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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.

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Disrupt Magazine Anthony 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. 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. Delgado has also helped mentor thousands of students, all from the comfort of his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Daniel Habif Gives Us Hope Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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There are few individuals as creative, loving, and genuine as Daniel Habif.

Habif, the Mexican entrepreneur, content creator and motivational speaker who has been featured in many important events such as the Live Aid for Venezuela in February 2019, has spoken at major forums such as TEDx, Mexico’s Senate of the Republic and the recent author of his latest book, INQUEBRANTABLES, shows us that amid despair, there is always hope.

In his latest YouTube video, “RETURNING HOME,” Habif shares his thoughts on the current Covid19 pandemic in an honest, candid, and unequivocally, Daniel Habif way, in which only he can express.

“I don’t believe in any kind of boundaries, which is why I am doing this video in English, Italian, French and other languages. I don’t speak very well, but I will try, I always try. By not expressing myself in my native language makes it a beautiful challenge that allows me to remember: ‘That in this life it is more important to be willing than to be prepared.’” Habif says at the beginning of the video.

In the video, which in less than 24 hours received over 60,000 views, Daniel starts by pointing out that because of Coronavirus there is at the moment a lot of panic because a lot of people are going to be isolated, and that all of this is okay. He also claims that the virus has shown us we are not as strong as we thought.

Because people or cars are not flooding the streets as they normally are, Daniel points out the many things that we can notice now: ‘the birds chirping,’ ‘the blue and beautiful sky and not the smoke from the pollution.’

Daniel continues highlighting the good things happening around us. We can now hear the sound of cutlery from our neighbors as families gather to eat together and see parents go back to telling stories to their little children. There are also those who have to stay alone, but now get the chance to talk to themselves, ‘take a longer shower, eat breakfast slowly, put on some lotion and feel your hands.’

People sing from their balconies and realize they can live their lives with less than they normally get or think they need. Everyone now also has time to clean their minds and have a ‘space to settle themselves,’ and be able to focus on the little pleasures of life we don’t always notice.

In a little less than 11 minutes, Daniel is able to give us the hope we need today more than ever. With a call to go back to love, to forgiveness, and to reflection. This has been an experience for all of us, and it has undoubtedly shown us that we normally live at an unnecessarily fast speed that can lead us to a ‘spiritual heart attack.’

“We will soon remember that our world is abundant and we will discover that sickness is our empty attitude, and that’s okay. Because if we want, only if we want, soon goodness will regain control of humanity and we will all seek to offer comfort, give food and after all this time of not hugging, we will want nothing more but to love, we are going to rethink our lives we are going to want our life to serve the tired, the anguished and the homeless. We will be forced to forgive because we have realized that we all need each other.” Daniel states in the video.

Daniel closes by asking people to cooperate rather than compete, and to pray for the rebirth and revival of love. He makes the point that this pain cannot be for nothing–that we should learn something from this and come out of it improved.

RETURNING HOME” has been able to move thousands of people from all over the world–drawing comments of amazement, bliss, gratefulness, reflection and unity. Check it out and share it with people who may need to be lifted up today. To watch Daniel Habif’s “RETURNING HOME” video, click here.

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Dennis Kenney Proves That If There Is A Will, There Is A Way

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At this point in his career, Dennis Kenney has styled multiple celebrities for award shows like The Academy Awards, the Grammys, and the Met Gala. He was the head wardrobe stylist for the hit show Trading Places on TLC. Dennis has been featured in GQ as having one of the best street style looks for New York Fashion Week, and has his own boutique and clothing brand. With all of his incredible accolades, it would be hard to believe this would be his career path just a few years prior. 

There was a point in time when Dennis had zero motives of becoming a stylist, and instead had all of his focus on becoming a successful actor. While that did not pan out, his desire to follow his dreams and take risks to put himself in a position to work for himself and become financially free remained the same. After attending Carnegie Mellon and spending a brief stint in film, Kenney discovered his intense passion for fashion and set his mind to leveraging his way into the industry. By being consistent in uploading fashion content to social media, he began to gain a large enough following to the point where brands had no choice but to take notice. 

From there, his experience as a creative director for 260 Sample Sale and a sitdown interview with Christian Siriano sealed his reputation as a stylist through both his personality and his work. One of his more significant experiences was taking a huge risk by dressing a morning TV host in a dress that was considered risque for the occasion, but was received with huge praise. While it certainly was a risk, Dennis gained validation in his choices as a stylist and confirmed his belief that it is more than alright to go against the grain, as this is what helped separate him from the pack. 

While his own decision making and personality has certainly taken him a long way, Dennis has great appreciation for his connections and those that have helped turn his business into a massive success. While it takes a great deal of effort to find the right employees, he knows how important it is to surround himself with the right people. Not only have his employees shot his business to new heights, the connections he has made throughout his journey have been crucial to his success and in landing new opportunities. Because of this, he strongly recommends to never burn a bridge with anyone, as he never knows when he will cross someone again in a major situation or opportunity. 

Dennis Kenney has certainly made the most of every opportunity and has never shied away from the challenge of chasing his dreams, and anyone who has worked with him knows how kind hearted and grounded he has been through it all. In terms of what is next for Dennis, the sky truly is the limit. 

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If you stop thinking about it and just try it? – Mauricio Rosero

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Remember that a goal without a plan is simply a wish, that’s why you should hold on to the plan!

Mauricio Rosero González is a young Colombian artist, with extensive professional training in different artistic areas, such as photography and design. He took his first steps in the city of Bogotá, of which he is a native, and it was there that he began his interest in art and acting.

Mauricio lives his day to day under the slogan ” Stick to the plan” which he uses to motivate himself and others. For him, motivation is the essential basis of everything, since nothing can be achieved if he is not absolutely motivated to do so.

To cling to the plan you should know that success is the sum of small efforts repeated every day, there will be ups and downs, but that’s when you must take control of everything, because only you can do it, take a risk !, bad days give experience The worst give us the greatest lessons and the best give the sweetest memories.

Do not give up your goals no matter what happens, because when there is desire you can and the opportunities do not come, they are created! You must clear your mind of the I CANNOT, stop the fear one more minute and hold on to the plan! It is now or you will never get everything you set your mind to.

Under this excellent philosophy of life, Mauricio uses all the tools he has at his disposal, being the main action of them, in order to properly communicate his desire to motivate, he is a young man very committed to his personal growth and social volunteering, So always looking for new and innovative challenges.

Currently, Mauricio @mauriciorg8 is driving his career as an artist, motivator and influencer in social networks. His success on the Instagram virtual platform is remarkable, since little by little, with sacrifice and much effort he has managed to accumulate tens of thousands of followers.

Mauricio Rosero, being an entrepreneur, energetic and having high expectations for his future, aspires to influence the lives of other people through the virtual content he produces.

His goal is to become a great motivational speaker, an objective that, thanks to his temper and tireless dedication, every day is closer to achieving.

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