About me

My name is Mark John Buenconsejo, and here are 10 things about me:

  1. I am a computer programmer, and have been coding since the 90s.
  2. I strive to improve my practice of wondering, curious, reflecting, vulnerability, coding, advising, coaching, and facilitating.
  3. I am interested in using software to help solve big problems in the field of Healthcare, Education, Finance, and Economic Opportunity.
  4. I am curious about many things (specially social behavior), and obsess in understanding them, and learning deeper.
  5. I prefer working in a small team, with big ambitions.
  6. I have co-started a few businesses, since 1999. My most recent one is Next Level.
  7. I like to go on an adventure, discover things, endure hard stuffs, and grow my boundaries.
  8. I like being outdoors, be it by run, hike, bike, swim, or camp. One day or multi-day events are interesting for me.
  9. The longest endurance activity i have finished was 12hrs on a run, and i look forward to extending this in the future.
  10. I live with my wife and our 3 kids, in Cebu, Philippines.



  • Twitter - this is my main distribution channel for content i share online.
  • Instagram - photos i've taken that i find interesting to share.
  • GitHub - codes i wrote and allowed to share online.
  • LinkedIn - my professional background and resume.
  • Strava - sports data from my adventures.
  • Vimeo - videos i've produced so far.


I help software teams become better and create high quality software. Visit my consulting business, Next Level, for more information.

I am an adviser at Symph, Synacy.

Current mission in life (perhaps until i'm 50):

  1. Understand how teams in software companies thrive, grow, and create software.
  2. Create content and tools that help teams within Asia (markets: PH, SG, JP, AU, IND, MY), who are creating software, to develop and sustain.
  3. Strengthen and be with my family, as my kids go through the most transformative years of their life (14 to 28).
  4. Expand my boundaries, gain new perspectives of how i understand my life, others, everyone, and see more of the world.
  5. Improve my skills in: creative/essay writing, sleeping, awareness of self and others, focus and mindfulness, and public speaking.


I write on topics about life, learning, human behavior, psychology, mindfulness, self development, economics, society formation, social relationships, languages, culture, fitness, and adventure.

Read more from my blog.


Great profile of Patagonia’s Philosopher-King: How Yvon Chouinard turned his eco-conscious, anti-corporate ideals into credo of a successful clothing company. He wrote the social media playbook for brand building long before any of us were dreaming it up. newyorker.com/magazine/2016/… Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo

From @KentBeck - the progression programmers go through in separating structural and behavioral changes medium.com/@kentbeck_7670… Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo

Read: Gail Goodman: Why I chose to join a startup, but not as CEO - Boston Busine buff.ly/2LVjwiu

Read: ‘The American Dream Is Broken, and I Think We Have a Shot at Fixing It.’ buff.ly/2VtfI7x

Read: The Empty Promise of Data Moats buff.ly/2Hf9LG3

Read: The Complete Guide to Deep Work (including a step-by-step checklist) buff.ly/2GWmyyd

Read: OPP (Other People’s Problems) buff.ly/2VwdyZy

Read: Failure is familiar, safety is surprising. buff.ly/2LNUCB7

Read: Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry buff.ly/2vYx95y

What I would write, if I could write that we'll. By @ftrain wired.com/story/why-we-l… Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo

A few months ago @WIRED asked me to write down what I still love about tech, now that the industry's shine is dulled by mass distrust. Here it is: wired.com/story/why-we-l… Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo