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Where were you when you were 28?

As for me 2 years ago, I was in China. It was my first time to go to China and I had to stay there for 2 months. A project that I led and I brought more work here in Manila. I would say that, that year was probably one of the best years in my life. There was travel. I went back to being on ASIA shift, which I had long been waiting for. And that was probably the year that I was at my healthiest. Yep, that wast my year of transformation.

That was a year to beat. So let’s see if this year, I can beat that year.

Here’s an article about the founder of Lazada: Inanc Balci – Co-Founder and CEO of Lazada Philippines.

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While many of us can only dream of changing the world, Inanc Balci is already doing it. At 26, he co-founded South East Asia’s online retail tiger Lazada and now, at age 28, he sits as the Chief Executive Officer for Lazada Philippines.

On Being a young CEO

Balci, a Turkish raised in London, attended Purdue University in the U.S. with a double-degree in Industrial Engineering and Economics. Afterwhich, he worked on mergers and acquisitions for an investment bank in London. While working for the investment bank, Balci saw the eminent potential in e-commerce which led him to join Rocket Internet and eventually co-found Lazada in Southeast Asia.

In the Philippines, Balci heads a pool of more than 300 employees, all of which he works very closely with. With an unabashed outlook, agile wit, and a laser-sharp eye for details, Balci perfectly fits the bill to lead a rapidly-growing online company.

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Online Shopping in the Philippines

In a country where shopping malls are practically part of the fabric of the society, online shopping is something quite a number of Filipinos are unaccustomed to – there comes the perennial trust issue on using credit cards, the surprise surcharges, and unfortunately, the products not arriving at all. The malls in the Philippines, on the otherhand, have creatively articulated themselves to be not just shopping destinations but also as a means of recreation (i.e. be it the cinemas, the gaming zones, the restaurants, or as simple as the airconditioning they offer as a break from the raging tropical weather outdoors) – all of these were the issues that Balci had to dispel – and dispel he and his co-founders did. Lazada has made shopping quick, effortless, and risk-free to South East Asia and in the Philippines, this is the same principle that Balci is harping on to the Filipinos. How is this so?

First, Lazada accommodates all those shoppers without credit cards via its cash-on-delivery payment mode. This is essential given that not everyone has a credit card or is keen on sharing their credit card details to someone – or anyone for that matter. This makes online shopping risk-free for everyone. Being an archipelago of 7,100 islands, accessibility is always an issue – a significant portion of consumers doesn’t have time or access to visit the malls but with a minimum of PhP 1,000 purchase, Lazada offers free nationwide delivery, to customers anywhere in the Philippines, just log-in, shop, and the products will be delivered at the customer’s doorstep. Lastly, Lazada offers the flexibility of having the customers return the products within 30 days for free – provided that the products are in mint condition.

In a span of two years of being in the Philippines, Balci has steered Lazada to further heights and now with more than 40,000 SKUs, reaching 90% of the online population of the Philippines, and ranking as the 4th top Facebook brand in the country with a direct audience close to 2 Million. What the dot-com bubble holds for Lazada is still yet to be revealed, but one thing is for certain, Inanc Balci, the 28 year-old co-founder and CEO, is definitely changing the way Filipinos buy.

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We may be far from what Inanc has accomplished but it’s never too late to try to be better and step up a notch.

Haipad Xenith Series 7” Android 4.1 4GB WIFI – Cheap but Reasonable Tablet

Nowadays, it seems that everyone has a tablet. When you look around the malls, you would be amazed at how many babies also have their “own” tablets. But really, do you think it’s wise enough to buy your baby a really high end tablet? I think not. Let’s be practical. Why would you buy something soo expensive and take the risk of the gadget being thrown or dropped accidentally? Better think and re-think. But of course, if you have the budget to buy something so expensive, then go ahead. 🙂 Be my guest.

I was browsing through Lazada, it seems that they actually do have a lot of tablets in store. And one that of which is caught my attention is Haipad. Probably because it came in a lot of colors?

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Here are some of the specifications that it has:

  • OS: Android 4.1.1

  • Screen: 7″ multitouch, capacitive touchscreen

  • Resolution: 800×480 pixels

  • Processor: Rockchip Cortex A9

  • Memory: 512MB DDR3

  • Storage: 4GB, expandable via 32GB microSD

  • Camera: Dual camera

  • Connectivity: WiFi, USB 2.0, 3G dongle compatible

  • Battery: Li-Po 2500 mAh

  • Dimensions (mm): 194x119x7

  • Weight (g): 380

 

I am obviously not a very techie person but I think I know pretty much to determine the following. The size is pretty good. It’s not that big and not that small so you can lug it around and keep in your bag. The storage is 4GB which you can expand up until 32GB with a microSD (so yay for you picture lovers). It also comes with a Dual Camera so you can do #selfies all you want. And it’s WiFi ready.

In addition to that, the most important thing is that it only costs PHP 2900 for PHP 4999.

Well, what do you think? For me, it’s pretty reasonable, what about for you? 🙂

UPDATE!

To be able to get a PHP 300 Discount from Lazada, use this voucher code:LZDbrDgr. But remember that you can only use it when you  purchase a minimum of PHP 3000 worth of items. 🙂

Have fun shopping!! 🙂

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