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“Never take advice from anyone you wouldn’t be willing to trade places with” With Joana Gutierrez, Founder and CEO of Meethappy

This counsel immediately made sense to me and I’ve used it as a guiding principle throughout my career.


My favorite life lesson quote is actually a piece of advice I received from someone I know personally, and it’s a quote I now pass on to others because I have found it to be so invaluable. The advice is from Lucille Douglas, managing director at Deutsche Bank. She said to me, “Never take advice from anyone you wouldn’t be willing to trade places with.” This counsel immediately made sense to me and I’ve used it as a guiding principle throughout my career. I have noticed proof of the quote’s truth as well. Any and all advice that I have followed and become successful through has been given to me by people whose lives and accomplishments, both personal and professional, I admire and hold in high esteem.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Joana Gutierrez, the Founder and CEO of Meethappy. The Meethappy ecosystem consists of an AI assisted accommodation mobile application, partnered with TIPSc, a gratitude and recommendations based virtual currency, and The Real Meet, a digital series of interviews with celebrities and influencers conducted over a meal. These platforms work collectively to encourage authentic human interactions through technology, and provide the most accommodating experiences.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the story of how you entered this career?

With my experience in alternative investments as the former Partner of an emerging markets multi-strategy hedge fund, and my experience having been recruited by a VC to run an AI software company, I was asked to become an adviser for an open source protocol that improves the efficiency of AI training. This was the first decentralized network for AI and machine learning.

Through my own experiences and observations, I gradually developed the seed ideas for what became my overall vision of the Meethappy ecosystem, including the virtual currency TIPSc, for which we will soon launch our private pre-ICO, concurrently with the private screening of The Real Meet.


What are the top things that firms like yours should be considering in order to have a competitive edge?

Top concerns include:

1) keeping up with the ever-changing and evolving distributed ledger technology, be it varying classifications of blockchains, diverging or emerging tokens, etc.

2) Participating in the universal crypto community voice concerning government and/or securities regulation. There may come a point when government agencies feel that the only way to properly regulate is to centralize regulation.

3) Upholding consumer protocols that will both protect the economic community of the coin as well as consumers themselves.

4) Being solution-oriented in maintaining coin stability.

5) Maintaining a happy consumer base and community around the coin.

6) The public’s apprehension toward cryptocurrency is currently another substantial obstacle crypto firms need to focus on tackling. People are scared of the unknown, especially when it concerns their hard earned money. Expanding the crypto community to the general public is another solution that firms can focus on.

Can you share a story of a time when things went south for you? What kept you going and helped you to overcome those times?

Fortunately, the circumstances during which things have gone south for me have only concerned personal relationships. A low time in my life was when I had to come back to NY after having moved to Minnesota with my former college sweetheart. We met freshman year orientation day and stayed together through him having been drafted to the NBA to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves. His recurring infidelities and the fact that I had left New York to move to Minnesota, really took me to a low point in my life. No offense to Minnesota — the people are wonderful — but ice fishing and -13 degree weather just isn’t my cup of tea. The unconditional support from my parents and friends, as well as an inner belief in what I am meant to contribute to this world, got me through those first few tough months of coming back to live at my parents’ house and building on the life and career trajectory that I’m on today. I am still grateful for that experience because I learned so much about myself, and what I truly want in my life. I also would have never meet the amazing fiance that I have now.


What are some things that you do on daily basis regardless of how busy you are?

Whether it’s a light-workload day or a day that I’m completely swamped, I always take a moment to reflect on the blessings I have, specifically my family and friends. We all need “our people” and a genuine support system. I’ve been incredibly lucky in this regard, and try to stay as grounded as possible, reminding myself daily of their impact on my life and continuing journey.

On a daily basis, I also make a concerted effort to maintain self awareness. It’s too easy to get caught up in completing task after task, meeting after meeting, and lose touch with your own state of being, or even to take on a mentality that you normally would not wish to emulate. When I find myself getting worn down or acting out of character, I pause. By pause, I mean I pause everything I’m doing and take the time I need to allow my body and mind to return to their normal state. Whether this means getting up from my desk for ten minutes to enjoy some lighthearted water cooler talk, realizing I haven’t had a real meal all day and ordering a nourishing lunch, meditating, or whatever else, I feel it’s of utmost importance to be in touch with oneself, even if in the midst of crazy deadlines and such. I encourage all of my employees and counterparts to do the same. When we’re all functioning as our best selves, we will all work better together and independently.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

My favorite life lesson quote is actually a piece of advice I received from someone I know personally, and it’s a quote I now pass on to others because I have found it to be so invaluable. The advice is from Lucille Douglas, managing director at Deutsche Bank. She said to me, “Never take advice from anyone you wouldn’t be willing to trade places with.” This counsel immediately made sense to me and I’ve used it as a guiding principle throughout my career. I have noticed proof of the quote’s truth as well. Any and all advice that I have followed and become successful through has been given to me by people whose lives and accomplishments, both personal and professional, I admire and hold in high esteem.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

LinkedIn: linkedin/in/joanagutierrez; /in/therealmeet

IG: @the_realmeet, @meethappy, @meethappylive, @tipsc_io

Twitter: @therealmeet, @joanawaldhari, @meethappylive, @tipsc_io

FB: @therealmeet, @meethappy, @tipscico

Websites: http://www.meethappy.ai https://www.realmeet.live

Thank you so much for this. This was very enlightening!

Originally published at medium.com

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