Making it on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list is a huge feat for young creatives and leaders in a variety of fields, like one Josh Glodoveza, gaming executive and proud Pinoy.
The annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list names the most successful and impactful persons in several industries all across the globe—all under the age of 30. Entrepreneurs, artists, media practitioners, scientists, activists, and so many more comprise the list of over 600 young people making waves in the world.
One such young person is Josh “Caru” Glodoveza, a creator, gamer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of his own management company, PANEL. And when we say young, we mean young. Glodoveza is only 20, and he’s managed to establish himself as a skilled professional in the gaming and esports industry, earning himself a spot in the Game section of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Class of 2023. Curious about the Pinoy professional? Here are a few things to know about Caru.
HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MANILA
The 20-year old entrepreneur and creator was born and raised right here in Manila, he reveals on his Forbes bio. At 12, Glodoveza and his mother moved to Qatar to reunite with his OFW father. While there, he didn’t have it easy. His said his childhood was marked with being picked last and feeling like a misfit, but he found a love for gaming and was able to kickstart his career. He landed his first job as a stream coordinator for US-based esports organization Sentinels at 13. Talk about hustling.
HE’S A TALENT MANAGER FOR SOME GAMING BIG NAMES
MOM I WORKED ON THIS !!!— CARU (@Caru) April 22, 2022
THE SYKKUNO BILLBOARD 🥺🌱💚 pic.twitter.com/F1HorfyavJ
As a teenager, Glodoveza worked for organizations and teams Sentinels, Gen.G, Ader, and FanJoy. He was able to work with some of the biggest names in gaming and streaming like Sykkuno and Hanhanxxrose. He’s a shark at landing brand deals and blending business with creativity.
HE WAS A VICE PRESIDENT AT 18
I’m so happy to announce that I’m officially @FanjoyCo’s VP of Talent. They have been important foundations to my work and my creators this past year and have been fuels to my ideas and vision for my business. Thank you to everyone who believed in me.— CARU (@Caru) November 29, 2021
🔗 https://t.co/J3IevNBGZL pic.twitter.com/Tg3NT0429h
Two years ago, Glodoveza achieved something almost unheard of in any industry. He ascended into a Vice President of Talent position at e-commerce company Fanjoy at 18, cementing his stature as a professional in the game (literally).
HE FOUNDED HIS OWN COMPANY
After working for various esports organizations and teams, Glodoveza ventured out on his own and co-founded management company PANEL with Andrew Franz. He took everything he learned throughout his career and launched his own business, hoping to provide a platform for gamers and creators alike and get them to reach new heights. We love a young creative and entrepreneur uplifting others in their industry.
HE’S A SWIFTIE
This is my first time seeing @taylorswift13— CARU (@Caru) August 10, 2023
I can’t believe how incredibly blessed and lucky I was to get these amazing seats literally right in front of her!!! Especially on the night of her last night leg of her North-American Tour and the announcement of her new re-recorded… pic.twitter.com/3yqnOtUwjf
In this day and age, who isn’t a Swiftie? A Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2024 member being a fan of TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year? Very fitting. Glodoveza got the chance to attend Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, and clearly, he had a great time.
HE WAS A MCDONALDS KIDDIE CREW MEMBER
My first job technically was being a kiddie crew at McDonald’s even though I had to pay to work there for the summer it made me fall in love with the brand and the food. I’ve been hooked since. CARU x McDonald’s one day it will happen watch. Thanks for the recognition king 👑😭— CARU (@Caru) December 1, 2023
Like a handful of Filipino kids, Glodoveza’s first job was as a kiddie crew member at McDonalds, where he says he fell in love with the food and the brand. We wonder if anyone he served ever thought he’d make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in just about a decade?
HE’S BREAKING TRADITION
I grew up understanding that I was supposed to go to college, get a degree, find a job, work for someone, provide for my family and then the cycle begins again with my children. That was the traditional Filipino path.— CARU (@Caru) November 28, 2023
I wanted to break that. I am 20, an immigrant and I am… pic.twitter.com/a1L0SrHLK9
In a post of gratitude regarding his selection, Glodoveza expressed his desire to break free of a traditional Filipino mold that wasn’t for him and his pride at making it on his own. At 20, he proves that success is not determined by a degree or by following the norm, but it can also be achieved by making big, bold, brave, and creative leaps in following one’s passion.
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