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Month: September 2012

How Do We Support Homegrown Startup Companies?

Startups are often associated with technology enterprises. Thanks to the likes of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and the rest of the technology entrepreneurs at Silicon Valley, startup companies gained momentum in the past three decades or so.

Recent startups that made it big include Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Mashable, Huffington Post and a couple of other Social Media websites.

How about in the Philippines? Do we have a startup culture?

Last night, I had a Twitter conversation with Peter Cauton, the blogger behind Here’s how the conversation went:



I also read Peter’s blogpost here: It left me with the question: How can we support homegrown startup companies?

In the first place, what is a startup?

Eric Ries, author of the Lean Startup, offers a Startup definition:

“A startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.”

It means then that startup is pretty much the product of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs face uncertainties. Lots of uncertainties. Yet, that doesn’t deter them from pursuing their vision. They launch their startups anyway.

How to Build a Blog without Spending a Cent

If you’ve been following this blog lately, you know that Fridays are dedicated to my writing on Social Media. I believe that leaders need to blog. It helps clarifies their thoughts, help them process their experiences, and inspire their followers!

Still, if you’re not convinced you need to blog, please read Build a Blog.

I would also request you to read the following articles as preliminary information you need.


Start with Why

Know Your Audience

Amplify Your Message Online

Build a Blog

For many would-be bloggers, two things that deter them are time and cost. They feel that blogging is time-consuming and that they could not make any more room in their busy schedules. They also believe that they need to spend a fortune just to get started with blogging. I might not be able to help you in carving more time in your already-busy schedule, but I can definitely help you to build a blog without spending a cent!

Just a caveat: If you want to pursue blogging in the long term, I strongly recommend getting your own domain name (like or like mine: and your  own web hosting account. How much would it cost? About $80 (PhP 3,500.00). Sure it’s more challenging. You’ll need to Google a lot of information to keep it going and troubleshoot it. But the learning and the experience is totally worth it! Don’t worry, that’s what I’ll cover next week!

STEP 1: Make sure you have these:

Although you won’t need to spend a dime, you still need several things before you can actually build your blog. So, before sitting down in front of your computer to build  your blog. You will need: