Reimagining Sustainable Interior Design - Miguel Reynolds Brandão of CORKBRICK EUROPE

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Miguel Reynolds Brandão is the CEO and founder of CORKBRICK, a furniture company that aims to provide people with sustainable dynamic structures or furniture solutions. One of the best things about CORKBRICKs is that it's as easy to build and take down as Legos!

Despite facing many setbacks and delays to their launch such as having to move factories, a fire in the factory, and not to mention COVID, Miguel was able to successfully launch CORKBRICK with his daughter Catarina.

He shares with us that although they didn’t initially plan on creating this company, they are proud of how far they have come with CORKBRICK already and how far they have yet to go. Also, it enables Catarina, who is an architect by profession, to develop the architectural aspect of the company. Talk about a great father-daughter duo!

Another interesting thing about CORKBRICK is how they are able to merge the digital world with real-life with a game similar to Minecraft, except that with their offering, you could potentially earn royalties for life. Basically, it’s a combination of gaming, digital and physical creativity, and economic value. Now, doesn't that sound enticing? Listen to this episode to find out more.

Miguel’s key lessons and quotes from this episode were:

  • “What motivates me is to solve real problems, not just making money.” (4:46)
  • “What is common to all of us is the passion for creating a sustainable solution that can really change people's lives.” (13:19)
  • “The problem in our world is that people think that money is everything. It's people.” (27:01)
  • “We need to change our attitude. We need to change the way we build things to more clever ways, and CORKBRICK is one example of that.” (42:13)
  • “We need to leave an inheritance to the next generation that is at least as good as the one that we got.” (43:12)

In this episode, we also talked about:

  • Miguel’s entrepreneurial journey and what led to the creation of CORKBRICK (3:06)
  • Choosing the right investors (19:07)
  • CORKBRICK today (29:26)
  • Use cases of CORKBRICK (38:11)
  • The world in 10 years if CORKBRICK succeeds (42:40)
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