WHO WE ARE

The Cool Kids are a collective of expert consultants, seasoned entrepreneurs, and savvy advisors who are committed to improving people’s lives by developing the tools to ensure responsible stewardship of today’s emerging technologies.

WHAT WE DO

We harness emerging technologies to create real-world solutions for inclusive economic, social, and individual growth. We don’t just tell you what to do. We will do it together.

STRATEGIC ADVISORY

 

We stay five steps ahead

We work with our clients to co-create a game plan to push their ideas further, creating innovation through thought leadership and organic growth. We take an advisory approach at each stage:

  • Identifying the problem
  • Charting comprehensive roadmaps
  • Anticipating regulatory risks
  • Projecting capital requirements

LOCALIZING TRANSFORMATIVE TECH

 

We are the cool trick up your sleeve

Finding Cool Kids around the world has allowed us to build out Safe Spaces where we innovate, experiment, fail fast, and create. Your digital transformation journey may entail:

  • Concept (re)development
  • Technology architecture
  • Product roadmap and definition
  • User experience insights

PLANNING & ASSET BUILD OUT

 

We put our money where our mouth is

In our ecosystem we ensure the each conversation, connection, and collaboration leads to quantifiable social change. To do this, we hold ourselves accountable to see each project through to the end. This process may include:

  • Project Assessment
  • Resource Planning
  • Development + Monitoring
  • Implementation + Geographic Reach

HOW WE DO IT

We design and build out Safe Spaces.

In our Safe Spaces, you feel like home. They are designed as an environment where you collaborate on various approaches to the problem using technology. We experiment using the latest Blockchains, guided by the brightest minds in the space. The disruption + transformation of traditional businesses is not too far away.

WHAT DRIVES US

Collaboration + Experimentation

There’s a cool kid for everything. We have a global network of individuals from various disciplines, markets, technologies, and belief systems. It shows in our processes and the principles that guide them.

Integrity + Security

We use traditional research methods, that everyone can relate to. The results we derive from experimenting guide the thinking process that lead to the result of our collaboration.

Accountability + Responsibility

The Cool Kids have a group of advisers who are pioneers in their own space. Our ecosystem keeps us accountable to the values that we stand for and empower our mission for equitable access and responsible adoption.

WHY WE DO IT

In an age of broken societies and deficient economies, we believe there is a need to shift the paradigm to embrace collaboration and inclusivity.

We have built an ecosystem of Safe Spaces where you feel at home. They are designed to encourage people to participate and collaborate on various approaches to the problem using technology. In our spaces, we empower people with the knowledge and skills they need to drive the disruption + transformation of traditional business and social good.

We are building a well-curated, managed portfolio of impact-focused projects and technological innovations. We believe that by providing the platform for collaboration + experimentation, security + identity, and accountability + responsibility, we can catalyze equal opportunity and make truly inclusive growth a reality. Come sit with us.

WHERE WE ARE

THE OPPORTUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES

Payments
70% of Filipinos have no access to formal banking・98% of all transitions are cash
Connectivity
Internet penetration increased from 37% in 2013, to 58% in 2017 vs global average of 51%
Remittances
2.2 million Filipinos are overseas workers • $500Bn global remittance industry the Philippines ranked 3rd with $33Bn received in 2017
Identity
The Philippines is one of nine countries in the world without a unified national ID
Human Capital
The BPO market currently employs more than 1.5M Filipinos, however with the impact of automation there is a need to up skill workers

OUR VISION

To empower the Cool Kids who will design solutions to tomorrow’s most pressing challenges….today.

How? By making sure that every connection, conversation, collaboration, and project conclusion delivers quantifiable social change. By spreading the power of optimism through building solutions that stick, deliver maximum impact, and cause no unnecessary harm in the process.

OUR SOCIAL MISSION

We believe that technology is a catalyst to achieve real social impact. Through an ecosystem that architects real-world solutions on emerging technologies in our Safe Spaces, we want to enable resilient individuals, communities, and country.

for the INVISIBLE – AN INITIATIVE OF THE COOL KIDS FOR THE INNOVATORS OF TOMORROW

A movement that highlights the plight of the underserved, the ones who are left behind by the rigours imposed by progress. It is the blueprint for the future’s resilient individual, community, and state that gives a voice, face and name to the otherwise invisible.

THE OG COOL KIDS

  

MARCO Y.SANTOS

co-founder + the glue

Marco’s sense of self is deeply rooted in values that reflect his Manila upbringing, and the time he spent working in Tokyo. He ignites relationships and innovation across multiple networks and industries, and continues to be a catalyst for those who sit with him to a myriad of possibilities. Marco is driven by his timeless quest to architect safe spaces that give people access to resources to bridge gaps in innovation  that builds real impact. Whether it be through his pioneering venture to give internet access to every Filipino in the early days of the internet to architecting solutions on emerging technologies like the blockchain, Marco’s focus is on how he can transform the way we live. The Cool Kids and the ecosystem we are carefully curating was born and is built on this vision.

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karla s.cruz

co-founder + hbic

Karla is a third culture kid in its truest sense – born in Cebu City, raised in Manila, and educated and employed in Melbourne after university. With her global exposure, Karla became engrossed in the concept of identity – particularly the individual’s ability to define, build, share, and protect a sense of self.  With this, everything Karla does is always grounded in her respect for the individual, and value for integrity and security. She believes in the power of human capital and the integral role it plays in breaking down barriers and keeping the wheels turning. We now have the power to play a bigger role in our communities and have a stake in the progress of the future.

ami valdemoro

Managing Partner + Boss(wo)man

Ami is an advocate, educator and innovator. A global nomad who has lived and worked across many different countries and cultures, she is convinced that the challenges that perplex us are the same, no matter where we come from. She believes that these same challenges are opportunities for people to design a new reality and change things for the better. Ami understands what it takes to build something from scratch. She has made it her mission to enable others to soar, even if that means getting out of their own way. Seeing the light bulb go off in someone’s eyes when they realize their potential is what motivates Ami to continue advocating for positive change.

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