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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…

Tubos de Ensayo

– It is a company that uses scientific and technological knowledge systematically and continuously to produce new goods or services with high added value.

– They mainly operate in top-level strategic sectors, such as microelectronics, biotechnology, medical device, nanotechnology, etc.

– They perform R & D in-house or in close cooperation with universities and research centers.

– Many start-ups are not technology-based companies.

– Similar terms: knowledge-based companies, new technology-based firms.

Some technology-based startups in my region, (Navarre, Spain) are: Bionanoplus, Orbital Aerospace, Lev2050, Recombina, Proinec, Pharmamodelling, Kunak, ….

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Mini Cuadernos JoJaJo

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…

What is Lean Start Up?

17 July, 2013 — 1 Comment
lean startup

Photo by John Fischer on Flickr used under a Creative Commons licence

It is a methodology for the creation of enterprises developed by the entrepreneur and consultant Eric Ries in his book “The Lean Startup” published in 2011. It has been a huge success among entrepreneurs, especially among internet entrepreneurs.

This methodology is based on the idea that a startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model under conditions of extreme uncertainty.

The main point is to build a minimum viable product with basic features that are supposed interest to customers and launch it quickly to test if the hypotheses are true or not. By this way entrepreneur can learn a lot about the business, his products and his customers. Then, the entrepreneur decides whether to persevere or “pivot”, correcting some of the hypotheses.

Foto-Pello-Gamez

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…

Weareknitters web3

Photo: Alberto Bravo and Pepita Marin, We Are Knitters founders.

Startup: WE ARE KNITTERS, Madrid. www.weareknitters.com

Activity: We sell kits online to knit your own clothes, including 100% wool or cotton balls from Peru, wooden knitting needles and pattern. All in one kit recyclable supported with video tutorials for beginners. We operate in Spain, Germany and the UK. Continue Reading…

Photo of zizzybaloobah on Flickr

In business and investment the expression “cash is king” is widely used. This idea is the highest priority in terms of startup finance. A startup can assume that the first year will not bring benefits, provided it has clear when they will start. But what makes a high percentage of startups disappear shortly after its creation, is the red or running out of cash. Cash is one of the three legs of the financial plan, along with the income statement and balance sheet. This is most important in the case of startups. So, “cash is king”. Continue Reading…