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The Finishers given to ASEAN 50th Anniversary Delegates

The delegates of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) each received a copy of The Finishers by Ezra Ferraz last weekend. This was disclosed by Department of Information and Communications (DICT) Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim at the book launch of The Finishers last August 9, 2017, at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima managed to get a copy of the book and upon its soft launch last August 1, 2017, at the DICT head office and reading it decided that it would be a good opportunity to show to the world the quality of the tech startup sector in the country.

The Finishers was the result of Ezra Ferraz’s exposure to a startup exhibition he attended last 2016.  Ezra then proceeded to write a book about Filipino Technopreneurs who have managed to “exit” from being startups. This will depict a “Filipino-centric” perspective o what makes a successful startup in the Philippine context.

“If our founders want to build a tech company in the Philippines, there is only so much we can get from the heroes of Silicon Valley. What would serve us best is our own success stories. By celebrating our entrepreneurs who have already succeeded here at home, we can learn what it takes to survive and indeed thrive in this unique business landscape,” Ezra Ferraz said.
The Finishers relate their experiences
The Finishers tell the story of 11 “exits” from startup status that represented a diverse set of tech enterprises.

“All these founders hail from different industries. They have different functional expertises. Some are Filipino born and raised. Others are balikbayan. Still, others are immigrants. Yet they all found common ground in the shared belief that you can build a world-class tech company right here in the Philippines,” Ferraz added.

The book launch featured the “Finishers,” and they related their experiences to the attendees of the event.

It was also noted that there must be more efforts in including more women in the tech startup sector as espoused by several attendees although 2 of The Finishers were women.

The effort of the DICT to present the book to the ASEAN delegates is aimed at promoting the Philippines as a hub of technology not only in the region but also globally.

Ezra Ferraz is currently working on another book that will present The Finishers in a more globally oriented perspective.  

The author of The Finishers, Ezra Ferraz with Techblade

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