After doing over 400 events in the United States, we’ve finally done it. Our first Extreme Entrepreneurship WORLD Tour event happened today. It was a JAM-PACKED auditorium with over 850 young Peruvians who just needed a little motivation coupled with a few top tips to take their goals and passions to the next level. This is really tough to judge, but I think it may have been our best event to date. Whoa! The speakers were incredibly dynamic, engaging, inspiring and fun! But it wouldn’t have been such an awesome event without the wonderful audience members who were so engaged and couldn’t wait to participate.
Here was the stacked line up for the day:
- Arel Moodie, Partner, Empact
- Max Durovic, Founder & CEO, AArrow Advertising
- Jose Luis Silva, Minister of Foreign Trade and Toursim, Peru
- Jennifer Kushell, Founder & CEO, Your Success Network
- Duane Spires, Founder & CEO, Extreme Youth Sports
- Jeff Hoffman, Founding member of Priceline.com; Co-founder, Color Jar
- Debbie Jaffe, Director of New Business Development, Latin America, Google
- Helmut Caceda, President, CAPECE
- Brian Tippens, Director, Global Procurement Sustainability and Innovation, Hewlett – Packard
- Gonzalo Velasco, Director of Entrepreneurship, IPECE
Arel Moodie, who may now be “South America’s Top Young Speaker”, kicked off the event with what may have been his best presentation to date. Yep, it was filled with several “eres lo maximo!” and lots of “chevere!!!” He may have even thrown a “medusa” in there. Oh yeah, that happened. Arel busted the 5 exuses/myths we’ve all come up with that become reasons why we shouldn’t do something. But here was his secret – we have to be willing to do things others won’t in order to have things others don’t.
Next to the stage was the one and only, Max Durovic. Max puts the Che in Chevere – what does that mean? No other speaker came to the stage spinning signs, jumping over them and maybe even doing a triple back flip off of the stage (one of those didn’t actually happen but totally could have). Max brought up three CRUCIAL points when it comes to being a successful young entrepreneur:
- Just Jump – don’t be afraid to try something new
- Aim High – don’t settle for mediocrity
- Never Quit – if you haven’t ever failed, you don’t know what true success really is
Representing the incredible female entrepreneurs out there, Ms. Jennifer Kushell brought to the stage a vibrant message of the young and successful, what that means, and how to join the club. Her book, Secrets of the Young and Successful, is being translated to Spanish and she announced that the first place she would release it will be Peru… so cool! Congratulations, Jennifer!
During an invigorating Q&A panel with Duane Spires, Sarah Green, Max Durovic, Joel Chlimper and Martin Orbegoso, the audience asked fantastic questions to delve deeper into what it means to be young, successful, and an entrepreneur.
After a short break for a little food, the fun didn’t stop there! Duane Spires brought the crowd back in with a fantastic presentation on how to create a life of success and to do so by starting with setting goals. He really focused on the fact that you don’t have to be better, you just have to be different. Another really important point he made was that to be an entrepreneur… you have to learn to sell! Entrepreneurs sell more than products/services… they sell their vision! If you can’t sell yourself, how will you sell your product/service? He ended his presentation with a bang… literally… video will be posted soon!
And now one of the highlights of the event – Jeff Hoffman, one of the founding members of Priceline.com and the co-founder of Color Jar, brought his incredible wisdom and knowledge to the young people of Peru. Jeff is one of the best story tellers I have ever met and I dare anyone to try to name a person that he doesn’t know. Not just anyone sits next to LL Cool J at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Jeff has an incredible heart and a brilliant mind for business. But he reminded us of an important fact – the world’s most successful people are not smarter than you. The three main takeaways from his presentation were:
- Get off the couch – start somewhere, do something, and learn by trying and failing
- Validate your idea – spend a day in the life of your actual customer
- Get a mentor – learn to take advice from the right people
Finishing up the afternoon, we had presentations from Debbie Jaffe, talking about the innovation of Google, and Helmut Caceda, who talked about entrepreneurship 2.0 and E-commerce in Peru before bringing in our closing acts of the day.
Brian Tippens focused on a topic that I love and am incredibly passionate about – intrapreneurship and the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset and innovation no matter what career path you choose to persue. To be an entrepreneur, you do not have to own your own business! What?! Yep, that’s right! The same skills, tools and knowledge that the most successful young people have used to create incredibly successful businesses can be applied no matter what your goals are in life. Not everyone is cut out to own their own business and that is fine. But being innovative, creative and taking risks within your own career that you are PASSIONATE about is just as important in your entrepreneurial and life journey.
His three main takeaways on the core rules of intrapreneurship were:
- Make a measurable, global impact
- Be an “Experience Provider”
- Don’t sleep!
I think we’ve got that last one figured out already
Gonzalo Velasco, our amazing host for the Extreme Entrepreneurship World Tour in Peru finished the event with a bang… more like a gong. He inspired the entire crowed to “Be unstoppable” – which is exactly what he is! He focused a lot on attitude and being positive about what you can accomplish in life. If you can change your attitude, you can change the world.
This event means big things for Empact. Our global expansion is about to take the world by force. Get ready!