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Hi. I'm Beni. My experience so far.

Beni

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Hello,

My name is Beni, and I'm a 27 years old male Spaniard.

I've been interested in online business for the last 3 years. On 2006 I developed a training log keeping website. Which attracted the attention of a famed coach. We tried to profit from it as a subscription service but we never made a significant amount of money (not even to cover a dedicated server cost). Now we are offering it for free (it's an abandoned project, at least now).

What I learnt from that experience:
a) Never ever again invest my time in something without a clear business model.
b) Focus on solutions, not on fancy technology (I'm a computer scientist and I fell victim of that).
c) Don't reinvent the wheel.
d) Creating something on your own is hard, no one to talk to (at least no one than really cares)

My near future plans are:

- Get a job

- Creating a dating website using preexisting software (c). Using ad publising as the primary income source (a) and maybe micropayments for some services.

I know there plenty of services like that (not so many in Spain), but I't shouldn't take me too long and I have a big mailing list of people interested in a service like that.

Beni.
 

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Luke12321

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Glad to have you! Welcome Beni. Dating sites are a dime a dozen here in the US. Is it impossible to start one up now here in the US and profit? No. Nothing is easy I guess. Good luck with your venture in Spain! And you have someone to bounce idea's off of now.... :)
 

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Bienvenido, Beni.

Great experience and very good lessons learned. Thanks for sharing.
 

Diane Kennedy

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Hola Beni

Where in Spain are you? My son is going to the University of Salamanca this summer and my husband and I are going to vacation in Barcelona. It's our first visit to Spain for all of us.
 

Jorge

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Hi Beni! My aunt live's in Madrid and I'm from Argentina ;)

BTW, Diane, my dad went to Salamanca Univ. a few years ago to make a Postgraduate Education (don't know how to say it. Maybe a "Master" would be correct)
 
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Beni

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Hola Beni

Where in Spain are you? My son is going to the University of Salamanca this summer and my husband and I are going to vacation in Barcelona. It's our first visit to Spain for all of us.
I live in Gijón (Asturias), north of Spain. Our motto is "natural paradise" but there aren't too many interesting things here in the north.

Your son is going to have a great summer. Salamanca is one of the most beautiful cities of Spain, full of students and nice buildings to visit.
Near it (2 hours driving) is Segovia a nice place to visit, if he goes there tell him to eat "cochinillo" and visit La Granja palace and the Alcazar.

Barcelona is a beautiful city too. Although I don't know Cataluña, very well. But I'll probably end up living there or in Madrid next year.

Hope, you enjoy your vacation here.
 
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Beni

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Hi Beni! My aunt live's in Madrid and I'm from Argentina ;)

BTW, Diane, my dad went to Salamanca Univ. a few years ago to make a Postgraduate Education (don't know how to say it. Maybe a "Master" would be correct)
Hello Jorge,

I'm glad I'm not the only Spanish talker here. At least, you'll understand my faulty English. ;)
 

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Welcome Beni and thanks for the background on yourself!
 

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