PayrollHero Comes To Cebu; May 13th – May 18th 2014

upcoming eventSome of the PayrollHero team is dropping into Cebu, Philippines for a bit of a road show. Short notice, but they will be there from May 13th – 18th 2014.

This post will serve as the home base for the events for the week in Cebu, check back regularly as we are working on a few different gatherings.

PayrollHero TAS Certification: CEBU
– this 2 day course is designed for clients to get the most out of PayrollHero. Perfect for your HR and Payroll Admins. Register below as space is limited. 

May 15th 9:00am – 5:00pm (Training)
May 16th 9:00am – 5:00pm (Examination)
Register Here

TechTalks Fireside: CEBU
– Come listen to some of the PayrollHero team who is in town from Whistler, Canada talk about Client Success, running a Agile Team and on many things about startups and entrepreneurism. Michael Stephenson (CEO), Adam Baechler (Product Manager) and Kieran Peppiatt (Client Success) will be on hand for a fireside chat.  

May 16th 6:00pm
Registration Here


Are you in Cebu? Want to meet up? Let us know in the comments below or drop us an email. We look forward to meeting up with you.

BUY Crocodile in the Yangtze – The Alibaba Story

seat-giveawayWe had the honour of presenting the Asia Premier of the film Crocodile in the Yangtze – The Alibaba Story in the Philippines just over a year ago. We flew in the director, Porter Erisman so that we could watch the film as well as do a question and answer with Porter after.

It was an amazing video and a fantastic night. We had tech entrepreneurs from all over Southeast Asia fly in to join the event and take in one of the most entertaining movies on entrepreneurship. Of course a big thanks to EO Philippines and Amazon for stepping up and sponsoring the event so that it could all be possible.

Did you miss the event? Want to own the movie? We now you can. Crocodile in the Yangtze – The Alibaba Story is now available for pre-order on Vimeo on Demand.

Here is the trailer:

Learn About PayrollHero At Cebu Unwrapped Event

Eventzilla-PH-MAY10-cebuThe New Leaf Ventures Team is running a PayrollHero Unwrapped event in Cebu, Philippines on May 10th 2014. If you are interested in learning more about PayrollHero in a face to face environment then be sure to come by.

Date: May 10, 2014

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Venue: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; Level 4 New Wing, Ayala Center, Cebu City

Register Now

Check out what Walden Chu, President of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Philippines has to say about PayrollHero’s Philippine Payroll platform.


The Perfect Digital Storm: Philippines

Anthony Cospito of Tigercub Digital and Will Greene of TigerMine Research spoke at the last New Leaf Ventures’ Better Business Brunch. It took place at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in the NetLima building and was on the topic of “The Perfect Digital Storm: Philippines”. Below if a quick recap video of the event:
Register for the next Better Business Brunch here.

How To Hack An Event To Get The Most Out of a Speaker


Some of our team members including Mike Stephenson, Adam Baechler, Ron Maravilla and myself attended the Vancouver Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) event today which was led by Jack Daly, world renown sales expert and coach. We had the honour of being able to showcase our product and meet with other business professionals from diverse industries. As a fun and exciting way to surprise everyone, we set up our iOS TeamClock app to have almost everyone that RSVP’d for the event in a PayrollHero account setup as an employee and ready to clock in. Seeing the surprised look on peoples face to see their own photo was quite entertaining!

The focus of Jack’s presentation was around smart selling in regards to creating leveraged growth with systems & processes. Through his 50 years of sales experience, Jack has more knowledge and passion for the subject that anyone you have ever met. He kept everyone engaged, inspired and laughing with his charisma and insightful techniques in the sales management arena.

