Connect with us


Here’s How Thomas Despin, Founder of Reconnect, Aims to Improve Lives Every Day on the Buka Buka Island



With passion and purpose, success has no bounds. Thomas Despin is a 28 year old serial entrepreneur from France who resides on a private island, called Buka Buka, in Indonesia where he founded Reconnect, a sustainable eco-resort that offers an authentic and an immersive island experience, while empowering the local communities.

Buka Buka, meaning “open” in Indonesian, is located at the entrance of the Togean Islands, in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, and is only 2km wide. The resort not only offers a remote island experience of living in glamping tents or bungalows and indulging in activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, drinking coconuts, etc. but also the chance to really be part of it with the locals, and help in sustainably maintaining and improving the island. The purpose behind Reconnect is all about connecting with nature, oneself, and people. The experience is all about sharing and learning from each other.

Thomas envisions this resort to be as close as possible to 100% sustainable, by aiming to bring a solar powered desalination system to the island. Currently, the water resource on the island is scarce; the locals climb up to the center of the island for about an hour to fetch water and carry it in cans from their own hands. A desalination system will improve the existing water situation by supplying an ample amount of water which will not only benefit the visitors but also the locals at the island.

Thomas’ effort of sustainable living does not just end here. Apart from providing a unique experience to the visitors of the Buka Buka Island, Reconnect also hopes to empower local communities through its high-impact social programs, 3 of which will be introduced in the first year. 

One idea involves the use of coconuts, a rich and a very useful fruit. The Coconut Journey workshops provide an opportunity for the locals to learn how to creatively build small scale businesses with the remaining husks of Coconut as they are recyclable. The thousands of coconut husks that were previously wasted by the locals could now be used to craft products, souvenirs, and art pieces etc.

Another one of the high-impact programs involve transplanting corals. Indonesia is home to one of the largest coral reefs in the world that have been damaged due to several reasons such as bomb fishing, which is now banned by law. Thomas aims to work with specialized organizations in the Togean Islands to improve the reef around the island and help in its recovery and thereby, in its preservation. With the subsequent involvement of multicultural team work for this project’s completion, there will be more corals resulting in a healthier ecosystem and hence more marine life to explore. The program will generate educational content for locals and visitors alike.

The third project involves offsetting Reconnect’s impact on the environment. Most of its structures are made from wood, which goes against the idea of sustainability. Once the first version of Reconnect is completed, Thomas intends to replant twice the number of trees that were cut in the formation of the resort, in a collaborative effort between the locals and the visitors. The tree plantation program will benefit the environment for decades to come.

Before Thomas embarked on his journey of developing an Indonesian Island, he made a mark in the eCommerce industry through his drop shipping business, which enabled him to make $750,000 worth of sales in a span of 11 months. He closed down the business as he realized he wasn’t passionate about it. Thomas also founded Hustlers Villa, a Co-living and Co-working space for online entrepreneurs, in Ubud, Bali. It primarily hosts a small scale community of online business owners and freelancers that need a place to focus on their work, with all the rest taken care of for them. Hustlers Villa has hosted over 250 entrepreneurs and 60 events in the first 2 years.

Having found passion and purpose, Thomas Despin is dedicated more than ever to manifest his ideas into reality in not only making his business thrive but also improving the life of the island, Buka Buka through a devoted approach to sustainability.

Here’s what Thomas had to say about Reconnect’s sustainable approach: “It’s about doing things 1% better today than we did them yesterday, and sharing what we learn from this process with others, so that they get a chance to also learn from it.”

Reconnect will officially launch in early 2020, but they already welcome pre-bookings and guests who want to contribute to the project.

Nabeel Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Vertabyte, a full-service digital media agency that partners with clients to drive their growth and achieve all their business goals. At Vertabyte, his special focus is on leveraging the power of social media to boost businesses exponentially. A marketing expert, Nabeel has a deep understanding of what it takes for a business to completely crush it on the social media landscape. His expertise in marketing has allowed him to help a number of businesses increase their revenue by tremendous amounts. Apart from that, due to his PR expertise, he has been able to get many companies and public figures featured on top news publications like Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Inc Magazine, and more.

