Ricardo Yap of Datalogic conducts the fourth session of the T.I.P. Technopreneurship Learning Series
Students of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) attended the fourth session of the Technopreneurship Learning Series conducted by the President and Founder of Datalogic Systems Corporation Ricardo L. Yap on February 18, 2016 at T.I.P. Quezon City.
Yap is a certified public accountant and IT hobbyist. With his interest in technology and business, he ventured into technopreneurship and eventually set up Datalogic Systems Corporation. Datalogic provides computer solutions to some of the biggest companies in the country today including Pilipinas Shell, Holcim, San Miguel Corporation, Conception Industries, and Intellicare. It has been in the business for 15 years now.
In his talk, the CPA turned technopreneur related his journey with Datalogic, defining technopreneurship as a means of providing a much needed solution to a problem.
Believing in the importance of education and mastering skills, Yap told students to take advantage of their time in school to learn. “Technology and engineering are what we need today. While you’re here in your school, learn your tools well and study hard. You cannot solve problems if your tools are not excellent,” he told them. Yap himself studied different programming languages before he developed an accounting script software which launched him into his computer solutions venture.
Yap even encouraged students to stay in the country after graduation whether to work or build their own businesses. “People, corporations, need talents like you to stay in the Philippines. If you leave, whatever contribution you give will stay in the country you went to. Napakasayang ‘di ba? If you’re going to contribute, contribute here. Is it feasible? I can tell you, yes,” he emphasized.
On thinking and building their own solutions and innovations, Yap gave this final reminder to everyone, “You should not build things unless you have strong conviction in the things that you build. When you create something, make sure that you truly believe in it,” he concluded.