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Hi. My name is Anthony Delgado and I am the CEO and Founder of Disrupt. This all started with a landing page and a dream. We never knew things would move this fast.

So What is Disrupt?

As an organization, we exist to empower the new generation of thought leaders, developers, creators, digital marketers and entrepreneurs, to learn new skills, grow their careers, chase their passions and create financial freedom for themselves, their families, and their lives, all while living out their true purpose.

Our global campuses and pop-up workshops will help to eradicate poverty. We are part of a global movement to increase diversity in tech and grow new economies in underserved communities around the world. We enable millennials to become what they want to become in life by learning new skills and leveraging the power of the digital economy. We are living proof that all you need to succeed in this new economy is a landing page and a dream.

The 5 Characteristics of a Disruptor

People who take part in our programs will produce the following results for their careers and their lives:

Influence

Being someone who challenges the status quo and creates shifts in our culture. More than just how many followers you have on social media, you will learn how to use your digital voice to create change in the universe and inspire other to do the same.

Leadership

Being someone who empowers others to reach their full human potential. You will be trained in the fundamental principles of maintaining integrity within an organization and how to hold both yourself and others accountable for your work. You will embody the enthusiasm and charisma required to inspire others to follow your lead.

Impact

Being someone who creates a significant change in the world that frees people from adversity and effects humanity in a positive way. Making things happen that were not going to happen without your influence.

Legacy

Being someone who creates such a lasting impact that what they create digitally has a positive effect on humanity long after their gone.

Disruption

Being someone who powerfully represents Disrupt in the universe. Being someone who has the courage to interrupt injustices in the world and use technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to create new markets and influence old ones.

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Disrupt Magazine Tony Delgado, is a Puerto Rican American software developer, businessman, activist and philanthropist. Delgado is also the host of the Disrupt Podcast where he interviews the most disruptive business owners, leaders and change makers in the world. Tony Delgado is best known as the founder, and chief executive officer of The Disrupt Foundation, a social impact movement to grow Puerto Rico’s technology ecosystem and host of the semi-annual Disrupt Puerto Rico Conference. Tony Delgado has also helped mentor thousands of students, create financial freedom, all from the comfort of his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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This marketplace for college sports equipment is attracting athletes, consumers, and sports clubs

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It’s always a good time to get your Marie Condo on and de-clutter. Letting go of things that no longer spark joy is already a challenge enough but selling your unwanted goodies shouldn’t be. There is a wide variety of marketplaces and platforms to connect sellers and buyers for just about anything you can imagine. 

Facebook Marketplace, eBay, letgo, even Craigslist are all great options to sell or buy goods but since they are so huge–it creates an opportunity for niche marketplaces to better serve specific communities. Naturally, entrepreneurs like Ahmad Elhawli identified opportunities like the fact that currently, there is no dedicated platform for colleges and college students to buy and sell college merchandise and sports equipment.

The recent news of the NCAA announcement to move forward with a proposal allowing college athletes to profit from the use of their name, image, likeness (NIL) makes it a great time to be in this college sports space.  

A marketplace platform for colleges

Sportsfinda is poised to be the go-to social marketplace enabling students to monetize on their personal brands and colleges to sell their equipment and merchandise on one platform. Being that college merchandise, like branded apparel and accessories–and sports equipment, like baseball bats, gloves, and helmets are integral elements of a student’s college journey–a dedicated platform was really needed.  

With a robust web platform and an app for iOS and Android–Sportsfinda is very simple to use. Sellers can simply list their products and buyers can like, comment, make an offer, and purchase sought after sports equipment or college merchandise.

Sportsfinda provides a valuable service to the colleges themselves as well since they are major buyers of sports equipment regularly as they continuously upgrade their inventory. All that old equipment has to go somewhere so once per year, colleges work with Sportsfinda to list and sell their retired sports equipment. In addition, the college stores that sell branded apparel and accessories can list those products on Sportsfinda to reach a wider audience interested in college gear. This allows students to align their products with their colleges and make them easily searchable. 

Humble beginnings

Sportsfinda–the brainchild of digital marketer Ahmad Elhawli–originated in the way many great businesses get created–through necessity. Elhawli experienced the problem firsthand in his pursuit of a sports item. 

“It all began one day as I was searching for a pair of LSU football gloves, I was moving from platform to platform and it was very hard to keep track of what I did find and what I had not,” recounts Elhawli, of his journey to his aha moment.

After some research and good old brainstorming, the dots connected for Elhawli and Sportsfinda was launched. 

