PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images Geeks hold the future — this much was apparent at last week’s Geeks on a Beach (GOAB), a tech conference hosted by TechTalks.ph and the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology. GOAB gathered together 400 participants from the government and the private sector, including prominent tech entrepreneurs from around Southeast Asia and Silicon Valley. Though interest in tech entrepreneurship is increasing in the Philippines, the country’s start-up ecosystem is still relatively small. In his presentation “State of the Nation's Startups: How Competitive can PH Startups Get?,” Jojo Flores, co-founder of the Plug and Play Technology Center, points out that the country only has around 560 start-ups while similar countries in and around the region have tens of thousands. In a press conference at the event, Flores and his co-panelists say that the Philippines’ start-up shortage cannot be attributed to one … [Read more...] about Why Should the Philippines Care About Start-ups?
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images Think about a tech conference and the first thing that’d probably come to mind is a gathering of suits in a state-of-the-art convention center smack dab in the middle of an urban hub. But international technology and business conference Geeks on a Beach (GOAB), as its name suggests, takes a more unconventional (no pun intended) approach. Also known as the International Summit on Technology, Startups, and Design, GOAB brings tech-driven enterprises, innovators, and global speakers to a fun environment in an effort to inspire game-changing solutions to the world’s small and big challenges. Founded in 2012, GOAB is organized by TechTalks.ph and the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology. Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph says that she hopes this edition of GOAB will not only attract entrepreneurs from the region (as it has done in the previous years), but also “serial entrepreneurs, Filipino-Americans from Silicon … [Read more...] about Geeks on a Beach 2017: Can Tech Save the Environment?
OF NOTE Shakopee-based Canterbury Park Holding Corp., parent company of Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Casino, announced that Maureen Bausch and John Himle have been added to its board of directors, effective Oct. 3, and that Randy Sampson, Canterbury Park’s president and CEO since 1994, has been appointed executive chairman; Bausch is a partner in retail consultant Bold North Associates and served from December 2014 until February 2018 as CEO of the Super Bowl Host Committee in connection with the Feb. 4, 2018, Super Bowl LII held in Minneapolis; Himle is CEO of Himle LLC, a Minnetonka-based consultancy serving not-for-profit entities. ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS Shinebox, a Minneapolis agency specializing in creating disruptor brands, has named Natalie Gerfen account executive, and Linda Gogolin and Rebecca Leland account directors. DEVELOPMENT New Perspective Senior Living, a developer and operator of senior living communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and … [Read more...] about Business People: Bausch, Himle named to Canterbury Park board