“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
I strongly believe that at least once in lifetime… we must execute our ideas… Being an ENTREPRENEUR is not an easy task. Especially when starting a project from scratch we face:
- Financial Risk.
Even though the above points might sound scary, THEY SHOULD NOT BEAT US. I also do not want to be that NEGATIVE, so please read till the end :).
The upsides of being an ENTREPRENEUR overcome (by far) the drawbacks… and yes, you might be wonder why have you (Fernando) worked for companies then? The answer is simple: there are different stages and situations in life that could lead us to either take the risks (and excitement) mentioned above or be a contributor to another project we have not created, but which we find valuable, inspiration and motivational.
I had the chance to build up 4 start-ups (either being a founder or part of the board let’s say) and NONE of them ended up running a successful business. Even though I emptied my pocket every single time, I could work hard and recover from the situation.
Here are the projects:
- Fastdove: A messaging platform via Push Notifications (back in 2011) for customer communication and marketing. Barcelona (Spain) - San Francisco (USA).
- Flomio: an NFC based Company where we had the chance to raise money via Kickstarter to build up an NFC Device. That was in Miami (USA), year 2012.
- NDigital: A Mobile Development Consultancy in Barcelona (Spain) in 2013.
- Bestoke: A digital platform to create branding around Cannabis. Miami (USA). 2019.
All of the projects were REWARDING, and that is why I would never use the word FAILURE, because I learned so much that I would NOT CHANGE ANYTHING (even if I could) from the past.
- Total 4 years of accumulated experience. Starting in 2011 and ending in 2020 (and to be continued…).
- Defining product tactics and strategies for the short/mid term.
- Growing Technical Teams.
- Define Technical Strategies.
- Programming and Development.
- Project Management.
- Bleeding Edge Challenges.
- Learned to move fast.
- Selling ideas speeches.
- The Lean Startup for the win.
- Risk and Budget Management.
- Stress and Fears handling.