What was your childhood ambition? There is a spanish Miami Children's Hospital commercial that I was interviewed for in the second grade. They asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My response was, "I want to be a sports broadcaster." Today, I still want to be in sports media; I've just found something that is an even better fit with my ambitions and my ability in Sportsmanias.
For business meetings: breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Lunch is my preference, but I am available for any of the above.
What sacrifices on your personal life did you have to make in order to become a business success? The biggest sacrifice I had to make was giving up a year and a half of playing college football. I got recruited to play at the University of Chicago, but after my sophomore season I wasn't able to return to the team because of the amount of work Sportsmanias was requiring. Playing football had always been my passion, but Sportsmanias is everything I always hoped for out of a career.
What is your favorite quote? "Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability." - John Wooden. It is my favorite quote because it is about using the gifts you've been given, and about being competitive with yourself.
Is it difficult to be unconventional? I think it is and it isn't. It's not difficult to think unconventionally, but it is difficult to follow through on those thoughts and make them a reality.
Biggest mistake made? I believe I should have done more research before starting Sportsmanias. We hit the ground running and it was a steep learning curve. Thankfully it's paid off and I've learned more than I ever thought I would, but looking back I should have been more prepared for what was on the horizon.
Do you consider yourself an innovator? Why? I do consider myself an innovator because I love creating things. I love writing, filmmaking, ideas, and entrepreneurship. And the string that ties all of those interests together is innovation. There is nothing that gets me more excited than new creative projects.
How did you finance it? The initial capital was provided by my co-founder and mom, Aymara Del Aguila, who has owned her own advertising agency for 25 years. She is a true entrepreneur in her vision and ability to execute. Our Angel Round was financed by Mas Equity Partners, who has provided capital, strong ideas, and a great network. Their partnership has been instrumental in our growth.
Tell us about three entrepreneurs that you admire? I admire my mom. She is an entrepreneur that I get to look up on a day-to-day basis. I've never met a person with the ability to take calculated risks like she does and to work through endless pressures. I've learned so much from her. Two other entrepreneurs I admire are Bill Simmons, who founded Grantland and the ESPN 30 for 30's, and Steve Jobs, for his work with Apple and Pixar.