31
mar

Los proyectos Pasion>ie desde dentro: NBox Project-Natureback

Escrito el 31 marzo 2014 por entrepreneurship en emprender

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¿Cómo funciona vuestro producto/servicio? Dicho en pocas palabras, lo que ofrecemos a los ayuntamientos es la posibilidad de implementar una smart city a partir de la telegestión de alguna de sus infraestructuras básicas, como el alumbrado o la red de agua. Ahora por ejemplo, lo que los ayuntamientos necesitan es reducir costes, y la sustitución del alumbrado tradicional por luminarias LED es una buena oportunidad para conseguir hasta un 60% de ahorro. En este caso, utilizando nuestro módulo de comunicaciones NBox, además de ofrecer una solución de alumbrado inteligente con sensores de presencia que elevan el ahorro hasta el 80%, generaríamos una red municipal de comunicaciones WiFi/ZigBee que posteriormente se podría utilizar para la telegestión de otras infraestructuras como la red de agua, para dar servicio de video-asistencia a ancianos que viven solos, o para lo que el ayuntamiento considere prioritario. Es decir, NBox, además de poder conectar los sensores/actuadores normalmente utilizados en los proyectos smart city, establece una red troncal que denominamos Red Inteligente de Gestión, y que es la columna vertebral de la smart city. Reducimos costes, eliminamos duplicidades de redes, y creamos una wifi municipal.  Montamos la base de una smart city sin necesidad de inversiones millonarias, y el ayuntamiento la puede ir haciendo crecer poco a poco. Y al ser una red abierta, con estándares conocidos como el WiFi y el ZigBee es accesible a cualquier proveedor de soluciones smart city, incluso pequeñas empresas locales que normalmente no tienen posibilidad de participar en los grandes proyectos.

¿Cómo surgió la idea? La idea surge de la experiencia de los socios en proyectos de telegestión de redes de agua y alumbrado y en el ámbito de la arquitectura bioclimática. El NBoxesquema-RIGmayorproblema que detectamos es que las soluciones de telegestión o de automatización de viviendas son soluciones propietarias incompatibles entre sí. Cada una vale para lo que vale, y no le puedes pedir a un contador inteligente de agua, que además transmita el dato del contador de gas, o electricidad, o la temperatura ambiente y la humedad del suelo para automatizar el riego de un parque. Normalmente habría que crear otra red de comunicaciones para llevar esos datos hasta el Centro de Control. ¿Por qué no usar una única red multifuncional para todo ello? Ahí empezó nuestra historia.

¿Cuál es vuestro modelo de negocio? Nuestro modelo de negocio es doble: por un lado la venta de nuestros módulos NBox y por otro la explotación de la Red Inteligente de Gestión, el pago por uso de la red. Creemos que ambos tienen un potencial enorme. De cara a los gestores de infraestructuras y los ayuntamientos, nuestro módulo NBox ofrece una clara ventaja competitiva frente a las soluciones de telegestión específicas de un único servicio, porque genera la red troncal de comunicaciones apta para otros servicios. El mercado de la Internet de las cosas es enorme, especialmente en el ámbito de las smart cities. El número de farolas, contadores inteligentes y sensores de todo tipo que se prevé instalar en los próximos años es de cientos de millones. En cuanto a la explotación de la red, el pago por uso es el modelo de negocio que se está imponiendo en el mundo de las telecomunicaciones. Nosotros creemos que tenemos una magnífica oportunidad de entrar en él con nuestra propuesta, creando y gestionando nuestras propias redes de ámbito municipal. Por otro lado nuestro mercado objetivo en las primeras fases de la empresa no son las grandes ciudades por las que se pelean todas las compañías, sino las ciudades medianas y pequeñas que desean tener su propia smart city, pero que no tienen el atractivo de las grandes para atraer grandes inversiones. Con nosotros podrán tener lo que desean prácticamente sin coste añadido.

