Why Networking is Absolutely Essential for Startups

Fortune Magazine reports that nine out of ten startups fail, and this is a truly staggering number.  One of the main reasons why some startups don’t work out is because their concept just isn’t something that has a target market. But suppose you have an excellent idea and a market— how else do you ensure that you’re not doomed for failure?

NPR says that the tech industry has seen young startup companies growing into multi-billion investments within the last few decades. Successful startups like Uber, Spotify, and Airbnb are aptly nicknamed as “unicorns”, companies that are about as difficult to find as the mythical beast.

Techcrunch reports that companies all across the globe are looking for the next best startup to invest a good few million dollars in. In a fast-paced industry, startups adapt different business systems in order to get themselves up and running. This is where networking comes in.

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10 Inspiring Women Who Have Launched Vegan Healthcare Products

2019 has been what the Economist describes as the year of the vegan, with more than a quarter of Americans aged 25-34 saying they are either vegan or vegetarian. More and more people are now going for alternative choices that are free of animal byproducts, which means business is booming for vegan products retailers.

more than a quarter of Americans aged 25-34 saying they are either vegan or vegetarian. More and more people are now going for alternative choices that are free of animal byproducts, which means business is booming for vegan products retailers.

The numbers speak for themselves. Forbes reports that the sales of plant-based food in the US went up by 8.1% in 2019, with plant-based milk sales increasing 3.1%. Even outside the US, the global market for meat substitutes is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 8.4%, increasing to a revenue of $5.2 billion by the year 2020.

Beyond food, for many, veganism is a lifestyle. The majority of vegans avoid things that are produced through exploitation or cruelty to animals. This means reading up on how everyday products, such as soap, cosmetics, fabrics, and the like are made, and making sure that no animal has been harmed in the process.

Luckily, to put some ease into making that choice, plenty of women entrepreneurs saw the lack of vegan products in the market and started businesses of their own. Here are some notably powerful women who transformed their passion for the earth and for animals into thriving businesses.

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20 Filipina Entrepreneurs Killing it in 2019

True Filipinas make magic with the resources that they have. Last 2018, the Philippines maintained its position as one of the most gender equal countries in Asia, climbing to 8th in the Global Gender Gap report by the World Economic Forum. Rappler states that literacy rates in women having gone up to 92% in the country, with Business Administration being the most common field of study.

Ingenuity is ingrained in Filipinas. So, here are 20 Filipina entrepreneurs who have paved the way for themselves both in the Philippines and across the world.

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How Saltwater Can Damage Your Hair

No matter what the occasion, everyone enjoys a nice seaside getaway. Although relaxing by the beach is most people’s ideal vacation, spending time under the sun and in the sea can do some considerable damage to your hair. Bustle notes that overexposure to saltwater, along with sun exposure, can wreak havoc on your hair. We all know about how important good sunscreen is for your skin, but you might not be too familiar with how to protect your hair as well. Here are some reasons why taking extra care of your roots and scalp might be a good idea when you’re planning a beach trip.

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The Spiritual Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has come a long way from when it was first introduced in the West in the 19th century, becoming the worldwide phenomenon it is today. Although its origins are hard to find, an article by Rappler notes that yoga made its way to a broader population after Hindu teacher Swami Vivekananda developed the practice based on the Yoga Sutras, a collection of aphorisms on the structures and practice of yoga written by Patanjali.

Healthline.com states that the word “yoga” comes from the ancient Sanskrit word “yuji”, which means to yoke or a union. This union highlights the importance of the mind-body connection in any yoga practice, referring to the surrender of one’s self to the body’s physical abilities and the present environment.

Plenty of people around the world practice yoga not only because of its physical benefits, but also because of the opportunities in spirituality it provides. Here are some ways in which yoga not only makes you stronger and fitter, but also helps you find yourself despite the hustle and bustle of your modern lifestyle.

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The Practice of Hilot — Then and Now

Almost all cultures around the world, at some point, developed systems involving  medicinal and healing practices before modern medicine was accessible. In the Philippines, ‘hilot is an ancient Filipino art of healing’, and has long been considered a traditional counterpart for Western medicine. Hilot is systematic and comes from a long tradition, and the practitioners who meticulously study it are called manghihilot. Many Filipinos still turn to it to relieve discomfort and other aches and pains, and its popularity until the present day shows that local manghihilot must be doing something right.

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Manila’s Best Independent Gyms

With the Philippines officially having kicked off Nutrition Month 2019 this past July, people are again reminded of how important exercise is. Paired with proper nutrition and eating habits, not only does exercise ensure that your body is in tip-top condition, but it also acts as a daily stress reliever.

If you’re finding it quite the challenge to fit a work-out into your daily routine, an article by Manila Bulletin notes that scheduling your work-outs might be your key to self-discipline, as treating it like a commitment guarantees that it will happen, compared to just working out when you feel like it. It also gives you a space away from your office and your home to forget about your worries for the day and focus on getting a good sweat going with the proper ambiance and equipment.

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Diving In – A Look at Immersive Theater in the Philippines

While our concept of theater might be the traditional plays and musicals, the reality is that the performing arts are constantly evolving. Technology is one aspect, with productions continually pushing the envelope when it comes to the technical aspects of the staging. However, much of that development also has to do with performances and direction. Immersive theater is a currently expanding frontier in the local theater scene, and it’s something for both longtime fans and new enthusiasts to take note of. Here’s a look at what exactly immersive theater means, and where you can try it out in the Metro.

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Five Filipina Women at the Tops of Their Fields

As the old saying goes, women hold up half the sky. So much of human culture, society, and economics wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the seen and unseen contributions of women throughout history. Even beyond creating new life, women have opened new frontiers in science, literature, the arts, and politics. Who can forget the work of Marie Curie, or the bravery of Gabriela Silang?

What women have done for society is impossible to quantify, but it’s important to honor them anyway. Thus, to close off March and Women’s Month, take a look at these five Filipina women who are making waves in their current fields.

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What’s Trending on Netflix Philippines?

Nothing has revolutionized entertainment in recent years quite as much as Netflix has. Watching television in years past involved paying expensive cable subscription fees, waiting for TV schedules, and annoying commercials interrupting your show. Netflix gives you thousands of shows and movies at the click of a mousewithout pesky commercials— for as low as Php 370.

And while streaming services have been around for a while, no site has had quite the same impact. CNN reports that Netflix is now at almost 140 million subscribers globally, with Philippine viewers part of that number after the site’s international launch in 2016. With a huge variety of available shows and movies, no wonder that  the conversation around pop culture is now so closely tied with its roster of available media. Keep yourself up to date by checking out what’s currently hot on the radar below!

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