We welcome Jorge Paredes for having an interview with us. Jorge is currently an event project manager at SAT Mexico DMC where he gets the chance to execute some important International Events/Meetings/Incentives for 500 fortune Companies in Mexico.
Jorge Paredes, Tell us about yourself?
Professionally I describe myself as a passionate helping people to experience Mexico. Since young, I started selling Tours in a small travel agency in Mexico City. I had the chance to talk and help people from all around the world to get to know Mexico, every smile back after for me was an experience. Since then, I like to travel all around but more in Mexico and get to know those unique locations and hidden places of my country.
How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
I had the same problem to solve every time I´ve Traveled. I’m a traveler myself and every trip I´ve made, I always said the same thing right after. I wish Someone could told me before those places/Landscapes/Experiences that were truly unique. I google it!! I did my research before!! But the only way to get to really know the place is with locals. People build the place.
Being Local in all the world is impossible, so there are companies that focus on selling products -standard products- from all around the world. We (Travelers) need someone to explain, to take the time to understand what we want and how we want it.
Well, Online Travel Agencies are not new. But Online travel Agencies with real people behind, those are difficult to find. I believe those times… when the only way to buy tickets and plan your holidays was going to your closest travel agency in town and talk to a real travel expert of the destination. Well, those times are back. People want to talk to someone to help them to give those insider tips to really get to know the destination. Travelers now, want to live experiences and not just take a tour, for that they always lots of options. Tailor made experiences and Online travel agencies do not come together, so I decided to give it a try and create the only Platform that just specializes in Mexico for Foreign travelers and tailor those experiences for this profitable segment.
How much potential market share can you achieve in the next 3 years?
Mexico is among the top 10 Destinations to visit in the world. Having a big piece of the cake could be very difficult. But I believe in our niche we will do great. This first year we are building, finding great partners and co-founders, moving fast and understanding our clients.
What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?
Well, I have read it 3 times and is a youngster series from Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Is a Historic Novel Series about Alexander the Great. I really love how a 33-Year-old guy could guide so many People so far to imaginable places and always being a leader. Is a true example of leadership, achievement, and curiosity.
What takes up too much of your time?
I spend a lot of time catching up and learning online about new trends and topics. I like to believe I’m quite curious and like to research a lot. Sometimes I wish I didn’t spend that much time on this.
What three pieces of advice would you give to college students/new startup business owners who want to become entrepreneurs?
Do make mistakes, Learn and try again. We do not need to be overwhelmed by the talent of other people. I hate those guys with over talent that they make everything look easy.
Once you find your true passion you will need to spend every asset you have to accomplish your dreams. Success will come with Time and is not Money.
Surround yourself with great people and look for the right environment. It is mandatory that you look for a great team, otherwise you won’t be able to play in the major league. Playing Solo is impossible.
Do not spend time on things you do not need. The most difficult part of being an entrepreneur is to choose your battles.
Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
It is true that we all are influenced by someone somehow. But there are a lot of guys out there to be impress of. I do not have one in specific.
Tell us about something you are proud of – about your greatest challenge.
I really like my Job since every project is different and the timeframe to see things done is quite short. I get the chance to see in a really short period of time the result. Every Event or meeting we finish has a different outcome but at the end what we look for, is the acknowledge of the participants and clients. I will say that most of the time we are proud of what we are doing. And is an incredible feeling in short periods of time.
How people should connect with you?
I am responsive on Linkedin