¿Cuál es el estado de la Startup ahora? Nuestra empresa, Natureback Communities es una empresa especializada en proyectos de desarrollo sostenible, en los ámbitos de la arquitectura y el urbanismo, la eficiencia energética y los proyectos smart city. Es la parte de tecnología la que estamos poniendo en marcha ahora desarrollando nuestro propio módulo de comunicaciones, por lo que no somos una startup propiamente dicha, sino más bien una empresa en crecimiento. En la “parte startup” de nuestra empresa nos encontramos en la fase de desarrollo/fabricación de producto. Tenemos prototipos probados para la gestión de alumbrado unida a redes de agua y redes de sensórica ambiental. Tenemos un piloto pequeño de Red Inteligente de Gestión en Campoo (Cantabria) y una casa piloto bioclimática con el mismo módulo NBox utilizado para la automatización de instalaciones domésticas de energía, aireación, calefacción, agua y sensores de los aislantes térmicos de las paredes exteriores. Todo en pequeñito, pero comprobado su funcionamiento. Una de las cosas más importantes que hemos conseguido es asentar alianzas estratégicas con empresas tecnológicas que nos interesan: dos fabricantes nacionales de luminarias LED y MicroLED y equipos de energías renovables, un fabricante nacional de sensores y equipos de medida, un fabricante alemán de microtransmisores ZigBee… y estamos en conversaciones con otros de sectores de la energía. Lo que nos falta es el empujón inversor para el desarrollo/fabricación comercial de nuestro producto.

¿Qué tipo de inversores tiene la empresa actualmente?   Hasta ahora hemos financiado todo con fondos propios, y con pequeños proyectos, pero, aunque podríamos seguirlo haciendo así, el proceso se ralentiza demasiado, y creemos que ahora hay una ventana de oportunidad que hay que aprovechar. Por ello estamos tejiendo acuerdos con algunos inversores y fondos de inversión privados, nacionales y extranjeros con una propuesta mixta de inversión en desarrollo de producto y en proyectos, de manera que una parte de la inversión, la que va a proyecto, se amortice más rápidamente.

¿Cuál es el rol del equipo de emprendedores dentro de la Startup? La empresa está formada por 4 socios:  Iván García Cardenal, Alberto Montoro, Ignacio Rodríguel Amor y Jorge Fernández de CaleyaLos cuatro socios, Iván, Alberto, Nacho y yo, estamos implicados directamente en la puesta en marcha de esta aventura tecnológica. Alberto e Iván hasta ahora han mantenido más la otra parte de la empresa, pero desde hace unos meses que decidimos darle el impulso definitivo, estamos los cuatro a tiempo más que pleno dedicados a ello. Iván, el fundador de la empresa, como buen arquitecto es el creativo, diseñador, artista, que le da un punto de “arte” a nuestro NBox; Alberto con su amplia experiencia en gestión es el hombre de los números y las finanzas; Nacho, nuestro explorador de oportunidades de negocio, es el encargado de las relaciones con inversores, administraciones públicas, clientes, etc., y yo, que me ocupo de los aspectos técnicos. Un equipo multidisciplinar que es la auténtica joya de nuestro proyecto.

¿Cuál es el mayor aprendizaje recibido de vuestra experiencia como emprendedores? La verdad es que no es la primera aventura emprendedora para ninguno de los cuatro, ya tenemos un cierto callo en ésto. Así en general podríamos decir que que lo más importante es el tesón, la confianza en tu propuesta, la apuesta decidida, pero sin obcecación. Implicación, para hacer todo lo que haga falta, y distancia “terapéutica” para no morir en el intento. A veces hay que saber cambiar de rumbo.

¿Qué es lo que más os motiva/emociona de vuestro proyecto? Lo principal es la idea en sí misma, poder ofrecer una solución innovadora, útil, al alcance no sólo de las grandes ciudades sino también de ciudades pequeñas y medianas y zonas rurales; ofrecer servicios a los ciudadanos que normalmente sólo se ofrecen en proyectos piloto. Una idea que incide directamente en un nuevo modelo de desarrollo urbano sostenible. Por otro lado es muy motivador ver la reacción de las empresas y personas con las que contactamos. De hecho se ha creado un pequeño universo de empresas colaboradoras, entusiastas de poder aportar su granito de arena, abriendo nuevas oportunidades de servicios que se pueden añadir a nuestra Red Inteligente de Gestión, en campos como el turismo, la eficiencia energética en edificios, los servicios sociales, aplicaciones agropecuarias y ambientales, etc. Pero quizá lo más motivador es la calidad del equipo, incluidas las personas que trabajan con nosotros sin ser socios. A veces nos extrañamos de que no surjan conflictos entre nosotros a pesar de la carga de trabajo, el estress casi cotidiano, el enorme esfuerzo que supone poner en marcha el proyecto, las dificultades económicas, etc. Incluso en ocasiones fallidas en las que habíamos puesto nuestra esperanza, nunca ha faltado el buen humor, y el análisis positivo y constructivo, que a veces nos ha llevado a cambiarlo todo de arriba a abajo, adoptar un nuevo enfoque, cambiar el cronograma o el reparto de responsabilidades concretas, sin que nos haya supuesto ningún problema. Podemos decir que hemos encontrado la manera de que cada uno de nosotros aporte lo mejor de sí mismo, no sólo en cuanto a conocimientos profesionales, sino en cuanto a habilidades de equipo. Y eso a pesar de que estamos repartidos entre Madrid y Cantabria.

