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.


Read: The Unhappy Middle of the Gig Economy buff.ly/2DdCCcT

Read: Three Types of Risk: Making Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty buff.ly/2KurZbH

Read: The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them) buff.ly/2G0SByi

Read: You Have To Live It To Believe It buff.ly/2IoC9YP

Read: Our 6 Must Reads for Honing Focus and Managing Your Time buff.ly/2KJyhEx

This is the most complete and current recap of @olabini's history, ideals, and current situation I have found. It's like a bad dream. #FreeOlaBini talkingpointsmemo.com/news/who-is-ol… Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo

Ride hailing is the tobacco of the gig economy—4,100 mostly white, mostly college-educated employees & their mostly white, mostly college-educated investors split $24B while 1.4M mostly nonwhite, non-college-educated drivers make $8.50 #LyftIPO open.spotify.com/episode/5hN9QQ… Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo

Of the many uses for AI, I’m particularly excited about how it can help improve the lives of the world’s poorest. b-gat.es/2WSAQFc Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo

Read: How to be an Effective Executive buff.ly/2VmsuFm

College admissions gone wild. — They Had It Coming buff.ly/2VhH9C1