Startup Rebels!

RebelsPatch is a hub for a global community of fearless startup rookies and experienced entrepreneurs who dare to dream and only do shit that matters. If you’re a non-conformist who seeks to connect, empower and inspire others like you to transform ideas into successful startups and lifestyles, this site is for you. Let’s change the world one idea at a time, let it be yours this time!

Do What Matters!

If you’ve achieved kick-ass business results or have successfully created the lifestyle of your dreams, share your knowledge with other rebellious startup entrepreneurs and grow together! Make your efforts matter by mentoring, teaching and sharing what you know. RebelsPatch has all the tools you need. Start today, change the world tomorrow!


Rebels don’t plan tomorrows because they’re too busy living todays.

“Someday, when the time is right, I will do what I love and turn my passion into a kick-ass lifestyle”​

Have you ever said that to yourself or someone else then realized that the “perfect”​ time never seems perfect?…

Let’s get real for a second: Life gets in the way or the sacrifices and challenges required to do what we love come at a higher risk than we are willing or able to take right now…or so we tell ourselves…fear has a sneaky way of entering our subconscious and do a number on anyone no matter how brave, if they let it rule them. Successful people experience fear but they internalize it to fire them up into action not freeze them in place.

The truth is, timing rarely aligns to be perceived by us as “just right” until we look at things in retrospect, somehow not taking a risk “now” and wining about wishing we did (if we only knew then what we know now) sounds less cowardly in retrospect. Isn’t the biggest fear dying with regrets? So when does it start to matter? Why not now?

Someday may never come unless we make that someday today, in whatever small or big ways we can, to direct us towards what we believe will be a fulfilling and a purposeful life.

Successful entrepreneurs create their reality knowing happiness is made not found. They don’t quit until they create what they want. Perseverance and determination to win is what makes them succeed while most give up just as it gets hard.

RebelsPatch is the hub for people who don’t give up, have and those who will create kick-ass lifestyles or die trying. Here you can find the inspiration and resources necessary to transform your ideas into successful careers or lifestyles. Visit often as the site expands with tips, advice, tools and inspiration to help you thrive.

If you already have a great success story you’d like to share with other startup rebels,  submit an email or better yet, a video testimonial to us to be featured on our site, perhaps it will help you get noticed by partners or investors.

Know someone brilliant who could use a dose of healthy inspiration to launch something amazing? share with them. Let’s change the world one idea at a time…let it be yours this time.

“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” – Neil Gaiman


Because that’s what Rebels do! is about shifting mindsets and inspiring others to live their lives to the fullest despite their circumstances, fears and obstacles so it’s only fair I share my own personal story to show you what has motivated me in life and why I set out to help others get the tools they need to create the life they want.

Knowing yourself and what inspires you will help you figure out your passions, direction and goals to know what you must do to succeed.

Marzena Kmiecik

Let’s get personal:

My mom wakes me up one day, holds my hand and says, ” I need you to be strong, your dad passed away this morning.” 

Hard to describe the sense of shock I felt considering I wasn’t aware of his illness… Aside from a suspicious lump appearing on the side of his neck one day, of which my family assured me it was nothing to worry about, everything else seemed fine.

What do you mean he passed away? I don’t understand…

Parents divorced when I was 10 and about a year after that he moved in with his mom who was a nurse, I visited on weekends. 7 months from his diagnosis he was gone, just like that. My father life ended when he was only 35 years old.

We never talked about his illness with my family, I think everyone, including my father, believed I was too young to properly cope, and the best way to deal with it was to not deal with it. I actually wish I knew, perhaps I would’ve tried to spent more time with him…I resented that for years seeing the reality through a tiny skewed lense of an 11 year old. I try to remember that I didn’t have much control over my life back then.

As a child I’ve internalized the pain of loss, felt angry, as if my life spun out of control around me. As an adult I was able to turn those emotions into something positive, something more action oriented that fueled and propelled me in my career and life. As you read below, these painful events taught me to be resilient, recover quickly from setbacks in life, to rise above adversity.  We must remind ourselves regularly that we are in control of our own reality and any change requires action. Most of the time that change must happen on the inside before we can see it on the outside and some moments in life will be easier than others. Perseverance is the key.


” Reality is just a perception. Change perception and your reality will change.” 


Going back to my father…

My father rarely compromised for the sake of pleasing others which taught me early on to stay true to myself,  to question status quo, to follow my gut and to fight for what I strongly believed in. I’ve learned to live in the gray area of life more than have a black and white perspective on most things in life without losing my stubborn European nature that never lets me quit whatever I put my mind into.

Not even a year went by after he passed and my mom got diagnosed with cancer…

I remember discovering her medical records, she was seemingly uncomfortable as if a huge secret got exposed too soon for her to collect her thoughts and know what to say to me…I wasn’t ready for her answer either, in fact, not sure I would’ve ever been ready.

