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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…

businessangels

Entrepreneur and business angel

In the beginning of the XX Century an angel was a wealthy person, who provided money for Broadway theatrical productions. The term angel began to be used in the USA in 1976 after a university publication reutilized it in reference to investors who supported entrepreneurs. Since then the term in the USA is angel investor, while in Europe we called them business angels.

These investors are essential in the financing of thousands of companies in the USA. In 2012 each of the 268,160 angel investors invested an average of $85.435 in a total of 67,030 companies. (35% of them startups). A total of 23,000 million dollars! The average angel deal size was $341,800 and the average equity received was 12.7%. Source: unh.edu

These dizzying figures don’t have anything in common with those in other countries 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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What is Crowdfunding?

31 July, 2013 — 4 Comments
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Crowdfunding. Photo by Colbrain on Flickr used under a Creative Commons licence

Crowdfunding is the action, by which a person, company or organization asks a multitude of people to finance his/its projects via Internet, each of them giving a small quantity of money.

Some entrepreneurs and organizations have developed different crowdfunding platforms. They are web platforms that offer projects creators a display space to publish their projects in order to get financing. These platforms also allow the projects to use a secure payment page to ensure that the projects receive their money. In exchange, most platforms receive a commission based on the amount collected.

Which kinds of crowdfunding exist and what do the financial backers receive in exchange? Continue Reading…

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…

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…

Foto weareknitters.com

“We are knitters” is a company created in 2011 by two 25 year old entrepreneurs, Maria Jose Marin and Alberto Bravo. These entrepreneurs have the double merit of launching an innovative product that was originally traditionally-based and procuring prestigious investors.

They have recently published on their website http://www.weareknitters.com that their company has raises 150,000 euros from some investors: the venture capital firm Cabiedes & Partners and two business angels François Derbaix, Toprural.com founder and Yago Arbeloa, president of the Spanish Association of Investors and Internet Entrepreneurs. The new capital will be use to accelerate the company’s international expansion in Europe.

The company’s online shop sells kits with everything necessary to knit wool and cotton clothing such as sweaters, scarves, hats, etc. They also offer simple video tutorials to learn how to knit from scratch.

In my opinion the most interesting aspects about this company are: Continue Reading…