When Nika & Patrick contacted me I was immediately excited about their wedding vision, which they described as a “music festival themed wedding complete with food trucks and ferris wheels” (!!). The couple had met at Coachella so wanted their wedding to reflect the interactive, casual, music festival vibe with strong Filipino & Mexican themes throughout. Read More
It’s been a month since the inaugural Entrepinays Summit happened, and I’m still feeling the energetic after-effects of this momentous day. The day after the event happened, I posted something to Facebook expressing pure JOY, happiness, inspiration, and just AWE at the beauty of the event and more importantly, the PINAYS who were a part of it.
This day was truly POWERFUL. Gathering 130 FILIPINA women, Pinay entrepreneurs & aspiring entrepreneurs in one room at Covo, grounded in sisterhood and #pinayism, grounded in love and openness, and with the sole purpose of building community and lifting each other up. WOW. As it was happening and especially after, I had a feeling in my gut that this day was going to be a DEFINING MOMENT in my life. I’m still confident that is the case.Read More
This year we were so excited to start offering a new service to our clients — VENUE CONSULTING! For our first venue consulting client, we partnered with Alexandria Real Estate to reimagine a completely empty space and turn it into a beautiful, functioning community event space!
After 9 months of work, construction, pitching proposals, branding, and outreach we finally launched this month to the Bluxome Street community in Central SOMA as Bluxome Center!Read More
San Francisco is known for many things, namely its art and the freedom to be whoever or whatever your soul desires. For 35 years, Creativity Explored (CE) has been creating a supportive environment for artists with developmental disabilities to create from their soul. With two studios in San Francisco, Creativity Explored provides an amazing space for artists to explore and achieve their fullest potential. Thus, it was only fitting to celebrate 35 years of creativity in full San Francisco flair – with lots of color, laughter, pizazz, and community. Read More
I met Sam & Nam on a camping trip that I was invited on my by cousin. I loved them from the start. So when they reached out for help with planning their wedding, I was overjoyed to help! Their vision was simple: a beautiful day with family and friends, among the Berkeley trees, and honoring family. Piedmont Community Hall was the perfect venue for this intimate vision, with their onsite Japanese Tea House, outdoor patio, and ceremony space under the Berkeley trees. Read More
What do you get when you transform the concept of Coffee Meets Bagel to VC Meets Startup? Answer: The Marketplace Conference 2018.
Set in the beautiful Villa Fontaine in San Francisco’s Design District, the Make it Mariko team brought the Cloud down to Earth and recreated all the dynamics of the online marketplace, IRL. Organized by Crux Capital and Speedinvest, this inaugural conference united founders, VCs, and subject matter experts to discuss and exchange learnings about the past, present, and future of online marketplaces. Nearly 200 people attended the SOLD OUT conference, including travelers from as close as Oakland to as far as London, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, and the Ukraine. Read More
After 7 years, today is my last day at Google / X. Honestly, I never thought I’d stay for that long. And the funny thing is, I almost didn’t accept the job. But here I am 7 years later, and ready to take the leap and go full time #Entrepinay (aka Pinay entrepreneur). Reflecting back, there wasn’t one moment that brought me to this decision. Instead it was a perfectly timed chain of events, a lot of faith, and listening to signs from the universe that led me to this current endeavor.
Wow, is 2017 seriously over already? This has been a WHIRLWIND year, in a really awesome crazy way. Make it Mariko has grown and expanded our reach like no other, and we’re so thankful for every single client, community, and organization that has crossed our paths this year. We look forward to growing our family even more in 2018!