The man behind the curtain

The founder of Sportsfinda, Australian-based entrepreneur and digital marketer Ahmad Elhawli, is no stranger to startups. Elhawli owns and operates a digital marketing agency while hosting a business-focused podcast called Business Wilderness where he has hosted guests from Forbes, Microsoft, Coca Cola, Hubspot, and many more. But his entrepreneurial spirit dates back to his early adulthood with a failed business at the age of 19. He then went on to earn a Master’s degree in digital marketing and committed to the continuous learning required to stay sharp in this field.

After a decade of hard work, Elhawli was recognized as an expert in digital marketing for his work directly supported the generation of hundreds of millions of dollars. Elhawli has taken everything he has learned over his career as a digital marketer is applying it along with his passion for sports to build Sportsfinda from the ground up. 

For college students with some retired gear, it’s a great time to get those products listed on Sportsfinda and get paid. College students aren’t the only people using Sportsfinda, but so is the average person at home. With more online shopping happening than ever, everyone is checking out the new marketplace to look for hidden treasures.

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Mikey Moran – The Co-Founder of a 10 Billion Dollar Super App Company In Indonesia Shares A Rare Interview

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Michaelangelo Moran known to his friends simply as “Mikey” along with his high school friend Nadiem Makarim co-founded GO-JEK, transportation, service, payments, and logistics delivery mobile app now valuated at over 10 Billion dollars.

I recently sat down with him in Bali Praia to learn his entire story.

This is the first time he’s shared deeply about his full journey.

There are so many lessons that we can learn from Michaelangelo’s journey as well as business knowledge and experience that few in the world have to offer.

Who Is Michaelangelo?

Michaelangelo Moran was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Michaelangelo is a world-class entrepreneur who has been featured in the 40 Under 40 by Prestige Magazine.

His professional career started as an Operations Manager at Hugo Boss Indonesia and also working in event management company Martini Link Communications for clients such as Lucky Strike, Dunhill Cigarettes, Prestige Magazine, DestinAsian Magazine, and many other product launches.

Since then, he has co-founded and was the Brand Director for GO-JEK Indonesia – the country’s first DECACORN super app tech company in Indonesia for formalizing the motorcycle taxi industry to provide transport, courier, shopping, food delivery and many other services doing 100 million orders a month and serving more than 2.5 million people.

In addition, Moran has co-founded Semua Properties Bali, which he calls “an end-to-end solution” for real estate, and also Arc MediSpa in Kemang, Jakarta, a beautiful aesthetic and wellness company that provides non-surgical treatments.

He co-founded Bali Praia, which is the first creative space for musicians, DJs, and artists, as well as a record label based in Bali. Bali Praia is where artists and DJs can produce, DJ, and learn how to produce and DJ as well as a networking place as it constantly does creative workshops to educate the general public.

He also somehow also finds time to be one of Indonesia’s leading DJs. “DJ Mikey” performs internationally as well as in Jakarta and Bali. His last project, Streamland, encompasses live streams for DJs that helps raise money to help feed the locals in Bali, the island which he now calls home. This project is so relevant in today’s times, and Streamland partners with an organization called FEED BALI made by the Tresna Bali Cooking School who is delivering food parcels with local ingredients to more than 1000 families in Bali.

Mikey has been featured in Voice of America Indonesia and several other TV appearances.

What is your “origin story” where are you from, how did you get to where you are today

It was always a goal for me to make my own name in life. My family comes from a fashion background. Being half Indian and half Indonesian Chinese, I grew up in my earlier years in Jakarta and then Singapore (where I met Nadiem, the co-founder of GO-JEK). After I graduated college from Boston in 2003 and moved back to Indonesia in 2004, I asked my parents to cut me off financially. As my first job back home, I worked in event management for prestigious corporate events with large scale budgets. If you have ever worked events before, you would know it’s very tough and time-consuming, but the rewards are next level. The company that I worked for was Martini Link Communications, made by Reza Yohanes and Angelina Sumarno. After a tough but successful event launching the rebrand of Dunhill Cigarettes, we became the official event organizer of British American Tobacco Indonesia – organizing all Dunhill and Lucky Strike events. In the meantime, I was also becoming a DJ, co-founding Trigger Management, which created events in clubs featuring international DJs and sponsored by the likes of Class A Mild, Marlboro, and Red Bull Indonesia.

Through all this, I learned that event management really teaches you to be goal-oriented, as well as the importance of team, task, and time management. This is because the entire event revolves around a strict deadline and a tight budget. Through our clients, I learned the importance of details and how no detail is too small when it comes to execution.

