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…)

Why? Why?

More than 25 years ago I finished my university studies in Theology (not kidding). And after two years selling books and philatelic investment (not kidding), I decided to study an MBA, with the aim of re-launching my career and developing those skills needed for me to be a better worker and manager. (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…)

Government and Entrepreneurship

Governments are usually formed by well-intentioned people that want to creates jobs, generate taxes to use for the public good and so on, but these aims can sometimes run contrary to the needs of entrepreneurs.

Having said that, entrepreneurs and management (or governments and their departments) can, and should, understand each other. The 113 second speech of Barack Obama on January 31, 2011 showed what Governments can do for entrepreneurs. (more…)