Volunteering in Costa Rica

David Cohen

We just returned from a week in the Orisi Valley of Costa Rica. two hours on the connection then on to San Jose, Costa Rica. Delaney noticed the American music and said her first impressions were that Costa Rica was very high tech and familiar. Camisa de futbol, equipe de Costa Rica official. Costa Rica feels very familiar. By contrast, Costa Rica has been culturally easy.

GoFish Cam Provides a Fish Eye’s View of the Water

SiliconHills

He grew up fishing in Canada and Costa Rica and he always wanted to know what was happening in the water. Ever wonder what’s going on underwater when you’re fishing? That’s what piqued Brandon Austin’s interest. So, he created a company to find out and became flounder of GoFish Cam. Growing up fishing, always like […]. The post GoFish Cam Provides a Fish Eye’s View of the Water appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Ideas to Invoices Podcast

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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight on Latin and Central America

ReadWriteStart

With that, let's look at the two entrepreneurs who pitched today from Costa Rica. Entrepreneurs from Latin and Central America were given first priority to pitch their businesses at today's roundtable co-hosted by Innova Tiquicia and Startup Weekend Costa Rica.

An update

Jeff Hilimire

I haven't blogged in a few weeks due mainly to a long vacation my family and I took to Costa Rica, so I thought I'd get back on the train by giving a little update. First off, my family went to Las Catalinas in Costa Rica for a ten day trip that we will never forget. And every day it looked like this: I know, right? :). Meanwhile, Dragon Army has had a phenomenal first half of the year.

Andrew McCubbins: An Entrepreneur Solving World Problems From Salt Lake City, Utah

YoungUpstarts

Working with GlobalAware he went to Costa Rica with his wife and children to help start a church and a community center. Andrew McCubbins is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist who has started several successful multibillion-dollar businesses. His businesses range from marketing, Internet marketing, and medical software. He also started a revolutionary telemedicine business which provides 24/7 care to patients from the convenience of their home.

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Paul Herdsman Of NICE Global: The Benefits Of Utilizing Nearshore Outsourcing For Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Examples of this for businesses in the United States would be countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, or Jamaica. In today’s ever-changing, highly competitive business climate, small startups and large companies alike are increasingly turning to outsourcing processes.

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5 Creative Ways To Motivate Employees

YoungUpstarts

The beauty of incentive travel is that you can be as creative as you want to be including out-of-the-ordinary activities where employees can truly immerse themselves in their destinations, whether that’s husky puppy training in Norway, making a positive change by getting hands-on with an animal conservation project in Costa Rica or adding on a walking tour with a former street child in Delhi being just a few fantastic ways to satisfy employees.

One Hundred Percent Satisfied?

Mike Michalowicz

This year we decided to go to Costa Rica. And, as I learned from the Costa Ricans, it doesn’t require satisfaction surveys or anything of the type. I just returned from my annual business retreat. We wanted to experience the world class whitewater rafting. What I didn’t expect was that we would also experience world class customer service.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 9: Jered Lawson and Chase Adam

Steve Blank

He also worked in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica and helped start a national health program in Haiti. He discovered a way to do it on a bus ride in Costa Rica. I came back to Costa Rica after that trip back home and honestly I felt a little jaded. Passion powers entrepreneurs; tenacity pulls them through, and entrepreneurship can do good for the world explained todays guests on Entrepreneurs are Everywhere , my radio show on Sirius XM Channel 111.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Incubators Are Reaching Out To 1M/1M

ReadWriteStart

Next, Douglas Villalobos from Costa Rica pitched GeoInvenio, a mobile application development platform. Douglas has identified about 50 software companies in Costa Rica that may be willing to develop apps on top of the GeoInvenio platform.

Getting ‘Fashion Forward’ On Customs

YoungUpstarts

However some countries still maintain select quotas , such as Costa Rica, which controls trade in certain wool fabrics. By David L. Cunningham Jr., Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Express. Fashion is a global business, and the world is a burgeoning marketplace. The US$1.5 trillion fashion trade is on a double-digital growth trajectory driven by developing economies , and big retailers are not the only beneficiaries.

[Interview] Jason and Jodi Womack, Authors of “Get Momentum”

YoungUpstarts

Our version of nothing… That’s going for a hike in the hills of Ojai, California or Costa Rica… a long road trip, singing (badly!)

Don’t Pay Bribes to Get International Expansion

Startup Professionals Musings

In a very recent international bribery case, Alcatel-Lucent decided to pay $137 million to settle charges that it paid millions of dollars in bribes to foreign officials to win and maintain contracts in Costa Rica, Hondurus, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Are You Living An Adventure-Starved Life? 11 Ways To Shake Things Up

YoungUpstarts

You don’t have to go skydiving on your 50 th birthday — unless you really want to — but you could go ziplining or save up for a trip to Costa Rica. . by Vella Mbenna, author of “ Muddy Roads Blue Skies: My Journey to the Foreign Service, From the Rural South to Tanzania and Beyond “ Have you fallen into a routine of drudgery? Do you feel stuck there? You’re not alone.

3 Brands To Inspire Your Next Social Contest!

Brandanew

The contest simply consisted of users completing an entry form, that gave them a chance to win a 5 day all inclusive trip to Costa Rica – plus a year’s supply of their Surf product. Many businesses have tried running contests and quizzes on their social profiles, and most of them failed miserably. The reason? Launching a contest isn’t all that challenging, but targeting the right audience, keeping things fun and simple most definitely can be hard.

