Q&A with Habitat Philippines Walter Lim on New Venture Introduction

Q&A with Habitat Philippines Walter Lim on New Venture Introduction

Entrepreneurship, interviews, Q&A, Retailing
Q1: Congratulations on the opening of Habitat in the Philippines. Can you tell us what is good design in the brand DNA of this European furniture brand? A1. Thank you. We are very excited with the opening of Habitat Manila and are very thankful to the positive response of the market. At Habitat, good design means beautiful, functional and affordable products. Habitat founder, Sir Terence Conran, revolutionised home furniture and decor 50 years ago with its first store, and today Habitat Design Studio continues to live by this design ethos. Each Habitat product must not just be a beautiful addition to your home, it has to be functional and improve your everyday living. This design philosophy can be seen in our furniture, lighting products, tableware and even accessories. Even the…
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Q&A with IdeaSpace President Earl Valencia on Incubating Innovation

Q&A with IdeaSpace President Earl Valencia on Incubating Innovation

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, interviews, Q&A
Q1: What is IdeaSpace? Why was it set up? What is its vision?  A: IdeaSpace is aimed to help grow a Philippine economy through science and technology.  We were set-up by the First Pacific Group of Companies to foster a spirit of technopreneurship in the country and encourage more young people to consider becoming entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists.  The goal is for anyone in the world to think of the Philippines and talk about the innovations that changed lives. Q2: You have a Stanford MBA and then worked at Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group at the Silicon Valley Global Headquarters in the US. What convinced you to come back to the Philippines?  A: Coming back to the Philippines was not an easy decision.  I myself had what most people called a "dream…
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Q&A with Victoria Court CEO Archie King on the Innovation Process

Q&A with Victoria Court CEO Archie King on the Innovation Process

Innovation, interviews, Q&A
Q1: The unserved market of non-motel (or drive-in hotel) goers is much, much bigger than the motel goers. You have since expanded your target group to include the party market. What was the insight that led you to this new market segment? Party segment has evolved from guests’ requests. It started from guests asking for rooms they can use for parties. From there, we were encouraged to have more suites. Party Segment is a way to introduce our thematic suites. It has become more of a talking point to introduce our product to a new market. Its more of to make them see and try the rooms that we have. It so happens that we get a lot of shower parties and stag parties. So we develop more of these…
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Q&A with Furniture Designer Kenneth Cobonpue on Preparation & Inspiration

Q&A with Furniture Designer Kenneth Cobonpue on Preparation & Inspiration

Entrepreneurship, interviews, Q&A
Q1: Your mother was such a big influence on you as a child. She was a furniture designer with laborers at the back of your house. She made you construct your own toys. How did you feel then as a child growing up in such an environment? Everything I do today is an extension of my creative childhood. I took up design because I wanted to be a kid forever. As a child, my mother put pen and paper in my hand whenever she could, and encouraged me to build my own toys. I spent my free time watching all the craftsmen work behind our house. It was a happy and exciting time for me. Q2: As a young man, you mother brought you to different trade shows around the…
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