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Who is Jorge Cortell?


"Don't ask me who I am, or ask me to stay the same"

Michel Foucault. The Archaeology of Knowledge (1972)

Serial Entrepreneur (x8)

8 times and none a fail

I've founded or co-founded 8 companies (5 exits). My current company was chosen "The next European unicorn". If you want to know more, take a look at my profile in LinkedIn.

Art Curator 

 International Curator and Advisor

I've curated several art exhibits, in different countries. I'm also Advisor for the Saint Charles Royal Academy of Arts.
If you want to know more, take a look at my curator profile in LinkedIn.

Hacktivist

Hacker + Activist

I've lobbyed against software patents in the European Parliament, lectured against copyright throughout Europe and the USA, documented environmental abuses in Cambodia and police abuses in the USA...

Academic

Lecturer, Researcher and Student

The three roles go hand in hand. I've been all of them, lecturing in 60 universities, assistant professor in 3, studying in 7... again, more info in my LinkedIn profile.

Advisor

Working from the 'inside'

I have advised governments in Latinamerican countries, as well as the European Commission, IBM, Microsoft, and UBS bank, on  matters related to copyleft, technology, innovation and healthcare.

And more...

None of that defines me or limits me

Former pro-basketball player, child-actor, writer, husband, father..,
But there is only so much one can fit in a website, or is even willing to share with complete strangers.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe:


I have advised a king to abdicate and establish a republic, I have been completely surrounded by snakes, I have survived earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, I have through the 5 continents, I have been shot and poisoned, I have overcome cancer, I have photographed archaeological excavations in a war zone and documented environmental disasters, I have won international sports championships, I have created software that has helped cure millions of patients, I have lived with a serious psychiatric patient for years without being able to cure her, I have been held by an anti-terrorist squad in Turkey, I have won awards in several different scientific branches, I have dined in palaces with princes and ambassadors, I have given food to homeless people in Bangladesh, I have partied in Californian beaches with billionaires and I've surfed in Ibiza, the girlfriend of a Colombian drug lord did a striptease for me in front of him in Bogota, I have hacked the computer of criminals and handed over the evidence to the police which led to prison sentences, I have organized anarchist demonstrations in the streets of New York and strikes in the classrooms, I'va had more than a dozen surgeries and I have suffered fractures in the neck (two) and all the limbs, I fled from the secret police during the performance of a forbidden theater play, the police thwarted a plan to kidnap me in Peru, I have been under so much stress that I have cracked four teeth, in Moscow my bodyguard (unbeknown to me) stopped the traffic with an AK47, as a child I was beaten so badly that one of my eyes changed color ... permanently, I developed software in collaboration with NASA to be able to give my fiancée the most exotic engagement ring and when it got lost I went down a volcano and got lava to make another, I gave a lecture to thousands of people in a stadium, I've seen birth and death, a policeman has stolen from me and a thief has helped me, I have climbed into the ring to fight in several different martial arts, as a child during a coup d'etat I witnessed for hours a tank aiming to my appartment threatening to shoot, the university that forced me to resign later gave me a medal, I've been buried in the snow, I've seen my son sink into a frozen lake, I've been so rich that I went on a luxury cruise around the world, and I've been so poor that I could not afford the light, I sailed on a fishing boat during a storm North Atlantic, a hurricane has lifted me off the ground ...

Above all, I've loved and been loved. I've found beauty.


And I'm only getting started... but all those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

Jorge in Social Media