Author Archives: Andre Yap

Andre Yap

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King of Pain

Another whisper. It’s only gotten louder since I first heard it maybe December of last year, until nowadays it is a daily talk point. That our gifts bear our life’s mission; and that our gifts include, as much as our talents and joys, our pains. And today, I had […]

Andre Yap July 7, 2017

Abraham

Is this the focal point and organizing principle of every founder’s journey? The Discerment of Gifts?  Today’s reading was Abraham willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. A man willing to give back the greatest gift given him, and in so doing he realized, far beyond his wildest imagination and […]

Andre Yap July 6, 2017

Jessica

This is why I started Ignite Founders. To find these 9 points Jessica articulates that almost fully capture (with one key ommission) the difference between what I want to invest my life on and what I don’t. I have zero interest in entrepreneurs; I want founders. And this is […]

Andre Yap July 6, 2017

Melody

Your gift is your melody. It is yours alone and the world longs to be filled by it. Few of us can sing or write music. But all of us know the power of song and can appreciate this truth about them: The melodies that fill our hearts and lift our […]

Andre Yap June 22, 2017

Indifference

Reflections on Slavery Ca. 2017: The Maddening Cruelty and Missed Opportunities of an Indifferent Life. Indifference ends when we get to know that slice of humanity whose pain we are particularly gifted to solve. This is my slice. Exactly 5 Saturdays ago, a scant 24 hours […]

Andre Yap June 13, 2017

Love Letter 2017

Celebrating 20 years of growth, grace, madness, forgiveness, togetherness. And today, incredibly, we have the same gospel that once upon a time graced our wedding. Remember how it had us at hello? A most beautiful encounter with grace told some 2017 years ago that somehow perfectly foretold the folly […]

Andre Yap April 22, 2017

About Andre

I’ve shared a lot of me in these pages. Many of them I write as notes to self, and they function as such: beacons and reminders of conversations with my God; I go back to them and they guide me and inspire me again and again. So then I also started writing them […]

King of Pain

Another whisper. It’s only gotten louder since I first heard it maybe December of last year, until nowadays it is a daily talk point. That our gifts bear our life’s mission; and that our gifts include, as much as our talents and joys, our pains. And today, I had […]

Andre Yap July 7, 2017

Abraham

Is this the focal point and organizing principle of every founder’s journey? The Discerment of Gifts?  Today’s reading was Abraham willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. A man willing to give back the greatest gift given him, and in so doing he realized, far beyond his wildest imagination and […]

Andre Yap July 6, 2017

Jessica

This is why I started Ignite Founders. To find these 9 points Jessica articulates that almost fully capture (with one key ommission) the difference between what I want to invest my life on and what I don’t. I have zero interest in entrepreneurs; I want founders. And this is […]

Andre Yap July 6, 2017

Melody

Your gift is your melody. It is yours alone and the world longs to be filled by it. Few of us can sing or write music. But all of us know the power of song and can appreciate this truth about them: The melodies that fill our hearts and lift our […]

Andre Yap June 22, 2017

Indifference

Reflections on Slavery Ca. 2017: The Maddening Cruelty and Missed Opportunities of an Indifferent Life. Indifference ends when we get to know that slice of humanity whose pain we are particularly gifted to solve. This is my slice. Exactly 5 Saturdays ago, a scant 24 hours […]

Andre Yap June 13, 2017

Love Letter 2017

Celebrating 20 years of growth, grace, madness, forgiveness, togetherness. And today, incredibly, we have the same gospel that once upon a time graced our wedding. Remember how it had us at hello? A most beautiful encounter with grace told some 2017 years ago that somehow perfectly foretold the folly […]

Andre Yap April 22, 2017

Founders Circle 2 | May 2017

It’s our great pleasure to invite you to FOUNDERS CIRCLE 2 May 2017 Discernment: IN SEARCH OF THE FILIPINO UNICORN – OR […]

