Sofia Stolberg – Coworking in Puerto Rico with Piloto 151
Sofia Stolberg is an Entrepreneur, Innovator, Community Builder and the CEO and Founder of Piloto 151, the first co-working space in Puerto Rico and essentially the “WeWork” of the island. Sofia talks about how they helped foster the startup and entrepreneur ecosystem in Puerto Rico, how they are teaching the residents of the island software development with Code Trotters and how they are getting more females into coding with Women Tech Over. We also discuss some of the effects that the hurricane had on the tech community. Piloto 151 was one of the first office spaces on the island with wifi up after the hurricane. Sofia shares with us the struggles of creating the tech ecosystem 5 years ago, how the island has progressed since then and what the future holds for tech in Puerto Rico. You are not going to want to miss this episode.
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A Guide For Entrepreneurs On How To Get Better Sleep
After years of working to get ahead, nothing feels better than finally achieving your goal of becoming an entrepreneur. Being your own boss gives you a lot more freedom to live your life on your own terms. At first, it seems like this would make it a lot easier to sleep. As it turns out, however, that isn’t always the case.
Shifting from being an employee to being an entrepreneur not only increases your freedom but it also increases your responsibilities. When everything is riding on your shoulders, it is a lot easier to feel stressed out and anxious. As a business owner, you are responsible for dealing with every aspect of running your company, including coming up with new ideas, generating money to fund those ideas, managing your employees, taking care of your taxes, and countless other day-to-day tasks. It can be quite overwhelming.
If you really want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to fully believe in your abilities. You also need to stay motivated, keeping your eyes on the prize and developing new skills whenever necessary. You should focus on being your best in everything you do, including how you sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is absolutely vital when you are running your own business. Here are some tips to help you get the rest that you need so you can be more effective in your day-to-day life.
1. Know When To Call It A Day
With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to always stay connected. Thanks to devices like smartphones, you have the opportunity to respond to emails and text messages any time of the day or night. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Even if you are dealing with business associates or clients in another country, it is important to turn off your devices at a specific time each day. Ideally, you should try to have all of your emails sent by dinner time. Anything that comes in after that time can usually be dealt with the following day.
Although this isn’t necessarily feasible for all entrepreneurs, it can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep. Modern devices give off a blue light that keeps your body from effectively producing melatonin. Looking at your smartphone, playing on your computer, or watching your TV too late in the evening can make it far more difficult to fall asleep. Not only that but dealing with work-related issues in the evening can leave you with an active mind that is hard to shut down. To sleep more soundly, try to avoid using these types of devices for at least an hour before bed. Instead, try reading a book, spending time with your family, taking a bath, or any other activities that you find relaxing and enjoyable.
Gone are the days where meditation was something that was just associated with hippies or free spirits. These days, practically all successful people use some form of meditation to calm their minds. Mindfulness and meditation shift your attention to what is happening around you in the present, which can have a profoundly beneficial effect on both your body and your mind.
Regularly meditating can help you get much better sleep. Through meditation, you can free your mind from clutter, letting go of worries and focusing on what is happening right now in your life instead. Meditation is effective at relaxing your mind no matter what time of the day you do it. Regardless of whether you meditate early in the day or right before bed, it can ease stress and free up your mind, making it easier to sleep at night.
Practicing meditation is a lot easier than you might think. There are plenty of helpful tools online that you can use to get started. A body scan meditation is usually a good option for beginners and can give you an idea of whether or not this practice is right for you.
3. Buy The Best Bed You Can Afford
Chances are, you wouldn’t hesitate to spend a lot of money on a nice new car or a high-quality suit. The same should hold true for your bed. Even though buying a mattress isn’t exactly exciting, it can make a tremendous difference in your overall level of health – check out the reviews of this Metro mattress for example.
Getting better sleep can relieve aches and pains and can help you sleep better throughout the night. It can also make it easier to stay focused so that you can get more done during a typical workday. Along with buying a high-quality mattress, don’t forget to invest in a pillow that provides you with the support that you need. Sleeping on the right mattress can make a world of difference in how you feel when you wake up in the morning.
