Aug 30, 2014

Going down

I dunno how many times this year that i've been saying that "this will be the last. I'm going to pull off the plug from whatever experiment / projects i put myself." But it's addicting. It's like that muscle pain, that "laspag" kind of feeling from a hard run that is addicting, that you  cannot help but crave for. I guess that what happened to me with this "aktib" project. Aktib has evolve into many forms that i no longer know what it's about but one thing for sure, I learned a LOT! So a lot that I cannot wait for 2014 to end so i can make a click-bait blog about Top 10 Mistakes Of 2014.

Aktib become a product to serve me more than other people. It serves to me as a teacher. It led me to discoveries that I probably already know but never to actually experience it by my own hands. 

It led me to dig go down layers upon layers, to connect or make sense of one part to another.

So any way, there's this one last curiousity that aktib led me to. I got me interested with "marketing." The marketing of local SME. While I was expecting people to approach aktib for online registration by race organizers, we're actually approached by few SME businesses asking on how can they share their products on our little online presence. 

Coming from that "tech startup scene," i was conditioned to do things like how i saw it on techcrunch or quora kind of image. Of course, that conditioning is not useless because I somehow kind of up the game. But sometimes I would not be understood, and vice versa. It's not how local business people do things, the much "glamorous" "startup" way that i thought of. I dunno what news sites or tech sites they are watching. When a local business association refused to use an online registration because they're not comfortable with it is totally such a very contrast situation with the exposure I'm used to like GOAB (geeks on a beachh where people are talking about bitcoin.

So anyway, my one last project, and probably my one last chance, I teamed up with 3 new people I barely know of, are totally not tech savvy, and we're not friends. Definitely, a very unlikely thing for me to do. But as they say, if you want to do it differently, then i got to be with diffwrent set of people. One of them had been doing countless reservation of a name for our group because they wanted it legal and all. After failed attempts and my rejection of very uncool names, i just decided to just use newaktib because is parked for $4000.

And though i have done all kinds of odd jobs, kissing a$s, all sorts of "pabaga og nawong," this time, they're going to occur more and probably on a higher level.

Now first order of the business -- DO THINGS I HATE!!! Read an article lately about doing things u hate over doing things u love. Yes, it's romantic to do things you love. But doing things u love may involve doing things you hate.

One thing i hate is that i hate newaktib name. It's just plain ugly, but why fuss when this is just another "mistake" to do.

Next thing i hate is formalizing a team
With legal documents, and all those stuff that require ggggrrrr stuff like government offices, and legal people.

The worse is that I was elected as secretary, and i have to do all those legal
Papers! Gggrrr!!! I NO longer want to do it. I want to quit even before we got started because i don't deserve to be doing this kind of paperworks. Heck, i don't need to go thru this! I can stay in my cool tech startup community. 

Next thing, doing business with uncool business. @.@ But that is actually what drives my curiousity because majority of businesses are not in tech-magazines i'm used to reading. But there is where the money, and these businesses are actually the backbone of tbis country. And, maybe maybe i can finally find a way to connect the tech startup scene to this different kind of scene. 

SO THIS WHAT MAKES ME WONDER -- if SMEs abroad outsourced their marketing and admin stuff to Philippines, where do our very own SMEs outsource those jobs?!? So that's what i want to discover with this last "mistake" i'm going to do! Because they're probably not needing it.

So Lord, pls help me! But before that, gaaahhj this legal papers!!!

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