After working for events, my parents asked me to join the family business. My family was the first to bring in an international brand into Indonesia with Levi’s Strauss in 1966. By the time I joined the family business in 2005, my family had already built a fashion empire, franchising many European brands to Indonesia, such as Hugo Boss, Aigner, Prada, Mango, Jimmy Choo, Todds, and many more. During this time, I became the operations manager for Hugo Boss in Indonesia. It was quite the change from having meetings in Starbucks planning events to the corporate 9-5 suit and tie environment. What was fun was that I managed to do the buying in Hong Kong for the next season’s collection, which was a highlight for that year. After much thought, working in the company for a year and a half, I decided to call it quits and go back to event management, creating Danceflo Productions – also together with Nadiem Makarim as well as Sayan Gulino and David Jacobson. It was during the Danceflo era that I got inspired to become a new media designer and hence applied to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

I could say this is really where the journey began. I always was a creative person, but I didn’t have the tools nor even the guide to learn and shine in this field. I was the top of my class learning subjects like Photography, Design, Motion Graphics, Web Development, etc. This paved the way for me to design the GO-JEK logo, my first client out of Academy of Art, when I graduated in 2010. My first client ultimately led me to become the Co-Founder of the company.

From here, the entrepreneurial journey began.

Tell me about the biggest challenge you ever faced and how you overcame them personally and professionally.

PERSONALLY

A big turning point in my life was when I decided to go back to school and pursue a design degree at the Academy of Art. It was single-handedly the biggest decision of my life and is the reason I am where I am today.  For me, the challenge was breaking away from monotony and expectation. I did not thrive or grow in a repetitive environment. I was always seeking challenges, obstacles, and goals, which, until today, is my biggest driving force. Exiting and moving on from the family business in 2005 was a huge leap, and along with all of my previous work experience, ultimately paved the way to my entrepreneurial success. I loved what I was doing at the Academy of Art, and I became very good at it. I think success comes from passion, it may not be discovered early, but passion drives your motivation. From here, stay on course, be focused, and keep doing what you love. The money will come later.

PROFESSIONALLY

Finding the right people has always been one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced. This may be on the higher co-founding level or down to even hiring the right people for your team. This is an ongoing challenge and one that I still haven’t found the right solution to. My only advice, just like with anything, would be that there are always other people and other opportunities, sometimes you just want to jump the gun and move forward. However, handpicking people is a long process, and one you should only do when you are comfortable. Do some proper due diligence, take your time, evaluate all your options, and this will de-risk yourself from further problems that may incur.

What Does It Truly Take To Be An Entrepreneur? What Does This Word Mean To You?

Stay grounded. It’s easy to sway away and be caught up in it all. Remember to keep on your toes and be flexible, because you never know what kind of curveball is going to be thrown at you. Be fearless and navigate through failures. You can’t get to where you need to go without taking some risks.

What is your biggest advice to people to becoming a successful entrepreneur, financially, and also in terms of personal growth?

It all starts with the idea that leads to the product/service, followed by a business plan, budget, and then fundraising.

YOU REALLY NEED TO WANT THIS – You need to walk and talk to the brand, people need to see the passion come out of you with whatever you are trying to do. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you need to put in your hours and hard work. Make sure to always stay focused and dedicated to the end goal.

I think it’s important to VISUALIZE goals – Set yourself a BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal…this is your long term, possibly for some an unimaginable goal. Something you wish to achieve.  In the meantime, set your short term KPIs, what you do want to achieve in three months, six months, and one year. It will allow you to measure your success and stay on course.

NETWORK, network, network – Get out there, spread the wings of your business and brand. Do it the old fashion way. People want to relate to the owners and put a face to the business, and you can’t rely on social media all the way.

You need to be PATIENT – GO-JEK nearly shut down multiple times before we got properly funded because we were unable to stay afloat. But we stayed dedicated and did not lose focus or encouragement. Once the time and market were right, we were able to scale and take the company to new heights.

PREPARE FOR THE WORST – There are times when businesses are not necessarily doing well. This global pandemic is probably the best example of businesses suffering due to the lockdowns that are happening. Be prepared that there may be no sales for six months forward and have some cash ready to survive. These things are unpredictable; its best to take the necessary steps to have that peace of mind and be prepared for whatever financial challenges may arise.

Always continue LEARNING – There are plenty of ways to keep yourself inspired. This can be in the form of watching tutorials, taking online courses, attending seminars, hanging out with other entrepreneurs and CEOs to continuously expand your knowledge and horizons.

Are there particular people (family, mentors, books) in your life who helped you progress in your entrepreneurial journey?

On the top of the list would be my parents Nico and Dewi Moran, who taught me the importance of business ethics, client management and emphasized personal and professional growth. Through my parents’ actions and dedication to their businesses, I saw the importance of sacrifice and hard work from an early age. I saw firsthand that in order to succeed, you need to put in the hours and that any of your successes is a reflection of your hard work.

