Solutions KB: Self-Owned IT Consulting SMB

May 15, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Back in 2008 after closing my startup (Amikoo) I went back to university to finish my degree but worked part time in IT related consulting projects. I started a small digital agency called Solutions KB in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Having full responsibility for sales and project development was a very enjoyable experience because I was able to oversee and tweak any important variable to make sure my clients were always happy.

Thanks to all the contacts I made when I worked on Amikoo I was often asked to help with projects by either sharing advice or being outright hired for their development. More often than not a conversation with friends and clients ended with the proposal of a bigger solution than what they originally had in mind. The focus was never about what products could do but instead about what problem they needed solved and what the best technology to do that could be.

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Solutions KB home page 2008-2012

The company had a very lean structure; a team would come together for a project and disband once it was delivered. Save for a few core engineers we practically had a new mix of talent for each project. The types of clients we focused on were small and medium businesses in Latin America.

Over the course of 4 years our client base eventually spanned Mexico, Colombia and the U.S. (Miami) and after graduation in 2011 I focused all my energy on growing our portfolio until I joined Google in 2012.

Among the range of products and services that we sold were:

  • Website design, development and maintenance.
  • Adwords campaigns.
  • Social Media assets and community management guidelines.
  • Google Apps deployments.
  • Point of Sale hardware and training.
  • Brand identity, especially logo design.
  • Wholesale and retail sales of computer hardware and network equipment.
  • Office and home network deployment and configuration.
  • IT education and training.
  • General tech support and troubleshooting.

‘Dulce et Decorum est’ WWI poem by Wilfred Owen

November 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

‘Dulce et Decorum est’ is a striking and evocative poem written in 1917 about trench warfare in WWI. It is a poem which I consider among the most important ever written along with Apologia Pro Poemate Meo. The shockingly visceral images in it express the true nature of war and cast hopeless doubt on the “old lie” or false promises about war’s supposed glories.

From his own experience Owen clearly and truthfully lays bare the plain fact that despite what cultures across the ages have told their young men, the ultimate end of war and a soldier’s life is horrible suffering and death.

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys! — An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime…
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, —
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

British trench WWI

British trench WWI