Andre Yap April 11, 2017

Rev First

20.03.2017. Bravo, Allan Tear and Betaspring! Startups need to get more serious, less sexy. The Rise of Revenue First Startups by Allan Tear. Original published here.  […]

Andre Yap March 20, 2017

Nearness

20.03.2017 I must never be so busy that I don’t have time and space – really it’s about Space – to be, and to have in my heart, radiating from my every smile, the nearness of […]

Andre Yap March 20, 2017

Help You Help Us

15.03.2017 I came to serve, not to be served. These were the last and only lines I heard from today’s Gospel. Somebody tell me where I can find the emoticon for embarassing. I was very distracted, my mind still swimming in […]

Andre Yap March 15, 2017

About Us

Meet Ignite Founders’ founders. Andre A. Yap I’ve shared a lot of me in these pages. Many of them I write as notes to self, and they function as such: beacons and reminders of conversations with my God; I go back to them […]

Andre Yap March 10, 2017

Joyful Mysteries

07.03.2017. Lent is a joyful season. I sat up when Fr. Mario Francisco opened his Ash Wednesday homily with these words. Speaking of joy, yesterday, I had an epiphany about the Joyful Mysteries – what, after 45 years! It’s how we accept and embrace the Joy. The Annunciation.  […]

Andre Yap March 7, 2017

Success

25.02.2017 A founder’s burden. Well, there are many. But here are two that weigh heavily on a daily basis: Finding the right path. Are we on the right path? Because I’m anxious we aren’t. And Measures of success. Are we progressing as we […]

Andre Yap February 25, 2017

Christify

24.02.2017 Sun and moon and earth and wind and rain – all the world’s contained in every grain. Is there anything you can plant or create or build or invent or startup or innovate – whose grain was not freely given you? […]

Andre Yap February 25, 2017

Peace

22.02.2017 Either we are for peace or we are against it, and I wonder: how many of us are really for Peace, no matter what our Facebooks say. If we really want peace, we have to eradicate the easy definition that it is the absence of hate or violence. We will never […]

Andre Yap February 24, 2017

Pagsi

15.02.2017 I thought there was nothing to write today, which is ok. I walked out of the AHS chapel after another quiet morning of prayer, out onto the dancing acacias and beautiful sprawling greens of the Ateneo campus bathed in sun on this crisp Feb morning after valentines. I was already starting […]

Andre Yap February 15, 2017

Mondays

13.02.2017 Happens every Monday. I wake up to this overwhelming rush of so many uphill climbs. I re-sort my week’s to-do list and I’m staring at 30-some items on an average week; every one of them is a legit uphill climb. I know I must complete them all, and while I pride […]

Andre Yap February 13, 2017

Flow

08.02.2017 I believe the universe is a constant flow of goodness happening through good people (God’s ongoing work of creation, if you will). When our good intentions meet with dead ends and difficulties, either of a few things are true, or maybe they all are: Our intentions may have […]

Andre Yap February 8, 2017

Abundance

29.01.2017 Look who paid us a visit this morning. Acrylic on canvass don’t show them, but happy faces do. Two loaves and five fish and who would have thought it was enough to feed four thousand, the multitude made manifest in […]

Andre Yap January 29, 2017

Lalaland

29.01.2017 LALA Land is no big deal. But for all its contrived, formulaic plot and delicious acting, what makes this worth the popcorn and 130 minutes of my time is its lingering message and those 10ish minutes in the the narrative arc when all the drama was centered on its core dilemma: […]

Andre Yap January 29, 2017

Beauty

02.01.2017 After 10 days of blessed debauchery all I wanted when we touched down this afternoon was some quiet time to start my first day of 2017 back home. But Gesu was closed so I walked over to the Jesuit Residence – and THERE, THERE! what a beautiful treat the Lord prepared! […]

Andre Yap January 2, 2017

New Year’s Day

01.01.2017 First, a reflection. On love, marriage, fatherhood, business and why I don’t believe in bad years, good years and universally celebrated myths like being your own man, blazing your own trail and other mumbo jumbos of self-deterministic success. Then, 5 very specific resolutions for 2017. 2016 marked 5 […]

