Why Tech Start-Up is a Struggling Culture Here in Philippines?

I remember a topic we have back in our Filipino psychology of Sir Mike Mende, which was about how mostly Filipinos are still in the ‘survival-of-the-fittest’ mindset. I forgot if this is the correct terminology but it is something about how Filipinos prioritize their means to survive over other social concerns. For example, for poor people who barely can eat 3 times a day, killing a rare bird specie like a Philippine eagle is something acceptable for the reason that they killed it for survival. They killed it in order to live, to save the lives of very hungry people. But if you are a healthy animal rights enthusiast, this is against animal cruelty and is unacceptable to you. Social concern is basically a frivolous idea to the hungry poor people.

Now, how is this ‘survival-of-the-fittest’ relate to the local tech start-up scene? Putting up a tech start-up venture is a trial and error experiment which mostly is about errors. Now, if you are a typical student from a typical Filipino family whose education is funded by ‘loans’ and selling carabaos and farm lands, the least thing you will do is put up a start-up venture where success is close to non-existent. Right from the start when you go to school, your main aim is to graduate the soonest possible before funds run dry. So you study hard, and avoid extracurricular activities that will destruct you from your main goal. Now once, you are done with school, your next step is to find a work that gives you the hihgest pay. You are not being greedy. You are just being practical that you need to pay all the loans/debts incurred by your education. Plus, the long list of siblings and relatives you need to support for education added pressure for you to get a stable high-earning job.
Now some people who got into stable corporate jobs may one time in their lives declared that they want to go out of the corporate and start a business or get into a start-up venture. Or for some, they tried to maintain a start-up venture on their side while working for a company. Not being negative about it, but it is less likely that they can finish their start-up venture. For reasons that:
* Start-up culture is totally different from corporate culture. If you have worked for years in a corporate culture, you might be used to the its culture that you will have a hard adjusting to the start-up culture.
* People from corporate who will soon put up their start-up venture will most likely bring with them their corporate culture to their start-ups, which makes their start-up no longer a start-up. Because start-up is mostly about culture than business.
* Start-up is mostly trial and error repeat infinite times. Now if you enter it at a later part of your life, the possibility of you being burned out is high especially that you already taste success in your corporate life.

But there are few brave souls in the local tech scene that get up to the challenge of getting into the start-up culture. This is the aim of this website/blog or whatever you call it to showcase local start-uppers. In my frustration of being a tech dodo, this is my way of getting as close as possible to being a tech geek. And, hopefully encourage the start-up culture in the Philippine local arena.

This space in the world wide web is named owrange Juiceness after my default username owrange and Robert X. Cringely line, “Juice is my business,” in his book Accident Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can’t Get a Date. Presenting tech news in a ‘celebrity tidbits’ manner is a way to attract the mainstream to appreciate the start-up culture.

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