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Tech Start Meetup @ Microsoft Philippines Highlights

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The Philippine Tech Startups Group had its second meetup at the Microsoft Philippines offices just this afternoon. Even with a typhoon warning, there was no deterring over 30 technopreneurs from coming to the meetup.
The group was rewarded with an interesting mix of speakers:

Reuben Canlas, Jr., an IT and Management consultant who also teaches Technopreneurship at the UP-Diliman;

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Marte Soliza, co-founder of Insync, a popular sync and share app;
Dante Jarabelo of LifeData Systems Inc.;
Melvin Dave Vivas of Melvin Dave Consulting.

The Filipino tech community is clearly showing support to their peers. We've spotted familiar faces like Ramon Pastor, Tony and Bam of Phil IT Org, Michael Marin, Chin Hin Low, among many others.

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Organizer Brian Tan Seng extends his gratitude to  Tim Vergel de Dios and Eugene Fabian of Microsoft Innovation Centre, Singapore.

The group enjoyed their coffee and Krispy Kreme Donuts while gloating about the winners of free hosting services that were raffled out courtesy of Marlon Guzman of SolidHosting.PH.

Check out the video highlights here!

Reuben Canlas, Jr. on technopreneurship in the Philippines:

I see a lot of start-ups are coming out, a lot of interest in technopreneurship, and if the country supports this, we might even break into the global market. I see a lot of talent. We've always had this talent. And many of the Filipinos who are talented have always gone abroad to work for someone else. But now, why don't we work for ourselves and maybe keep the wealth within the country?

Chin Hin Low on venture capitalists' on funding startups:

The truth is, venture capital finance big time. If your market is too small, you have to assume that venture capital have minimum investments requirements.