Episode 62: Cash Flow and Profit First Tips with Kevin Davis

Mike Michalowicz

From a 12,000 mile camping trip throughout the US, to Spanish immersion school in Costa Rica, and trips to Brazil, they take a very “why not” approach to life. From a 12,000 mile camping trip throughout the US, to Spanish immersion school in Costa Rica, and trips to Brazil, they take a very “why not” approach to life. Also Available On. Show Summary. Kevin Davis joins Mike Michalowicz, Chris Curran, and Kristina Bolduc for Episode 62 of the Profit First Podcast!

Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total. If you're not attending the conference in person, consider meeting up with one of these groups to watch.

Why he is there and I am here

The Startup Toolkit

A few weeks ago, In Costa Rica, I talked to a guy whose company did 7 million revenue its first year. Now, a couple years on, he and his cofounders are taking a 5 million dividend apiece and it’s growing fast. I wanted to know why he can pull that off and I can’t. He’s 42; I’m 29. I asked what changed for him in the last 12 years. Was he always this good? Did he get lucky? Make the right connections? Is it the inevitable result of doing hard work?

Startup Lessons Learned 2011 streaming live

Startup Lessons Learned

I have been getting emails and tweets all day from people upset that they cannot get into Startup Lessones Learned 2011 - either here in SF, where we're sold out, or in one of the more than 100 simulcast locations around the world, many of which are sold out, too. We struggle with this issue every year, because we strongly encourage everyone who can to participate with their local entrepreneurship community. Strengthening ties between entrepreneurs is one of our most important values.

I sat in my own safety net while weaving it.

Berkonomics

He regained his senses, and now runs a small resort and restaurant in Costa Rica. Editor’s note: Berni Jubb was an Inc.500 entrepreneur, after years as a senior marketing manager of a large computer company. By Berni Jubb. My First Startup…. never started, nor did my fifth or sixth. My desire to run something stirred inside me early in life, but the first real entrepreneurial adventure finally took hold after a lot of failed experiments. Each one had a steep learning curve.

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How to Build a Boss Brand [Part I]

Up and Running

We also do this type of work in our retreats—we had two recent retreats to Cuba and Costa Rica, and one upcoming to Brazil! Building a boss brand is the process of reviewing where you are, and where you want your life and business to go. Since 2006, I’ve been learning how to combine passion, purpose, people, and profits.

25 Tricky Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

YoungUpstarts

For instance: “When I started with the Blake Company, I was given responsibility for their operations in Mexico and Costa Rica. by Peter K. Studner, author of “ Super Job Search IV: The Complete Manual for Job Seekers and Career Changers “. Yes, it’s important to craft a strong, accurate résumé — but like it or not, most jobs are secured or lost in the interview stage. Don’t let your job search ride on a piece of paper.

This Weekend

Startup Lessons Learned

The next couple of days are going to be amazing, as the Lean Startup community converges on San Francisco. I want to welcome all of you who are traveling to be here. Welcome to our fair city. There are only a few tickets left to Startup Lessons Learned 2011 on Monday (May 23). If you haven't registered yet, please do. As a reminder, the first 200 people to show up will get one of the very first copies of the Lean Startup Book , a pre-publication printed galley.

How to Start a Travel Agency

Up and Running

Don Halbert, owner of Costa Rica Vacations, also funded his travel agency through venture capital. For Don, the idea that you must spend money to make money drove the marketing strategy behind Costa Rica Vacations. If you’re someone who loves travel, loves the planning process, and enjoys helping others have great experiences, you may have considered starting a travel agency. However, starting a travel business is a bit of a mixed bag.

15 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

I work mostly from the tropical paradise of Costa Rica and this is only possible because I’m an entrepreneur. Share Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

24 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

I have the unique opportunity to design my life the way I want to, travel the world, and live here in Costa Rica. Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: EpicThrills

crowdSPRING Blog

Whether it’s heli-skiing in Alaska, surfing in Costa Rica, or whitewater rafting in Patagonia, we drop an unbelievable sale on an adventure in your email inbox each week. I have a friend who subscribes to the belief that every experience you have in life is a “story for your storybook.” It’s become a kind of mantra in our group of friends, used in jest and in all seriousness.

Twitter Link Roundup #60 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Google Maps triggers military dispute between Costa Rica & Nicaragua – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Customer Service Lessons for Entrepreneurs from United Airlines

Small Business Force

Earlier this month they ejected a man and woman on their way to be married in Costa Rica because they had the temerity to change their seats when another sleeping passenger occupied theirs. Entrepreneurs can often take lessons from big companies about how to do certain things. When it comes to customer service, United Airlines has provided a treasure trove of lessons that small business owners should embrace. Not necessarily to follow, but learn from!

Ten Things I Will Never Have to Do Again

Software By Rob

If I go back to Costa Rica I will likely be off the grid for a week or two and I won’t worry about it while I’m gone.

Scaling is Hard, Case Study: TripAdvisor

Seeing Both Sides

I remember last year settling into the booth of a café deep in the rainforest in Costa Rica and looking up to see a placard on the table begging for a positive TripAdvisor review. “TripAdvisor is to travel reviews what Kleenex is to tissues.”. . Henry Harteveldt, Forrester. . TripAdvisor may be one of the most fascinating companies I know and so I was excited to dig into their business model as part of my series on scaling.

Ten Things I Will Never Have to Do Again

Software By Rob

If I go back to Costa Rica I will likely be off the grid for a week or two and I won’t worry about it while I’m gone.

12 Questions: Meet Pamela Harvey (USA)

crowdSPRING Blog

We lived in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, and Colombia. In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects.