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Open Source Business Model: it does really pay!

I was asked to write something not academic and might has a value! Well what is better than making money from free resources! (more…)

The Cocktail Any Entrepreneur Should Offer To An Investor

An investment forum is something serious. You, as an entrepreneur have excitement, surprise, fantasy.. maybe a butterfly fluttering in your stomach, and over all passion. You have a chance, and you must use it correctly, so, what do you think that you should get from us as investors? Easy: we should force you to replace the dish of chips on your table because it is empty… (more…)

Not to make fundraising too complicated (II)

Hi! Worried about financing your startup.. emm.. you have read my previous post, tried the casino, lottery and invited your grandfather to have lunch just to ask him about his health and nothing worked? I do know that first 10 Graham’s suggestions included in the same post were read quickly, but why not coming back to them? In addition, I give you 3 more… (more…)

Not to make fundraising too complicated (I)

This post is directed at you, an entrepreneur who is looking for funding for his startup. We always talk about business model, sales, sales and sales, added value, pain & gain… but sometimes I discover you are absent minded, and when I see you I know that you are sick of funding. Related to this topic I have seen almost everything, (you are not alone), including buying lottery tickets, advancing the legacy of his grandfather, and gaming at the casino. No kidding! (more…)

Entrepreneurship and Gluttony

Less than a year ago I received a call from a friend. He suggested that I have a coffee with a group of entrepreneurs who were stuck on a project they were involved in.

We decided to have a beer (and a salmon and caper sandwich) at the Laie Café in Pau Claris St. in Barcelona. Within minutes of arriving the entrepreneurs appeared. We sat in a corner, at a round table, and they began to tell me about their project. (more…)

Entrepreneurs and Vanity

We all have those calls we fear. The type I fear the most are those from entrepreneurs – those that proudly explain there is an article on them in the newspaper or that they have given an interview on the radio or television. Or that they have won a prize of entrepreneurship and that they are going for a week to Silicon Valley (and win one month’s accommodation free in an incubator, accelerator, fast path or other such meaningless business term).

I can give my opinions on prizes and incubators another day but today let’s speak about something else – vanity. (more…)