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As a new marketing graduate from the University of Calgary, my parents kept reminding me “Just get any internship Alejandro, you are young; you have time to figure out what you like later!” And sure, I’d have that coveted industry experience and gain some transferable skills along they way.
I didn’t just want any experience; I knew my value, my purpose. Still, I couldn’t find a place to share that with people. I was frustrated, and I was starting to get angry.
I knew If I were going to embark on something new, it would have to be on my terms. So I made sure that the company I found gave me the opportunity to make every day a new challenge, develop my skills for digital marketing and web design, and to work alongside talented creative people. Enter: Angry Ventures.
Why be Angry?
They are disruptors, different, and they give ZERO f*cks about the status quo. Hell yes.
And it doesn’t hurt they are located in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. I was in.
Portugal? But do you speak Portuguese?
No. At least not yet. Você já ouviu falar sobre o Google Translate?
So for the next eight weeks, I will be spending my summer doing web design and digital marketing at Angry Ventures, a venture startup studio. So far, It’s exactly what I expected it to be – actually, better. The days go by incredibly fast, learning, creating, building, and disrupting. Mission accomplished.
My first project is working on the web design of a blockchain venture called Etherify. I have dabbled on cryptocurrency before, but to be a part of a real-life project is amazing and I can’t wait to see this venture flourish in the future.
I’ll break them down into Angry and Venture goals.
- Learning how to filter and evaluate web traffic data with platforms like Google Analytics. A lot of the work that goes into good web design is validated by data you get from analyzing the flow of traffic and how well the audience engages with the interface. In my opinion, analytics is the yang to great design yin.
- Work efficiently and balance many projects at the same time. Already I can see how work can pile up very quickly, and one of the things I was told right away is, done now is better than perfect later. This one will be tough for the perfectionist in me, but I see the logic. Adapt, or die.
- Fale um pouco de português! I mean, everyone at the office is always teaching me new words here and there, so I’m bound to pick it up with time and practice!
- Explore the amazing things Lisbon has to offer! Last week I visited a popular tourist town called Caiscais for a day at the beach, and this weekend I have joined a Meetup group to hike the parks around Sintra and visit the historic castle.
- No good venture goes without proper exploration of the cuisine! Already I’ve had the famous pasteis de nata, and with the feast of St. Anthony coming up next week, there will be no shortage of sardine in the air around Lisbon and on my plate.
So, If you are curious about what’s it’s like to work at a venture startup studio, it’s a fast ride filled with unexpected twist and turns. Above all, it’s a chance to be part of something more, to expand your knowledge of what’s possible, and learn to express your inner superhero!
“Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me, the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option” – Peter Parker