Next are my co-founder and partner, Nadiem Makarim. He ignited my entrepreneurial path and mentored me to create success by thinking steps ahead and being firm and dedicated to the goals set upon you. From the creative standpoint, I need to highlight my teacher and also department head Bob Rigel and Gino Nave at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

Any final words you want to share with our readers?

The entrepreneurial road is not an easy or straight path. The journey requires a tremendous amount of dedication and sacrifice. I’ve been through a lot of big ups and downs mentally, physically, and professionally while I have been on this path, and you have to remember to take care of yourself and not push your limits. I have also learned that being successful has its perks, but you will only feel complete if you are truly happy at the end of it.

Remember to enjoy the process. Life is a journey, a rollercoaster, but if this business is your passion, and it feeds your soul, the sky’s the limit for you.

Watch An Excerpt Of My Interview On Youtube Below

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Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |   Instagram  |  Soundcloud  |  Mixcloud  |  Spotify

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The Blockchain School Partners with BlockConf.Digital to Reinforce Indian Blockchain Community.

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BlockConf Digital, Content-Driven Online Blockchain Conference of a New Format

The Blockchain community worldwide is preparing for a 48-hour non-stop online experience, the BlockConf Digital, which will open its doors on ​Monday, May 25, from 9 AM (GMT + 8).

BlockConf Digital is a joint effort between FAS | Fintech Advisory Services and STO Managers that seek to contribute a new tool to the digital transformation and growth of the blockchain industry worldwide.

The Blockchain School has partnered up with Block Conf to reinforce the Indian Blockchain community.

“Uncertainty is the reality of the moment and we are trying our best to bring right values to our trusted users and customers, partnership with BlockConf Digital was one of our efforts to bring this massive e-gathering of the blockchain community to our learners sitting at their homes.” — Saurabh Sharma (Founder, The Blockchain School)

The Blockchain School is a new age startup in the field of ed-tech. It was recently recognized as one of the “20 Most Promising Ed-tech Startups 2019” in an Annual Roll of Honor by CIO Review Magazine. We pride ourselves on our cutting-edge learning platform that focuses on offering the best in class services in the field of blockchain technology. The objective is to help the community understand, experiment, expand, and grow the applications of this innovative technology and the mission is to offer them an ecosystem that supports their vision. The Blockchain School is heading towards creating an Integrated Platform for e-learning, employment, and career solutions into blockchain technology.

The Blockchain School Courses have been designed in a way that even a person with little to no technical background can understand. This is the main motive of the Blockchain School to make Blockchain education available to everyone.

The Blockchain School released the courses in last quarter and has just surpassed 7000 active learners in April, with a total of 10,000+ enrolments, 20+ university partners, and 400,000+ total eye-balls on the project so far. The Blockchain School had an opportunity to shake hands with 17+ Global tech, crypto & blockchain conferences on media (w/techie scoops) and knowledge (w/the blockchain school), education fronts and the team is extensively working towards making education affordable and easily available and provide the learners & individuals with employability and freelance opportunities. The Blockchain School is now excited about this massive e-gathering of the Blockchain community.

BlockConf Digital prepared two stages with more than 100 invited speakers like Adam Back, Peter McCormack, David Chaum, Miko Matsumura, Juan Pablo Thieriot, Catalina Castro, Eddy Travia, among others, from companies like Kaspersky, RSK, Crypttp, Decred, Dash, Quantia, Money On Chain, Decrypto, Binance, Kraken, CoinGecko, UNICEF, Blockchain Valley Ventures, AVA Labs, and much more. Kaspersky, the innovative global cybersecurity company with 21 years in business and 400 million+ users protected, joined the conference as the main sponsor. The company has an ultimate solution for ​securing sustainable blockchain-based systems, ​Kaspersky Blockchain Security, ​that the team will present at the event.

Saurabh Sharma, the founder/CEO of The Blockchain School, is one of the speakers of the event, too, and will be conducting an exclusive workshop for the attendees. The workshop focuses on understanding the use cases for Blockchain as a technology rather than just a currency.

The conference gives participants a complete networking experience:

  • Virtual booths with video chats to e-meet with participating companies
  • VIP e-meeting rooms to schedule private meeting and exchange business cards
  • E-workshops to learn more about Blockchain
  • E-coffee break rooms to network with all attendees

BlockConf Digital will also host a ​Startup Demo Day for those companies who want to present their project to top-notch VC firms from the blockchain ecosystem. Startups can register for the Demo Day by contacting the event team at [email protected]

The virtual conference hall will be available to everyone for the Virtual Meetup to explore the platform and e-meet with ​RSK, Decred​, and ​Dash teams. Warm-up with BlockConf Digital at the Virtual BlockConf Meetup to get ready for the May 25.

E-see you at BlockConf Digital!
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