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Reflections on Entrepreneurship

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on June 29, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Entrepreneur of the Year Gabriela Isturiz Bellefield

Wow. I can’t begin to explain the emotion that I feel right now. I was not expecting this!

Last Friday evening, I attended the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards as a finalist in the Emerging Business Category. Among such amazing finalists in my category, I didn’t expect to win. When my name was called to the stage as the winner, I thought of the little girl with an entrepreneurial mindset that I once was, who would have found this moment of recognition as “Entrepreneur of the Year” unbelievable.

I came to the United States 20 years ago from Venezuela with one dream: to create a better life for myself and my family. After studying engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, I quickly found my calling as a technology entrepreneur, but I still could not have imagined where the journey would take me. Receiving this recognition made me reflect, not only on my own journey, but what it means to be an entrepreneur.

In his recent book on entrepreneurship The Startup of You, LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman said “Entrepreneurship is a life idea, not a strictly business one; a global idea, not a strictly American one.” To me, entrepreneurship is a way of looking at the world. Where others see risk, an entrepreneur sees opportunity. A situation that others may see as threatening, an entrepreneur will see a better way of doing things.

Hoffman said “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” If this is not true for all of us, it is certainly true for me. I’m driven by need to create technology that will improve legal technology beyond industry expectations. I’m incredibly grateful to be able to exercise my will to create in the United States, working with the highest level of talent and top firms in Legal.

Thank you to EY for the recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Business Leader category. Thank you to our Bellefield customers and iTimeKeep users that continue to inspire me, and our team to innovate beyond the status quo. Finally, thank you to the Bellefield team and my co-founders, without you, none of this would be possible.

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