Monday, December 17, 2007

Salvatore Cavalieri >

President of Cilantro Animation Studios

What do you need to be an entrepreneur?
Love for what you do. Do not give up easily, be dedicated, be thoughtful, be ahead of the curve work more than your employees / partners.

What did inspire you to start your business?
Hunger and the fear of it.

How did you finance it?
Any good entrepreneur should use partly its own funds to show others and to yourself that you truly believe in your idea. If you use other sources of funds, these should come from partners/advisers that are 1000 times better than you. By the way, a new business where the entrepreneur places no money and sweat of his/her own does not rank very well with me, since everybody has ideas of great businesses and fortunes, but few have the guts to actually mortgage their house and break your kid’s penny bank to make your ideas reality. The world is full of dreamers and very few doers.

Being Hispanic…Does it have any influence on your business?
Of course, because it is nice to be Latino American and richly cultured; moreover, I have always wanted to demonstrate that we may come from “the third world” but our ideas and creativity surpasses the first world thinkers, just watch and see.

In the face of adversity, how do you decide to keep going?
The assurance that I have done a solid business plan.

What is the biggest challenge your business has faced?
Like many businesses obtain the first customers and keep them satisfied all the time.

If you could change one thing about your business, what would it be?
Move the office to the beach with many coconut trees and a few monkeys, maybe a Llama too.

What was your childhood ambition?
Be a pilot or build a plane.

Tell us about three entrepreneurs that you admire?
My father (he was the most creative and ethical business person, I have ever met) & Steve Jobs

For business meetings: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
I prefer not to talk about business while I eat.

What sacrifices on your personal life did you have to make in order to become a business success?
Time lost with love ones, lost vacations and weekends; mortgage your house 3 times.

What is your favorite quote?
No existe enemigo pequeno. There is no small enemy.

Is it difficult to be unconventional?
No, it is easy, you need to think and consult with a knowledgeable people and be able to decide if the advice is right. Finally, you need to be continuously informed of the world around you.

Biggest mistake made?
Be too cautious sometimes.

Do you consider yourself an innovator? Why?
Yes, I am. I tend to observe pretty well the world around me and think 5 to 10 years ahead. I tend to shock people with my predictions.

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