T.I.P. kickstarts Technopreneurship Learning Series with SizeUp CEO
The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) recently kickstarted “InnoVision: The T.I.P. Technopreneurship Learning Series” in its first session held on December 14, 2015 at the T.I.P. Quezon City campus. Speaking as guest lecturer was Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of GIS Planning, Inc., ZoomProspector.com, and SizeUp.
Ubalde is an economic developer, entrepreneur, and inventor. SizeUp, his latest venture, was built to help out small businesses by providing them insights on how they perform versus their competitors. It is now considered as one of the most prominent financial technology companies in the US.
According to Ubalde, the ideas behind his business ventures came from his commitment to helping people especially the less fortunate. “My story of being an entrepreneur, and having interest in being one, has very little to do with me wanting to be rich. There are so many better ways to make money than being an entrepreneur. My interest is in serving people,” he said.
The SizeUp CEO also expressed the importance of finding out one’s true calling. “There is a difference between what you want to do and what you are called to do. To answer this, you have to ask yourself how best you can serve the world,” Ubalde said.
Aside from sharing his background and a run-through of the technologies he has developed, Ubalde also encouraged T.I.P. students to exercise actualizing ideas. According to him, innovation is not just about generating ideas but, more importantly, making ideas happen. Ideas are plenty, but the real challenge is making these ideas a reality.
Ending his talk, he advised students to look directly into their own daily lives, determine what issues or problems they can put their arms around, and come up with innovations that will help lessen or eliminate these problems. Ubalde also expressed his belief in the students’ ability to innovate and create change. “You guys are the best at this. You’re fresh and you’re open to possibilities. What I’m doing, you can do,” he said.
The recently concluded talk by Ubalde is the first of a series of learning sessions lined up by T.I.P. for its students, faculty members, and staff to develop an entrepreneurial mindset within the school community. T.I.P. will be inviting leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and company founders from around the Philippines and the world to share life lessons, career insights, and perspectives on innovations in their fields.