My7Lives - Adventure Goes Social

My7Lives is a website where travelers can buy life experiences sold by locals and, of course, where locals can sell experiences!
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Giovanni Dell'Acqua
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Small Business
London
United Kingdom
6 Team Members


 


MY7LIVES IN PRESS

 


THE PROJECT


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.


SUMMARY OPERATION

Fees

Are 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.

For example: 

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.

For example:

BOAT TRIP price: $25.00

  • 10% administration fee = $2.50
  • Total cost = $27.50


Want to sell?

It takes just a few clicks.

  1. CLICK on “+ New experience”.
  2. COMPLETE the form using the "guided insertion".
  3. WAIT FOR CONFIRMATION. We will notify you when the Experience offer goes live.

Want to buy?

It takes just a few clicks.

  1. SEARCH for the Experience you like.
  2. CONTACT the seller to arrange specific details (i.e. time and place).
  3. BOOK the Experience (by booking you confirm the Experience and payment is required).


THE ORIGIN

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:

  • Linux 
  • Mysql
  • Solr
  • 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





PERKS SUMMARY

In exchange, we are offering :


Your Perks Support Non-Profits

Libera Terra

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/)


Your Perks Support Art

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

Dario Grasso's Artwork

Chiara Aime's Artwork

Paolo Palmieri's Artwork

Alessandro Grazi's Artwork

Massimiliano Licci'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.

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  • $5USD
    SUPPORTER

    A donation to support our project. Our heart’s deep gratitude.

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  • $15USD
    FRIEND

    Thanks very much for your support mate! We hope you love our project!

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  • $25USD
    EXPLORER

    This is great! Get 25 credits for use toward M7L admin fees when you purchase an Experience! 25 Credits = $25 You’ll start your great experience on My7Lives choosing one of many offers available on our website!

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    SUPER FAN (Beta Tester)

    Awesome! You’ll get 50 credits for use toward M7L admin fees when you purchase an Experience! 50 Credits = $50 You’ll start your great experience on My7Lives choosing one of many offers available on our website!

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  • $100USD
    DREAMER

    Thank you! You’ll get 100 credits for use toward M7L admin fees when you purchase an Experience! 100 Credits = $100 You’ll start your great experience on My7Lives choosing one of many offers available on our website! In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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  • $150USD
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    Thank you! You’ll get 150 credits for use toward M7L admin fees when you purchase an Experience! 150 Credits = $150 You’ll start your great experience on My7Lives choosing one of many offers available on our website! In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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  • $200USD
    DREAMER

    Thank you! You’ll get 200 credits for use toward M7L admin fees when you purchase an Experience! 200 Credits = $200 You’ll start your great experience on My7Lives choosing one of many offers available on our website! In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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  • $250USD
    DREAMER

    Thank you! You’ll get 250 credits for use toward M7L admin fees when you purchase an Experience! 250 Credits = $250 You’ll start your great experience on My7Lives choosing one of many offers available on our website! In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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  • $300USD
    GOURMET FOOD OF LIBERA TERRA

    LIBERA TERRA’s Products. This selection of gourmet high-end products comes from Libera Terra that reunites social coperatives that, guided by Libera Association (“Names and numbers against mafias”), manage productive structures and land taken from the mafia In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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  • $400USD
    AIELLO’S ARTWORK

    Domenico will produce an original work of art especially designed for you. Dodo’ is a self taught artist. He mixes his artwork with advertising, also providing amazing ideas for big brands to integrate into their campaigns. https://www.facebook.com/dodoarte?fref=ts In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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  • $400USD
    GRASSO’S ARTWORK

    Dario will produce an original work of art especially designed for you. A young and very talented artist from Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. His art is based upon society concepts; extremely stunning works of art https://www.facebook.com/dariograsso.artista?fref=ts In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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  • $400USD
    AIME’S ARTWORK

    Chiara will produce an original work of art especially designed for you. A young artist born in Cuneo in 1991. Her paintings are an expression of the mind; highly introspective soulful renderings reflecting her great passion for drawing and graphics. In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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  • $400USD
    GRAZI’S ARTWORK

    Alessandro will produce an original work of art especially designed for you. In 2007 he was the creator of “Palio di Siena”, one of the most well known Italian traditions. Alessandro still continues his activity in Siena, where he lives and works. In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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    PALMIERI’S ARTWORK

    Paolo will produce an original work of art especially designed for you. He’s a professional Calabrian photographer based in Rome. Creative, ideas for the most beautiful portraits imaginable: http://www.paolopalmierifotografie.com/ In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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  • $400USD
    LICCI’S ARTWORK + BETA TESTER

    Massimiliano will produce an original artwork especially designed for you. Painter, sculptor, a multi-medium artist. Have a look on his website to catch a glimpse into his fantastic artworks: https://sites.google.com/site/maxicci/ In addition you'll have access to My7Lives exclusive Beta Tester community!!!

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