Luis Ramirez: Being open-minded in an open-source world

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‘Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life…’ a valuable philosophy to live by. But how many of us do?

This is true for Luis Ramirez founder and CEO of Open Cloud. As a freelancer of Blockchain, DevOps and Open Source Cloud Solutions in Spain, Luis’ geographic location hasn’t stopped him from working worldwide. Brands such as Telecom Italia and Volkswagen are just a few of the names he has collaborated with thus far.

Freelancing and Luis’ journey

Luis has been freelancing since 1997, and took this decision because he has natural leadership abilities. He prefers being behind the wheel, taking charge of opportunities that come his way, growing from the situations he finds himself in and being responsible for his path of eternal learning. 

Covid-19 has revealed the benefit of freelancers, their ability to work autonomously and to achieve well in little time. A freelancer is very seldom just competent in one discipline, so the knowledge that comes along with that person is invaluable. 

So for Luis, being in the open source industry means new technologies and methodologies are constantly being invented and staying on top of these developments is key to staying business relevant. And, if you can’t find the answer, the opportunity to collaborate provides the ability to create it – for him it is imperative to be open minded in an open source world. 

Looking to the future

Luis has five companies operating in Spain, the USA, EMEA, Asia, and LATAM, and are more of a hobby for him as he loves what he does and the ongoing learning he needs to undergo. His words of wisdom for aspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers are to take the risk and to make bids on the things you believe in. Fear stops you from moving forward and achieving your dreams. Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re happy, if the answer is ‘yes’, GREAT — but if ‘no’ then you need to sit back, analyze the problem and try to solve it. Be honest with yourself, keep learning, and keep moving forward — this is the key to success.