MANILA - Technology entrepreneur Gian Scottie Javelona turned his annual ordeal of lining up for school registration into a thriving business, showing fellow millennials the way to success through big ideas and a bit of resourcefulness.
Armed with coding knowledge from YouTube, Javelona founded OrangeApps, a cloud-based platform that allows schools to manage enrollment, grades, human resources and payroll, when he was just 19.
"It's a Filipino thing... Madiskarte tayo, we always find ways," said Javelona, one of four Filipinos in Forbes Magazine's list of the most influential Asians under 30 years this year.
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines graduate said his idols include Apple founder Steve Jobs and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
"If you go online, you can learn a lot of things like programming, doing business or marketing. I think that's the good opportunity we have right now, especially the millennials, " he said.
Javelona's platform also enables students to enroll, monitor tuition, grades, and even to connect the school's private social network through its mobile app.
"Right now what we're trying to provide school is a management platform that allows schools to manage entire operations using one school software," he said.