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    Adventures in Web Hosting:
    (2016 – Present)

      In 2007 I began learning web application development and server administration. At the time I was developing business systems for my father's silk screening business in Panama. I considered building the system using Microsoft Access because I had worked with it in the past, but it was an aging technology that would be costly...

    Adventures in Web Hosting:
    (2016 – Present)Nelson/Roberto

    My Autobiographical Novel:
    Waking From Innocent Dreams
    (2016 – Present)

    In October of 2015, I was sitting at my kitchen table when I wrote a few words that I felt perfectly described the complicated relationship that had developed with my birth father. I had first met him almost 20 years earlier when two human rights organization, Physicians for Human Rights and Association Pro-Busqueda, helped reunite...

    My Autobiographical Novel:
    Waking From Innocent Dreams
    (2016 – Present)Nelson/Roberto

    Helping Families Reunite:
    The Mama Chila Foundation
    (2015 – Present)

    In 2015 my friend Isabel and her sister Ana were trying to organize a reunion with their birth mother. Like me, Isabel and Ana had been separated from their birth family in El Salvador during the country's civil war and had grown up in the US. Thanks to the work of Pro-Busqueda, a Salvadoran non-profit...

    Helping Families Reunite:
    The Mama Chila Foundation
    (2015 – Present)Nelson/Roberto

    Adventures In Podcasting:
    Inside the Journey
    (2013 – 2016)

    In 2013 I was attending a lecture by Seth Godin for his recently released book The Icarus Deception. The book explains how storyline Icarus has been changed over to the years to highlight the fact that Icarus's father told him not to fly too close to the sun. Seth argues that was done to encourage...

    Adventures In Podcasting:
    Inside the Journey
    (2013 – 2016)Nelson/Roberto

    Crowd-Funding Consulting:
    Operation
    Ninja S.T.A.R.
    (2013)

    In early 2013 I got a message from someone who worked at a company called Article One Partners. They were patent research firm that was interested in running a crowd-funding campaign to fight so-called patent trolls. A "patent troll" is a company that buys up old or unused software patents and then uses those patents...

    Crowd-Funding Consulting:
    Operation
    Ninja S.T.A.R.
    (2013)Nelson/Roberto

    Book Promotion:
    Missing Mila, Finding Family
    (2011 – 2013)

    In September of 2011 my adoptive mother's book, about my adoption, called was published. She had been working on the book for eight years, so it was an exciting time for her. As she got ready to share her work...

    Book Promotion:
    Missing Mila, Finding Family
    (2011 – 2013)Nelson/Roberto

    My First Book:
    A Kickstarter’s Guide to Kickstarter
    (2011 – 2014)

    Inthe fall of 2010, I got my first Kickstarter campaign for a documentary film, called Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto, fully funded. The goal was to raise $15,000 to begin work on the movie. It had taken my business partner, John Younger, and me nearly two months to raise the money and had it not...

    My First Book:
    A Kickstarter’s Guide to Kickstarter
    (2011 – 2014)Nelson/Roberto

    My First Film:
    Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto
    (2010 – Present)

    The Campaign In May of 2010, while working to tell my family's story on my blog Ana's Miracle, I reconnected with John Younger, who had been my camp counselor in 1990. At the time I had been experimenting with live streaming, and other ways to share my family's incredible story online. John, who worked in TV...

    My First Film:
    Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto
    (2010 – Present)Nelson/Roberto

    Building A Business:
    S.B.C. Panamá
    (2007 – 2012)

    In May of 2007, I was visiting with my birth family in David, Panama when I noticed that my birth father's silk screening and embroidery business was having problems. Since I had met him, ten years earlier, the business had always been a small three person operation, but due to growth in the Panamanian...

    Building A Business:
    S.B.C. Panamá
    (2007 – 2012)Nelson/Roberto

    Adventures in Blogging:
    Ana’s Miracle
    (2007 – 2011)

    In January of 2007 I saw a movie called Freedom Writers about a group of high school students in LA that wrote about their lives in the inner city. The movie showed me the importance of sharing our stories and inspired me to share my own. Ten years earlier, in 1997, I had been reunited...

    Adventures in Blogging:
    Ana’s Miracle
    (2007 – 2011)Nelson/Roberto

    Get updates about the release of my upcoming book, Waking From Innocent Dreams.

    © Legend - A Handcrafted Misfit Theme

    Nelson/Roberto

    Nelson/Roberto

    My name is Nelson de Witt, but I was born Roberto Coto. Separated from my birth family during El Salvador’s civil war, by death and adoption, I was reunited with them at the age of 16.

    I’m a jack of all trades that has done everything from business process design to video production to server administration to film photography. I’ve run, consulted on, and wrote a book about Crowdfunding campaigns. I’ve taught myself everything from Ruby on Rails to narrative story structure.

    What do all these things have in common?

    I’m a skilled problem solver who can tackle complex issues and find solutions that combine art with outcomes.

    Chapter I: Reunion

    Ana & Isabel’s Reunion

    Misfit Con: A Home for Dreams, Doers, and Makers

    Why you should support (and share) your friend’s work.

    You are not a failure…

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