The Power of Networking and Leveraging
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My name is Super Manny Creative Director at Disrupt.
What I wanted to share today is the power of networking. and I know networking has been mentioned many times when it comes to networking and building businesses and things like that but i still don’t think that people understand the power of leveraging. So one of the things I want to explain about is actually a topic that’s very close to me. and it is about networking within the creative community. just in your area or your town or even in your state.
A lot of times many people don’t understand the power of networking and leveraging other peoples resources and other peoples time. So let’s put this into perspective so you as a Photographer , you have your certain strength, your certain niche, your forte. Whether You are a product photographer, portrait photographer or wedding photographer., maybe you do events. You have a certain brand that you are building and certain clientele that you work with. However, being in that brand there are many other clients who also reach out to you for different types of work.
So if you create a network of different types of photographers, then you guys are able to collaborate with each other. When an event comes up, then I know a certain event Photographer, I can link them two together. Same, Let’s say an event photographer that knows a product photography client that needs help then he will call me and vice-versa. So when you leverage each others strengths, not only are you doing the work that you love but also you are doing it correctly and growing Your business properly.
However if you try to do it Yourself, let’s say I do an event but i’m not fully equipped for events. I try to do maybe portrait photography but your are not familiar with studio lighting or even natural lighting when it comes to human subjects. Instead build a network of different photographers with there different strengths and collaborate with each other that way you can feed off of each others creativity, and then the work can continue to flow and go around.
What I see a lot of times especially in the industry that i’m in and the state that I am in, New Jersey there’s a lot of competition. “ I wanna be the best and I don’t want to see you grow” however, we need to break that, and we need to build a community where we all help each other and then in that way we will all grow. Because Imagine how powerful it will be, working together, leveraging everybody’s networks and everybody’s strengths to bring out the best of us for our clients. So I want you to take that into consideration. then, let me know what industry are you in and what are the ways you think you can connect with other creatives or not only just creatives but also other professionals in Your industry and how you guys can work together or maybe a story that You already have, where You had an amazing collaboration come through by using each others strengths. Alright guys thanks again. This is Super Manny with Disrupt and Can’t wait to see you guys in the next video.
Interview with Videographer @kybalionvfx
We recently had the chance to interview the super talented west coast videographer / photographer @kybalionvfx to talk about his career and how he got to where he is today.
How did you get started?
I’ve been wanting to create art for as long as I can remember. I wanted to be good at drawing or sketching initially. The coolest thing in the world to me was looking at people’s in class doodles. Unfortunately for me no matter how many hours that I put into it, I couldn’t get the results I wanted. My hands just don’t hold that capability. For awhile, I wasn’t creating anything. Fast forward to my freshman year of high school. I took a digital photography class. Although I enjoyed it I wasn’t able to get the results I wanted. My friends were killing it, I was struggling to keep a C. I suppose I just kept trying because I enjoyed it more than anything. My work was kept private because it wasn’t anything I was proud of but after years of hard work I feel comfortable enough to share what I do with the world and operate a business.
When did you decide that you wanted to become a creator?
I’d say looking at other creatives and their lifestyle really made me want to do it as a business or job. I like having the freedom, I like having the final call to do what I want to do. While watching photographers like 13th Witness just exploring the world and getting paid to do it, I thought maybe I can do something similar. As much as I love creation, I love the lifestyle that it offers. Every individual can literally choose their own worth and become who they want to be. It’s more difficult to do that in the real world, it’s more difficult to get your voice heard. For me, I always felt like I had a lot to say but nobody listened. When you get a little bit of recognition as a creator it’s easier to be heard. I love that part.
What gave you the courage to start a company, speak out, become a public figure?
Starting a company, speaking out and becoming who I am today was always scary for me. I don’t think I knew what I was doing. To this day there are times where I just feel lost and don’t really have much certainty in what I’m doing. There’s always that fear, am I good enough to start a company based on creating art? Would anybody pay me? The simple answer is, you don’t know until you try. Of course, when I first started the amount of times I got paid was absolutely rare. I just kept pushing and attempting to get better with the experiences that I was having. It was hard but I think if you really love what you do the courage translates itself through the passion you put in.
