Just a little more about me

Somebody told me once that he had never met a guy like me. Since always, even when a kid, I’ve been not the most chatty one in the group nor I am now but I was just there, listening to others, watching what was going on around, looking to their faces, their expressions while others where talking to them. Actually, still as a kid, I never used to cry while people around me were talking. It was like listening to them was my favorite way to amuse myself.

As I said before I’m still being not the most chatty one in the group but I like to be there, listen and give my opinion when I really need it. I love meeting new people all round the world, new cultures, new ways of think and act. Learn from others experiences, failures and anecdotes. This is the way I am.

Since I was 3, I was joined to the music school in my hometown and I’m totally thankful with the decision to get me there. Music made me appreciate the little thinks of the life, increase concentration, see every movement as a related sequence of notes and above all, look for perfection as I played for 13 years the violin. You have to work on what you want to achieve perfection. In my field of study, Business Administration, I’m getting specialized on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management which means creativity, design and imagination on its pureness, but all of this are nothing without perfection, so music is giving me the perspective to achieve what I want.

I’m currently developing a project with two other mates, Intrepic, which is going to change the way users consume, generate and get informed across social networks. While others in my class still don’t know their goal in life or at least on their academic years I’m full of ambition, I know what I really want to do and I’m going to achieve it in anyway. I’m not the one who talk the most but I can swear I am that one who while others are talking, is thinking about how to change things. And this is what our generation is missing. People is all that focused on promote theirself that they really forget that what really matter in this life is not what you are saying but what you can demonstrate.

Finally so end up this post, I feel the need to mention again what S. Jobs said once:

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things, they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Do what you love and do it often | The Holstee Manifesto

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.

I’ve been planning something huge for next week’s post, we are about to reach an awesome number of visitors and we want to celebrate with all of you so all I can share with you today is The Holstee Manifesto, a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion and community.

Tip from SavvySeniorsWok.com:

Behind the Holstee Manifesto is a business launched in the heat of the recession in May 2009. Brothers Mike and Dave and their partner, Fabian, knew they wanted to create more than a business – the trio wanted to create a lifestyle. So the first thing Holstee’s three founders did was sit together and write down exactly what was on their minds. They wanted to create a company that breathes passion into the world everyday. it was to be a reminder of what we live for. The result became known as the Holstee Manifesto and, through all avenues of social media, the manifesto has been viewed over 80.000.000 times to date!

Starting in the summer of 2009, they dove head first into the world of design and production. After six months an a huge learning curve, Holstee launched its first line of Recycled Tees made of 100% recycled plastic bottles that were milled, cut and sewn within 150 miles of each other in North Carolina. Starting with this first round, 10% of all sales were lent to entrepreneurs in extreme poverty through non-profit micro-lending organizations like Kiva.org – a tradition they are proud to still embrace.

Amazed and inspired by the community of individuals who have embraced the Holstee Manifesto as their own, the founders have created this My Life project to capture, celebrate and share the stories that speak to the truth that life is indeed about the people you meet and the things you create with them.

If you loved this video you’ll enjoy all the material Holstee has on their site.

BE CREATIVE! BE INSPIRED! GET TUNED & SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

Design is not everything, but it is

Sometimes, and when I mean sometimes it’s more frequently than what I would like to, people ask to me why Mac? Why at the moment I went for a laptop I decided to get a Mac instead of any else, and I use to answer about the complementation between software-hardware, the materials, the culture of the company or even what Apple represents to me or what Jobs contributed to the society, but almost always I arrive at the same point: the design.

Design is not everything but it’s the factor the consumer appreciate the most. You get attracted by a product in function of its design, colors, packaging or stuff like these; pure marketing in fact, and competitors can do nothing in front Apple in this field. What I really appreciate about the Cupertino’s company is the believe on making something better each time they launch some new advice to the market, they keep trying to innovate and create having the design as the main subject.

But why I am talking about all of this? Why defend Apple?

