Ex-Pinoy journo?s startup making ripples in Asian tech scene

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Paolo Lising, a former journalist in the Philippines who is now working at the headquarters of tech giant Asus, has found a flourishing part-time career as a tech entrepreneur in Taiwan.

MillionDC.com founder Paolo Lising showcasing his startup
MillionDC.com founder Paolo Lising showcasing his startup

His startup company, Million Dollar Concepts, was recently selected as among the Top 100 Startups in Asia that were allowed to showcase to top technology investors and venture capitalists at Echelon Asia Summit 2015 last June 23-24 in Singapore.

Lising, who used to write as a business reporter for major newspapers in Manila, founded Million Dollar Concepts, which is a social media platform for entrepreneurs under www.MillionDC.com aimed at showcasing the lives of startup founders through blogging.

The website also integrates an ability to connect with each other to foster idea sharing and work collaboration.

?Social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are already crowded and our startup aims to carve a niche in this space for people who dream of building their own enterprise. This kind of platform is especially needed here in Asia as more startups are built,? said Lising.

The Echelon Asia Summit 2015 was a 2-day tech conference that gathered over 2,000 delegates including Asia?s top technology investors, venture capitalists. Tech site E27 runs the event since 2010 to showcase innovations and promising startup businesses in the region.

During his pitch at the Taiwan qualifiers, Lising notes that Taiwan is a great place to build a startup.

?The per-capita income in Taiwan is high and many talents can be tapped here. The government also provides enough support for startups even for foreigners. These factors combined allow for creating the next big company such as Facebook,? he explained.

Six startups represented Taiwan at Echelon Asia Summit 2015 hosted by e27. The Philippines has two representatives: PawnHero, an online pawnshop founded by Philippines-based Canadian Jean-Patrick Bisson; and SALt, a social enterprise for providing salt-based led lights in rural marginalized islands in the Philippines.

Out of more than 500 entries from Auatralia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, 300 were invited to pitch at the country qualifier from which the Top 100 were awarded.

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