Networking is key – if you have not started to realize that your soft skills and working with other are just as, if not more important to your success than pure talent than you need a reality check. Your network is your net worth.

 

Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

Anthony is a full stack software developer with a passion for strategy and innovation in his DNA.

Anthony Delgado has been helping companies launch successful digital products for over a decade. He has worked with a wide variety of different companies including sports, media, entertainment, healthcare, government agencies and non-profits. From transforming start-ups into multi-million dollar organizations, to helping nonprofits solve real world problems with digital solutions, his passion is using software to help change the world one pixel at a time.

Where did the idea for your company come from?

We startup Disrupt to make an impact. After hurricane maria, it was clear that FEMA and the federal government had forgotten about the island of Puerto Rico. We knew that if we wanted to make an impact we had to do something that was grass roots. By the people for the people. We truly feel that by using technology, innovation and entrepreneurship we can help revitalize the economy on the island.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

I try to live my life by the mantra from Sebastian Vidal from P18. “Work Hard. Play Tropical.” I like to wake up by 6AM and be at the beach in time to watch the sun rise. I then goto a local cafe in Calle Loiza called Pinky’s to grab some coffee and check my emails. Next I have a conference call with my team in New York at 10AM to go through our goals for the day and review our deadlines. Whenever I get stressed out or bogged down I always come back to the mission. Stay focused on your why and the how will always figure itself out.

How do you bring ideas to life?

I approach each idea with savagery. It is easy as we get comfortable in our careers to take a laid back attitude but you need to treat each project as if not only your life but the entire world is counting on you, because they are. Remember that you have a unique contribution to the world that is waiting to happen.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Despite all the hype in the crypto space, I feel the real gold rush is going to be automation and AI. If you can find a problem that is currently being solved by human beings and somehow solve it using computers you can take over an entire industry. The more mindless jobs we can replace with automation, the more free time we will have as a society to explore new frontiers.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

My headphones and EDM music. When I need to get in the zone those are my two gotos that never fail me.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Forget what other people think. I made so many bad decisions early on based on the options of other people in high school etc. that really didn’t matter. You are running your own race so you can not compare yourself to others or worries about other peoples options of you.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

That you can do anything in life that you put your mind to. It is amazing but I often believe in other people more than they believe in themselves. I guess that is why I am a good coach.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Correct myself. I think people who start companies often have big ego’s and they are hesitant to admit when they are wrong. The first thing I do when I realize that I have made a mistake is force myself to man up and take responsibility.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Networking is key – if you have not started to realize that your soft skills and working with other are just as, if not more important to your success than pure talent than you need a reality check. Your network is your net worth.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

In 2008, I invested all my money into my first startup and it failed. It was a competitor to ebay called ebanza. Although it wasn’t directly a success, I learn how to code, I learned digital marketing and most importantly I learn how to learn and leverage my failures and turn them into success. I took the skills that I learned and rolled them into a 6 figure google advertising private blog network with over 3 million monthly views. The lesson here, fail forward.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

Print on Demand. Every business can start a swag store with ZERO upfront investment using tools like Printful and Amazon and start selling their logo printed on a t-shirt. Our Disrupt T-Shirts are on sale now on Amazon.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

I just invested a little over $100 in a chair for my home office. You need to be comfortable when you work so I don’t see if as a cost as much as I see it as an investment.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?

Google Apps for business – the document collaboration tools alone make it invaluable to our business, but we are also daily users of the calendar and email features as well.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene – This will equip you with the most successful people in history and give you the key lessons from both their triumphs and their downfails.

What is your favorite quote?

Don’t ask permission, ask forgiveness.

Key learnings:

  • Learn from your failures and create success from the lessons.
  • Ignore the haters. Other people’s opinions should not define your actions.
  • Nothing is impossible. Just as long as you are willing to put in the work.

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