The Filipino/ Filipino Amer­i­can and the fu­ture of tech

FHM (Philippines) - - PULSE -

Castillo: It’s a shame but we are un­der­rep­re­sented here in Sil­i­con Val­ley, with only a hand­ful of Filipinos I know of who work in the in­dus­try. Most Filipinos are users of tech, as seen in the preva­lence of so­cial me­dia in the coun­try, but very few grasp the value you can cre­ate in this in­dus­try. There are promis­ing signs that we’re headed in the right di­rec­tion with lo­cal tech events and com­mu­ni­ties be­ing or­ga­nized but there’s still much more that we can do. Hope­fully, sto­ries like th­ese will help in­spire more peo­ple to en­ter the field so that we can have our own Sil­i­con Val­ley right here in the Philip­pines.

Tan: I’m a tech­nol­ogy evan­ge­list and a strong be­liever that the Fil-am com­mu­nity has the ca­pac­ity jump­start the in­no­va­tion and en­tre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tem both in the US and in the Philip­pines through tech­nol­ogy. There are pock­ets of ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing led by groups in the US and the Philip­pines (Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, Filipino En­tre­pre­neur Net­work, univer­sity alumni chap­ters, Idea­s­pace, We­bgeek Star­tups). It is im­por­tant to cre­ate a sup­port sys­tem that ag­gre­gates all avail­able re­sources to ac­cel­er­ate growth. I’m re­ally ex­cited to be part of this and turn all th­ese dreams into re­al­ity.

An­to­nio: We’re mak­ing our mark. Even if it’s not in the news, there are more Filipinos de­cid­ing on how th­ese tech com­pa­nies will shape their fu­ture. They rely on our de­ci­sion on how to run part of the busi­ness, both startup and es­tab­lished com­pa­nies. Lead­ers in SV know that Filipinos/ Fil-ams are hard­work­ing, pas­sion­ate and de­ter­mined peo­ple. We are very re­silient and can learn fast. Given the op­por­tu­nity we al­ways rise to the oc­ca­sion and dream of lim­it­less pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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