¿Qué es lo más complicado de vuestra experiencia como emprendedores? Sin duda la impaciencia por conseguir arrancar definitivamente y, cómo no los temas económicos.

En vuestra opinión, ¿qué rasgos de personalidad son los más importantes para ser un emprendedor de éxito? El equilibrio entre tesón y flexibilidad para adoptar los cambios necesarios sin abandonar lo singular del proyecto original, y la capacidad de trabajo en equipo.

Si pudierais volver atrás en el tiempo, ¿qué hubierais hecho diferente? No se me ocurre nada… todo lo que hemos hecho y nos ha ocurrido, incluso los errores cometidos, ha sido valioso para llegar a donde estamos.

¿Qué factor o aprendizaje ha supuesto un mayor impacto o cambio en vuestro plan original? El planteamiento del proyecto desde el punto de vista del receptor, del cliente, de su problemática y sus necesidades y no tanto desde las “infinitas bondades” del producto que vemos como padres de la idea. En ese sentido el programa Pasion>ie nos ha supuesto una buena sacudida, y nos ha hecho comprender el valor que tiene el desarrollo del Plan de Negocio, sobre todo como herramienta de reflexión interna sobre el proyecto, y no sólo como documento comercial de cara a inversores y/o clientes.

¿Qué consejo le darías a potenciales emprendedores? Que no desesperen ni se obcequen, y que busquen un buen programa de apoyo a emprendedores.

28
mar

Los proyectos Pasion>ie desde dentro: Pensumo

Escrito el 28 marzo 2014 por entrepreneurship en emprender

Logo_Pensum_300_300¿Cómo funciona vuestro producto/servicio? PENSUMO es un innovador modelo de relación comercial entre usuarios y comerciantes que persigue un doble fin:

A: El Ahorro del cliente para el futuro (largo plazo) a partir de las microaportaciones que los comercios realizan en el Plan de Ahorro del consumidor cada vez que compran en los comercios asociados.

B: La fidelización del usuario con el comercio adscrito, por el valor diferenciador que este otorga.

La consecuencia mayor de una generalización del uso de este sistema entre la ciudadanía, sería el nacimiento de un nuevo pilar del sistema de pensiones, complementario al de la Seguridad Social (u otros en Europa), con la particularidad que resulta gratuito y voluntario para el beneficiario.

¿Cómo surgió la idea? El promotor de la idea (José Luis Orós) trabajó de 2000 a 2010 en el Dpto. de Markenting y Comunicación de El Corte Inglés y está familiarizado con el mundo del gran consumo, las marcas y los sistemas de fidelización. Fue tras una reflexión sobre como conseguir “clientes para siempre”

¿Cuál es vuestro modelo de negocio? Comisionamos a los comercios el 1% de las ventas que se producen en el circuito.

¿Cuál es el estado de la Startup ahora? La empresa se fundó en mayo de 2013, hemos realizado un piloto tecnológico y comercial en una población de 5000 habitantes, hemos firmado un Convenio de Colaboración con la aseguradora alemana ALLIANZ, y estamos a punto de poner en marcha el sistema en Zaragoza.

¿Qué tipo de inversores tiene la empresa actualmente? Tenemos inversores privados y un préstamo participativo del Gobierno de Aragón.

¿Cuál es el rol del equipo de emprendedores dentro de la Startup?

foto grupo pensumo 2014Jose Luis Orós Pineda: Director y Administrador de la empresa

Jesús Sanz Carbó: Responsable TIC y programación.

Roberto L. Ferrer: Licenciado en Derecho, Master en Informática Jurídica y especialista en LOPD.

