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Andy Lieberman

Thanks for helping share the word about GSBI and our work. It has been a great, intense two weeks here in Silicon Valley. I still have a lot to assimilate. The mentors and panelists gave us honest and constructive feedback. We're so immersed in our projects that we are biased in our thinking and don't always get out of the box.

After the event, many of us participants talked about the comments from the final presentations and those given throughout the two weeks. I feel a healthy tension between economic benefit and social benefit. The goal is to create a venture that achieves both simultaneously. But, what do we do when we have to make choices between weakening the economics of the model or weakening the social return?

The take-away for us is to apply all we've learned from Silicon Valley to our business models, yet we must apply it judisciously and ensure that in search of economic sustainability, we remain ture to the social objectives that led us into what we are doing.

I took a big leap of faith when I chose to move to Guatemala instead of pursuing a high-tech career. It hasn't been easy, but I know it hasn't been easy for the highly successful entrepreneurs we were with to get where they are either.

As I leave Silicon Valley today, I will try to balance my new entreprenurial skills with my longtime favorite adage:

"Do what you love, and the money will follow."


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