We sat in silence for a while, my mind drew blank unable to grasp what was going on…again…I felt the fear and anxiety rise inside me and all I could say was: can they cure you? I remember her words: ” I don’t know”…still hear her shaky voice in my head 28 years later.  My heart sank knowing this was serious, I thought: “here we go again”.

The thought of my mom passing away while I was still grieving my father’s death was simply unfathomable and surreal. It made no logical sense that this was happening again to our family only 2 years later. This isn’t something anyone can prepare for, at any age. Yet looking at this experience from the distance now, such loss so early on has equipped me with tools for life nothing else probably would’ve. I’ve learned to practice letting go of what I can’t control in life and actively focus my energy on things that I can control. Over the years I’ve realized that life just is, it doesn’t come with a personal agenda against any of us, and it’s up to each individual to find the silver lining in all that we experience.

This type of resilience necessary to face hardship in life and power through the uncertainties is exactly what I needed when I left the corporate world and focused on my studio, it’s also exactly the kind of insight I needed to help others push through their limitations to help them create the lives they wanted.

Few days before my mom passed away she said: ” Always stay true and honest with yourself, and only do in life what makes you truly happy, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. If you can look at yourself in the mirror every morning and feel proud. You are doing it right and know I’d be proud of you. ”

The day my mom passed away…she requested to cook her favorite childhood meal for supper- cast noodles in hot milk of all things…she seemed more anxious than usual, the morphine stopped managing her pain, couple hrs later she was drifting in and out of consciousness and died with me holding her hand with my head on her chest…even at that moment it wasn’t sinking in what was happening until I heard her take her last breath and she had no heartbeat. Nothing can be more final than that moment for any of us. Nothing.

My mom was 37 when she died, I was only 14. The next year of my life before I could move to U.S was a total blur. Her passing didn’t just start a new chapter of my life, her death meant writing a completely new book which contents were unknown to me.

Where do I even start…

I left the only country, people, school and language I knew for the first 15 years of my life, moved to U.S and was adopted by my aunt (dad’s sister), an experience which has inspired me in my 30s to launch an organization called OrphaWorld and focus my efforts on helping bring light to the issues orphaned children face so they can get the resources they need to thrive.

It is the most surreal feeling to come to terms with knowing that the two people who gave me life were gone and I wasn’t even an adult yet.The first year after my mom passed away I felt abandoned, dazed and disoriented, perpetually suspended in the air with no ground underneath me and as any teenager would, for me perhaps that was amplified back then – I felt totally misunderstood, angry and alone.

Moving to U.S to focus on my new life and family distracted me just enough to start to recover from all of the loss and heartache I left behind. Losing my parents and few other family members every few years since, conditioned me to make peace with death and rather than fear it, embrace it as my motivator to make life as best as possible. My past keeps me in check with a healthy perspective on what’s important in life.

On my 37th b-day there was no longer a blueprint I could fall back on to guide me through life, that part left an emotional void yet at the same time I felt liberated knowing it’s my time to create my own path, unchained by family or my own dramas, mistakes, regrets, painful memories. Life is what we make it.

I remember thinking: ” why am I still here when they are not around anymore? How can I make a difference? How can my life matter?”  and the voice inside me never quiet down until I figured it out with OrphaWorld, RebelsPatch and few other projects on a burner I’m very excited about.

In retrospect moving to U.S was truly the best decision my family could’ve made on my behalf, and I am forever thankful to them as the transition and experience was challenging at times for all of us. I can say with 100% certainty that the loss and the constant change in my life have prepared me for a life of an Entrepreneur and I hope that RebelsPatch will help you redefine your purpose so you too can be your best and change the world one idea at a time.


Give back, because to matter is to live fully.

When I went to college I knew that computers were the future so I decided to focus on design, communication and website programming. When I took my first HTML class in the mid 90s, while the Internet was barely taking off with the first user interfaces, the thought of reaching China in a split second was fascinating to me. I still remember that feeling of awe and thinking: ” I could reach the world in a split second”. I found my calling back then by not only designing engaging websites and interactive experiences but helping others (from Fortune 500 to individuals) connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime to share their message, solutions or products.

Yes… that truly was an exciting time, still is,  and looking back, when there were barely any websites on the internet, the biggest challenge was: “is there anyone out there to find the websites we’ve built, how do we attract people to use the internet”, now the challenge is: ” will the right people find our websites and stories, amongst millions of others and will they care.” But what hasn’t changed is the human factor in all of this so no matter how technology changes the way we communicate, it can’t change our need to connect to one another.

The market was untapped back then, most of us were still learning and inventing interactive technologies right on the spot, and everyone looked to the Internet for all of their business growth answers. The Fortune 500 companies back then had unlimited budgets to be online, and creatives had a free reign to experiment as far as our imagination could reach. And we did.