The answer is these two videos Apple launched some months before. Designed by Apple in California represents the excellence of each product they build, each device they imagine and I have to admit that these marketing strategy completely convinced me.  I don’t want to be that kind of people who get mad when you criticize the fruity products, but I’m and will be totally in love with what Apple produce. Other companies can produce smart devices too, but no one has the components, features and branding as Apple has.


Designed by Apple in California.

Live unbound

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When I started this blog in the very first I was willing to begin something which could inspire and motivate others to create new things, to feel comfortable and capable to do everything they want, so posts during the first year were all about innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, motivation, etc.

But something changed my mind recently.

I’m still a huge fan of motivation blogs and I’m completely in entrepreneurship field, but now I become a little more concerned about the feeling of freedom, spread the liberty: to live unbound.

There’s something inside of us. Blind to the forces that restrict our potential, it gives us the gift of unlimited ability. We use it to rise above ourselves. To reach the unreachable. But for most people it’s unattainable. Bound by fear. Trapped inside the walls they build. Asleep but never dead. We fight to awaken it. We fight to live unbound. Unbound from our debilitating thoughts- I can’t, it’s too risky, I’m afraid, that’s impossible. We do have weaknesses, fears and doubts; bu they’re overpowered by psychological strength, by the most powerful directing force of our future – our belief. Fueled by this confidence we redefine our limitations. We live unbound from the status quo. From the guidelines that suffocate our imagination. Instead, we follow our intuition, even when it guides us off the well paved path, into the unknown. Despite its uncertainty, we have learned to love this place. It gives us answers. It’s where we belong. Rooted from a desire to feel alive, to escape, to experience, to succeed, to discover what we’re truly capable of. We live unbound. 

I discovered LIVE UNBOUND a little ago, maybe a couple of months ago, when I realised it was the most inspirational site ever (beside #BRANDYOURWAY). I’ve visited several sites before such as INFINITY LIST but the design and creativity of LIVE UNBOUND completely impressed me. There’s a lot of strength on it, a lot of will to live, to try out and this is what I really appreciate when I look through Internet. It’s pretty hard to find a site that really make you fall in love with it but I claim I found it.

Furthermore, LIVE UNBOUND means to me something more than just a website, represents the way of life I advocate every day, a way of life that completely define you and you define the way you act. Something fueled by the feeling of freedom, ambition and respect. You must feel free to do what you love, but you also need a portion of ambition to fight for it, then immediately you’ll reach respect. This is my point of view of everything I do day after day: if you really want something go for it. Don’t be afraid about what others are gonna say, just go and achieve it, fight for it, be better than anyone else. Only when you have what you want stope, enjoy and listen what others say about you.

Introducing Airbnb

Some weeks ago, about june 15th, I’ve been introduced to a new way of home renting, this is Airbnb.

Airbnb is a privately held company headquartered in SF founded in August 2008 which provides a platform for individuals referred to as “hosts”, generally private parties, to rent unoccupied living space and other short-term lodging to guests.

Users of the site must register and create a personal online profile before using the site. Every property is associated with a host whose profile includes recommendations by other users, reviews by previous guests, as well as a response rating and private messaging system.

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How the founders came up with the idea? 

Shortly after moving to SF in October 2007, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia created the initial concept for AirBed & Breakfast during the Industrial Design Conference. The original site offered short-term living quarters, breakfast and a unique business networking opportunity for attendees who were unable to book a hotel in the saturated market.

At the time, roommates Chesky and Gebbia could not afford the rent for their loft in SF so they made their living room into a bed and breakfast, accommodating three guests on air mattresses and providing homemade breakfast.

In February 2008, Harvard graduate and technical architect, Nathan Bleckarczyk joined as the third co-founder of AirBed & Breakfast. During the company’s initial stages, the founders focused on high-profile events where alternative lodging was scarce.

To help fund the site, the founders created special edition breakfast cereals, with candidates Brack Obama and John McCain as the inspiration for “Obama O’s” and “Cap’n McCains”. In two months, 800 boxes of cereal were sold at $40 each which generated more than $30K for the company’s incubation and attracted Y Combinator’s Paul Graham.

