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August 20, 2014

Wi-Fi vending machine, a self-service internet hotspot

Vending machines can dispense chips, chocolates, sodas, water, coffee, and many more. We even had charging kiosk at malls and convenient stores plus piso-internet machines for cheap PC rental. This time around, why don’t we aim higher. I’m talking about this Wi-Fi vending machine we saw online. Continue Reading

March 25, 2014

How the mighty Sulit became OLX PH

It is no secret how Sulit became the Philippine’s internet superstar since its inception in 2006. That’s why it’s a huge surprise how a giant could just suddenly give up all its brand equity to become the lesser-known OLX Philippines.

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August 26, 2013

Cyberya: PLDT’s version of the PisoNet

We’ve had a healthy discussion of the PisoNet business here before and how it is slowly encroaching into the very competitive internet cafe market. We even featured a housewife running a 3-station Piso Net business inside their home.

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November 16, 2012

Kickstart invests in online learning platform Kalibrr

Kickstart Ventures Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom has recently invested $100K dollars or more than Php4M in startup online learning platform Kalibrr.

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October 16, 2012

LaunchGarage Mission 01 starts with 4 Start-up Teams

LaunchGarage recently started “Mission 01″ at ProudCloud HQ, composed of four startup teams to represent the pioneer batch.

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August 14, 2012

Is Piso Net really a lucrative business?

Piso Net has been making quite a buzz in the metro since early 2010, but it’s not only until recently that the enterprise got the attention of business-minded folks. So what is Piso Net and how are things from a business standpoint? Is it really a viable source of extra income? YugaTech investigates.

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May 31, 2012

Aren’t you glad you didn’t buy Facebook?

Says the Twitter DM sent to me by a close friend from the US. Just last week, we were hurriedly planning on how to get into the Facebook IPO and buy us a few shares as some sort of long-term investment.

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March 02, 2012

Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines

We’ve started the talks since early last year and have recently founded a new group or association of digital commerce players in the Philippines. This new non-profit, non-stock organization is formally called the DCOM (or Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines).

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October 09, 2011

Lessons learned from a failed internet cafe business

Several months ago, we finally closed our little internet cafe business. I wrote about the viability of the net cafe business many years ago and actually started one about 2 years ago. Despite its eventual failure, I learned a lot of lessons from that little experiment.

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April 13, 2011

YugaDeals is launching tomorrow!

Finally the long wait is over — we’re set to launch YugaDeals tomorrow morning. I know we’ve been very quiet this past few weeks as we’re busy meeting with distributors and suppliers to get you the best gadget deals.

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March 17, 2011

Say hello to YugaDeals.com

I know there are dozens of group buying sites out there and some of them I’ve featured here for months. However, I have yet to see a tech-centric deal site based here in the Philippines. Thus, we’re launching YugaDeals.com.

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February 23, 2010

A new Tech Start-Up Investor is in town!

Ever since the bubble burst back in 2000, venture capitalists and incubators have become sparse in the Philippine IT industry so it’s a little surprising to see one calling out and looking for tech start-ups to invest into. This is good news to budding technopreneurs out there.

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July 29, 2009

Yehey! up for sale?

According to a reliable source (who wants to remain anonymous), Philippine web-portal Yehey is being put up for sale by parent company iVantage Corp.

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April 02, 2009

T3 Mag Philippines to continue publication

Contrary to rumors going around for months, T3 Magazine Philippines will not be shutting down their publication. However, there will be some downsizing of sorts in terms of manpower and frequency, according to an email from the Deputy Managing Editor of T3.

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March 25, 2009

Is there hope in the Net Cafe Business?

About a year ago, I wrote about the state of the internet cafe business in the Philippines and why it’s a seemingly losing battle. A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I started venturing into the Internet Cafe with a friend. I got emails asking why I thought the net cafe is still a viable business and here’s my take.

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December 01, 2008

Filipino start-up develops the Ilumina iTV

A group of young engineers, software developers and visionaries presented a prototype of their new invention last night at the Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street — an interactive TV set they named Ilumina.

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October 03, 2008

Tech Crunch: Top Tech Stocks on a Bargain

Tech companies are also affected by the financial crisis and while this is bad for many investors and stock holders, it may also be an opportunity for other players to make the most out of the bargain stock prices that’s going around.

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September 14, 2008

Paypal Subscription Payments now available

Last Friday, I was able to meet up and have a short meeting with Paypal’s Head of Asia Merchant Services based in Singapore and discuss some important developments both in the state of local e-commerce and the role Paypal wants to play in the market.

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August 31, 2008

India’s growing Captcha-Solving Industry

Both the Philippines and India are fiercely battling the top spot in the global call center and BPO industry. However, it seems India is moving ahead with more innovative and highly in-demand outsourcing needs. ZDNet looks into India’s CAPTCHA solving economy and share some insights on the industry.

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May 25, 2008

e-Burial: Online Burial Viewing Service

Last week, when a sibling of a friend died of colon cancer, I went to the wake at the Paco church to pay my respects. My friend told me one one of their sister from the States can’t make it and wished there’s a way they can do to ease the disappointment.

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March 27, 2008

Are Internet Cafes still a Good Business?

Been receiving a couple of emails lately (mostly from OFWs but there’s one from a Chinese/Taiwanese company) asking if there’s still some good business to be made with internet cafes in the Philippines. From accounts of friends and people who’ve been into the net cafe business as well as what we’re seeing in every mall and street alley, there’s some mixed reaction.

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February 28, 2008

Technology Entrepreneurship Class in UP

Just came back from an hour long talk at the UP College of Engineering in Diliman for an elective class on Technology Entrepreneurship. I find the class very interesting.

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February 17, 2008

Paypal Exchange Rates: Bank or Credit Card?

This was a question I’ve been very curious to know ever since Paypal allowed direct withdrawals to local banks and via credit card. This week-end, my CC bills arrived so I’m able to compute the going exchange rates for both withdrawal methods.

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February 06, 2008

Silicon Valley in the Philippines?

There’s this three-year itch about the idea of having our own version of the Silicon Valley in the Philippines. Migs started the discussion just over 2 years ago and has been revived by Marie of Pinoy Web StartUp.

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February 04, 2008

Ikobo Visa Debit Card

For over two years now, Ikobo has been a regular advertiser in this blog. Though I’ve never used them as a remittance service, I’ve heard from fellow bloggers that they offer one of the more convenient ways to process transactions — via an int’l ATM debit card.

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