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Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs (the late and great CEO of Apple)

Today I bring you a two-minute video of Steve Jobs. He gives us a lot of tips about how to lead a company. His ideas are just as useful for big companies as they are for startups. In fact, Jobs explains that “Apple is organized like a startup”, the biggest on the planet, of course. Continue Reading…

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In 2007, when I first met Hesham Salman, he just had an idea: starting a company that would put the value of his thorough knowledge of polymer nanoencapsulation by applying them to multiple sectors. It was an idea that was more than innovative, it was quite disruptive: it consisted in the application of nanotechnology techniques to biotechnology, pharmacology, food manufacturing, fertilizer, etc. Continue Reading…

The above sentence is from Guy Kawasaki, one of the largest marketing specialists in the world, renowned writer , lecturer, entrepreneur and investor. He worked in the eighties as a “technology evangelist” at Apple. His job consisted in building a critical mass of support for the Macintosh and encouraging people to develop software for their computers.

In Kawasaki’s opinion, the key to success as an entrepreneur is to make meaning in your company. Continue Reading…

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One of my favourite films is Blade Runner. In this film, genetically engineered robots called “replicants” are so similar to human beings that they even have their own implanted memories. I felt fascinated by this idea and others similar in Blade Runner, like the unicorn dream. So when I heard about Hiyalife, a website where you can store your memories, I got immediately interested about it. Last week I heard that David Gómez, Hiyalife co-founder, came to my city to give a workshop for entrepreneurs. Therefore, I decided to attend the workshop and it really deserved applause. David told such good advice for start-ups entrepreneurs that I asked him for an interview to share with you. Continue Reading…

8 Simple Keys to Success

22 October, 2013 — 1 Comment

LadderOfSuccess 3Richard St. John, a brilliant entrepreneur and lecturer at TED, agreed on a plane with a high school student who asked what leads to success. St. John could not give her a good answer. He thought it would be very useful to find out and transmitting it to the young. So over seven years he interviewed over 500 successful people to find out.

St. John condensed the interviews into 8 keys to success and recorded this amazing 3 minutes video. The video is very interesting because it gives examples of successful people explaining each key. Although it is not specifically about startups, it can be very useful to those who are starting an innovative business project. Continue Reading…

Broken Chair

I frequently use a metaphor of a chair when I advise entrepreneurs. I compare the viability of a company with a four-legged chair. If any of the four legs is missing, perhaps you can keep sitting on the chair for a while, but when you lose balance you fall. When two legs of the chair are broken, then a fall is sure!

What are the four legs of the viability of a company?

THE FIRST LEG OF THE CHAIR: TECHNICAL VIABILITY

This is about entrepreneurs or their teams who dominate the production process. The means of production and the appropriate technology should be available, and entrepreneurs should be able to own it. As a conclusion the company should be able to produce something that works.

The technical viability leg is usually the first thing that entrepreneurs achieve, because entrepreneurs normally start a business on something that they control and that they have knowledge in. However, this is not the case for some entrepreneurs and their business projects start limping from lack of technical viability.

An entrepreneur wanted to develop and to sell an innovative tool for household recycling. Continue Reading…

Chasing the Dream

Some business projects require exorbitant figures of funding in proportion to the entrepreneur capital. These projects are out of your reach, unless your father is a millionaire or you’re a genius. This idea seems obvious, but some entrepreneurs love their idea so much that they do not see it that way.

I remember an entrepreneur presenting his project in a forum of investors. He needed three million euros, because he needed to set up a manufacturing plant. Continue Reading…

“The last person [needed in a company] is the HR person. They’re the destroyer of companies.” Don Valentine

Interview of Tom Perkins and Don Valentine. Both venture capitalists founded two of the first VC firms in USA in 1972. Perkins founded Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), which invested in more than 500 companies in their fledgling stages, including AOL, Amazon, Citrix, Genentech y Google. Valentine Sequoia Capital, which then invested in Apple, Atari, Cisco, Youtube and others startups.

I want to ask forgiveness from my brother and all my HR friends for publishing this. I don’t completely agree with it, but the explanation the interviewee’s gives is very interesting. Valentine and Perkins were interviewed by TechCrunch Disrupt SF the 11th of September 2013. I have extracted the most interesting portions of this interview.

What kind of ideas did they liked most to invest in? What kind of entrepreneurs did they deal with?

Perkins explains that he invested “in the idea because bad people don’t have good ideas. I’d look at the back pages to see if the numbers were big, and then if they were I’d look at the front pages to see what the business was.” Continue Reading…

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Copies of the first and second version of my mini-notebooks

A couple of years ago, when I started reading about “lean startup“, the entrepreneurship methodology by Eric Ries, I remembered a story from my school days that may serve to illustrate the basic features of this methodology.

When I was ten, Santa Claus never brought me my Scalextric car racing game, instead gave me a useful stapler. When we were in class and an assignment needed to be stapled, we used to ask the teacher to do it for us with his own stapler. So with my new gift, my classmate and I decided to make several small writing notebooks that would serve to help us remember our assignments. Continue Reading…

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I interviewed Pello Gamez, one of three Geoactio’s entrepreneurs, who I met when they first launched their company. I negotiated Start Up Capital Navarra’s investment in their company. Since then, I have been witness to the positives changes in Geoactio, thanks to these entrepreneurs’ efforts, sacrifices and capacity to adapt to the market. Geoactio’s story is a good example of the difficulties which a start-up faces its first years and how its entrepreneurs overcame them.

Startup: GEOACTIO, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain.

Activity: Software and mobile applications development. Smart city and mobility projects. Smart bluetooth. Continue Reading…