I want to change the world.
Most frustrating thing about being an entrepreneur is the beginning when your idea is still in it's infancy. The hardest part is overcoming obstacles to make it into a real product. The most rewarding is getting great feedback from your users. Knowing that your company/product is really making a difference and innovating.
Giving up to early on your vision and dream.
1) Do your homework/research 2) Never give up 3) Believe in your vision and constantly build on it.
Twizz, a creative artist/entrepreneur in Silicon Valley wanted to use his expertise of building tech startups to do something that would make a positive difference in the world. So he turned his attention to saving the planet.
The idea for "iLuvMyPlanet! - The First Purpose Driven Social Network" came to Twizz while he was working on his boat engine at Pier 39, San Francisco. He got frustrated because there was all kinds of oil and sludge that came out. He knew that this gunk would eventually pollute the ocean and our atmosphere. From that moment he realized that something had to be done to change the mindset of the world. So he did some soul searching, looked back to his childhood. He remembered playing on hillsides along small creeks, being outdoors, exploring beaches and parks. Twizz knew that he had a deep love and respect for nature, the ocean, different plants and animals. He started spending more time in the garden, growing vegetables, planting trees and connecting with nature on a deeper level. His eating habits also changed, along with a regular exercise regimen at the local gym, he even got some old bikes to fix up from local yard sales. Each Saturday morning was a trip to the local farmers market for fresh fruits and vegetables.
From this great spiritual awakening the "Inspiration for iLuvMyPlanet!” came. “It was so simple and natural how it came to me.” says Twizz. Two events that he attended would inspire him to take action. One was the TED Silicon Valley event at Stanford called "Innovation for Social Change." There were all these great thinkers, talented artists and inspirational speakers at the event on stage talking about social change. The event truly inspired him to do something great for the planet. The other was the San Francisco Green Festival that he attended with his friends. "It was great to be able to see this huge movement that was happening. All the vendors, the great food and the music was amazing!"
Since Jan 2010 after receiving some seed funding from a close friend, along with his own time and money, he was off to the races. After many months of dedication, perseverance and working on the project till late nights. All while juggling day to day work from his design studio, ten months later on 10.10.10, the site was launched to the public. He hopes that with each new member that join they can go thru the same spiritual awakening like he did and reconnect with nature, the planet and the global community. They can change their lifestyle, live a healthier and more spiritual life. "We must correct our past mistakes, re-discover our spiritual roots and re-invigorate the Great Thinkers of tomorrow. The industrial age has left Planet Earth sick, we need to make things better" says Twizz.
The site is open to anyone on Planet Earth; Independant Filmmakers, Photographers, Artists, Musicians, Inventors, Explorers, Environmentalists, Animal Lovers, Nature Lovers, Writers, Eco-Friendly Businesses and Great Non Profits. "The company will actively promote green companies along with all the great non profits that are working hard to save the planet." Along with his biz partner Mel, a prolific producer in Hollywood, they plan to build a great company to serve an ever greater need: Saving The Planet.