Mary Carmen Bozal: Responsable de Comunicación

Nacho Forastieri: Responsable de expansión

¿Cuál es el mayor aprendizaje recibido de vuestra experiencia como emprendedores? Cualquiera que tenga la determinación necesaria, puede conseguir un objetivo por ambicioso que sea.

¿Qué es lo que más os motiva/emociona de vuestro proyecto? Somos una empresa de Innovación Social, y creemos firmemente que vamos a cambiar el mundo ayudando a salvar el Estado del Bienestar tal y como lo conocemos.

¿Qué es lo más complicado de vuestra experiencia como emprendedores? Conseguir la financiación necesaria para las distintas fases del proyecto.

En vuestra opinión, ¿qué rasgos de personalidad son los más importantes para ser un emprendedor de éxito? Tenacidad e inmunidad al desaliento.

Si pudierais volver atrás en el tiempo, ¿qué hubierais hecho diferente? Posiblemente debería haber comenzado antes a volcarme al 100% en el proyecto y en este momento estaría implantado a nivel nacional.

¿Qué factor o aprendizaje ha supuesto un mayor impacto o cambio en vuestro plan original? La inversión necesaria es sustancialmente mayor que la que en principio consideramos.

¿Qué consejo le darías a potenciales emprendedores? Observad constantemente vuestro entorno, en él se encuentran las respuestas a las preguntas más complejas.

Hay un momento para las ideas y otro para hacerlas tangibles, no teorizar demasiado y sed prácticos.

25
mar

This past Friday Tyba, a startup founded by IE Alumni, presented at the 41st edition of Betabeers Madrid  held at IE’s Area 31. There was a great turnout with just over a hundred in attendance. This was an amazing opportunity for students to learn from the startups who pitched their products and also to learn about strategies for hiring IT professionals.

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Betabeers is a monthly meeting for developers of web services, hardware and mobile apps. They hold technical talks, provide opportunities for local startups to introduce themselves and for networking. Their goal is to show startups that you do not need to be based in Silicon Valley to launch exciting projects.

NETWORKING

After the event participants enjoyed beers and took advantage of a great networking opportunity. This networking session was particularly useful  for start up teams who are looking for a programmer.

STARTUPS WHO PRESENTED

Tyba: Toni Cárdenas presented Tyba a platform for employment that connects candidates with vacant position around the world. The platform is not only based in academic and professional experience but also in personality, preferences, and expectations. Toni explained the coding evolution of Tyba and how the work was distributed and managed between distinct developers.

Concept Inbox: Oscar del Rio presented his startup Concept Inbox, a web application that facilitates collaboration and the exchange of information and feedback between creative teams and their clients. Oscar presented the newest version of the application which works in real time, he also shared some tricks on how to gain users.

25
mar

AGENDA IE VENTURE NETWORK, 27th MARCH

Escrito el 25 marzo 2014 por entrepreneurship en emprender

Join IE Venture Network Thursday, 27th March 2014!

The Venture Network is a weekly pitch slam is an invaluable resource for early stage entrepreneurs, a forum for engaging the entrepreneurial community, promoting your startup, and at best securing an investment from our Investors in Residence. The Venture Network is unique in that it is a very informal gathering where startups can meet investors in an informal setting over beers and snacks and focus on what’s important; building relationships. The Venture Network is a great way to perfect your pitch, get feedback on your product, and meet the local startup community.

The Venture Network´s resident panel of startup experts include:

. Joseph Pistrui, Professor of Entrepreneurial Management
. Andrew Stott, Business Angels

. Manuel Muñiz,CEO Yamimoto-Vienenbi e inversor en Start-ups
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Angel Batalla, iBird Last Mile

The three startups that will present their project in 7 minutes will be:

Isabel López, Sherpandipity

Sherpandipity (www Sherpandipity. Com) is a web which offers experiences on social tourism and activities suggested and proposed by sherpas. A Sherpa is a local person who acts as the guide to share with others – travelers or neighbors with common interests – a time devoted to an experience of cultural, gastronomic, formative, entertainment, etc.

Miguel Bassa, Sleev Wrapping Group

Sleeve Wrapping Group is a new company specializing in manufacturing sleeves to decorate all types of packaging. We also make promotional packs that can be die cut and adapted to the costumer’s chosen shape providing the very best presentation. Warranty seals also give products added value and to complete our services, we can also offer packaging machines and shrink tunnels. We are equipped with a demonstration room and a technical service to help customers out whenever necessary.

