Juan Vidal de la Peña is a 4th year student at the University of Navarra in Spain studying Economics, Leadership and Governance. After spending his previous two summers interning for the UN in New York, Juan spent two months enrolled in Start Me Up’s Startup Internship Program in Bali.
My experience has been very interesting and challenging to say the least. I’ve learned more about how to develop hypotheses and validate them in the context of startups, how to undertake market research and mobilize online communities like Reddit to get feedback from different target markets.
I’ve also been involved in market analysis, exploring and different business models, revenue models, designing landing pages, and building some structure for the startup from the ground up. And I’ve attended workshops on everything from data analytics and visualization to UX and SEO.
Although being on Start Me Up is essentially doing summer internship with a remote startup, we still had the opportunity to do a variety of things apart from work.
Being given sole responsibility for a large project where you have a direct impact on someone’s business was challenging and forced me to grow. I’m usually very good at working in teams because I am able to delegate different tasks to others and utilize their strengths, weaknesses. But here, I was handling the entire market research and analysis single handedly but it was very rewarding.
There are many things that surprised me about Bali. One would be the exoticness of Bali and its tropical ambience. Another thing that’s interesting is being part of a community of ‘digital nomads’. There are many people with interesting stories and skills to share. You’d think it’s a holiday destination but I’ve definitely gained a lot from the people I meet here as well as the very open nature of the community.
And of course, no trip to this part of the world would be complete without exploring the great outdoors. I’ve been rafting, seen the rice terraces, temples, traveled to the Gili Islands and other neighboring islands. You can also immersed in the local culture. So that was definitely a highlight.
But overall, the highlight of my Start Me Up internship is definitely the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people from different parts of the world at an exotic place like Bali, while working for an innovative startup that’s at the top of its field.