Thursday, April 9, 2009

TechLife community builder - Luke Barbara

I am an International Entrepreneur and a Social Entrepreneur. I work on the International launch team of DOmedia, serve as the President of the Business Builders Club, do Business Development for Brazil-based Grupo TC Global, and am working to finish my degree from Ohio State. I love traveling, music, people, and creating the future.

Business Builders Club connects current and aspiring entrepreneurs with the resources, knowledge, and connections to build successful businesses and social ventures.

DOmedia simplifies the process of buying and selling alternative and out-of-home advertising media around the world.

Grupo TC is an international holding company based in São Paulo, Brazil with over 30 years of experience doing business in emerging markets. We are focused on new ventures and investment opportunities in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about changing the world through Entrepreneurship. I had the privilege of living in the developing world (Honduras, Central America) doing humanitarian aid work before beginning university. This experience profoundly changed my life and cemented my resolve to improve the quality of human life, locally and globally, through increased access to education, healthcare, and entrepreneurship.

I believe there's a lot of potential in Columbus, Ohio and and am working to bring it to fruition. I think we can work together to make Columbus an even cooler place. By catalyzing entrepreneurship and building a community around it, we can make Columbus an innovation hub.

What's are the most played songs in your ipod?
Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Tabla Beat Science, Rolling Stones, Zion I, Avalanches, Jack Johnson, Gypsy Kings, Pink Floyd, Dizzy Gillespie, Manu Chao, Stan Getz, Jimi Hendrix

Where did you grow up?
I've lived in Minnesota, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio, San Francisco, Honduras, and Brazil. Each of these places has contributed to who I am today.

Are there any nonprofits that you volunteer your time to?
Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, GroundWork Group, Business Builders Club
What events have you organized?
Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit @ Ohio State
Business Builders Club events
Columbus Social Entrepreneurs meetup (more on the way...)



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