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Puerto Rico Is Perfect For Digital Nomads

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Bye, Mom — I’m moving to Puerto Rico to become a full-time digital nomad, and here is why.

The digital nomad lifestyle is one that many young people covet today. The promise of working remotely from an exotic location, taking conference calls from the beach and trading in your cubical for artisanal coffee shops and co-working spaces seems almost too good to be true. Many people associate the concept of being a digital nomad with moving to places like Thailand or Bali, but for first-time entrepreneurs jumping into a remote lifestyle, moving to the other side of the world can be a bit of a culture shock. Things like time zone differences, global taxes, currency conversions and cultural differences are all things that you have to take into consideration before deciding to work from abroad.

These are the ten reasons that make Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island and United States territory, an excellent place for veteran traveling entrepreneurs and first-time digital nomads alike.

Amazing History

In 1493, Christopher Columbus arrived at the island of Puerto Rico. People refer to the island as the first colony. Visiting Fort San Cristóbal feels like a journey through American history, and Old San Juan feels like a lost city in Europe. Before the European colonization, the island was home to the Taíno people, who had their own unique culture. The mixture of this culture and the tropical lifestyle has created an island filled with tons of incredible food, great music and amazing culture.

Tech/Startup Culture

Thankfully, the island has evolved a lot in terms of technology since Christopher Columbus arrived. Today, Puerto Rico is home to a number of co-working and technology incubators and accelerators. Sofia Stolberg founded the first co-working space in Puerto Rico called Pilot 151 five years ago in the historic Old San Juan neighborhood. Since then, they have opened a second location in Santurce. Sofia isn’t the only founder helping to foster the tech and startups ecosystem in Puerto Rico. Sebastian Vidal is the executive director at Parallel18, one of the first startup accelerators on the island. Startups that are selected by P18 are given a $40 thousand grant they can use to seed their business. By creating a digital economy on the island of Puerto Rico, P18 is giving a new generation of global-minded Puerto Rican entrepreneurs the best tools to confront the current economic crisis.

Thanks to the groundwork laid down by people like Sofia and Sebastian, the tech ecosystem is thriving, with new incubators and co-working spaces popping up every day, including Engine 4, Spehce and District View.

Insane Tax Incentives

On January 17, 2012 Puerto Rico enacted Act 20 as a way to incentivize new businesses and economic growth on the island. As a bona fide Puerto Rican resident, there are a vast amount of personal and business tax incentives that you can take advantage of. That is why digital nomad John Lee Dumas, of Entrepreneurs On Fire, decided to move his podcast empire to Puerto Rico. Act 20 means you only pay a flat 4% corporate tax rate — no state, no federal. It is like doubling your income overnight.

Cryptocurrency Community

Cryptocurrency developers are migrating to Puerto Rico to create new homes for their blockchain powered businesses. I recently attended a three-day Blockchain Conference in Puerto Rico and spoke to theCUBE about how the island has become the birthplace of an all-new digital economy fueled by cryptocurrency thanks to attractive tax incentives.

U.S. Currency

Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, their primary form of currency, other than crypto, is the U.S. dollar. No need to convert; Benjamin Franklin will still be on your money.

New York City Time Zone

Unlike other digital nomad destinations like Bali, Puerto Rico is only a three-hour plane ride from New York City. For half the year, the island is on Eastern Standard Time.

During the second half, Puerto Rico doesn’t observe daylight savings time, so you’re actually an hour ahead of the east coast, which means your 9 a.m. conference calls now start at 10 a.m.

Cost Of Living

While not quite as affordable as some other places in Asia, Puerto Rico is still significantly cheaper than most other places in the United States. I was able to find a cozy three-bedroom apartment in San Juan with electricity included, within walking distance of the beach and a Starbucks, for only $650!

Locals Speak English

As of 2008, 34% of the Puerto Rican population spoke English in their homes. Since Puerto Rico is technically the United States, English is taught in all the schools and is also on a majority of the island’s TV channels.

No Passport Required

Traveling to Puerto Rico is just like going to any other U.S. state — all you need is a valid driver’s license or state ID. As a matter of fact, Puerto Rico is one of only two destinations in the Caribbean (the other is the U.S. Virgin Islands) that does not require U.S. citizens to carry a passport, according to TripSavvy.

Island Lifestyle

The most significant reason to move to Puerto Rico is the lifestyle. During my last trip, our tour guide was amazing and really made me feel like a local. The island has phenomenal beaches, a beautiful climate, tropical rainforests, great music and dancing, incredible food and even a magical bay where the water glows in the dark. It is no wonder they call Puerto Rico the island of enchantment.

