What if I can’t get out?

Today’s post is a medley of words among which I want to highlight the following ones: escapism, bus, ideas, time, entrepreneurship, young people, trust, SDGs, fun, talent, challenges, solutions, creativity, innovation, help, funding, city halls, the council of Bizkaia, Puebla (Mexico), BIGEL and, of course, PEOPLE. Because today’s post has its origin in a re-encounter with an E.P. who I met more than a year ago. Do you want to know who I’m talking about and why I’m writing this post? I invite you to keep reading. (more…)

Entrepreneur women who know what working hard means

Today I won’t mislead you with this post (which I’ve never done before), because the truth is that I had a GREAT desire to focus on entrepreneur women again. Those that, as one of the protagonists of today, say that when you start your business you have to know that more than the launching of successful start-ups,

“being entrepreneur means being cold in the street, because although it might be your passion, it’s not easy”. (more…)

I want my small data

A few years ago, thanks to the MET community, I was able to meet the protagonist of today’s post, who is about to become a mom for the second time. She has made us another gift that I want to share with you all. Nagore de los Ríos is, without any doubt, an entrepreneurial woman and a great professional of the communication based on big data. A tireless worker since she was really young, she has a long career behind her, some awards and recognitions and more than one entrepreneurial project that became true. At the moment, Nagore works at Techfriendly, a group of multidisciplinary professionals who design and develop city strategies to solve challenges related to ageing, tourism, smart specialization, logistic or mobility.

Definitely, Nagore knows first-hand what making an effort means (sometimes too much, right?), working hard, working in a team, facing big challenges, innovating, creating almost from scratch and, even then, pretending everything is easy.

This Christmas I want to make you a gift that has to do with Nagore, the organizations, the people, the data, the information, the knowledge, the intelligence, the creative solutions, the personal solutions and, above all, has to do with the superpowers that I’m sure each of us could show with the help of the “small data”, in order to be citizens with individual decision-making power in smart cities. Because, as Nagore says:

The day where both administrations and businesses are able to give me back my personal data in real time, I, a citizen, I, a service and public products consumer, will be far more intelligent, and if intelligence is power, I’ll finally achieve my superpowers and I’ll be able to predict the future or, at least, reduce the uncertainty and, which is even more important, I’ll be able to make decisions in a much more free way” 

I  invite you to listen to this 10 min speech Nagore gave in Spanish in the TEDx León not long ago:

Thank you, Nagore, for your big contributions, for your way of explaining those concepts that are not easy to understand and congratulations for your new baby that I’m sure will be one of the privileged ones of having one of those precious assets as it is “its own algorithm”.

I wish you a great Christmas surrounded by all the people who make you happy and that the peace, illusion and happiness spirit won’t leave you during the whole New Year 2019. I’ll be back in January; until then, be happy and enjoy every day.

ZORIONAK ETA URTE BERRI ON 2019!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!

Translated by María Ubierna Quintanilla and supervised by Arantza Arruti.

Betting for entrepreneurs through training and learning

In my last post I talked to you about the characteristics of entrepreneursOn this one I want to emphasize one of them: the one related to constant learning. The point is that last week, the 10th of October, I had the honor of participating again in the DeustoSTART program, a program whose goal is to contribute to the developing of entrepreneurship among the students from the last courses of the degrees of the University of Deusto. (more…)

The 20 characteristics of the entrepreneur

I admit that the time between this post and the last one has been longer than before. Unfortunately, sometimes life asks you to relax and calm down a little bit. It has been what has happened to me. This time, due to the lack of time to write the posts as entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship deserve I have decided to write every two weeks more or less. The most important thing is that I am here and I am back writing about what I think it is more than worthy. Hello again.

Para aquellas personas que me habéis preguntado en más de una ocasión que es eso de la P.E., aprovecho este “primer” post de vuelta de las vacaciones para refrescar estas siglas.

For those who have asked me more than once what E.P. (in Spanish) means, I’ll take this “first” post back from holidays to refresh this acronym.

In order to answer propely, I’ve been gathering the adjectives and ideas that I’ve been using in the different posts and which, from my point of view, define the E (entrepreneurial) P (person), this is, the entrepreneur. It is very important to highlight that every single entrepreneur does no have all those qualities, values or characteristics in general at the same time and/or at a high level. After all, we can’t forget that we aren’t talking about a superman or superwoman, but about people, with capital letters in my opinion: PEOPLE. (more…)