Danielle Blum—CEO of World Nativ
Danielle is the Founder and CEO of World Nativ, a global community of innovators, creatives, digital nomads, and entrepreneurs connecting minds and sharing knowledge. Their platform is a creative ecosystem that provides resources, business training and networking events for both startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. She is responsible for business development as well as directing the creation of the programs, events and digital platform.
Current Favorite Spots to get work done?
I enjoy working at a local juice bar near my house because I get a boost of energy and mental clarity from the green juice. I also like taking spontaneous trips to elicit new creative impulses for my business.
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Why and how did you get into this venture?
I believe in the power of community and knowledge sharing. I believe through local and global collaboration we can bring more innovative visions into the world.
After having epic experiences traveling the globe and exploring diverse cultures, my mind expanded. Creative business ideas that blended with my newly found passions started coming to me, however, I didn’t yet have the business acumen to execute on these plans.
I never studied business in school nor did I have plans to go back. I lacked the desire to sit at a desk because I wanted hands-on experience learning from successful entrepreneurs. Driven by this motivation to create my own education, I actively searched opportunities to meet and learn from experts in business and digital marketing.
I knew it was essential to combine these tools with my vision if I wanted to make a serious impact. This sparked an idea to create an educational platform that blends business knowledge with community collaboration. I invited industry leaders to share their expertise with the community and, to my surprise, the events filled up fast. Through these partnerships we began offering business training and collaborative co-working events.
There is this ignited feeling you get when surrounded by individuals with ideas to drive the world forward. Our gatherings have provided the opportunity to foster connections, encourage bold visions, and to support each other on this entrepreneurial journey.
Our community has been growing, and by utilizing technology our plan this year is to share this platform with entrepreneurs around the world.
Stick to your mission and vision. It’s all about experimentation.
How long have you been a working on it and what did you do prior to this?
World Nativ was founded in early 2015. Prior to World Nativ I lived and worked in various countries around the world including Spain, Thailand, and Cambodia. After returning from my travels in 2012 I reconnected with an old friend who opened my eyes to this new world of entrepreneurship.
What’s the future plan for World Nativ?
We are growing our community through our Business Accelerator, co-working events, resource network and workshops. Within this coming year, we plan on developing our online platform that will allow entrepreneurs from around the world to participate and contribute to the global creative ecosystem.
Why and when did you decide to become an entrepreneur?
Throughout my travels, I became a different person. I was no longer bound by structure or self-imposed limitations. It awakened boundless creativity and inspired me to build my vision of connecting minds around the world.
What’s the toughest challenge you face (or faced) as an entrepreneur?
Because of my strong drive and passion I have had to learn how to create a better work/life balance, I now put the same energy into my business as I do into my relationships, health, and family. Many entrepreneurs burn out because they try to do too much. The key is to find balance and take everything one step at a time.
Failing is essential to becoming better.
Any other entrepreneur(s) you lookup to? Why?
I look up to Vishen Lakhiani, the Founder of Mindvalley. He built a company that innovates personal development by using technology and education. Mindvalley has 200 extraordinary employees from about 40 different countries. The way he develops their company culture is inspiring to me. I highly recommend his TEDTalk, “How to Build The World’s Greatest Workplace.”
What advice would you give a novice entrepreneur?
Stick to your mission and vision. It’s all about experimentation. Don’t wait for opportunities, create them. Failing is essential to becoming better. Keep going until you hit the target. The key is to remember to have fun.
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