Luis Carlos, what would you tell us about yourself?
Greetings, or as we say in our country Pura Vida. I was born and raised in Costa Rica, within an immigrant family from Serel, Lebanon, educated in Costa Rica, US and Europe. A black belt, marathon, scuba diver and Certified Tacfit Instructor. A positive challenger by nature, that will always pursue the next thing in everything.
What type of business are you running now and how does this relate to what WiderPool does in the innovation space?
We run an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the information age mindset leaders needing to be digital resilient, to foster exponential change within their organizations.
Our job is to help leaders transform their business to become global by designing business models. A leader can be a garage entrepreneur or a corporate entrepreneur. We help them transform the digital threats into opportunities.
As Ignacio Macías, Co-founder of WiderPool and myself concluded after our first conversation, the fundamentals behind our business are the same, and we both connect the dots among investors, early stage entrepreneurs and corporations.
What motivated you to found Stratos and focus on creating impact on the development of social and economic prosperity in your region?
My main driver was the memory and story of my late grandfather, a self-made entrepreneur who saved my life (10+ minutes of CPR on my third birthday party) and became like a father to me. During my time with him, I witnessed at first hand the social and economic prosperity around a successful venture. The insight behind Stratos was the lack of infrastructure around the emerging trend of tech ventures and the new breed of entrepreneurs. For a second just try to Imagine drivers without car makers, gas stations and roads.
How do you see incumbents in your region approaching the need to incorporate new technologies and innovation?
As David Mitchell (vice-president and Gartner Fellow) says, “the ability to successfully engage with this disruption can be the difference between thriving and sliding down the performance curve”.
Innovation can be an intimidating and challenging term, every business leader is thinking about it, but aren’t sure where to start. WiderPool Open Innovation model not only helps to identify what they need but also helps them do it.
What industries do you see as being particularly open to WiderPool’s innovation model?
Banking and Finance, Professional Services, Education and Tourism.
Can you tell us some success stories of disruptive innovation originating from Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has been an unique country with visionary people. From a military who became president to abolish the army. To a former Nasa astronaut who is developing the development of advanced plasma rocket propulsion technology.
Do you have a great business-related book you would encourage others to read?
I can think of three
- I'd Like the World to Buy a Coke: The Life and Leadership of Roberto Goizueta
- Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
- The Unstoppables: Tapping Your Entrepreneurial Power by Bill Schley and Graham Weston
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