March 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today at 13:30 (Madrid) Julio Alonso (@JulioAlonso) founder and CEO of Weblogs will join our “Managing Tech Startup” Class with Enrique Dans (@edans). I will be liveblogging from the session via twitter #ietechstartup and see how it goes.
My own experience with blogs has been fascinating. Before I came to IE I did not understand what a Blog was and now, almost 10 months afterwards, I am an active blogger with over 3000 views so far. I also have changed my habits, for example, I am starting to read now more blogs than news website. Therefore my first question to Julio Alonso:
– If more and more journalist are becoming bloggers, when do you expect blogs to outpace traditional news corporations? What needs to happen for this to take place?
The thing I like about my blog is that it is very personalized channel I don’t need any intermediary (besides WordPress). I follow also famous bloggers because of this same feature. Additionally I follow Weblog-like blogs like TechCrunch, Engadget, etc. But there is a limit of blogs I can follow. I have already a queue of 1000 post in my google reader waiting for me =) (and growing!)
My second question goes more about the quality of the content of blogs. Reading TechCrunch I see more and more people complaining about the quality of the post. Some of them look sponsored blogs and based that bloggers are paid on the amount of blogs they write, quality issues are arising.
– How do you maintain bloggers happy and at the same time assure high-quality blogs?
A new feature was introduced by Facebook. Facebook Comments. TechCrunch is experimenting with it and they are some initial data that suggest that “trolls” (people trying to boycott the blogger with negative and offensive comments) have been reduced significantly. I am a pro Facebook authentication. Specially for blogs! Hence my third question:
– What do you think of Facebook Comments? Are they defining how we will interact in blogs and elsewhere in the future?
I look forward for this session to start. Follow the liveblog on twitter #ietechstartup
March 14, 2011 § 7 Comments
I am live from my first elective class “Managing Tech Startups” conducted by Enrique Dans. This is his first elective on the subject, so it will be fun to take part of this experiment.
As in my first class with Enrique, we are assigned to blog about all the topics discussed in class. So expect very interest post in the next weeks. Enrique will be bringing keynote speakers from the entrepeneurial community and I will do my best to liveblog from class and see how it goes.
Enrique expects us to interact with the entrepreneurial community in Spain or around the globe. So, if you have a question for Enrique or the class, please free to send me it per eMail or via this blog.
Update 15.03.2011 – Video discovered by Guilherme
February 24, 2011 § 3 Comments
Today I attended the IE Venture Lab event: “The Advantages of Failure” at Auditorio Rafael del Pino where very interesting people like Jose Maria Castillejo (Zinkia International – Pocoyo), Jesus Encinar (Idealista.com & 11870), Alberto Knapp (The Cocktail), Gustavo Garcia (Ex-CEO BuyVIP) and other interesting speakers shared their entrepreneurship experiences and what they have learned from failure.
Every time I am at a great entrepreneurship event like this I get the same messages: “if you want to become rich and you want to avoid suffering, risking all you have, flying economy class and eating cheap food…then you shouldn’t become an entrepreneur!”
I believe all this is true. On the other hand, if you don’t want a Boss telling you what to do or you want to be independent and have control of your destiny, create jobs and most of all, learn the great experience of creating something new by meeting extremely interesting and helpful people, then definitively you should become and entrepreneur!
I guess this is why it is called entrepreneurship “spirit”, because it is all about the spirit! If you just look for making money, then you will be better becoming a banker. You want perfection and solve problems, then better become an engineer. You like to talk to people and motivate them to buy your product, then you should become a marketer or a sales man. But, if you really like to get things done and create from scratch with a 99% uncertainty and knowing that most probably, and not matter what you do, you will fail, then you are an entrepreneur!
Entrepreneurship is about the journey. The more experience the better and failing is just part of the process. And this is why only people with a strong spirit can be entrepreneurs.
See below some interest quotes I gather from the event:
Jose Maria Castillejo (Board of Directors of Zinkia Entertainment SA, POCOYO)
- “When you are an entrepreneur you have to be ready for total failure in 60 days”
- “The most difficult part been an entrepreneur is to be able to pay the checks every month”
- “Focus on opportunities, not the problems”
Jose Encinares (Founder of idealista.com)
- “Investors give you money If they see you hungry”
- “The safe bet is to be an entrepreneur in the long-term but you have to start young”
- “The unthinkable always happen!”
- “Entrepreneurs are people that goes hunt with the resources they don’t have”
Alberto Knapp (CEO The Cocktail)
- “We start a company with technology we didn’t understand, with a business model we did not know how it would work.”
- “You have to be ready to suffer! Every day you have to deal with failure”
- “If you fail, you will have the opportunity to start something new.”
- “If you want to learn and not get rich, start an internet startup.”
- “In Internet you fail faster but lighter, so it’s not that painful. Buy you need a lot of money for Marketing to get your brand known”
- “Entrepreneurs have to ask themselves where do you see yourself in 3 years if the company fails”
- “Select your partners wisely! A divorse is easier that splitting from your company partner”
- “The challenge of Internet is building a brand! It can take 3-7 years to build a serious brand!”
Book recommendation: Delivering Happiness (Zappos)
Gustavo Garcia Brusilovksy (EX-CEO BuyVIP)
- “To do something big, you have to go out of Spain”
- “Be strict with the strategy and flexible with the details and execution. Don’t lose focus, because you don’t have the resources to do so”
- “You need someone to think other to execute”
Book Recommendation: Boo hoo a dot com story
Yaron Samid (Techaviv.com, register.com, Billguard)
- “If you are not careful, a VC can become your BOSS!”
- “The job of the VC is to fire the CEO when time is right. Entrepreneurs are good building stuff but not always maintaining them successful”