Monday, August 10, 2009

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Patricio Quezada, CEO & Founder, Hispanics Learn.

What do you need to be an entrepreneur?
You need persistence and execution. Without those 2 key elements you’ll find yourself wasting time and energy.

What did inspire you to start your business?
Being able to grab control of steering wheel and drive myself to where I want to go.

How did you finance it?
Personal finances, Friends and Families

Being Hispanic…Does it have any influence on your business?
Yes. Speaking both languages fluently and being involved in the Hispanic community helps me a lot with my demographics.

In the face of adversity, how do you decide to keep going?
Envisioning the finish line and how good it’s going to feel once I reach it.

What is the biggest challenge your business has faced?
Looking for outside help.

If you could change one thing about your business, what would it be?
I’d definitely like to have more employees that I can talk to about ideas.

What was your childhood ambition?
I wanted to be a scientist but over the years physics and beakers weren’t my favorite toys anymore.

Tell us about three entrepreneurs that you admire?
Pharrell Williams is truly my number one. He’s a very artistic and unique individual. He has a drive, persistent, and execution that is uncanny.

Roger Velasquez is another of the influential entrepreneurs in my life. Besides the fact that he is a family member of mine doesn’t take away the fact that even though he doesn’t have a wall of master degrees he still managed to start his business and overcome all obstacles put in front of him at an early age.

Tony Hsieh is my number three after much debate. I met him at an Underground Teleseminar and did not know anything about his company or his prior entrepreneurship expenence. After listening to his presentation and then following his company endeavors on a daily basis I started to see that his entrepreneur approach is really the key to his success.

For business meetings: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
I like lunch.

What sacrifices on your personal life did you have to make in order to become a business success?
I had to let go of the dependability of being with my friends and just spending time alone with my business idea.

What is your favorite quote?
“Victory goes not to the swift nor to the strong but to he who endureth until the end”- Unknown

Is it difficult to be unconventional?
No, I think as an entrepreneur it comes naturally and sooner or later you see that you’ve accomplished so much out of the norm that it is now a way of life.

Biggest mistake made?
It has to be the lack of execution from the beginning.

Do you consider yourself an innovator? Why?
Yes, I’ve overcome many entrepreneurial hardships through unconventional practices and with the help of some serial entrepreneurs and a great business coach.

About the Company
Founded in 2008 by Patricio Quezada, 18, Hispanics Learn provides bi-lingual computer and technology training to the Hispanic Community in the U.S. and abroad. Hispanics Learn has been featured on CNN, and in the Washington Business Journal.

Hispanics Learn offers in person workshops and online training and tools to create a dynamic learning experience for both individuals and groups. The content is available in multiple formats, audio, video and print and is also presented in Spanish and English for those who are also learning the language. Quezada is exploring partnerships with workforce development programs and non-profits that work to improve opportunities for Hispanics. Quezada is also penning his first book, The Bilingual Computer Handbook that he plans to release on this fall. The book will be written in English and Spanish and will introduce basic computer concepts and terms in a step-by-step format.

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