Andre Yap January 1, 2017

Trojan Eagle

28.12.2016 TROJAN EAGLE. Ending the year at work on this rah rah note (on a bullet train, appropriately, with the super boss beside me). A few weeks ago, a favorite client partner confided in me – he is the CEO of a publicly listed company that’s […]

Andre Yap December 28, 2016
Ignacio

Ignacio

18.12.2016. IGNACIO.       Here is my Basque separatist friend (calm down, Nacho Rincón, it’s just an endearment), a few days before he leaves Manila for the old country. I asked him to take my sword and leave […]

Andre Yap December 18, 2016

One Big Fight

06.12.2016 …this time around, papa doesn’t even say hello. He gets right into it, sobbing heavily so that I could just barely make out what he was saying… Excerpted from A TRUE CONFESSION: OF ONE BIG FIGHT AND THE TEARS GROWN MEN CRY (Prologue: When Ateneo […]

Andre Yap December 6, 2016

Helpless

05.12.2016 In Ignatian spirituality one of the most cherished paths to discernment that our Jesuit fathers taught us is to invite ourselves into the Gospels, and forgetting all dogma and orthodoxy, just place ourselves in that story’s presence in such a way that we go fully with the flow of what we […]

Andre Yap December 5, 2016

Do What You Do

08.11.2016 Finally! After a spiritual drought that’s felt like a purgatorial 2 or 3 weeks (can’t say for sure), a breakthrough as warm, bright and embracing as this Tuesday morning’s glorious sunshine! This gift was ushered in by my favorite Jesuit romantic, Fr. Bert Ampil – for which I […]

Andre Yap November 8, 2016

Tito Gigi

03.11.2016 Tito Gigi was Papa’s classmate, friend and business partner. Then he was mine – a co-founder, shareholder and colleague in the board. We didn’t always see eye to eye about direction, strategy or even what business we were in exactly, but you always treated me with respect; you called me partner […]

Andre Yap November 3, 2016

A Promise

06.10.2016 A message whispered directly right about the Consecration during Mass just now. Never have I heard or understood this Gospel as clear as now. And so simple. “Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door will be opened”. If we are […]

Andre Yap October 6, 2016

The Better Part

04.10.2016 May the force be with you. HERE is a powerful story – and what a clear lesson about where, how and from whom we draw the force that powers all our life. And how guilty I am of drawing from the opposite, as Martha. […]

Andre Yap October 4, 2016
Birthday Card

Birthday Card

25.09.2016 Birthday card came a week early from my CorpTV family. An office tradition I really look forward to when it comes my turn each year. Hand-crafted for every birthday boy and girl, celebrating each one’s individuality, each one’s journey and point-in-time. Ya never know where they’ll peg you each year… […]

Andre Yap September 25, 2016

Soulmate

31.07.2016 Happy Feast Day to my idol, mentor and soulmate; a soldier whose first endearment (when I was finally willing to accept it) was to teach me to always fight and never settle, even as his most enduring image, installed in the room of every adult male in my family, is of […]

Andre Yap July 31, 2016

Camelot

19.06.2016 A Father’s Day Thought. Papa and I get a lot of great new photos every year but this is still the one that brings it home. Every man must have his Camelot. Especially a father and doubly so if you have […]

Andre Yap June 19, 2016

Hoyhoy

11.06.2016. I’ve lived a lifetime and a half spoiled by an 8 year old boy and his itinerant storytelling. His gypsy touch brings me to frontier times and spaces I’ve never been or don’t usually enter. Wherever he is, a universe unfolds in his head; sometimes he writes it out and we […]

Andre Yap June 11, 2016

To Be Led

29.05.2016 Work vs. Leisure. Work vs. Rest. Work vs. Family. These silos are artificial, man-made, unnatural: they are destructive. I am given but one life and I am given but one me. Why do I live in silos and parts? How do I break these chains? […]

