What industries are you excited about?
Any challenges that Filipinos face and any solution to those are what excite me. For example, Fintech is an industry whose importance we’ve all learned during lockdown in the Philippines.
I took the role of GM for Grab because I wanted to help solve Manila traffic starting with taxi driver behavior. In 2012, you never knew what you were getting into entering a taxi. I’d like to think that maybe Grab helped a little bit! [laughs]
You merely have to look at our growing portfolio to see that companies we invest in —Booky, Bounce, Edukasyon, and KUMU— are those that recognize, and set out to solve inherently Filipino problems.
KUMU, for instance, addresses how Filipinos are losing entertainment. Inadvertently, they’ve even given homesick OFWs an avenue to experience authentic Filipino community.
That’s what I love about startups. They set out to solve one problem, and then later on realize that they’re able to solve many more.