Today we’d like to introduce you to Dylan Barahona.
Hi Dylan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Connecting Roads started as a concept of creating unique, purpose-driven experiences built for empowering and connecting communities together in 2017. During the first three years of our inception, the pandemic hit. My partner, Mo and I pivoted from curating experiences in the music festival landscape, to focusing on hospitality consultations, specifically within outdoor hospitality, glamping, tiny homes and campervans.
This opportunity allowed us to identify a handful of ways to innovate within this space, focusing on elevating the guest experience, while integrating new technology to connect further.
As we were finishing our consulting contract in June of 2021, Mo and I decided to focus on building the first in-person experience platform powered by NFTs. Our business model was simple, create a real-world utility attached to the NFT, which allows you to turn a typical digital membership, into an ownable, and sellable asset.
After identifying this opportunity, Mo and I decided to focus on educating ourselves in the travel tech space and learning from other hospitality companies entering the NFT space.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road has not been necessarily easy, but the process has made the journey worth it every single day. Paving a path that doesn’t exist will always bring uncertainty and tension that can make this process difficult. Moving away from my hometown, dropping out of college and not feeling successful in the eyes of my parents were all extremely challenging hurdles that I needed to overcome at an early age.
The pandemic was also one of the most difficult times as my whole career, and identity revolved around hospitality, live events, and music. Luckily, I had full support from my business and life partner, Mo, who could relate to the same challenges as I was going through.
We’ve been impressed with Connecting Roads, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Connecting Roads is bringing Web3 Communities together through transformational, in-person experiences.
Our network of vetted creators serves as the perfect guides, turning your next event, into an experience.
Connecting Roads offers a digital membership, represented as an NFT, which turns a typical membership into a digital asset that can be sold or traded.
We are partnering with industry leaders creating world-class events and experiences, ranging from large-scale music festivals, like Electric Forest, and access to the premium vans from Route Line.
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I have always been a curious and ambitious individual.
Growing up, I was given the best possible foundation to be successful. My parents strived to give me the best possible life, continuously putting my sister and I as their top priority.
From my childhood, a large portion of my life revolved around playing sports, where I got to express my competitive nature. Throughout middle school, I was the person selling candy and snacks out of my backpack. Once I made it to high school, I started buying Power Balance bracelets from eBay and selling them to school athletes.
One quote my mom always told me as a child that I live by on a day-to-day basis.
“Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.”
- Our memberships will be starting at $5,000 for lifetime access.
- Website: Connectingroads.io
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/connecting.roads/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/connectingroads1
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConnectingRoads
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCckYqiq35i1yvLvUSQ839Tg
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