David Macías is a successful entrepreneur who runs an online business based in the Canary Islands. VideoLean – a great online platform that helps you build your own professional videos – currently has more than 240k users around the world. This guest post was originally written in Spanish (“Malditos Nómadas”). At CoworkingC , we feel completely identified , with David´s Love&Hate relationship with Digital Nomads and this is why we share the english version of his original post. When you meet really interesting people that make a positive change in your life, you feel like you want to retain them. This is the kind of feeling that David had when Tim left, after spending 2 years in Gran Canaria of what should had been a 2 week visit. Enjoy the reading.
FUC**NG TIRED OF DIGITAL NOMADS
I must admit that I rarely travel, usually just short trips for business meetings in large cities like Madrid or Barcelona, when I take a little time to see friends before I go back home. Believe me, there are people who travel perpetually – they soak up the best of each location, then continue their journey. This post attempts to explain what it is that digital nomads share with “glocal” entrepreneurs like myself, based on my own experience.
After spending a few years in Gran Canaria, one of my personal and professional advisors – someone who’s helped me build my business both emotionally and professionally – is moving to Bali: my friend and advisor Tim Delhaes.
Tim’s story ought to be told. There are many locals who don’t appreciate the value that a highly talented individual like Tim generates during a visit to Gran Canaria, nor do they take advantage of it, but I have.
In the small entrepreneurial scene in the Canary Islands, everyone remembers the workshop that Tim organized almost a year ago. For many of us it meant a radical change in attitude and focus. In my case it meant a business increase of 1000% as well as my infinite gratitude to him for selflessly sharing his valuable experience.
Obviously it was not the workshop alone that helped me. also the support of my entrepreneur friends who keep silently pushing themselves has also been crucial. This is what I’m taking away from the past year, during which we had a really hard time with our business.
I’ve had many long talks with Tim during which I soaked up his knowledge by observing his daily routine, his way of managing his company, Inboundlabs, with its distributed remote workforce… I lived his epic battles in San Francisco, Chile, I learned from his advice on how to negotiate an exit (you were so right) and I shared his love for digital businesses.
Institutions need to be conscious of the value that digital nomads like Tim and Peter (The Surf Office) bring to the local entrepreneur ecosystem. They have inspired others, which has accelerated the growth and increased the value of our community. They have become the best ambassadors for our islands.
We should make a huge effort to find these kinds of nomads, full of energy and knowledge, with experience that enriches our community and environment, and who contribute new perspectives and open our minds. They are knowledge accelerators, and we should roll out the red carpet for them.
Tim has 20 years of experience in internet business. Affected by the dot-com bubble in 2000, he sold his company to Google and began traveling the world with his family, searching for the best waves. Currently, he manages a location independent agency. Despite his capacity and proven experience, he runs around in flip-flops and doesn’t have a LinkedIn profile full of likes or recommendations, which speaks for itself when it comes to Tim’s personality and character.
I really felt the need to stress what a valuable impact his visit had. Perhaps he’s not even aware of it, because he’s the kind of person who does things from the heart, without expecting anything in return. A true entrepreneur.
I’m not sure whether it’s his intention to leave traces around the world and inspire small entrepreneurs with his knowledge, but what I do know is that he deserves our gratitude for everything that he’s contributed to our community. It really pisses me off that some institutions have not helped facilitate the reach of this great man, and I encourage them to evaluate its value and promote the emergence of other Tims.
I hope that the new generation of local entrepreneurs will value this digital nomad movement more than we have, and that they will make the effort to help retain such talent and welcome digital nomads the way they deserve.
Personally, I’m broken up… I really hate it when nomads I really appreciate leave and change location… I hate them for it, but I guess they need to continue their journey, and we need to take advantage of what we’ve learned so that we can share it… I have to learn to live with their absence.
I’ll miss you, Tim. I’m eternally grateful to you for helping me build up VideoLean in Exchange from nothing. Well, apart from a couple of Zacapas – without a doubt, one of the reasons for our friendship.
We will miss you and you’ll always be welcome , but we are fucking tired of you!