Pedro Mengas, Nodeweavers

NODEWEAVERS is a revolutionary cloud toolkit that will automattically handle all the implementation, configuration and management processes related to cloud deployments. It helps enterprises to have their own private, hybrid or public cloud computing environments in a matter of seconds.

Register your attendance here!   http://entrepreneurship.ie.edu/venture-network

24
mar

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IE Business School’s startup ecosystem embraces 250 startups every year as well as international investors, programmers, corporate partners and anyone enthusiastic about promoting entrepreneurship. The Incubator in Area 31 is at the very heart of this bursting environment.

Startups in the Incubator access services and experiences worth on average 13,000USD in 6 months (as calculated by the entrepreneurs). This value goes up as high as 24,000USD for those who make the most of the opportunities at their disposal.

Although IE Alumni have privileged access to the Incubator, applications by entrepreneurs not affiliated to IE will also be considered.

Why should you be interested in being part of Area 31?Social Responsibility 2012 666

20 selected teams will be granted a 6 months incubation period during which they’ll get:

  • Co-working space for the whole team
  • Internet access
  • Use of IE brand in website
  • Access to interns
  • Legal advisory services
  • Voluntary participation in training sessions
  • Fast track with Microsoft BizSpark
  • Fast track with FundedbyMe (Crowdfunding platform)
  • Fast track with Creas (Social Impact Investment Fund)

As well as valuable intangibles, among them “Increased motivation and productivity through being in the same space as other startups, Networking possibilities and contacts, Access to knowledgeable peers, knowledge exchange, access to mentors” (Entrepreneur)

Who should apply?

  • Ventures, commercial or social* incorporated after March 2012.
  • With at least one person working full time and a maximum of 4 full time team members (prorate hours for teams with part time team members).
  • We look for proof of commitment with the project such as: Is the company already incorporated/ registered? How many of the founders work full time in the project? Have the founders invested their savings in the project?

*Social Ventures that apply must have a market-based revenue-generating strategy to make them economically sustainable and comment on their social impact on the application.

What are the selection criteria?

  • Innovation (not meaning tech-based necessarily)
  • Scalability (Market size, prospects…)
  • Team (relevant background and commitment to the project)
  • Idea (barriers, competitive advantage, clearly identified user/need)
  • Willingness to create value for the community in IE Business School

What we expect from you:

  • Your success!! We expect that you’ll work hard on your project and grow it during your time in Area 31.
  • Giving back. Startups in Area 31 contribute to the startup community in IE by organizing activities, proposing sessions, participating in panels for students and contributing to increase their visibility and that of Area 31 in their blogs and communication channels. The teams who contribute the most to the community are granted an extension of six more months in Area 31.

How can you apply?trabajando

If you’re interested in applying you should attend one of the Open house Days. At the Open House Days you’ll be able to visit the space, ask any doubts you might have and meet the other applicants. RSVP here.

By April 25th, 2014, at midnight you need to submit the application form (Please, complete it in English)

By May 9th we will announce the selected teams.

Mark your calendars: The welcome session for selected teams will take place in May 20th, from 5pm to 7pm. Attendance to this session is mandatory for all selected teams. From that date on teams will start their Incubation period.

For additional information contact concepcion.galdon@ie.edu

SEE YOU IN AREA 31!

24
mar

NYC VENTURE LAB TRIP – Friday 7th March 2014

Escrito el 24 marzo 2014 por entrepreneurship en emprender

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Many thanks to Montaña Rodriguez, IMBA 2014, Monelias, for her review of the trip!

NYU ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTRE Innovative entrepreneurship “In a business world of non-stop change, there’s only one way to win the game: Transform it entirely”

  • Company NYU Entrepreneur centre: Our mission: To develop serial innovators capable of launching and leading organizations that challenge assumed boundaries and inspire a sense of what’s possible.
  • Speaker: Luke Williams – Executive Director, Cynthia Franklin and Loretta Adjunct Professor and three students that piched the ideas

10 am. We arrived at NYU, university near Brookling.

Cynthia gives us a quick view about numbers and startups in the school and then the director of the centre, Luke Williams gives us in 10 minutes a precise and inimitable speech about what means entrepreneurship at NYU.

