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.


I’ve studied the architectural and organizational patterns of hundreds of software-intensive systems. And, with little exception, I’ve found that game development companies have the most draconian, toxic development cultures. theverge.com/2018/3/20/1713… Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo

Venture Deals online course is coming up in a few weeks. I took this course last year, and i learned a lot. I think it is interesting for any entrepreneur, wanting to understand how equity and investing works. kfatechstars.novoed.com/#!/courses/kfa…

Read: Profitable, difficult, or important? buff.ly/2CSJCOI?

Wow, Linus Torvalds apologizes for years of rudeness, will step back (temporarily) from kernel wrangling: “I need to take a break to get help on how to behave differently and fix some issues in my tooling and workflow.” lore.kernel.org/lkml/CA+55aFy+… Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo

Read: Zoom & Skype call tips (the secrets of video conferences) buff.ly/2pb3cMi?

Read: What Most Remote Companies Don’t Tell You About Remote Work buff.ly/2MxsOwf

Read: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds buff.ly/2MRIBKn

Inspired by the folks at #TechstarsxTDPK during the #TSAPACSummit2018, I did some studying on the Philippines’ first startup bill and what it meant if it were ever passed into a law. It’s a long read but hopefully summarises the bill and it’s status well. ashleyuy.com/2018/09/13/und… Retweeted by Mark Buenconsejo

“an illusion of software development as an ever increasing collection of desirable features rather than as an exploration of a problem-space” - CI and the Change Log buff.ly/2x9tYYY