Pinay entrepreneur nabs top Silicon Valley honor

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 12, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Filipino-American is making her mark in America’s high-tech industry.

Kathrina Miranda was recently awarded the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 100 Women of Influence for 2014, an award given to women who contribute to Silicon Valley’s innovation and development.

Miranda is the CEO and founder of MIMA.

“After I became pregnant, I decided to start my own company to empower my daughter and spend a lot time with her. So that’s when I launched MIMA. It stands for Miranda International Marketing Agency,” Miranda said.

MIMA is a marketing company that serves clients from startups and nonprofits to global companies.

Miranda has made it a priority to give back to the community by focusing on nonprofit organizations that especially supports education for girls and women.

“I received a scholarship from Goldman Sachs. It’s called ‘10,000 Women’. In five years they were committed to giving 10,000 women management and business education, that way they can impact more communities. And I feel that’s exactly what I did. I started my own company. I hired the women I was classmates with and so now we’re all giving back. It’s part of our corporate social responsibility to give back. It’s a must,” Miranda said.

In spite of her achievements, this Pinay wants to do more.

“I actually don’t feel that accomplished. Even though you see all the accolades, I have a long way to go. So I think there are many more milestones to come,” Miranda said.

Miranda believes her drive to succeed has been motivated by her Filipino upbringing.

“My mother brought us here from the Philippines in the 80s. We came with two suitcases and $400 dollars and we lived in a very humble town in Oakland. And I always said whenever I make it, I’ll always give back,” she explained.

Miranda’s advice to her fellow kababayans is simple: “Never give up. I mean I think that’s the Filipino spirit. We are hardworking people. We are humble. We’re gracious and we don’t take things for granted. As a Filipino culture we already have that in our DNA and it’s just up to you to reach for your goals. Strive as hard as you can. If not us, why not, right?”
You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Nora
    12 May 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Kathrina Therese Aquilizan Q. Miranda has been brought up by her strong-willed mother, Carmen Aquilizan without forgetting Christian and Filipino values. She continues to soar to success because she does not forget to be a “woman for others”. Thank you for featuring her. May her life inspire others.

  • Kathrina Miranda
    12 May 2014 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much to the talented team at ABS-CBN for putting this together! As a token of my appreciation, for anyone with a dream to start or grow their business reading this can attend our WOMEN + FINANCE FORUM: Financial Success For Start-ups, Business Owners and Entrepreneurs compliments of MiMA. Just click on the “donation for girls education” option and enter any small amount instead of the $25 fee. Register here while space is limited: https://mimawomen.eventbrite.com.

  • JRB
    13 May 2014 at 8:43 am - Reply

    One more thing that you forgot to say is make sure that you pay your taxes? Some Business Owners for get to pay they taxes? Alot of them is filipinos.

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