In today’s episode, I am speaking to Jocelyn Pantastico who is the Co-founder & CEO of Olivia Technology Group based in The Phillippines.
While today’s episode is about software that keeps your money in check, it is also about the bigger concept of wealth, money management and investing.
Jocs as she is more fondly known has spent most of her life in the corporate world. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and 15 years of managing profitable, high-performance teams across Asia. She used to work for multinational companies like Danone and Nielsen and didn’t follow her academician parents’ path. Instead, right after getting out of the university, she became an expat in Singapore and Indonesia working for market research companies.
In 2018, she returned to The Philippines to start her tech startup, Olivia, a milestone she is most proud of.
Her software, Olivia, frees companies from tedious manual data capture so that they can focus on real work. In short, Olivia processes receipts and invoices, translating them into reports and digital assets in seconds.
But it really isn’t about the receipts as we get deeper into this interview. In fact, it is a lot more.
We spoke about how her world now is distinctly different from her corporate days. She talks about the startup lessons she learned as she built her startup and how she had to change the ways she thought about putting products out into the market.
She also talks about how her software is creating more value for accountants rather than taking away their jobs. And she uncovered the reason why people were leaving accountancy firms.
We also discussed why women don’t talk about money as openly as men going back into her own past and her realization that she needed to be open about money with her daughter. She revealed some really smart strategies for teaching her daughter how to invest, ultimately giving her a headstart with money and how that has transformed her own daughter’s relationship with money and wealth.
Jocs believes in progress, not perfection. She also deeply admires Rosa Parks because her defiance led to the civil rights movement and she considers artists Esperanza Spalding and Sara Bareilles as inspiring and much too under-rated.
Jocs is most proud that she became a startup founder in her 50s. Her patent-pending “LIP technology” extracts information from receipts and auto-generate reports and also recognizes voice commands in English, Tagalog and Taglish and auto-fills expense fields as well.
Jocs’ company won the “She Loves Tech Philippines” startup pitch and represented the country in the global competition. The Olivia app was among the top 2 in the PLDT-SMART Innovation Challenge and won the top prize at the Huawei OCR Contest and Jocs was also in the AIM Dado Banato Incubator 2020 THINCOHORT programme.
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