When my good friend Jan Barbosa introduced me to the hot new platform beBee, it was quite a pleasant surprise to be greeted warmly, not just by the other bee’s but also by the founders themselves. It is indeed a rare treat to be a part of space with over 11 Million users and have the CEO and Executive Chairman, drop in to wish you hello!

The 18 Question series features an awesome group of up and coming, as well as seasoned Entrepreneurs, who give us a glimpse behind the scenes. A sneak peak into their lives and into their businesses. Their stories are meant to inspire and encourage us. Today we meet Javier Cámara Rica and Juan Imaz of the new social networking and professional branding network, beBee.com.

Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

Javier: Dreamer / techie / entrepreneur
Juan: Online Serial Entrepreneur

 

What was your first job?

Javier: Consultant at Oracle
Juan: Salesman in 1993

 

When did you know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

Javier: Working for 3th party did not make me happy enough.
Juan: Always

 

What was your first business venture?

Javier Canalmail – Email Marketing Business
Juan: A sale and direct marketing consultancy firm

 

When it comes to your business, how do you deal with rejection?

Javier:  I don’t take it personally. The best way to handle rejection is to maintain your focus of control. If you can understand the reason behind the rejection, you can do things differently next time. This will be immensely helpful in your growth. Realize rejection is progression, not regression.
Juan: Saying to myself “next one”

 

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What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Javier: Not to follow the crowd.
Juan: The only limit is you

 

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?

Javier: Take the simple and safe plan
Juan: “You should give up. That is not going to work.”

 

Can you describe a moment or day when you felt like giving up?

Javier: Whenever potential investors tell you “too early”
Juan: Fortunately I have had a lot of moments like this because I am always trying to build big things.

 

What or who motivates you to keep pressing on?

Javier: In my case, our bees and a clear market opportunity
Juan: The challenge. Every person needs one to stay mentally alive.

 

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?

Javier: Fascination Street from The Cure
Juan: “The eye of the tiger” 🙂

 

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If you were left on a deserted island for a month and could only bring three things, what would you bring?

Javier: Smartphone + 4G + beBee
Juan: Plenty of food, plenty of drinking water, and plenty of sun protection

 

Team Cats or Team Dogs? 😉

Javier: Team Cats
Juan: I love both

 

Morning person or late night?

Javier: Late night person
Juan: Morning person

 

Briefly describe your morning or night time routine?

Javier: Brain storming while I am in bed 🙂
Juan: Early morning I see my new messages, I take my dessert (fruit, brown toasts and coffee), I watch the latest news, I take a shower, and I go to the office

 

Beach or the Mountains?

Javier: Beach
Juan: Both depending on the time

 

Proudest Business achievement thus far?

Javier: beBee, a >11.7 MM engagement based community
Juan: 4 successful exits to date

 

What advice can you share with an up and coming entrepreneur?

Javier: Persistence is key
Juan: You are your only limit.

 

And our last question: Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?

Javier: 500 MM bees worldwide
Juan: Bigger than LInkedin. The next big thing in personal branding.

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More about Javier and Juan
Javier: Javier Cámara is the Co-Founder and CEO at beBee, the personal branding platform and affinity based social network which allows users to connect with other people who share the same interests and experiences. Javier is a successful Internet entrepreneur and big data and architecture expert. Javier has created several systems and advertising platforms during his career and leads the engineering of beBee’s big data platform. He was also the CEO of Professional Communities (engineers and doctors) from 2008 to 2014, and Co-Founder and CTO at Canalmail from 2000 to 2008. Javier has a Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering from Universidad de Deusto

Juan: Serial Entrepreneur and Investor. Founding, building and managing my multiple companies from 1993 to date in the areas of marketing and online business. Juan has over 22 years of experience managing start-ups to consolidated multinational corporations. He’s considered a Pioneer in online business.

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