Our community is comprised of some absolutely brilliant entrepreneurs and so we asked a few of them to tell us the story of how they came up with the ideas for their business.

Dinnia Quiros Vega | Photographer

After losing my job, in the middle of the pandemic, I spent many days at home, thinking about how to make money. I tried to make cakes, I managed to sell 3 but I felt that it was not my passion, until one day on my way home, talking to my husband, he suggested that I go back to what I had studied, photography, at first I was afraid but I decided to give it a try. It was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I started taking photos of my daughter and my friends and when I realized it I already had many clients and my business kept growing
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Adriano Avila | CEO and founder of FUTBOX

Futbox was emerging little by little. It started in 1982, when I was 11 years old, spontaneously and unconsciously. I come from Belo Horizonte, the capital city of a state with many mountains and waterfalls. I graduated in Advertising in 1997 and owned a graphic design agency for 10 years. In 2007 I had the idea to combine my skills with my passion for football. Brazil is a country that breathes this sport. In 2011 I got an investor partner for the portal. Read more>>

Thaymar & Mariedicta | Founders & CEO

Living in Denver we noticed that cars keep getting dirty all the time but people are always too busy to take their cars to the car wash. We started thinking about possible solutions and we faced with the 3rd problem: water waste. We realized that saving water is something that matters too much to us and we definitely needed to add this to the equation for our business. That’s how we came out with EcoLife Car Wash: a mobile waterless car wash service. Read more>>

Brett Holloway | Graphic Artist

Well, to be honest, it all came from some artwork I did for my cousin, who is a big outdoorsman. He loves to hunt and fish, so I decided that for Christmas a few years back, that I would draw up a few trout designs for him as a gift. I had a few people who saw the designs- encourage me to find an outlet to somehow sell these, and so T-Shirts were the medium I chose. I took those designs from pen and paper to my Ipad, which was quite an ordeal, because I had zero experience with illustrator apps of any kind. Read more>>

Cole Noble | Adventure Writer

About halfway through a climb up Kelso Ridge, my friend and I ran into a lost hiker. She was alone and boxed in at the bottom of a steep gulley. We helped her back to the trail and invited her to summit with us; I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone more relieved to see other people. On the way to the top, we shared stories, and learned she was on a trip to scatter the ashes of her pet. Speaking with her gave me the idea to do a kind of adventure writing I don’t see a lot of. Read more>>

Fulvio Montano | Graphic Designer & Video Editor

When I started selling online my graphic design creations, the idea wasn’t to start a business, it was just a way to free my creativity doing things I like and, maybe, get some extra bucks for my holidays. As the pandemic and lockdown era started, and from one day to another I stopped working, I figured I had to focus on building an alternative besides my job as a video editor.
After doing a lot of online research I realized I could take advantage of the exponential growth of e-commerce driven by the fear of the pandemic, so I decided to give it a try. Read more>>