He believes that in developed economies you need to growth the innovative entrepreneurship and that is what they are doing at NYU. Ideas are unexpected resources and the most important point is the experience.  At NUY they believe and try to push three Meta ideas:

  • increasing the perception of entrepreneurship by education
  • provocation – using bold questions to challenge existing assumptions
  • Education in possible – network of experienced people, accelerator programs, venture services

They have the need to give their students a Creative confidence to startup things. Innovation is just look were other people is not looking and everybody can learn how to do it through the correct process. He keeps mentioning that

“People cannot change personality but yes the behavior”

“We have the chance in life to give students the creative confidence”

Then we finalized the morning with three fantastic piches from three top students: Nihal, Jerry and Marian

Next stop outbrain

OUTBRAIN “Our key to success adapt continuously to the client’s needs”

  • Company Outbrain: is a content discovery platform whose eponymous Content marketing module offers to help Internet publishers increase web traffic to their websites
  • Speaker Yaron Galai: is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Outbrain. Prior to founding Outbrain, Mr. Galai was Co-Founder, SVP of Quigo, Inc., a provider of performance-based marketing solutions for advertisers and premium publishers

12 am Outbrain Yaron Galai the co-founder, close and humble person. He seems like he has just started in the company. Great welcoming from them that give them super nice soaps, sandwiches

First times in our lives were the CEO and the rest of the people is eating in the meeting.

The companies working with them 60% publishers 30% brands 10% companies. He explained to us the business model of the company and how they just accept content instead of adverts. The added value is use the trust for the content.

Two great advises he gives us Always find the one early adaptor and then the rest if you are doing one thing better and different than any other you will succeed and read lean startup a useful book to know a bit more about the mistery of developing business and products.
“The biggest asset of a startup is doing one little think amazingly”

Great meeting! The final of the trip is coming. Last meeting google….

GOOGLE “We encourage you to do what you want”

  • Company: GOOGLE
  • Speaker Tomer Sharom He founded and led UXPA Israel and is a mentor at Google’s Campus TLV, a program including UX learning, collaboration, and mentorship for Israeli startups.

4 pm we arrive at Google. The building and the people working there is amazing. Same style than the companies visited over the week but bigger

We started our visit with a tour of the building and then Tomer gives us information about how to test your clients.

He gives certain advice based in his experience and one of his books: “It’s Our Research: Getting stakeholder buy-in for user experience research projects”

  • Do not ask users, observe their behavior, normally their no correlation between what you say you do and what you really do so the best is observe.
  • Do not prepare yourself the questions let the clients to prepare them for you
  • Important to know who your customer is, if they really need the product
  • Try to use and identify the users goals not the features of the product.

“You do not need to listen to users but observe them”

Nice advises to start our startups…Probably different approaches from the ones we had before. So nice to keep them in mind and analyze them once we arrived to Spain

Our trip has ended. We will always have Liz as a captain to coordinate our next “voyage” with Cedric as the main advisor and. Companies such as Canopy Office, Stratomedia, Okha.tv to learn from them their passion and commitment.

Like a hero we will flight with RedLimit, wearing a nice dress unique design in a few clicks by Monelias collaborating and nicely made by dressmakers from Maliko previously coordinated to be hand made in socially conscious by Modovanti. In the new place we will be transported in bikes that will incorporate Tandem to protect from thieves. And we will arrive to a place previously booked in VSOP. In this space we will all provide our cakes perfectly made with choice of ingredients from Larry Cakes. And with Shylo the new innovative Mobile Wallet platform all the expenses will be split among us….

Thanks IE BUSINESS SCHOOL for organizing this fantastic NYC VENTURE LAB TRIP we will never forget it in our lives…. Strong companies begin with strong ideas and strong teams

Special Thanks to Liz Thanks for your passion, your effort and your dynamism in every single minute of the trip.

Passion, enthusiasm and work key to become truth our dream ideas.

Never stop dreaming

Next step Silicon Valley trip….

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21
mar

NYC VENTURE LAB TRIP – Thursday 6th March 2014

Escrito el 21 marzo 2014 por entrepreneurship en emprender

Many thanks to Montaña Rodriguez, IMBA 2014, Monelias, for her review of the trip!

ERA” Build your company where you want to live”

  • Company ERA (ENTREPRENEURS ROUNDTABLE ACCELERATOR: is an early-stage seed fund and technology accelerator created by New Yorkers, for New York. It is committed to helping build the next generation of great New York technology companies.
  • Speakers: Jeremy Harper Senior Investment Analyst and Charlie Kemper the managing director

10 am cold but nice weather outside the sun has risen, it is starting to get warm. We all arrive to ERA. An accelerator were Jeremy the senior investment analyst welcome us and tells how they help founders in their ideas and give them real and intense connections.

