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Will Crisis Spark Innovation?

September 29, 2020

Episode #2 – Danhalit Zamalloa has started businesses in extreme conditions and we talk about how we can spark innovation during tough times. Danhalit Zamalloa has started a company: on a dictatorship (checked) while the country is on a protest (checked) on a global pandemic (checked) We go deep and this is a great listen […]

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Episode #2 – Danhalit Zamalloa has started businesses in extreme conditions and we talk about how we can spark innovation during tough times.

Danhalit Zamalloa has started a company:

  • on a dictatorship (checked)
  • while the country is on a protest (checked)
  • on a global pandemic (checked)

We go deep and this is a great listen to prepare your business during uncertain times or if you are thinking of starting a business in the middle of a crisis.

Will Crisis Spark Innovation?

My guest today Danhalit Zamalloa is a tech entrepreneur, and co-founder and CEO of Wibo, a mobile engagement platform. Danhalit is a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, and was the former President of AIESEC in Venezuela.

I met Danha 5 years ago when she was working in her first company PagoFlash which was a great example of how to start and grow a company during uncertain times.

Danhalit tells her story of how she grew up in the era of Hugo Chavez and was part of the political protest movement. And how she started one company during the dictatorship in Venezuela and her second company during the protest movement in Chile. A great listen to prepare your business during uncertain times.

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Episode 2 – Will Crisis Spark Innovation?

  • [00:45] – Angie introduces Danhalit Zamalloa, She is a tech entrepreneur, and co-founder and CEO of Wibo, a mobile engagement platform. Danha is a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, and was the former President of AIESEC in Venezuela. I met Danha 5 years ago when she was working in her first company PagoFlash which was a great example of how to start and grow a company during uncertain times. Danha tells her story of how she grew up in the era of Hugo Chavez and was part of the political protest movement. And how she started one company during the dictatorship in Venezuela and her second company during the protest movement in Chile.
  • [02:20] – Danhalit Zamalloa tells us about her purpose starting the first company 

Danhalit’s Story

  • [03:20] – Danhalit opens up about how her dad was kidnapped and killed in Venezuela. And the moment she chooses to either be angry or do the opposite and become a builder of the country she wanted to see. She shares what she learned fighting for democracy. When everything outside is hell, you can become better on the inside. 
  • [06:55] – We talk about how not having many opportunities, made her grateful for any opportunity she gets. There was a time, was grateful just to have food and running water because many people didn’t even have that.

Financial struggles and the lessons of humility

  • [8:15] – Angie talks about how they had a financial crisis with her family made them come together as a team. 
  • [8:50] – When a crisis comes you can think of it as a gym or hardcore training. If quitting was my thing then I wouldn’t have done a 5-year startup in Venezuela. Builds your character.

Purpose aligned work

  • [9:50]–Purpose aligned with your work is tricky. I used to see my purpose aligned with my company. But the company becomes a vehicle for your purpose, to build something in society. 
  • [12:30]–We talk about leaving your startup and finding yourself again. Build my identity on my company and then we talk about how resigning on your position. 

What you do is not who you are

  • [14:50] – We talk about how what you do is not who you are. Who you are going way more.
  • [15:22] – Danhalit talks about how to hire and innovate during a pandemic and appreciate them to build your dream
  • [17:50] – Final remarks and recommendations from Danhalit.

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