Tuesday, October 31, 2006

When was the last time you've done something for the first time?

Henry Schumacher answered this interesting question in his BusinessWorld column last October 4, 2006. It made me think and wonder if I had done anything new lately. It seems I haven't done much when I used to love doing many first.

2005 - First hobby to business site
2004 - First Internet documentary
2004 - First Filipina author published by McGraw-Hill
2003 - First paid online e-commerce community
2003 - Brought first certified CMMI training
2003 - First e-commerce and software process improvement online workshop
2002 - First Internet statistics publication
2002 - Taught CMM/SPI for the first time
2001 - Brought first certified CMM training
2001 - First cyberfair ambassador
2001 - First international speaking engagement
2000 - First e-commerce and self-published book
2000 - First Internet radio and video interviews with prominent IT personalities
2000 - First radio program
2000 - First Internet anniversary celebration roadshow
1999 - First e-commerce resource site
1999 - First IT consulting stint for a Senator
1999 - First international outsourcing project contract
1998 - Organize first organization and community
1997 - Moderated and owned first Internet mailing list community
1996 - First TV hosting stint in IT show
1995 - First IT consulting stint
1995 - Wrote first IT article

Note that I did not include travel and personal adventures here. Today, I guess I tend to do things where I have experience in doing them in the past.

Will see.....

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Dealing with mentors

Club member Sacha Chua made an interesting post about her search for personal board of directors. It reminded me of a time when I was looking for a person to guide me with what I wanted to do with my life. I'm happy to see that Sacha is making great progress in this area. Perhaps that is one of the many wonders of the Internet today as it allows us to find people whom we can take some risk and give trust to.

For my part, personal mentoring is good but not too close. I always noticed that the following happens along the way:

1. The mentor gets jealous with the growing confidence of the apprentice and even puts them down at times.

2. The apprentice head gets big to the point that they felt whatever you gave is something they deserve or earned, rather than a privilege of some sort.

Nevertheless, I still remain thankful to past mentors/apprentices where I got exposed to the good, bad, and ugly. Perhaps that is one of the reason why I tend to be detached. If you've been on both side of the fence and had a few betrayal experiences, it changes you. So when getting a mentor or apprentice, it is best perhaps to treat the relationship as "not personal."

The best mentors I found are book authors. As I read through their work, it allows me to focus, learn, and reflect.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Prayers for my niece

My niece, 3 months old, has just been diagnosed to be suffering from Tricuspid Atresia. Although resources on the Internet may show that survival chances can be high, local doctors state that chances a child living longer or more than 5 to 10 years old is slim. Mass dedication and prayers will be very much appreciated.

(Last February 2008, my niece passed away. Thanks to everyone who gave their prayers.)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

October 20: DigitalFilipino.com Club 23rd Networking Event

The DigitalFilipino.com Club will be having its 23rd networking event this October 20, Friday, 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The venue shall be at the Makati Sports Club – Club CafĂ© (near the poolside area), Alfaro St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Our sincerest thanks to YesPayments (http://www.yespayments.com) for hosting our small get together.

This gathering is exclusive for DigitalFilipino.com Club members only and are requested to confirm attendance for food count purposes.

Agenda shall be as follows:

2:30 - 3:00 Registration
3:00 - 3:15 Introduction and updates by each club member

3:15 - 3:30 Metro Manila Online Shopper Report (by Janette Toral)

3:30 - 4:00 YesPayments.com presentation

4:00 - 5:30 Panel: Lessons Learned in Selling Products and Services Online
Featuring club members: Jovel Cipriano of PinoyDelikasi.com, Jay Frank De Jesus of TitikPilipino.com, Abby Ongyanco Lim of Virramall.com, and Roy Platon.

5:30 - onwards Networking among members

Interested non-members are requested to sign up as a member prior to October 20 and confirm attendance for food count purposes.

There are three types of membership:
Individual, SME, and Corporate

We hope you can join. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Building partnerships

One of the things that made DigitalFilipino.com Club worthwhile for me is when I hear stories of partnership in offering solutions or services. Finding like-minded people where win-win partnerships can be achieved is easier said than done.

Although I'm always eager in getting new members, I recognize that only those who are entrepreneurial tend to benefit.