November 8, 2017

Rookie-Sophomore combos: who would you rather have?

I'm watching the Celtics vs Lakers on TV right now, and I realized that the Sixers, Lakers and Celtics have in effect picked 1-2-3 in the past two NBA drafts.

So, I naturally went to thinking, which Rookie-Sophomore tandem would you rather have on your team?

Ben Simmons + Markelle Fultz?

Brandon Ingram + Lonzo Ball?

Jaylen Brown + Jayson Tatum?

July 24, 2017

Free Online Courses for Digital Marketers

Over the past week, I completed two free online courses for digital marketers. My objective in taking both courses is to become well-rounded since my professional experience and expertise is skewed towards digital advertising.

Both courses are framed with a new website owner/managers in mind. Both speak in terms of improving business results using online tools. 

The topic of the HubSpot course is broader in nature since it touches on offline aspects like sales calls while the Google course speaks very clearly about using data to improve your website traffic.

May 13, 2017

Better Late Than Never

I finally have the free time to catch up on some reading and I'm currently reading this book:

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

What an eye opener! I can't believe I didn't start reading this book sooner. Definitely one of the best books on value investing with none other than Warren Buffett vouching for the book.

I guess the book can be considered a "classic" as the last edition was updated in 1973. This revised edition was updated with new commentary by Jason Zweig in 2003. 

I'll make sure to write a more detailed post once I'm done reading it.

If you've read this book, please feel free to share your key takeaways in the comments!

March 22, 2017

Book Reflection: Creativity, Inc by Amy Wallace and Ed Catmull

I got this book as a Christmas present last December and I took my time reading it since I'm quite familiar with the corporate history of Pixar having previously read the book "The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company" by David A. Price.

Pixar is one of my favorite companies. I love the story of how they started out as a hardware company but ended up as one of the most success movie companies in recent history.

I love how their history and development involved with both Lucasfilm and Steve Jobs.

Oh, and of course, we all love their movies.

Being written by one of the founders of Pixar, this book actually delves a lot deeper than just a narration of the corporate history and development of Pixar. There are genuine insights found in the pages of the book. It is a true inside look at how Pixar has managed to remain true to their original vision and values despite a changing landscape and rapid growth.

Creativity, Inc by Amy Wallace and Ed Catmull

February 10, 2017

#KwentongJollibee Valentine Series: A Brief Analysis

It's been barely 36 hours since the release of the first installment of this year's Kwentong Jollibee Valentine series and it continues to be the viral phenomenon that broke Philippine internet. 

How did it become such a big hit? Why did it gain so much traction? 

Read on for my thoughts and initial analysis.


January 17, 2017

Case Study: Netflix and Net Neutrality

For the final exam in our Business, Government and Society class at IE Business School, we were required to write an "integrated strategy brief" for Netflix on the issue of net neutrality.

I share with you the paper I wrote. Please note that this paper was written under time pressure as we were given a fixed amount of time to read the case and complete our output.

What follows is the paper that I wrote. Happy reading!

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