PayrollHero’s New Biz Dev Hero – Michael Hwang

PayrollHero has a new addition to its growing team of 14. On June 30, 2012, PayrollHero welcomed its newest team member, Mike Hwang, formerly from Automatic Data Processing, Inc, (ADP), a business outsourcing solutions provider based in the U.S.A., into the team.

A welcome party was held in his honor and he was warmly welcomed by his fellow team mates at PayrollHero’s office in BGC, Taguig.

From Left: Stephen Jagger of PayrollHero, Kenneth Palacios of Novare and Mike Hwang of PayrollHero at the Future Perfect Interview

Mike, originally the District Manager for ADP, is now PayrollHero’s Business Development Country Manager, specifically for the Philippine Market. With his extensive background in business development and sales in the payroll services field, he makes the perfect business development country manager and the team is definitely looking forward to his contribution to the company’s success.

Mike will primarily be handling Business Development, specifically in the Philippines, and will be constantly on the lookout for new business relationships in the country.

PayrollHero pitches at the ON3 Nationals – SMX Convention

Last July 12, 2012, the PayrollHero team participated and pitched at the ON3 Nationals, held at the SMX Convention. Among 12 competitors only 6 were selected as the finalists for    the Silicon Valley Immersion which will be finalized in Decemeber.

The PayrollHero team was represented by Client Succes Manager, Tin Sanchez, and  Senior Engineer, Nico Suria, both of whom delivered the elevator pitch in front of several judges. Among the judges were Ms Minette Navarete and Christian Bessler of, Mr Jay Fajardo of ProudCloud,  Mr Kenneth Palacios of Novare, and Mr Federico Gonzales of A.I.M.

The ON3 Judges

The dynamic duo wowed the audience with their smooth pitching and entertaining slides. For the question and answer portion, Business Development Country Manager for the Philippines, Mike Hwang joined the duo onstage and gave his input regarding the judges questions.

Tin Sanchez and Nico Suria of PayrollHero pitching

It was a triumphant day for the team as Plug and Play Co-Founder, Mr Jojo Flores announced the winners, Payrollhero being one of the top 6 companies eligible for the Silicon Valley Immersion.  Included in the top 6 are the following companies:




Speed Dial

The PayrollHero team with the finalists

Join the team as they continue on with their exhilarating journey toward success- next step, Silicon Valley!

Watch the PH team’s pitch here!

PayrollHero Featured in ANC’s Future Perfect “Silicon Valley” Segment

PayrollHero, along with 5 other ON3 competition finalists, was featured and interviewed at ANC’s Future Perfect “Emerging Filipino Tech Companies headed to Silicon Valley” segment which was aired on July 18, 2012 7:00 PM PHT.

PayrollHero, recently selected as one of the winners of the ON3 Nationals and counted as one of the emerging filipino tech companies headed to Silicon Valley, was represented by company Co-Founder, Stephen Jagger.

The finalists and sponsors were interviewed by Future Perfect host, Tony Velasquez, who eagerly dived into a comfortable discussion about each start-up company’s product or service.

Stephen Jagger of PayrollHero talks about buddy punching

Among the finalists are X2wave, MiiMove, GroupJump and, all of whom were present at the guesting. Novare General Manager Kenneth Palacios and Plug and Play Co-Founder Jojo Flores were among the interviewees who gave more in depth insights and a clearer picture of the current tech start up status in the country.

Host Tony Velasquez, expressed his sheer interest in PayrollHero’s functions, especially its facial biometric and mood verification feature. He was interested in the SaaS’ ability to eliminate buddy punching, a costly problem experienced globally.

PayrollHero with the rest of the ON3 Finalists

When Plug and Play Co-Founder Jojo Flores explained the need to immerse themselves with the companies to see if they could gain more traction, Tony candidly stated that he would want to try out PayrollHero.

Join PayrollHero as we continue on this exciting adventure towards success at Silicon Valley!

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PHRug Monthly Meetup: Backbone Orientation (Manila)

Last May 31, 2012, newbies and seniors from renowned tech companies flocked to our PHRug Monthly Meetup hoping to deepen their knowledge regarding Backbone.

Guests from companies such as Friendster, AELogica, Clinic-IT, Devez, EngineYard and more, as well as a handful of freelancers were present for this much awaited meet-up.

Not surprisingly, a good number of representatives from the top Ruby dev shops in the Philippines were present as well.

The meetup was spearheaded by PayrollHero’s own senior developers Suman Mukherjee and Piotr Banasik, both core members of PayrollHero’s talented dev team.

The first half of the meetup was dedicated to learning more about “backbone”, as presented by Suman. He tackled subjects like the conditions in which backbone may be used to single page web apps and a few workaround in backbone. He also gave some good practices, tips and suggestions in the use of JavaScript and showed a practical example of how PayrollHero has used backbone for its features.

Our head developer, Piotr Banasik, capped off the meet-up with a discussion regarding Chef for automating server set-up and deployment.

The talk aimed to provide peer developers, especially our own PayrollHero developers, an overview of the usage of Backbone.

The agenda proved to be fruitful as members of the audience expressed their gratitude stating that it was a great help since they were not quite familiar with some workarounds, documentations, design patterns and good practices regarding backbone.

After the talk and a pizza dinner, the guests were given a tour around the office and some could not help but admit that they were quite impressed with PayrollHero’s Kanban boards, strategies and procedures. They marveled at the office set up and some were given a demonstration of some of PayrollHero’s functions.

Though they were not present for the meet-up, representatives from Amazon Web Services also dropped by to have a quick tour of our office.

The night ended well as developers and tech geeks alike mingled and engaged in various discussions regarding their current learnings and their insights.

(So cheers to another successful meet-up and we are looking forward to seeing more of you soon.)