Andre Yap May 29, 2016

Dare Mighty Things

16.05.2016. Always good to hang with one of my heroes. Teddy Roosevelt – statesman, adventurer, outdoorsman, author, conservationist, trust buster, visionary, warrior and priest – didn’t so much inspire as he reassured me that desiring, demanding and daring mighty things was neither crazy nor vain. […]

Andre Yap May 16, 2016

Election 2016

08.05.2016. I cannot accept this national death wish, this mass hysteria of self hate. If surveys are to be believed, millions of us seem to have taken to heart the parting lines of our national anthem: Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo. On the eve of our elections, and […]

Andre Yap May 8, 2016

Next President

30.04.2016 10 Points on how I arrived at my choice for President. First, a disclaimer. Unlike many spammers in Facebook I don’t have fortunes tied to one horse or another so much so that I have to shamelessly barrage my friends with black propaganda du jour both carefully and carelessly […]

Andre Yap April 30, 2016

Love Letter

21.04.2016. A different love letter. To my wife, on our anniversary. Written at dawn, on the shores of Tiberias, after all the hurt. 2,000 years ago. This story holds a special place in my heart, the most romantic passage in the bible […]

Andre Yap April 21, 2016

Toy Estrera

08.02.2016. A legend, has gone to the stars. Only a year ago we celebrated your 90th. Thank you for everything, sir. Amicitiam spero sempiternam fore, AMDG. Sharing memories from our reunion a year ago. Toy celebrated his 90th birthday on Feb 11, the feast of our Lady of Lourdes. He […]

Andre Yap February 8, 2016

Rose Hill

16.01.2016. Forsan Et Haec Olim Meminisse Juvabit. Someday we will remember all this with joy. – Book I, line 203, Vergil’s Aeneid. The words are etched on the grounds of Fordham’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. I graduated 20 years ago but never really left. Forever […]

Andre Yap January 16, 2016

Passion

09.01.2016 A beautiful mind. He drew as he always did from an infinite well of vision, imagination and an irresistible force within. All the live long day, from Lisboa to Fatima to Sintra to Cascais to Estoril, from Obidos to Nazare, from Porto to Coimbra to Aveiro and Costa Nova and all […]

Andre Yap January 9, 2016

Siargao

15.09.2015 Siargao, Mindanao for a week-long leadership retreat, details of which I have been sworn to secrecy. These past five days I am again a little less of a foreigner in my own country. The more I see of our 7,100 islands, the clearer I am that the majesty of the Philippines […]

Andre Yap September 15, 2015

Glory

03.30.2015. He just helped you achieve what you’ve worked so hard and so long to achieve – except he has taken you much farther and given much fuller than you’d ever imagined. You were fishing all night on empty nets and yet at his word not only your nets but your boat […]

Andre Yap September 3, 2015

Wash Sycip

15.08.2015 At last, after all these years I met someone I can give my highest accolade to: that I would want to work for him. I am an incorrigible entrepreneur, so used to blazing my own path. If there is not a single bone in […]

Andre Yap August 15, 2015

Given

03.08.2015 Profound, powerful contrasts in today’s 2 stories – in the first, a man who focused on what he didn’t have, saw the impossibility of his situation and preferred to die rather than serve; in the second, a man who focused on what he was given, no matter how seemingly little, overcame […]

Andre Yap August 3, 2015

Vision

11.07.2015 She is forever darling and eternal goddess of the industry. In beauty and carriage surely, but untouched when it comes to the esteem of peers, and equally of boards of directors at the rate she has CEO’ed one giant name after another. We had been meeting regularly the past 3 years […]

Andre Yap July 11, 2015

Bipolar

19.06.2015 Van Gogh is Bipolar, and so was he! Renee and I finally stumbled into this mythical place last night called Van Gogh Is Bipolar and had a legendary affair with founder Jethro Rafael, who walked out of a lifelong bipolar pathology by letting loose […]

Andre Yap June 19, 2015