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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

“Don’t Compare Yourself to Others” – The Envy Problem

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

I spent two years in my 20′s surfing in Costa Rica while he climbed the corporate totem pole.” “Don’t compare yourself to others.” ” It’s common advice. When you compare yourself to others, you are “comparing your insides to someone else’s outsides.”

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In fact, while you''re sitting at your desk longing for that dream trip to Costa Rica or badgering yourself to actually go to the gym after work, you could probably be using that time to make yourself happier instead.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Or offering paid surf trips to Costa Rica ? Science uncovers a way you can spend only pennies and increase your chances of recruiting top talent fivefold.


Two broken iPhones, a Hartman Electronics fuzz I broke and need to send back to Theo, coins from Costa Rica, and lots of dust. My desk is covered with papers. Like the bill from Comcast that reflects twice what my supposed package is supposed to be. And something from IRS errors in 2009 (or mine--we''ll see). Some napkins, a plastic bag, community gardens agreements, and notes. Lots and lots of notes. Sketches of UIs. Business models. Designs. User experience stuff. Shopping lists.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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He explains: "We send our staff to exotic locations like Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Want to attract the best talent? You''ll need an awesome company culture. Here are a few quirky ideas on how to build one.

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Riding the roller coaster Casey Halloran moved to Costa Rica after he graduated from the University of Rochester and started a travel agency. His business has recovered, and Halloran and Gonzalez live in Costa Rica with their 10-month-old son.

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One of the most effective antifear tricks I''ve ever found happened when I was on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica two years ago. No doubt about it, fear sucks. Here''s how to put it in its place. Is fear holding you back from trying something new or going after what you really want? Here are some ways to get past it. I hate fear. Fear has cost me a hefty sum in dental bills from grinding my teeth.

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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. .

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While there''s some bread-and-butter stuff like a visit to the London Eye, most of these things are experiences like a Jeep safari in Jordan , walking with a Monk in Nepal , or a cloud forest and butterfly farm tour in Costa Rica - something you normally wouldn''t search out on your own.

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No more than 7 percent can go to any single country, so that immigrants from India and China receive the same consideration as those from such places as Iceland or Costa Rica.

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I think it’s all about caring for others around you,”--Patrick Mish, CEO of M-Edge Beyond imagination “I was living in Costa Rica at the time and my co-workers ran up to me and asked if I had seen what had happened.

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Ben Casnocha: The Blog

I remember when I once woke up in a small village in Costa Rica where there was no hot water, I then traveled all day, and by night was lying in bed in rich San Francisco.

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Today, he's in Costa Rica, researching his next venture, which he says will be a company with a social mission. After Costa Rica, he plans to move to Los Angeles. Kickstarter has raised millions for designers and entrepreneurs.

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Quest went bankrupt and decided to move to Costa Rica. A Portland-based board game project raised $122,000, but its creator says the funds are all gone and there will be no game. Who''s to blame?

Startup Wise Guys Alumni Pass €1 Million in Funding as new Teams Hop Onboard


In the current batch, we have teams from as far as Costa Rica and India, with many nationalities within the teams. Leaf (Costa Rica) - Free music-streaming service with a direct channel for artists to grow and monetize their fan bases.

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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. Think scaling a company is a walk in the park? Think again.

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Through our development center in Costa Rica, our consulting firm offers so-called nearshoring. How to outsource your software development without booking a flight to Asia.

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Should You Travel Abroad With Your Startup?

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We send our staff to exotic locations like Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Packing up and moving your team overseas for a few months isn''t as crazy as it sounds, insist a handful of startup founders. For lots of startups the question in this headline will seem absurd.