-up before the month ends (November) so stay tuned for the details of that or better yet, join the MeetUp Group here to be notified.

I highly encourage you to help out in any way you can – through cash and in-kind donations and by being generous with your time and energy in assisting relief operations.A list of relief operation centers can be found on Rappler. 
If you have further questions, you can email me.  Guita T. Gopalan, LSManila MeetUp Organizer

- Guita T. Gopalan, LSManila MeetUp Organizer

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Can you clearly articulate your idea in less than 60 seconds? Learn how to capture the attention of investors, customers and partners with impactful pitches

Let’s face it; Venture Capitalist and Angel Investors don’t get much time to here pitches. The result of thousands of new entrepreneurs, innovators or ideas results in a mass of ideas to sift through. So how can you stand out from the crowd?

We are living in the age of the entrepreneur — more people are starting up, and it’s ever important to stand out in the crowd. When pitching investors, then, it’s crucial that entrepreneurs do their research, understand what’s expected of them and pitch accordingly.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” - Albert Einstein

Your ability to create impactful pitches has a direct impact on your ability to get your idea off the ground. Whether your trying to convince investors to believe in your idea, trying to win over the hearts of potential customers, or trying to land a critical partnership deal, your ability to articulate your vision is all they have to evaluate you on.

Learn how to structure pitches that resonate the core values, offering and market of your idea in ways that instantly capture the attention of your audience. Whether its investors, angels, customers or partners, be certain you can get your intended message across.

In this bite sized workshop learn:

  • The basic building blocks of great pitches
  • Extracting core values from your idea
  • Structuring impactful words
  • Pitch validation and testing
  • Does your pitch resonate

RSVP and Pay online via EventBrite

If you wish to pay offline (via bank deposit), kindly email the secretariat at cbs.philippines@gmail.com


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ABOUT SCOTT BALES

Scott is a self-proclaimed extrovert who has meshes a fascination with people and what motivates them, with a raw enthusiasm for technology. Scott is a founding member of Moven the mobile-centric payments business that helps customers to spend, save and live smarter. A founder at Next Bank, a mentor to Entrepreneurs throughout world with Lean Startup Machine, sits on the Board of educational empowering NGO, Care Pakistan and holds advisory positions at, InvitreHUB Singapore and CDI Apps 4 Good.  Scott’s energy transfers to the stage as a globally recognized speaker on The Digital Shift, Consumers, Mobility and Innovation.

Scott has worked with various governments in Asia Pacific and Africa, taking on key advisory roles for countrywide infrastructure, and mobile commerce projects. As a multifaceted techie, he was instrumental in developing the mobile commerce space for markets in Malaysia, Singapore Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. He is on a mission to transform mainstream thought processing around conventional business practices.

When not in a boardroom or on centre stage, you’re likely to find Scott devouring, tweeting, and writing on the latest and greatest in the world of mobility, serendipity, user experience and entrepreneurial leadership. An outlet that landed him a contribution to best-selling book, Bank 3.0, Korean best-seller, Beyond Startup, and the upcoming ‘NextGen Finance’ and ‘Are you ready for Isaac?’

OTHER WORKSHOPS HAPPENING ON NOV 13-14, 2013

POSTPONED! Do you REALLY know your customer?

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: On behalf of LSManila community, we sincerely hope that your family and friends in the Visayas region are safe and sound.  In light of the recent calamity, we feel its most appropriate that all resources be directed to ongoing disaster assistance endeavors.
As such the following events for the week have been cancelled:

  • LearningOpp: Lean StartUp in Action (Introduction), scheduled to occur on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:00 PM
  • LearningOpp: Pitching Your Idea, scheduled to occur on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7:00 PM has been cancelled.
  • LearningOpp: Developing Customer Personas, scheduled to occur on Thursday, November 14, 2013 7:00 PM has been cancelled.

These events will be rescheduled if not before the year ends then early January. LSManila will be having a meet-up before the month ends (November) so stay tuned for the details of that or better yet, join the MeetUp Group here to be notified.

I highly encourage you to help out in any way you can – through cash and in-kind donations and by being generous with your time and energy in assisting relief operations.A list of relief operation centers can be found on Rappler. 
If you have further questions, you can email me.  Guita T. Gopalan, LSManila MeetUp Organizer

 

- Guita T. Gopalan, LSManila MeetUp Organizer

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Creating Customer Persona’s

Building insightful customer persona’s can ensure a meaningful connection between a business and it’s target customers.

Personas tap into a fundamental human skill—the ability to make predictions about how other people will react based on mental models of them. One can often predict accurately how a close friend or family member will react to a particular event and decide how to act based on those inferences.

A persona is a description of a fictional person representing a user segment of the software you are developing. Of course, the word “fictional” applies to the person not the description; that should be as grounded in reality as possible.

Personas are one of the basic tools of User Experience (UX) design. The benefits to creating the personas collaboratively increases the accuracy and empathy of the persona and creates a level of awareness about the users that helps teams align around them..

Personas do not need to be complex to be useful. Begin by creating brief outlines of personas based on conversations with people who know the audience well, such as salespeople or customer service staff. Called “assumptive personas” because they are not based on actual data.

Personas create the foundation for strong Customer Discovery and Validation.

In this bite sized workshop learn:

  • Persona Fundamentals
  • Personas definition including different types of personas
  • Case Studies of personas for different types of company including consumer, business-to-business and not-for-profit/public service
  • Making the business case for personas in Startups and Corporates
  • Persona visualization techniques
  • Answer key questions like linking Personas to Customer Hypothesis, How Many Personas Do I develop, and what to include in a Persona
  • Using Personas as the basis of Customer Discovery
  • Online resources and books to find out more

Who should attend?

  • Startup Founders
  • Marketers
  • Customer Experience Staff
  • Entrepreneurs

RSVP and Pay online via EventBrite

If you wish to pay offline (via bank deposit), kindly email the secretariat at cbs.philippines@gmail.com


LSM_ParticipantsJoin

ABOUT SCOTT BALES

Scott is a self-proclaimed extrovert who has meshes a fascination with people and what motivates them, with a raw enthusiasm for technology. Scott is a founding member of Moven the mobile-centric payments business that helps customers to spend, save and live smarter. A founder at Next Bank, a mentor to Entrepreneurs throughout world with Lean Startup Machine, sits on the Board of educational empowering NGO, Care Pakistan and holds advisory positions at, InvitreHUB Singapore and CDI Apps 4 Good.  Scott’s energy transfers to the stage as a globally recognized speaker on The Digital Shift, Consumers, Mobility and Innovation.

Scott has worked with various governments in Asia Pacific and Africa, taking on key advisory roles for countrywide infrastructure, and mobile commerce projects. As a multifaceted techie, he was instrumental in developing the mobile commerce space for markets in Malaysia, Singapore Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. He is on a mission to transform mainstream thought processing around conventional business practices.

When not in a boardroom or on centre stage, you’re likely to find Scott devouring, tweeting, and writing on the latest and greatest in the world of mobility, serendipity, user experience and entrepreneurial leadership. An outlet that landed him a contribution to best-selling book, Bank 3.0, Korean best-seller, Beyond Startup, and the upcoming ‘NextGen Finance’ and ‘Are you ready for Isaac?’

OTHER WORKSHOPS HAPPENING ON NOV 13-14, 2013

POSTPONED! Lean StartUp In Action! Back in Manila, don’t miss it!

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: On behalf of LSManila community, we sincerely hope that your family and friends in the Visayas region are safe and sound.  In light of the recent calamity, we feel its most appropriate that all resources be directed to ongoing disaster assistance endeavors.
As such the following events for the week have been cancelled:

  • LearningOpp: Lean StartUp in Action (Introduction), scheduled to occur on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:00 PM
  • LearningOpp: Pitching Your Idea, scheduled to occur on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7:00 PM has been cancelled.
  • LearningOpp: Developing Customer Personas, scheduled to occur on Thursday, November 14, 2013 7:00 PM has been cancelled.

These events will be rescheduled if not before the year ends then early January. LSManila will be having a meet-up before the month ends (November) so stay tuned for the details of that or better yet, join the MeetUp Group here to be notified.

I highly encourage you to help out in any way you can – through cash and in-kind donations and by being generous with your time and energy in assisting relief operations.A list of relief operation centers can be found on Rappler. 
If you have further questions, you can email me.  Guita T. Gopalan, LSManila MeetUp Organizer

 

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Lean Startup is a field-tested philosophy that provides you with a toolset to minimize failure and increase your chances of success. But what is Lean Startup, or more importantly, how do I implement Lean principles into my own company?

Drawn from Eric Ries’ bestseller, this short introduction shows you how I drive successful ventures. I have been building startups for the past 7 years and have refined a practical approach to building “lean startups.” This is a science for transforming an idea to a functioning new business with minimal risk, wastage and learning.

Learn why hundreds of companies, from financial services companies like Moven to social companies like Instagram to large corporations such as Intuit, Investec and News Corp are using this revolutionary technique.

You will learn:
• Practical knowledge in developing new products using lean startup methods
• Learn the science of validated learning
• Approaches to unlocking new innovative ideas
• Methods that can you apply to your business or organisation

Course outline
1. Introduction to Lean Startup

2. Ideation & Validation
- Customer, Problem & Solution
- Assumptions
- Minimum Viable Product

3. Get Out Of The Building
- Product Market Fit
- Customer Discovery & Exploration
- Pitch Method
- Concierge
- Research Analysis & Interruption

Who should attend?
• Entrepreneurs (tech, social entrepreneurs and non profit leaders, etc)
• Product Managers
• Executives and managers with a mandate for innovation

RSVP and Pay online via EventBrite

If you wish to pay offline (via bank deposit), kindly email the secretariat at cbs.philippines@gmail.com

  LSM_ParticipantsJoin

ABOUT SCOTT BALES

Scott is a self-proclaimed extrovert who has meshes a fascination with people and what motivates them, with a raw enthusiasm for technology. Scott is a founding member of Moven the mobile-centric payments business that helps customers to spend, save and live smarter. A founder at Next Bank, a mentor to Entrepreneurs throughout world with Lean Startup Machine, sits on the Board of educational empowering NGO, Care Pakistan and holds advisory positions at, InvitreHUB Singapore and CDI Apps 4 Good.  Scott’s energy transfers to the stage as a globally recognized speaker on The Digital Shift, Consumers, Mobility and Innovation.

Scott has worked with various governments in Asia Pacific and Africa, taking on key advisory roles for countrywide infrastructure, and mobile commerce projects. As a multifaceted techie, he was instrumental in developing the mobile commerce space for markets in Malaysia, Singapore Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. He is on a mission to transform mainstream thought processing around conventional business practices.

When not in a boardroom or on centre stage, you’re likely to find Scott devouring, tweeting, and writing on the latest and greatest in the world of mobility, serendipity, user experience and entrepreneurial leadership. An outlet that landed him a contribution to best-selling book, Bank 3.0, Korean best-seller, Beyond Startup, and the upcoming ‘NextGen Finance’ and ‘Are you ready for Isaac?’