Tell use more about where you are from and your background?
I’m born into a Kashmiri-Punjabi immigrant family. I was born in Florida then moved to the Bay Area when I was in my early youth. Aside from a few years I spent in Iowa for college, I’ve pretty much been in the Bay Area for a large majority of my life.
What is one of your greatest accomplishment to date? Tell us about something that you are most proud of?
Oh man. I’d say there are special people I’ve gotten the chance to work with or that have posted my work which is always super awesome. However, I think in the raw sense that isn’t my biggest accomplishment although it may seem that way. For me back when tumblr was a thing I remember waking up one morning and seeing my photo get 60,000 reposts. It’s tumblr and it doesn’t mean much but I always felt unsure about the quality of what I do. I was just really happy to know that people were enjoying my work. It sounds silly but having people hit me up to ask me about my photography and gaining a following just by posting what I do was an awesome feeling. My mood changed from being like, man I don’t know if I can do this to maybe I can do this because people like it.
What was one of your most challenging moments and how did you overcome it?
Probably working with egos. They’ll be more. Here’s the issue in art sometimes. I’ve shot with a couple really talented and popular people. They’re superstars in the music world or sports world but I’ll get sniped for credits sometimes when whatever I did gets posted. That’s pretty disrespectful to me until I realize that this is like middle school all over again. Things are clique-based and judgemental. I’ve just realized that I have to do things at my own pace to get on the same equal level as them to get recognized. But yes, it’s always frustrating when your efforts go unnoticed by hundreds of thousands or in some cases millions of people.
Next, control freaks that you have to work with sometimes. I’ve known people that have never filmed anything that feel confident to direct without any notes. It’s difficult but sometimes you just gotta suck it up, do what you can and move on. Don’t work with these kinds of people once you realize those traits. The final project will never be good and it’ll take up days of unnecessary time to get there.
Does your family support you in your efforts? How?
My immediate family, sure. To a certain extent. There’s so many things they won’t know or understand so they’ve just accepted that I’m an adult and I know what I’m doing. I’ve always said they support by not asking me questions. A lot of what I’m doing is unconventional especially for immigrants.
Extended family doesn’t support. Aunties and some cousins only pretend to support or pretend to care when they’re caught talking trash. When they get caught they don’t apologize or consider the things that they said, they’re just scared of the platform I have to share things. They’re scared of the people I keep around. They have no choice but to act fake nice until they get caught again.
Who are your favorite people and/or role models, both business and personal?
Business wise I have to go with Jay-Z. What he’s done to stay on top of his game for that extent of time is unbelievable. To not only make timeless music but make solid investments and create a new image of rap music isn’t easy.
Personal, I’m a huge basketball fan and I’m 24 years old so I’d have to go with LeBron. I grew up watching him live up to every pressure and expectation that was set out for him. It’s inspiring to see the way he’s handled media not just recently but for his entire career. He’s a man that had it all at the age of 18 but continued to work hard and keep his image completely clean. That’s awesome to me.
What message would you send to inspire all the other creators out there who look up to you?
Work, work, work. It doesn’t seem like it does much initially but the more work you put in the more opportunities start to come your way. I’ll put it this way, if you’re unsure about an idea would you rather try it to get it out there and accept the results? Or would you be that person that has a couple drinks and talks about an idea that you’ve never put into action for years?
What do you understand about the video industry that other people don’t understand?
That people like to feel important. Sometimes I don’t have the best call but if someone explains it to me on why they feel like this is best then I can get behind that. I always try to practice that when I’m in charge so people don’t feel like they aren’t being heard. Good communication is key.
What’s next for you in your career/business?
Just going to keep grinding. Hard work creates certainty. I want to do more resourceful music videos.
What does Disrupt mean to you?
Not using your mouth, using your work to hurt some feelings and take what they won’t give you.
How can people connect with you on social media?
I’m on all social medias as @kybalionvfx
Thank you again for taking the time to chat with us.
Check out @kybalionvfx’s latest music video he directed, Jamal Jordan – Pay Attention below. Enjoy!
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