Entrepreneurship is not for everyone, but Raffaele Riva has the role down pat. He started to build his expertise and knowledge base between 1997 and 2008 when he founded and launched several start-up companies. He was responsible for the oversight of the management and daily operations of these companies as well as serving as a senior executive for a multinational corporation who hasand its subsidiaries in Western Europe, South Africa, Latin America, and Canada. On top of that, he worked as an accountant for Big 4 company who had a presence in the United Kingdom and Italy.
It seems many want to follow in the footsteps of Riva. He has quite the following among those wanting to break into the entrepreneurial area of the global market. He is rather straight forward in his advice to those seeking it. He directs those interested in doing what he does to do what they like – what interests them. He says they should believe in their pursuit and never fear failure. He further advises entrepreneurs to always be optimists and keep abreast of all topics of interest. Riva describes himself as “insatiably curious” and urges others to be the same.
Raffaele Riva emphasizes the importance of someone interested in pursuing a business idea taking the first step. “Everyone has his or her business idea and his or her own roadblock,” he notes. “Take the first vital step and just do it!” (https://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/business/raffaele-riva-on-how-to-build-a-successful-business/ accessed 12/8/2019) He prefers to surround himself with trustworthy and successful associates while remaining constantly alert to new opportunities for business growth.
A happily married man, Riva speaks three languages – Italian, French, and English – fluently. He is very active in many outdoor activities such as skiing, boating, and scuba. He is a passionate wine connoisseur and backer of the arts and culture, as well as a collector of classic cars.