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Startups Get Boost From Powerhouse 917Ventures Leaders

Startups Get Boost From Powerhouse 917Ventures Leaders

The nation faces more challenges due to the pandemic and the mandatory shift of Filipinos to digital tools as a new way of life. 917Ventures, the country’s largest corporate venture builder, ideates, launches and accelerates new businesses that provide solutions that enable citizens and communities to thrive. 

Some perfect examples of successful and innovative companies under 917Ventures are GCash, KonsultaMD, AdSpark, HealthNow, PureGo, and RUSH. Although 917Ventures is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe, it acts as a separate entity serving as a factory for start-up companies that have the potential to grow and scale fast.

917Ventures has its own powerhouse leadership team as the backbone of every successful venture:

Vince Yamat, Managing Director  

Yamat is a former VP for product management of Globe, who once served as General Manager of Yondu and CEO of Ubersoft. During his stint in Globe, he co-piloted hundreds of projects supporting business-to-customers (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) platforms. He is one of the esteemed investor-judges of the business reality TV show, The Final Pitch (Season 6), tasked to evaluate the business proposals presented by contestants to tackle the economic and social impact of COVID-19.

 "917Ventures' primary goal is to help transform the Philippines into a digital nation. Our diverse yet experienced & skilled leadership team makes this possible by committing to honing even greater leaders and builders that would help solve our nation's problems," said Vince Yamat, 917Ventures Managing Director.

Mikey Garrovillo, Head of Product, Technology, and Data  

Garrovillo worked for Globe, Chikka, WirelessHQ, and Pudding Media, and has over 20 years of expertise in synthesizing organization of business goals with all design, development, and delivery strategies.  

Glenn Estrella, Head of Ideation and Acceleration

Former SVP of Globe and Head of Yondu, AdSpark, and Globe-Global Value Added Services, Estrella’s transformation initiatives help businesses thrive and meet the demands of the fast-evolving digital scene in various industries.  

Griffin Golamco, Entrepreneur-in-Residence 

Golamco is a former Google and Globe executive who has over two decades of expertise in building and launching companies and leading their growth. With his over two decades of expertise in building and launching companies and leading growth, Griffin is a valuable advisor and mentor to venture builders at 917Ventures.

Natasha Bautista, Head of Marketing Communications and Program Management

Bautista co-founded and was the Operations Head of QBO, the Philippines’ first innovation hub and non-profit foundation that supports startups. She was also the pioneering employee of Grab Philippines as GrabCar Head. She is driven by her passion for nation-building and development.

Rase Eustaquio, Head of People

Eustaquio was a former HR Business Partner at Globe and the co-lead for the set up of AdSpark in 2015. Before joining Globe, Rase was with HSBC as Resource Management Lead supporting in the Manila and Kuala Lumpur contact centers, and endeavors to empower and develop people in all aspects of life.

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