Continue Reading


Why Nani Bernal is The Highest Rated Lifestyle Coach



Nani Bernal is currently the highest-rated lifestyle coach because she continually raises the bar for herself and her community. She helps everyone in her community to improve on three of the most important pillars of life. Everyone in her community is challenged to improve their business endeavors, personal life, and health.

Nani shows people that no matter how bad their past is, they can outgrow their past, and become successful. Nani discovered that she had the choice to either stay in her bad past or break out of her past. She unmistakably broke out. She turned her past full of misery and violence into her motivation to change. 

She transformed herself into the highest-rated lifestyle coach. Nani’s mission is to impact the lives of more than 1000 people towards a better and more successful life. Right now she is hosting the InPower Accountability Group. It is not just an accountability group, InPower is a lifestyle to become the best version of yourself. Her clients discover how they are accountable for their current situation in life.

Even more, her community learns how to take accountability for their lives. How to give your life the direction you need to keep improving yourself. How to create the person you deserve to be and how to design the life you deserve to live. Every week Nani invites motivational speakers, entrepreneurs, and inspirators to her sessions. They share their stories, knowledge, and skills with Nani’s community.

A key part of the vision to Nani is to change routines, habits, and the (social) environment to create the life you always wanted. Amazing changes will occur when you break out of your old lifestyle. Day after day you will develop your new desired lifestyle. Nani will keep inspiring you to take new steps along the way. 

Nani is already setting up her next project. Her new project will focus on the mindset of people. The mind is the biggest asset you have. Together with Nani, you can explore your mindset and learn how to use your mindset to reach your goals. With the right mindset, you can achieve so much more than you can imagine.

This is not done overnight. To structurally change your mindset, you will need to put in the work. Nani knows like no one else how to do this. She will keep you motivated, change your mindset and make you accountable for your life, and the happiness you desire. 

Nani is an inspirational speaker who has been featured in top events like Hustle Con, Disrupt and The Monster Cruise with Coach Michael Burt. Soon she will perform a TED talk in Puerto Rico. Nani also has a top 200 podcast called Powertalk. She discusses all kinds of topics with industry leaders like David Meltzer, Tim Storey, Trent Shelton, and many more. 

It is clear why Nani Bernal is the highest rated lifestyle coach. Want to know more about Nani Bernal and The InPower Accountability Group? Visit the website and become inspired by Nani.

Continue Reading


How Tyce Escalante Changed His Life With Digital Marketing in 1 Year



Tyce Escalante had his first real introduction to the online world of marketing began when he was 19. There was a group of kids in my town that were in the digital marketing space, and from what I can see, they were killing it. At the time, he was also trying his hand at various online money making models like E-commerce, Affiliate Marketing, and a few more. The only problem was that he kept giving up after every setback. 

So back to the kids from his hometown, according to Tyce Escalante, he became obsessed with keeping up with their every move on social media. He believed in his ability to make things happen, and he knew some way or another; he was going to become part of their group. So after constant direct messages to them, he finally got his chance. On November 18, 2018, Tyce Escalante had been hired on to the Influencer Press team. 

Trials and Tribulations 

Due to Tyce Escalante’s lack of experience in digital marketing, his biggest obstacle was grasping the whole concept of how it worked. Tyce began by being introduced to online sales, and working with a chip on his shoulder; he had a lot to prove to the team. He contributes his fast grasping of digital sales to his mentor Johnny Medina, together they were able to crush sales for influencer press. Within his first two months, Tyce was able to bring in $20,000 in revenue, which opened his eyes to a world of opportunity. 

Now that he knew how to sell things online, he wanted to learn the service that he was selling for thousands of dollars. Tyce quickly asked for more responsibility within the team, and by showing up and working hour after hour, he slowly started to grasp the concepts of digital marketing. The real learning and growth for Tyce took place when he was promoted to client manager within the company and was soon handling every client for a 6 figure agency. For months Tyce was able to absorb everything and hone in on his skills; the skills gave him confidence that he could build a business for himself. This newly learned set of skills is how he began his online career.  