Whether you are a long-time digital nomad looking for a new home or looking to try remote working for the first time, you should give Puerto Rico a shot and look me up when you get there.

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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WHY #PAY TAMPA BAY

Florida is home to the third-largest cluster of insurance and banking companies in the U.S., making it an ideal location to launch and support a fintech venture.

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#PAY TAMPA BAY | 02.20.2020 | EMBARC COLLECTIVE
#PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters.

On my recent trip to Las Vegas for the Money 20/20 event, I received a lot of questions about #PAY TAMPA BAY. I’m writing this blog to share my vision for this unique event.

First and foremost our technology corridor is experiencing tremendous growth with startup incubators and accelerators in all three major cities, Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater. Huge investments from business leaders and local government cooperation is expediting growth.

Tampa Bay Lightning Owner, Jeff Vinik is collaborating with Bill Gate’s Cascade Partners to revitalize the downtown business district with a new innovation hub as a keystone in the project.

Strategic Property Partner’s $3 Billion dollar Water Street Project will catalyze the city and it’s technology oriented growth for 2020 and beyond. Water Street Project Website

As a native of Tampa Bay this is exciting news to me and it provided an opportunity to showcase this growth to the financial services industry. We want to attract attention and investment to the area to aid in growth and prosperity.

Embarc Collective is a 33,000 square foot, $12 million dollar, state-of-the-art innovation hub opening in 2020. #PAY TAMPA BAY is the first official event following the grand opening. The hub will have private workspaces, a public cafe, outdoor lounge and lending library. 

“We’ve created an urban porch for this historic, brick warehouse,” Jan Barna, president of Kreher/Barna Design Studio, said in a release. “And designed an interior that reflects a microcosm of our urban environment.”

To make the massive space a little more close-knit, it will be split up to “mini-neighborhoods” which are intended to have the tenants create close connections with their neighbors.

“You have different companies in private offices that have a small shared area, so it’s a community inside of a community,” she said. “These companies get to know each other, cheer each other on, but in a much smaller community.”

As important as this infrastructure is, it’s the people and their passion that make the difference. We have found that Tampa Bay is full of passionate leaders that are highly involved in fintech.

Two of those people are Rosa Shores and Gabe Higgins, Founders of BlockSpaces. We have partnered with this blockchain innovation studio that is focused on creating value-added solutions to organizations looking to leverage emerging technology to organize and present this upcoming event at this brand new, downtown innovation hub.

There is a number of other local passionate leaders in the fintech realm here in “the other Bay Area”. Numerous financial services giants are opening their doors in the corridor to leverage our burgeoning fintech industry and perks of a warmer climate.

Today, Florida is home to the third-largest cluster of insurance and banking companies in the U.S., making it an ideal location to launch and support a fintech venture. We’re reaching out to the fintech industry in many different ways to attract attention and investment to the area.

Recently a cohort representing St. Pete’s financial services leaders joined the Greater St. Petersburg Area EDC in Times Square on October 25 during the Finovate Fall event to talk to New York-based companies about the business opportunity in the Sunshine City.

Greater St. Pete EDC President, J.P. Dubuque was joined by Intrinio, Presence, Raymond James, Dynasty Financial Partners, and the City of St. Petersburg, who shared their Florida Fintech story with the Finovate Fall delegates and members of the media.

“St. Pete is young and vibrant, it’s a happening place. It’s one of the most up-and-coming cities in the Southeast”

Shirl Penny, President & CEO, Dynasty Financial Partners.

“Financial services companies don’t need to be in New York, they can be in St. Pete, thrive, succeed and be much happier” said St. Pete EDC President.

“I think we need to pump our chest out and be proud of who and what we are, and even more so about what we’re becoming” said Tash Elwyn, President and CEO of Raymond James, Private Clients Group.

“We need to continue to do more of this, we need to tell the story, work together and we need to make sure everybody knows how special St. Pete is”.

I personally find a great challenge in this and am joining the ranks of those already working to attract attention and investment to the area. I have committed my company to organizing this event with the intention of helping to build progress, talent density and take part in the growth and transformation of this thriving technology corridor.

#PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters. We want to challenge companies in the financial services space to get involved and participate in this special one day event designed to bring fintech leaders to the Tampa Bay area.

If you want to support innovation and gain insight to what Tampa Bay has to offer please contact us. We’re happy to discuss your organization’s participation in this unique and inspiring event.

