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All's Well That Ends Well - Janina's Last Blog Post

A recap of the last few events that occurred before Janina's summer internship has concluded.
This is officially my last entry to this blog series. I had my last day on August 31st  - finally concluding my 11 week internship with Brainsparks.   First things first, I’m sure you guys are interested in the progress with the 3D printer! The fabrication of custom parts began on August 20 at the facilities of Firs...





It Is Almost A Wrap! - Janina's Blog Post #4

Two more weeks until my internship concludes, excited to finally complete my projects!
Hi everyone! This is currently blog post #4 of my summer internship here at Brainsparks. I am having mixed feelings writing this blog post because I am just taking in that I only have less than two weeks left as an intern here! It is a bittersweet feeling because even though I miss going back to school and all my friends back in Toronto, ...





Freelance Intern Becomes Model and asks is Manila not the Hub of Innovation?

Creativity in Cebu
This weekend the Kaya Collaborative Fellowship travelled from Manila by plane to Cebu before taking a ferry to Bohol for more identity, leadership, and diaspora-bridging workshops.   Our stop in Cebu was brief, just one day and just one glimpse at the entrepreneurship community, but in that time we saw that Cebu is a place for co...





OFF TOPIC MONDAY SPECIAL: Janina's Summary Of Sagada

Highlights of a weekend trip to Sagada!
Disclaimer: This was originally meant to be a 1 page summary of my trip for my boss. I was half joking, half sleeping when I wrote it. Haha, but nonetheless, enjoy :) woohoo   Sagada Reflection   I know you wanted a 1 page summary, but isn’t a picture worth a thousand words!??!!?!!   Just kidding don’t f...





ThinkPH and Janina, Co-Founder and CFO of Freelance Interns International

Janina interns with VenueOpen at Rappler's #ThinkPH Event on July 21, 2016!
I apologize friends as this blog post is a little late! The past few weeks have definitely been a whirlwind. A couple of weeks ago, Melissa and I were asked to be a part of the VenueOpen Team for a day. VenueOpen is one of the startups that are based in the Bitspace Cowering Office in Makati!   VenueOpen is a corporate supplier of ...





Janina Meets Matthew of Skyeye Inc. and an Old 3D Printer

Recollecting moments from my talk with Matthew and also setting goals in terms of our own 3D Printer Project.
This week I was given the opportunity to meet with and talk to Matthew Cua of Skyeye in order to do some research on current tech startups and to reach out on behalf of Brainsparks. When i was let in to their office, the first thing that caught my eye was the dog that seemed to be just as excited to see me, as I was excited to s...





Co-working Meets Culture at Warehouse Eight

Hidden away in La Fuerza Plaza is this happy gem of a coworking space.
Hidden away in La Fuerza Plaza is this happy gem of a coworking space. In my search to understand a bit more about the nature of startups, innovation, coworking, and new business, I visited a new coworking space in La Fuerza Plaza near Magallanes Station in Makati. It was pouring, and my uber driver dropped me off in the wrong place, b...





Janina Reporting For Duty!

My first week as an intern at Brainsparks
Hi friends, My name is Janina Lindsay Taberna. I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Brainsparks family this summer as an intern. A little background information - I was born in Pasay City, then moved to Toronto with my family when I was five years old. I just completed my 2nd year at the University of Toronto and am currently i...





Meet Melissa!

One of two new interns occupying the back couch in the Makati Bitspace.
One of two new interns occupying the back couch in the Makati Bitspace. Hello, everyone! My name is Melissa Joseph, one of two interns at Brainsparks this summer! I'm so excited to be a part of the Brainsparks team and to get to learn about the tech and startup communities here in Manila.   I'm a rising senior at Harvard...





Scrum

Scrum - What is it? and how to use it?
Scrum - What is it? and how to use it? Over the past year, I've found myself dealing with a lot of people who work in software development. Lacking a background in programming myself, I admit that a lot of the jargon they use tends to fly over my head. But there's one that managed to stick:  "scrum." Was that a n...





Your Strategy Needs a Strategy

A lesson in how to develop a business strategy.
A lesson in how to develop a business strategy. From Peter Drucker and Michael Porter to Clayton Christensen and Eric Ries, a lot of sophisticated material has been written regarding corporate strategy. From the standpoint of management science, these contributions mean that today’s executives have an unpreced...





Design to Grow

Coca-Cola's usage of design thinking as a part of it's strategy to reinvent itself and grow
Coca-Cola's usage of design thinking as a part of it's strategy to reinvent itself and grow The word “design” brings to mind any number of things. These days, it’s de rigeur for the word to conjure up images of Steve Jobs and how he transformed Apple by making design a key differentiator in...





On The Lean Startup

Deciphering the infamous Startup methodology of Eric Reis
Deciphering the infamous Startup methodology of Eric Reis It never ceases to amaze me how the language and conduct of business is shaped by a select group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and academicians. Surely the same might be said of any field, but it is a lot more prominent in the realm of business. Listening to th...





The Art of Social Media

A little help for people seeking to make the most of what various social media platforms have to offer
A little help for people seeking to make the most of what various social media platforms have to offer A couple years ago, Guy Kawasaki came out with a concise and helpful book on digital self-publishing. This year, he has teamed up with Peg Fitzpatrick to come up with The Art of Social Media, a book which aims to be helpful t...





The Reputation Economy

A helpful tool in shaping one's framework for public interaction
A helpful tool in shaping one's framework for public interaction What is the first thing you do when you meet someone new? If you’re like me, you will probably Google them, look up their Facebook profile, or see if they’re on Twitter. But it’s not just with people. Before buying a new product I...





Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays 9

The last Tuesday of Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays!
The last Tuesday of Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays! ...





Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays 8

The Eight week of our KFST!!
The Eight week of our KFST!! Entrepreneurship and startups are, at the end of the day, about solving problems. It's not enough to solve your own problems−of course you can, but doing so isn't enough to keep a grand vision going. This requires solving bigger problems, solving problems that affect many many other people. ...





Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays 7

While some consider 7 a lucky number, for entrepeneur's there's no such thing, they make their own luck through hard work! The 7th KFST!
While some consider 7 a lucky number, for entrepeneur's there's no such thing, they make their own luck through hard work! The 7th KFST! Tips for working successfully with your Startup Team   −Take time to learn what people are good or bad at. Try to get people to work on things they're inclined to do, rather t...





Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays 6

Six weeks, six Tuesdays, but only one Bruce Lee!
Six weeks, six Tuesdays, but only one Bruce Lee! One of the teachings Bruce Lee was most known for was that one should "flow like water." Starting up is the same. An entrepeneur can't be in love with his idea or how he thinks or imagines he or she will realize it. It's important for founders to go with the flow and ada...





Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays 5

It's never too late to be inspired!
It's never too late to be inspired! Ever seen the movie True Grit? Well you should. More than 90-95% of the life of an entrepreneur isn't riding in a cool plane or hacking together a million dollar product over night, it's about the daily grind. It's about keeping at it day after day, persisting on after each roadbl...





Kung Fu Start Up Tuesdays 4

The fourth edition of your weekly inspiration!
The fourth edition of your weekly inspiration! There's a saying that good artists copy, great artists steal. Now this doesn't just apply to artists, but also to innovators. Good innovators or visionaries actually just build on similar ideas and previous innovations, improving on them and dropping weaknesses, or simply just ...





Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays 3

The third instalment of KFST!
The third instalment of KFST! Too many people wait instead of pursuing what they care about. Carpe diem, sieze the day, don't wait until you're too old or too tired to try something new. Don't get stuck on a Deferred Life Plan (try googling it). If there's something you're passionate about or that you love doing, sta...





Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays 2

Serving your weekly dose of Bruce Lee!
Serving your weekly dose of Bruce Lee! Entrepreneurship is full of contradictions. When you ask one mentor for advice they could tell you to go for it, "He who hesistates is lost," and yet another could say, "Look before you leap." There is no right way to be an entrepreneur, nor are there rules that guarantee succes...





Kung Fu StartUp Tuesdays 1

Here's a few words by the Kung Fu master himself to help you get by Tuesdays!
  Here's a few words by the Kung Fu master himself to help you get by Tuesdays!   If you're still thinking about whether to do that thing you want to do, but are hesistating about it, just go for it. In many cases, what's the worst that could happen? At the very least you got to say that you tried, and at best? You...





Press Release

Brainsparks Collaborates with Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute to Foster Technological Innovation

Brainsparks Founder Lionel Belen (first person on the right) together with the other organization representatives sign the MoU at 2017 Taiwan-Philippines Industrial Collaboration Summit
Brainsparks Founder Lionel Belen (first person on the right) together with the other organization representatives sign the MoU at 2017 Taiwan-Philippines Industrial Collaboration Summit Brainsparks and Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last September 28,2017 at The P...





BRAINSPARKS PARTNERS WITH DLSU SME FOR TECHNOLOGY IMPACT SUMMIT 2017

In photo (L-R) Wilbur Rex Reyes, President, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (DLSU Chapter), Mr. Dado Banatao, Managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, Mr. Artie Lopez, Brainsparks Co-Founder, Dr. Nilo Bugtai, Chair, Manufacturing Engineering and Management Department of DLSU, and DLSU students Marie Bernadette Tuason and Joseph Villanueva, emcees.
  In photo (L-R) Wilbur Rex Reyes, President, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (DLSU Chapter), Mr. Dado Banatao, Managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, Mr. Artie Lopez, Brainsparks Co-Founder, Dr. Nilo Bugtai, Chair, Manufacturing Engineering and Management Department of DLSU, and DLSU students Marie Bernadette Tuason and Jo...





QWIKWIRE WINS IGNITE PH

In photo (L-R) Lyle Belen, Brainsparks Founder, Paul Sabandal, Qwikwire Chief Design Officer, Ray Edison Refundo, Qwikwire Chief Executive Officer, Inno Manog, Qwikwire Chief Marketing Officer, Elross John Pangue, Qwikwire Head of Business Development and Artie Lopez, Brainsparks Co-Founder
  In photo (L-R) Lyle Belen, Brainsparks Founder, Paul Sabandal, Qwikwire Chief Design Officer, Ray Edison Refundo, Qwikwire Chief Executive Officer, Inno Manog, Qwikwire Chief Marketing Officer, Elross John Pangue, Qwikwire Head of Business Development and Artie Lopez, Brainsparks Co-Founder Qwikwire, a cross-border billi...





BRAINSPARKS HOLDS INNOVATION WORKSHOP IN SPUP, TUGUEGARAO

In photo (L-R) Dr. Corazon dela Cruz, SBAHM Dean, Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPUP President, Jhinky Malabanan, Brainsparks Communication Staff, Karla Legaspi, DICT eInnovation Project Officer, April Mae Ong Vaño, DTI Consultant for the Startup Ecosystem Development Program, Artie Lopez, Brainsparks Co-Founder and Lionel Belen, Brainsparks Founder
  In photo (L-R) Dr. Corazon dela Cruz, SBAHM Dean, Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPUP President, Jhinky Malabanan, Brainsparks Communication Staff, Karla Legaspi, DICT eInnovation Project Officer, April Mae Ong Vaño, DTI Consultant for the Startup Ecosystem Development Program, Artie Lopez, Brainsparks Co-Founder and Lionel Belen, Bra...