A New Chapter Unfolds 

Tyce Escalante has always been keen on making impulse decisions when it came to any goal he had in mind. So one week before his 20th birthday, he took off to Las Vegas and locked himself in a room until he had built an agency that was generating six figures a year. By utilizing the power of social media to build relationships with people in multiple different businesses, he has been able to leverage those relationships to make a name for himself in the online marketing space. 

Now with one month into 2020, he has set some big goals for his business Next Level Brand, and unlike most online agencies, his customers come first. So with setting values in place to build one of the most successful value-driven agencies and continuing to make a name for him and his business, he is optimistic for multiple partnerships this year to give his clients the best possible results. 

Continue Reading


How Stephen Campolo is Helping Thousands Achieve a Hollywood Body in Just 12 Weeks



Stephen Campolo is not your average fitness trainer. For one, he guarantees results, thanks to all the years of experience and knowledge within the diet, nutrition and health industry. You can be sure to get your dream physique through proven sciences and facts.

Here’s how Stephen Campolo is helping thousands achieve a Hollywood body in just 12 weeks.

The Shift from Corporate to Fitness Trainer

Stephen may have the body of a Greek god, but he wasn’t always like that. It didn’t bother him though, as he sought out a plan to climb out of his dilemma and build the body he wanted. In fact, the shift was largely due to his desire to become better and strive for greatness.

He began studying everything he could about body change, e.g., weight training, nutrition, and human anatomy, then worked as a cleaning boy at a Gold’s Gym so he could acquire as much information as possible about fitness. Stephen’s success largely stemmed from his action steps towards getting a better image and health, which ultimately changed his direction to becoming a fitness author and online entrepreneur.

Trial and Error

Stephen started working on what he knew in order to try and build the best physique. During this time, he already had a good understanding of how he could help others melt fat off their bodies and get into shape. He was working with CEOs and global movers in terms of weight loss and sculpting their muscles.

His love of helping others propelled him to greater heights. Soon, referrals from clients started seeing him and asking how they could get into shape quickly and easily. Stephen also began sharing his thoughts and beliefs on his social media page, which soon blossomed into a following.

The Rise to Entrepreneurship

Stephen isn’t like other fitness coaches who focus on making money. He genuinely wants to help others like him overcome physical challenges and be in their best shape. His passion as a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and weight loss expert grew, and people sent him messages to see if he had a book or program to sell. The seed formed, and Stephen began compiling his ideas and putting them on paper.

The momentum continued, and soon Stephen launched his very first fat loss program. The results were as expected- Stephen rose to become an entrepreneur and soon made enough money to do online fitness coaching full time.

His reach and audience grew to others who wanted to be like him all over the globe. Stephen’s client transformations were remarkable and unlike any other programs the world has ever seen. A session with him and you’ll understand how you can build muscle and burn fat faster than you think is possible.

The bulk of Stephen Campolo’s program revolves around tried-and-true methods coming from the author himself. In his quest to become fit he also learned a lot about dieting, nutrition, and knowledge on how the body works. Then, his intense desire to help others led him to the successful position he’s enjoying today.

Stephen Campolo has been featured in many various online publications, talk shows, radio interviews, and most recently The Breakfast Club. For any business inquiries feel free to message Stephen on Instagram.

Continue Reading
Become A Disrupt Contributor

Join the Newsletter

Disrupt Week

apple disrupt podcast
spotify disrupt podcast
Google Play Disrupt Podcast
The Disrupt Podcast tells the stories of the world top entrepreneurs, developers, creators, and digital marketers and help empower them to teach others the skills they used to grow their careers, chase their passions and create financial freedom for themselves, their families, and their lives, all while living out their true purpose. We recognize the fact that most young people are opting to skip college in exchange for entrepreneurship and real life experience. This Podcast is designed to give them a taste of that.