MY7LIVES IN PRESS
My7Lives is a fantastic opportunity for travelers who seek authentic Experiences and for locals to show them a slice of their lives! There are countless people around the world who possess skills and local knowledge that are interesting and valuable to travelers. M7L is a web platform that connects these travelers to locals, turning the locals into Experience vendors and any curious and adventurous traveler into a customer. M7L promotes Experiences with a capital "E"! That means we want travelers to not only experience travel, but to Experience life as a local with a local. Experiences could be surfing safaris on the remote West Australian coasts, a bike tour in the French Alps, trekking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, wine making classes offered by a traditional wine maker in Burgundy, or a tour of the hottest locations during Design Week in Milan.
Connecting people directly to each other, M7L allows the unlimited potential of a local community and its traditions to grow into a micro shared economy. Under this economic model, M7L helps a local economy to grow, respecting and encouraging the local traditions, and utilizing available resources - it's locals! With M7L, all the economic resources brought by travelers to an area will remain there, unlike with traditional tourist offerings (e.g. big bus tours), which leave local communities with only a small part of the money spent by travelers.
For both travelers and Experience vendors, it is free to register and become a member on M7L. Only when an Experience is completed is a small transaction fee applied - similar to other web services in the internet travel industry.
HOW IT WORKS
M7L is not only for those who are looking for something to learn, but also for those who have something to offer. If you would like to share your "lives" or Experiences with like-minded people, M7L gives you the opportunity to offer these Experiences without third-party mediation.
STEP 1: Join the community as a buyer, seller, or both!
- STEP 2: As a buyer, peruse through the many exciting Experiences that are being offered. Start your journey and live your Experience! Buyers collect points with every new Experience lived and as points are earned, there is an opportunity to become a M7L ambassador.
As a seller, create a "New Experience", complete the form, and your offer goes live in the M7L community.
STEP 3: Once the Experience ends, sellers will receive the buyer's payment (minus a 4% M7L administration fee). Both the buyers and sellers can rate the experience.
STEP 4: Share your Experience with everyone - with the community and on social media.
FeesAre you a seller?
You can post your offers FREE OF CHARGE.
48 hours following the end of the Experinece, the amount paid by the buyer (less 4% administration fee) will be credited into your PayPal account or bank account.
BOAT TRIP price: $25.00
4% administration fee = $1.00
Amount credited to your account = $24.00
Are you a buyer?
Purchasing an Experience includes the Experience price plus a 10% administration fee.
BOAT TRIP price: $25.00
10% administration fee = $2.50
Total cost = $27.50
Want to sell?It takes just a few clicks.
CLICK on “+ New experience”.
- COMPLETE the form using the "guided insertion".
- WAIT FOR CONFIRMATION. We will notify you when the Experience offer goes live.
Want to buy?It takes just a few clicks.
- SEARCH for the Experience you like.
- CONTACT the seller to arrange specific details (i.e. time and place).
- BOOK the Experience (by booking you confirm the Experience and payment is required).
Giovanni Dell'Acqua, avid enthusiast of travel and adventure, felt that he was missing something to make his trips around the world incredible! The concept of My7Lives was born. After traveling to Silicon Valley and networking with tech startups, Giovanni understood that it was time to create a business model that could provide like-minded travelers with authentic localized travel experiences.
In October 2012, while looking for a partner to help him realize his idea, Giovanni met Gaetan Licci. Gaetan was an IT manager and he loved the idea immediately. After three days of grueling planning - with multicolor pens and post-its galore, a massive sketch board, and several plates of Giovanni's pasta - the idea became a project.
In February 2013, a beta prototype was created and a month later, My7Lives Ltd (M7L) was founded in London. Thanks to several testers sharing their user experiences and to insight from friends and relatives, the beta version was enhanced and ready to attract partners to further build out the team. In May 2013, Alfredo De Joannon joined the project bringing new financial resources, another investor, Michele Martinuzzi, and a change in the strategy, moving from a national kick-off to an international scale development with a focus on crowd funding. He also helped the company develop a sustainability philosophy that underscored the importance of developing a dedicated channel of services for non-profit organizations.
Thousands of lines of code and some servers in the cloud are now the core of My7Lives. M7L is a multilingual website, still not public, that permits beta users to sign up, manage their user profile, and add/buy Experiences. In order to improve the quality, we are using the best technology available to develop best practices and effective customer experiences. What's under the hood? On the website, we are using open source technologies:
- Grails framework
- Tomcat application server
- Apache web-tier
- Bootstrap template with jquery and backbone.js
While we have done a lot of work there are still a lot of features that have to be developed in order to create an optimal user experience.
Below is a list of what we have completed as well as our roadmap for what is planned for the future.ROAD MAP
In exchange, we are offering :
Your Perks Support Non-Profits
Libera Terra (‘‘Freed Land’’) was created with the aim of converting formerly Mafia owned properties for socially beneficial uses. The mission of the Libera Terra project is to give dignity to territories with a strong mafia presence through the creation of autonomous and cooperative farms that are self-sufficient, stable, and that are able to create work places, thereby establishing a moral economic system based on legality, social justice and fair market practices (http://bottegaliberaterra.it/it/home/)
If you offer $400 or more you will help us support the arts.
You can choose a beautiful work of art from a selection of young artists. They will produce an original work of art especially designed for you. Check out their profiles!Domenico Aiello's Artwork
Paolo Palmieri's Artwork
Alessandro Grazi's Artwork
COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
While My7Lives is dedicated to helping connect people to each other and to life experiences, we are also equally dedicated to social and environmental responsibilities as a corporation.
We feel ethically bound to help ensure that our marketplace offers Experiences that are respectful of the dignity and human rights of local communities, its people, culture, and environment (including animals). Therefore, all Experiences will be subject to review to ensure they respect human rights, local traditions and cultures; promote local arts and craft rather than mass produced products; promote a shared micro-economy; and promote a sustainable and socially conscious lifestyle.
Furthermore, we will offer the opportunity to offset an Experience's carbon footprint. We are working on a tool that will help travelers to calculate their carbon footprint and how much it will cost to offset it. We will then connect them to a trusted organization that will execute the compensation.