How To Hack An Event To Get The Most Out of a Speaker;
Knowing Jack to be extremely sought after for events with a very busy schedule, we worked hard to arrange in advance that we could provide him with a ride to the airport on us to both thank him for his time in Vancouver and pick his brain on subjects of importance to our team. Always being the true professional, we learned more about his background and personal experiences while still finding time to give us direct feedback on our companies objectives, systems and requirements. As a group we can all agree Jack is a magnificent speaker and coach on sales and we highly recommend him for your next conference. Check out his site for more information!

This is not the first time we have used this technique to get more face time with someone. PayrollHero co-founder Steve Jagger once offered to drive a member of the media to work after she mentioned on Twitter that buses were not running due to snow. Steve jumped at the opportunity to meet with her, learn more about what she was writing and talk more about our company. He offered to drive her to work as he was “on his way downtown”. Which of course he was not, but took the opportunity to meet up with her.

Another time, Lean Startup visionary Eric Ries was in Whistler, Canada with his wife for work and tweeted that he had some downtime. This was long before we had an office in Whistler, Steve responded on Twitter that he and Mike would love to meet up for a beer. Eric responded that he could do that, thinking that we were in Whistler as well. They hopped into their car in Vancouver and drove an hour to Whistler to meet up with him.

Moral of the story, we keep our eyes open for opportunity and are not afraid to hustle!

Here are some more photos from the EO Vancouver event with Jack Daly

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New Leaf Ventures’ Better Business Brunch: The Winning Entrepreneur – 5 Lessons that Will Bring You Success

Our friends at New Leaf Ventures have another fantastic event coming up at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 26th Street Bistro in the NetLima building.  One January 25th 2014, come learn about “The Winning Entrepreneur – 5 Lessons that Will Bring You Success”.  It is a free event, but you must register to attend.


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Shannon Susko guest speaker at Acetech in Vancouver

Today Adam Baechler and I (Brandon Strong) attended the 4th Acetech session this year in Vancouver which focused on how to create a foundation for profitable growth.

Acetech is an organization for Ceo’s by Ceo’s in relation to technology based companies in the lower north west.  Monthly sessions on specific topics are lead for company leaders to discuss their implementation successes and constraints.  Acetech has been extremely valuable for both PayrollHero as well as for several other companies in providing unbiased advice for current issues within our business or industry from experienced leaders who have already encountered similar scenarios.  Not only are these events informative but they also lead to great business connections within your community and are a general great time.

Shannon Susko, President of Subserveo – DST Brokerage Solutions led a fantastic session today revealing the importance of knowing your companies core values and purpose and how it relates to creating a culture that will propel your business upwards.  We are looking into how we at PayrollHero can strengthen our team to achieve our goals. Looking forward to the next event already!

Check out Acetech,

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Restaurant Technology Meetup x2


The first Restaurant Technology Meetup was such a success that we decided to run two in Metro Manila this month so that we could spread out the locations and add a second topic.

November 12th 2013
Quezon City, Philippines
Register Now

November 20th 2013
Fort Bonifacio, Philippines
Register Now

These events are designed for restaurant owners and managers that are eager to learn more about technology in the restaurant space.  See you there!

Recap: The Inaugural Restaurant Technology Meetup Manila


The Inaugural Restaurant Technology Meetup Manila took place tonight in The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Boardroom at the top of the Muji/Gap building on High Street in Fort Bonifacio.

The event was a big success.  There were 40 restaurant owners/managers that registered to attend the event, which usually means you get about 25, but we had over 40 show up.

I presented for the opening meetup on the topic of “10 Tech Tools Your Restaurant Should be Using“, which was a general overview of some of the tools that I think are important for restaurants to think about using within their business.

In no particular order, I covered:

1. SEO (search engine optimization)
2. Google Local
5. Your Own Website
6. Twitter
7. Instagram
8. Facebook
10. so much more….

Do you fee like you missed out?  Don’t worry, we will continue to run the Restaurant Technology Meetup around the Philippines.  Register now to be notified of the next meetup.

You can see the slides here:



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Want to see all of the photos from the meetup… head over to our Facebook page for the collection.