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Yay! So, it is finally my turn to blog and there is something I have to tell you about me. I really love being surrounded by start-ups! It is not about the informal dress code, the flexible hours, or the ping pong table what catches me. It is something more intangible – the passion they put into everything they do.

For me, it is quite impossible not to get captured by such a strong energy. Ideas are in the air and your floor is constantly moving. This last part is what I like the most, because if there is something I have learned from working with new businesses is that… you never stop learning!

For start-ups there is always room for improvement, there is always a new plan coming up, there is always a gap to fill, and there are always ways to expand your knowledge. 

Now, as you know I am also part of the team organizing Startup Weekend, where you can connect, network, form alliances, and learn… If you are like me, you probably do not naturally enjoy all this networking stuff! However, the truth is that if you focus on communicating yourself and your ideas and not on the title of the people that surround you, networking is fun, stimulating and an excellent way to develop and test your thinking and opinions. The more you network the more you will learn!

So, if you are a passionate learner this is the perfect weekend for you. You will surround yourself with like-minded individuals, who maybe in the future will be able to provide you knowledge, resources, markets or technology. There will also be many professionals in their field that will have valuable information and insight to share. If you have questions, ask them! Remember, each question you don’t ask is a missed learning opportunity!

Now go ahead and challenge yourself with 54 hours of learning experience. Commit to expanding your mind. Open your network (by truly expressing your ideas). And show me your passion…  

“When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible” (Howard Schultz, Executive Chairman of Starbucks).

Karla Araque  

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(@karlitaraque) Karla is the Hub & Community Success Executive at Versari. With a BEcon & MSc International Business, Karla is a passionate lifelong learner. She is now an organiser of one of the fastest growing edtech communities in the world, Learning Tech Labs.