After its graduation, the site expanded to include properties in the market between hotels and CouchSurfing. In January of 2009, Y Combinator invited Gebbia and Blecharcxyk to join the incubator’s winter session for three months of training. With the website already built, they used the $20K Y-Combinator investment to fly to NY to meet users and promote the site. They returned to SF with a profitable business model to present to West Coast investors.

“And this is how business is made  kids”

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So how the hell Airbnb works? Well it’s quite easy, first of all you have to create an account as we said before or you can log in using your Facebook account. Then you will have to list your space by picking a home type, room type, accommodations and city. From this point forward everything you must do is upload some pictures of your space (max. 25) and type about it, as for example location, amenities, etc. You can also call for a professional photographer, totally free. It’s awesome.

As I said at the beginning I’ve been introduced to the platform some weeks ago and I’m really amused about how well it’s working having almost the whole month of July booked as well as August. It’s really useful for those who are having an empty space and want to earn some money from it. I’ll definitely use it to survive in Belgium. What about you?

We the youth

The free ones, the ambitious, the creatives, the dreamers, the future, that ones who’re supposed to push the human race forward. We have plenty of confidence in ourselves, we want to succeed #WeTheYouth

Two weeks ago I met another race of young people, something different from the ordinary, guys and girls who have ambitions and goals, who want to be successful in their life. They have creativity running on their blood. This is the reason of this post, I want to share with all of you how it was to live, work and hang out during a whole week with all of them. This is the experience of getting along with 6 students around Europe working as a team. Be welcomed to the International Entrepreneurship Seminar: 6 universities, 36 students, 1 goal: make this world a better place through social entrepreneurship.

THE ONES WHO DARE TO DREAM

In may 2013 the 3rd edition of the International Entrepreneurship Seminar was organized in Mataró, Barcelona (Spain) by the Escola Universitaria del Maresme as well as TecnoCampus Mataro-Maresme and the International Entrepreneurship Seminar partners . The International Entrepreneurship Seminar (IntEntSem) is a co-organized weekprogram of 6 European Universities aiming to stimulate international cooperation, student mobility, entrepreneurial behaviour, awareness of European trade opportunities and awareness of cultural differences within Europe among the participating students and coaches. 36 students out of 6 countries are selected to participate, based on their entrepreneurial ambitions, sociable skills and motivation to participate. They are divided into 6 multinational teams of 6 students. The main goal of this weekly seminar is to set up a new innovative business concept, based on cultural differences within the team, the workshops and inspiration sessions they have to follow during the week and the main topic of the week, which is “Social Entrepreneurship”.

Started by the Business Administration faculty at University College Ghent in Knokke, Belgium, in 2011, the IntEntSem toured around Europe since 2012 with its first step in Wilhelmshaven, Germany in April 2012, this year in Mataró, Spain and the next year in Västerås, Sweden in April 2014.

When it all started.

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When we think about a German, a Belgian, a British, a French and a Spanish may looks like a joke, most of the times it could be impossible to work together due to personal and cultural differences, but for a time we were gathered in the same place having all one thing in common: the wish to create. We were willing to open our minds, share differences and build an innovative product which should solve consumer needs, and all started the sunday 12th May, when we went for a teambuilding dinner at Mataró Center, where we met up for the first time. Some tapas and beer was the way to be welcomed, that was the beginning of something more than an entrepreneurial seminar. We thought, designed, run, laughed, drank, slept together. In just a week we had become more than friends, we were taking part at the IntEntSem 2013 where young people become entrepreneurs in a week.

The rest of the week was full of great and funny experiences such as teambuilding games at Mataró Beach, a teambuilding paella on Monday evening, brainstormings, products’ visualization, trend watching in Barcelona, business canvas model building, reporting the business model and the greatest activity of the week, a speed date event with entrepreneurs on Thursday evening, no words for that, just so proud to be there.