Fast forward few years and I found myself with money in the bank, able to buy a property, travel, but drained, burnt out, and my life felt completely empty even though I was in a relationship at the time. I knew then something just wasn’t right, that I had to create a greater purpose than just working on projects that didn’t have much meaning but took everything out of me, and existed only for the length of a particular marketing campaign. I wanted my life to matter more.

I was trading my valuable time for money and an illusion of stability which was shattered by the major layoffs and business shut downs following the tragedy of September 11th and then the real estate crash of 2008. All of us pondered how these events will reshape the way we think and live.

Are you alive in your life? or do you live your life on an autopilot, stuck in the would’ve could’ve and should’ves? Don’t wait too long to enjoy the only life you have. Action creates a momentum that drives change.

One night, while I was working late on a website for a big national cat food brand,  I thought to myself: “It’s 4am on a saturday night and I’m working on a cat food website… I don’t even own a cat… what is wrong with this picture and what the f*)%$ am I doing with my life?! Just like that I thought: “That’s it, I’m moving to California!”


The only time you should ever look back, is to see how far you’ve come!

And so I did.

By then most of my family has already moved to Arizona, staying on the east coast started to make little sense all together.  I packed everything, rented my house and moved to find my happiness on the other side of the country where people seemed to be perpetually altruistic, environmentally conscious and self aware. I think after 8 years of living in San Diego now, I am officially considered to be a local.

Today I am much more conscious of how I spend my professional and personal time, I strive to only work with companies which are environmentally progressive, doing positive, meaningful things for our society. My desire is to strictly invest my energy and time into people, companies and things that matter to me,  helping entrepreneurs and CEOs reach their full potential and build solutions to problems that move our society in the right direction for a collective, higher sense of purpose. Are you living a life you love?

Pixelfanatix, my digital studio continues to help companies and business owners not only grow in wealth but purpose.  If you need to reach others online because you have a kick-ass service or product that will make our communities better, or give you more meaning, and you need someone to assist you in your entrepreneurial journey from concept idea, development all the way to growing relationships with your loyal supporters, let’s talk. I’ll show you how to launch in 30 days and grow online so you too can live the life you love.

And if you aren’t sure what your purpose or passion is but you want to change your life and do what you love, then I have created a Pathfinder Questionnaire especially for you to help navigate through your personal motives and desires so you too can discover your strengths and create a lifestyle that will not only make you happy but will fill your life with meaning.

Pathfinder comes with a consultation you can redeem within 30 days (if you one of those DIY types, you can purchase Pathfinder as a stand alone without any consultation) so whether you want to go through the discovery process on your own, or with my assistance,  the guide will help you move closer to understanding yourself and what will make you truly happy. Next step will be to plan actionable steps to achieve your goals all the way to creating an idea, and transforming it into a kick-ass business or a lifestyle.

Speaking about purpose… I have decided to go on a 3 months solo journey across the states and collect the best advice, tips, tools, and inspirational success stories from other rebellious startup founders and entrepreneurs, who have followed their dreams and consciously created the lives they truly wanted. I brought them back to share and launched  RebelsPatch to inspire and motivate you to do the same. We just soft launched this website so make sure you sign up to our email to get more stories and tips to your inbox as they get added to the site.

RebelsPatch is the place to be for rebellious entrepreneurs, mentors and investors to find the resources they need to succeed and to create the kind of fearless life they want, NOW! Not someday. I hope you like the site and will contribute to its collective library of stories and tools every rebel needs, to take action. This site will grow over time so stop by often and reach out if you think you have something valuable to share!


Never half-ass anything.


What has life taught me so far:

  1. I have learned that life is to be lived and experienced to the fullest. Don’t wait for that perfect moment, in reality all moments are as perfect as you make them to be!
  2. I have learned that nothing in life is certain, constant or forever lasting and the only way to appreciate being alive is to experience loss, challenges or disappointments. I’ve embraced uncertainty and use it to ignite a fire under my ass to propel me.
  3. I have learned to create special moments with people I care about and not wait to tell them I love them, to not miss a chance.
  4. I have learned to appreciate simple things rather than material things, like being alive and healthy….rest is truly a bonus.
  5. And last but not least: I have learned to live because of this loss.


It’s not always easy but I try to never forget that life for all of us is nothing but a cluster of experiences, moments in time, some weaved into the lives and realities of others and some meant to b experienced alone. We will win and lose in life, we will love and hurt, cry and laugh….learning to be in the “now” is the hardest thing for some but it’s life’s sweetest secret to happiness leaving us with the least amount of regrets when it’s time for us to go. What you do with your life before it is over and the impact you make on others is fully up to you.

Do you have a childhood story you’d like to share that has changed who you are today? Write to us!


~ Marzena Kmiecik, Founder of RebelsPatch and Pixelfanatix


It’s about aligning the “what”, with “why” and hacking the “how” of life!