Estefanía Tapias (@este_tapias) is a researcher on the topic of the future of cities and entrepreneur that was listed on Forbes reputable 30 under 30 list. She is from Colombia but has been living in Switzerland for the past few years, where she co-founded WeSpace. WeSpace is a community, co-workspace and digital platform inspired by women in Zurich, where she invited me to to record this interview.
She obtained her Ph.D. at ETH Zurich and worked as a researcher and lecturer on the topic of smart Cities in Zurich and Singapore (Future Cities Laboratory).
We’ll talk about how Estefania took the leap from her academic career to found a co-working space, the mindset to to start your own venture, how she got featured in the Forbes 30 under 30, tools for website design, and much more.
03:21 -- How Estefania became fascinated with the topic of smart cities
04:32 -- Cooling Singapore project
05:22 -- The state of research in the field of climate change & cities
08:10 -- Advice on picking the right area of business or research to pursue
09:33 -- How Estefania decided what opportunity to pursue after finishing her PhD
11:50 -- How WeSpace got started and the purpose behind it. The future of targeted co-working spaces (like WeSpace which is a community and workspace inspired by women)
16:14 -- How to launch a capital-intensive business like a co-working space
17:53 -- Promoting your business initially
19:38 -- Initiatives that foster entrepreneurship among women & advantages of mixed founding teams
21:20 -- The mindset to make the jump to starting your own venture
23:40 -- The target group of WeSpace
24:25 -- Estefania’s favorite knowledge resources
26:13 -- Favorite books
27:56 -- How Estefania got featured on the Forbes 30 under 30
32:30 -- Estefania’s hobbies
33:40 -- Tools for Website design
35:15 -- Advice to your younger self - “Don’t take yourself too serious”
36:20 -- Estefania’s personal advisory board
37:40 -- Unjustified fears
38:30 -- What does courage mean to Estefania
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