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Unfortunately Friday arrived and that represented the end of our journey. We went for a huge party to Barcelona where we spent the whole night having fun all together, our last moments taking part of something exclusive, something unique. Sincerely, and now is the first time I recognize it, I was afraid to join the IntEntSem, yes, when I sent the application to take part on it I was afraid of meeting new people because we use to be reluctant to change our day-to-day and discover and live new experiences, we all want to be happy by not taking risks, something illogical but extremely common, but now I know that nobody will be able to reproach what I did. After some nervousness at the beginning I started enjoy, I discovered another race of young people, people like me, people who dare to dream. I enjoyed every time of the week even the breaks. And because of this, from this blog I feel the strong urge to show my gratitude to them, thanks for wake up everyday and feel the necessity to change something, thanks for having goals, for not being afraid of the future. We met up for first time the sunday 12th May at Mataró Center but I’m sure that from then to the future we’re gonna meet many times and then we could say that one week we took part at the International Entrepreneurship Seminar 2013.

Thank you all guys, keep thinking different! | #WeTheYouth

We are innovation

19. Dreamer entrepreneur developing @intrepic. BA student at UPF, day trader and trail runner. Blogger. Social media, sports, photo, street art & sitcoms lover.

This is what I’ve said everywhere on the web even on this blog. You can find me on twitter, facebook, pinterest, linkedin, youtube, vimeo, google+ and many other sites not popular yet but with a creative core that make them special (the one I love the most is Cowbird, must be checked out!). All I said to the web are 140 characters, almost 22 words and 2 numbers and I think it’s time to say something more about me, it’s time to talk and spread which are my dreams, what I really want to do. That’s one of the purposes I created #brandyourway a year ago, to share my opinions.

I am currently 19, with no professional duties and lot of time, resources and imagination to create. Someone else would be playing at PS3 during the afternoon or doing literally nothing, but I need to create. College give the theory needed to success but only you are the responsible to do it or not, only you can make it happen. And I am trying to do it. To put in another way, I’m gonna try to succes in any case.  I’m working on a project named intrepic which is in fact my motivation to learn everyday from everything. It’s an important aspect to take in account for youth to soak up all they can, learn from their environment, the way others act. Coworking and learning through experience.

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Intrepic came to me the last summer just after arriving from Cali [take a look at Couchsurfing around California]. I’ve not realized til then how many events, successes and interesting facts can one notice while strolling. Always it’s happening something, not matter the place, the weather or the hour, if it has to happen it will and if you are lucky you’ll be there to see it. This is on which I focused intrepic, emotions through experience. (With an eye toward the future I promise to keep you on the ball about what’s gonna happen about intrepic).

Travel to US changed completely my way of thinking and learning. I’ve grown in a static society, if we keep in mind that Spain has nearly the same expanse as Texas it’s not strange then to born and die in the same place or almost at the same province. And this is what I want to change to me.  Few month ago I was talking just about this with a friend I met in Las Vegas and he was so shocked about our way of life, the way we are able to born, grew, study, work, get married and die in the same place. That’s why I say that trip changed my mind; I saw how people create, found and boost startups in a day, from one day to the next, how ideas become business, how freelances don’t dead asphyxiated by taxes. It’s another reality. And I’m aware that culture, traditions, expanse and economy are pretty different, but I can’t understand at all what are we doing wrong here. Why entrepreneurs are afraid to set up their projects? Why ideas don’t become to business? Why creativity don’t become to ilusion?

And here is where innovation becomes important, how youth get the knowledge and learnings to feel free to create, to cooperate or simply but no less important to dream. Because as said Micky’s father, if you can dream it, you can do it and in any way innovation is nothing more than freedom, that feeling of “impossible is nothing” and “the world is mine”. Once you believe anything can’t stop you, only then you’ll start generating ideas, you’ll start creating concepts maybe not innovatives at all but they will become a part of that called entrepreneurship. And this concept is what avoid to get static and at the same time push the human race forward generating new business opportunities, generating wealth and making better the way of life of everyone.

Summing up, we are innovation, we are made of creativity and we live from dreams and goals. To success or not is on our hands and there’s also the chance to brand our way and achive at least that feeling called freedom. To finish, here’s a quote that really marked me said by a young entrepreneur with a huge potential I met this semester. All the best from this blog!

Entrepreneur is not just that one who achieve it but that who try it-S.G