The Mandalay Group Inc. www.paysymposium.com | [email protected]

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Getting Started and Making the Most with Instagram Advertising

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Marketing the product and promoting the brand is the most crucial part of any business to succeed. Given this present world of digitization in business, social media marketing is the prime requirement for any business to make a better impression online and in the minds of the people.

There are several different social media channels that are available out there which you can choose for your business marketing purposes. However, you may be aware of the fact that most of the business owners of today rely on Instagram to make the most of the social media and their followers. This is because:

  • The platform has the largest number of followers than any other social media platform.
  • The most important reason that this platform is the hot favorite among the business is that it is an exclusive platform for sharing photos and videos.

This means that the businesses can present their products using some of the most eye-captivating photos of it and at the same time reach out to a larger section of the social media followers. In both forms, your business will be benefitted immensely and gain a large number of highly engaged followers who may visit your site to know more about the product and make a purchase.

Using Instagram advertising

Simple and easy as it may seem, Instagram marketing is not at all easy. You will need to consider a lot of factors and at the same time create the best strategy to make your efforts count and your campaign a success.

There is no better way to achieve success in business marketing without advertising your product and brand. Traditional advertising forms are no longer effective as it was before with the advent of online and digital marketing.

In this landscape, success can only come when you use the most popular channel for marketing and advertising your products, and there is no better channel than Instagram for that matter. This is because the platform offers a lot of tools and features to the businesses especially and one such is Instagram advertising.

  • Instagram advertising offers brands with a unique opportunity to engage with their target audience.
  • These Instagram ads appear in the feeds like any other standard posts and that is why these are not as obvious as the typical ads or disruptive as it is.
  • These ads also provide businesses with the most natural way to encourage their users to learn more about the business as well as their products.

Quite naturally, these Instagram Ads feature is the most useful and effective one for businesses, small startup or a large group of organizations. What is more, this popular platform is often recommended and used by professional marketers as you may see in sites like https://blastup.com/and others.

Therefore, if you are thinking on the lines of using Instagram to utilize your social followers for your business purpose, you are actually thinking the right way. If you follow the best Instagram practices and procedures, you will surely have the success that you may not have imagined before.

Creating an Instagram Ad

You will find that creating an Instagram Ad is not very difficult as you may think. If you are aware of the Facebook Ad set up, you will already be acquainted with the drill. This is because setting up the Instagram ads is typically done through the Facebook ad platform.

In order to create your Instagram ad, you will need to use any current Instagram post that you intend to promote or even create a new post. For new post creation, you will need to use the Facebook Ad Manager.

On the other hand, if you have never run any ads through Facebook before, you will need to follow a different approach.

  • You will first need to set up an account.
  • You will then need to claim your Instagram Business account.
  • Lastly, you will need to link your business account to your Facebook page.

If you do not know how exactly you can claim your Instagram account, here is the process that you should follow:

  • Go to your Business Manager
  • Find the menu on the left side of the page
  • click Instagram Accounts
  • Then click on Claim Instagram Account
  • Add your account info and
  • Click Next.

It is important in this regard to make sure that while you create your Facebook Instagram ads you pick a clear objective for your Instagram advertising and also name your ad campaign.

Options to choose from

Ideally, Facebook will offer you several different choices while creating your ads but Instagram advertising on the other hand usually includes only a few advertising options. However, in order to make sure that you are moving on the right track with your advertising objectives, you should consider the following options to choose the right one according to your business, your product, your target audience, and their demands:

  • Reach of your posts
  • Traffic to your site that you want to gain
  • Type and extent of brand awareness you want to create among the followers
  • The app installs
  • The engagement level you want to ensure
  • The video views you want to generate and
  • The conversions rates you want to achieve.

When you are clear about your advertising objectives, it will be easy to create your ad and it is only then you will be prompted to name your advertisement set.

For example, if you wish to gain more traffic and choose the Traffic option, you will be prompted to select a specific destination for your traffic as well. Facebook will allow you to select between an application and a website.

Ending up with the content

The last stage of creating your Instagram Ads is to select the perfect content that will resonate with your target audience and their queries. Make the content engaging and appealing by not only including the best photos of your products but also by adding a human side to it, such as the behind the scene clips of a worker working on the product.

All these strategies will make your Instagram ads successful and a hit!

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Learn How 21-year-old Hypnotist, Marczell Klein, Has Become One Of The Most Influential Success Coaches In The World

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Born to a wealthy family in Los Angeles, California, Marczell Klein had everything a child could ask for; money, good food, a place to lay his head, you name it!

Sadly, During the stock market crash of 2008, his family went bankrupt. This came as a massive shock to Marczell’s family and took a significant toll on his parents’ health.

