Last Mile

Hey Esteban here, I  conmute everyday day from Coronado to Escazú , at the moment I don´t own a car, the bus leaves me about 700 meters from the office on the other side of the highway, so it takes me about 12 minutes to walk from the stop to the office, I’m honest, this doesn´t bothers me, what bothers me is  that at 7 am the sun is usually at its best, and most probably by the time I get to the office I´ll be about to start sweating, I wish I could avoid it; similar case when I go from San José to the university in Barrio Amón or when I have to go to Harold´s and I have to walk across San Pedro.

I don´t know my friends if something similar happens to you, if so, you may be suffering from the last mile problem, a concept of logistics, but lately applied to different branches of study such as economics, and although I did not find any valid definition, it can be seen as the difficulty to get from the stop to the house, or from the office to the stop (in logistics it can refer to the way you take merchandise from the parking lot to the warehouse and in Economy can be referred to the cost of the final 5% of a project for its implementation)

In my personal case, I know I have options but I do not think a car is the most logical solution for many reasons, to start it would be one more car in the street, plus expenses for maintenance, gasoline, circulation permit, I can not use a bicycle because there aren´t showers at the office, I also live a little far away so it is not an option, neither walk nor a skateboard, what can I do to solve my problem?

The reason I want you to have this concept in mind, is because we have the solution to that problem, and it looks amazing, we are going to share details as we move forward.

Not only we solve a problem, but also we will do it in a graceful way, with style, but first of all designed to reduce or solve the country’s road problem, traffic accidents, in some way reduce crime and as if this were little, will help reduce the problem of environmental pollution.

These coming weeks are going to be very interesting, because we are already working on the necessary studies and the project starts to take more shape.



Mid-February Report

We’ve had a lot of progress since my last entry. Even tough our posts have become a little bit more sporadic, The Slid Project is more alive than ever!

As we become conscious of the importance of presenting concrete evidence of our efforts, we have focused on creating a visual prototype (a 3D model), capable of transmitting the essence of our idea. However, the recent signing of the Law of Incentives and Promotion of Electric Transport seems to signal the start of an exciting Costa Rican technological race, as other related projects have surfaced on national media, like this, this and even this.

So, that’s how our current work has shifted from important to urgent. We don’t want to just stay in the race: we want to lead it and help ensure the development of the nascent industry, inspiring others to contribute to the world a little of what we Ticos value most: nature and environment.

Please stay tuned, because the moment of revealing our idea is approaching at ludicrous speed

The Best is yet to come

You don’t choose who you fall in love with, do you? And once you do fall in love—that obsessive sort of love, that all-consuming love, where two people can’t stand to be apart from each other for even a moment—how are you supposed to let a love like that pass you by?

Jordan Belfort

This is how I felt, Esteban here, my friends today , I’m lost for words, today is one of those days you could perfectly spend your entire  life waiting for.

I have laid my eyes on whats going to be THE  SLID for the very first time , ever!

Harold completed the design and somehow he pulled it off, I’m telling you, it’s graceful, its amazing, it´s beautiful,  its breathtaking, period.

Wonder if this is the same thing the first person who saw Ford’s T model or Michael Angelo´s David felt like.

For many reasons I am not posting it today , and you will have to trust me on this, because

I am telling you right now , mark my words , you most definitely will want one of these babies.



Work, Work, Work…

Hey Esteban here, Many of the things I enjoy the most , about joining a project is having the freedom to contribute to  build its DNA .

Harold and I have totally different backgrounds, however we agree on some points that are certainly relevant to what we want to be our operations and  towards the actions we take on the road to success.

In our case ingenuity, daring, commitment, the desire to facilitate society to achieve goals, grit, vision and the fact that money is not a driver nor an end , but rather a happy externality, are things that have been printed in our project´s DNA from the very beginning.

Yesterday as religiously every Friday, we met, and discussed  very specific aspects about what and how we are going to achieve , and  if there is one thing we are sure is that those who are going to join us in this odyssey are going to stand by  those values too, that is the way in which the culture of this company was born and shaped , and we firmly believe  it has the genes to adapt itself to the future,

Harold was commenting on the latest changes, which I found incredible and I just makes me want to have a slid right now.

Now,  I am about to start writing our strategic plan; running the risk of biasing or frequency illusion bias, we feel that the gear parts are shifting and that the wind is blowing favorably in our direction.

Goodbye January. Hello February.

The first month of The Slid Project is gone. February has just started and I feel personally satisfied with the progress we’ve made so far. Besides, as Esteban mentioned in a previous post, there are some things happening in our country that are hard to believe for their good timing and impact. That really inspire us to continue with this effort.

Right now we’re focusing in research and design, but we’re also trying to make some progress in the organizational part of the project (v.g. finances stuff, legal stuff, etc.)

This always makes me think of a big old audio mixer, and now we’re trying to raise all of them at the same time. Manually and in perfect time.

All that glitters is not gold

Hey Esteban Here. Few days ago I was very thrilled about Costa Rica’s new law. Today, after reading and carefully analyze, I believe even though we are moving in the right direction we have still some work ahead. Turns out we are tax exempting the electric cars and removing weekly restriction. Authorities aspire to have 37000 new cars in 5 years, which of course is a good step towards our green goal, won’t do no good to solve the parking problems. One thing that encourages us is even if this new law will help the conflictive traffic, it will not solve the parking spots problem.

Anyway worry not, we are working really hard in order to solve it for good. Stay tuned as we have interesting news coming up.