Last month, Joe title-sponsored the quarterly general assembly meeting for HIMAP—the Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines, a subsidiary of IBPAP (the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines).
His mission for sponsoring the event wasn't to advertise any of the capabilities of his own BPO and contact center companies. Instead, he was there to let these "older folks"—more traditional, enterprise type of professionals—know that at any moment a startup could boot up and eat their lunch.
To prove his point, he invited several local healthcare startups to the conference. Among them were Horsepower.ph and Medix. He demoed some of their products, as well as other products from other startups, illustrating how easily it would be to replace a BPO or contact center workforce with sophisticated, automated technologies.
The leaders of the group, namely Jeff Williams, HIMAP's chairman—who himself had booted up a startup and exited it to a multinational, publicly listed BPO (listed on the NASDAQ), got it. They asked very pointed questions. Jeff actually asked out in the open, during the open Q&A, if Joe could point him to any investment opportunities.
Another HIMAP officer asked how they can engage the startup community better. They asked about events that they could participate in, and Joe pointed them to the biggest one there is: Geeks on a Beach.
Based on these responses and the engagement from other attendees with the startups that Joe invited, the event was a success in his mind. Again, his mission here with this venture office is simple, and with this event, he was hitting the very people that could help "catalyze" this mission—which is to evolve and transition the Philippines from a nation that merely supports and services the world's greatest products and services, into a country that is actually home to the world's greatest companies, products, and services.