“Back then, I didn’t understand the value of money, and this ended up being the best thing that could have ever happened to me. It motivated me to make money for myself.” – Marczell says.

Today, Marczell Klein is one of the biggest names in the hypnosis / Success-coach Industry, rivaling the likes of Tony Robbins, and in this interview, we will learn how a 21-year-old has transformed the lives of over 10000 people, worked with over 1000 clients and made a positive impact on society.

How can hypnosis help me?

Unsure about how hypnosis will help boost your confidence or change your mindset? 

Marczell shares, ” Hypnosis is a tool that brings about rapid change. I’ve worked on myself a lot to be able to leverage this tool to change people’s lives.

From when we are born till our eighth year on this planet, our brain is in a frequency of brain waves called theta. 

Theta = Hypnosis

Also, because our minds were in this state of hypnosis, it was easy to learn languages and absorb much information. Basically, if we were programmed in hypnosis, then we can be reprogrammed in hypnosis. This is the fastest way to reprogram your mind. “

During his time as a hypnotist, Marczell has achieved a tremendous amount of success, and he’s pushed boundaries in his field and invented groundbreaking new methods like his signature Marczell’s Method which lets him establish an insane amount of self-confidence into an individual in just an hour.

Don’t seek vigor; bring it!

In today’s society, we are told that experience comes with age, how true is this?

Marzcell’s story takes a different path from conventional theories.

When Marczell was a ten-year-old, his family hit rock bottom. This depressing experience changed his mindset. 

At sixteen, Marczell became obsessed with human behavior and studied day and night to figure out how the mind works.

He experimented on himself until he achieved an incredible sense of self-confidence and wanted to share it with the world. 

“I just knew I wanted to help a lot of people at a young age and this thought drove me to learn hypnosis”- Marczell says.

By seventeen, Marczell started coaching his first clients, and he quickly understood that something was missing in his formula.

He realized he was working with the conscious mind, and in order to make quick, long-lasting changes, he needed to figure out ways to reprogram the subconscious. He soon discovered hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. 

Marczell went on to receive a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute(HMI), which is the only accredited college of hypnotherapy in the United States.

Although he’s earned one of the highest certifications in hypnosis, Marczell shares that his most significant achievement isn’t his education, but the experience he has gained in the short amount of time he’s been a hypnotist.

“Usually, people use time or age as a measure of experience. If you do a lot in a short period, you can amass the same amount of experience as someone who’s been doing that same thing for their whole lives.”- Marczell explains

Activate the unconscious

Holding on to memories of horrible events that happened to me is something I do quite often.

In our chat, I asked Marczell how he helps people find clarity and the confidence they require to hit specific goals or tasks they’ve set out to accomplish.

Here’s what he had to say;

“I help them realize that their past is not real. 

The problem is that most of us live with one foot planted firmly in the past and the other tucked timidly in the future—never in the moment.

We should learn that the only thing that’s real is the present and what you do in the present affects your future. 

If you continue to focus on the past, you bring the events of the past into the present, which then takes it to your future. 

You can’t change the past; however, you can change your future by being in the present.”

Giving back to society.

Lebanese – American writer and poet once said, ” You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

Over the past couple of months, Marczell has taught people how to live better, financially, mentally, and morally ( basically, in all aspects of life) on his Instagram profile. 

He’s achieved this through short two to ten-minute videos where he speaks on a general theme, let’s say relationships and then breaks it down into various factors contributing to a healthy relationship.

For those who want to go a bit deeper into the subject of hypnosis, Marczell offers a broad curriculum of courses, and a seminar named limitless, where he teaches individuals how to leverage the art of hypnotherapy to transform the environment around them.

Marczell shares, “I teach the art of self-mastery; this allows you to change your mindset very rapidly and helps you accomplish anything they want. 

Hypnosis is a tool that I teach people, but it’s a tiny part of what I do. My seminars are very demanding emotionally and are also super entertaining and transformational. 

On the topic of my seminars, there is no other event in the world that will give you the type of transformation or education and self-mastery like Limitless. 

Limitless teaches you how to eradicate all limiting beliefs to have a limitless mindset. I believe with a Limitless mentality; you will have a limitless reality.”

Conclusion

Marczell’s Hypnotherapy sessions in Los Angeles is amongst one of the most popular in the nation. He has mastered basic principles that boost success and is self-made at twenty-one years of age. 

The only other entrepreneur in this field to reach this level of success by twenty-one was Tony Robbins. 

I guess it’s safe to say that Marczell is well on his way to becoming the new and improved version of the prominent success coaches we all know and listen to today.

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