The importance and purpose of their program is accelerating ideas. 4 months period where they develop the relations in three base pillars: Entrepreneur and idea growth, mentor advice and VC relations.

All of us are with our eyes open enough to understand more in deep how is the program and the days to apply for it.

In the middle of Jeremy´s speech a tornado came, is Charlie Kemper, the managing director. He inspires lot of the startups at ERA. He is as actively involved in the firm’s investments. He mentions something key to understand the entrepreneur culture at US. It started with the crisis.

And he keeps selling how beautiful is to live at NY to evolve your idea, the connection with talent people and the amazing opportunities. They particularly have 7/10 successful story.

“We offer you the possibility to have talent people to growth your idea. ERA is different from any other accelerator because of the people”

Is it the right time for us to apply for a place at ERA?

Let´s see…Next stop Investors.

BESSEMER “US success is not a science. Asking customers is the answer to test your idea supply and demand should be aligned”

  • Company Bessemer Venture Partners: is an American global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Herzliya, Israel, and Mumbai and Bangalore, India
  • Speaker Charles Birnbaum: Investor

2 pm. We arrived into the building near central park. Chic area, the sun is entering into the room where we will have the meeting. Charles enters. He is dynamic fresh with innovative ideas and big smile. The antithesis of the typical investor attitude we had in our minds.

Bessemer could invest between 10 million to 100 million. The time to close any deal could go until 30 days.

He keeps reminding us that aligned demand and supply and talk to people is the best issue to do.  Test your idea is key. Test if the real need is there. 

“They made the valuation relative to their tractions. Bad companies will go public”

After a round pitching our ideas, that Charles considers them very cool and interesting and give us energy to continue with them with enthusiasm.

Next stop… Silicon Valley Bank at the same building

SILICON VALLEY BANK “Long term Relationship driven”

  • Company Silicon Valley Bank:  is a U.S.-based high-tech commercial bank with offices in a number of other countries. The bank has helped fund more than 30,000 start-ups. SVB Financial is the holding company for the bank
  • Speaker Bonnie Ryan Arrante: Director

3 pm. After the incredible time with Charles key people from Silicon Valley Bank that are used to be deal with startups came to the room.

The first advise they gave us is that first ideas should go to accelerator and then to SVB.

As a bank they tried to growth with the business. The terms for lending they lend them no more than 50% not more investment than what one person has put in, much less than 1% will be diluted. Commission established between 5-7%. For companies with existing revenues.

Something really interesting for us was the way Banks treated startups. In Europe in 10 minutes they will tell you yes or no; on the other side in the US the answer will depend on the long term relation. Everything is about trust.

“Our aim is to help the startups creating something new every year. The market is hot now is the momento”

Thanks to ERA, BESSEMER and SVB for the fantastic and interesting day. See you all tom with more energy to get over our last day at NY.

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NYC VENTURE LAB TRIP – Wednesday 5th March 2014

Escrito el 20 marzo 2014 por entrepreneurship en emprender

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Many thanks to Montaña Rodriguez, IMBA 2014, Monelias, for her review of the trip!

FOURSQUARE “A company with principles and a strong ethics”

11 am, first meeting and unique on Wednesday after the exhausted and inimitable day yesterday. .

David Ban, the vice-president, head of the business development of Foursquare a location based platform created in 2009 and used by 45 million users, enters in the room.

He gives a big overview of company´s data. Around 350 employees and with perspective to growth further. Microsoft gave them a deal so they will be a year of changes and adaptation to the business.

The attractiveness of the B2B model is that uses the cookies to match consumer information from where they surf on the net.

Until today, Foursquared have rised 156 mm based on their ethos and the most impact user growth application store on apple and google partnering with top telecoms.

The next geographical steps will be in Turkey and Brasil..

“Our ethos: be direct, transparent and clear to the customers”

Amazing company that never loses where they started and David keeps reminding that even small startups and companies such us coffee shop can use it to drive traffic to their location….

Thanks David for the fantastic speech.

Today free afternoon with lot of visits prepared by ourselves. Good luck to everyone.

Thanks foursquare for the meetings. See you tom.

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Authors: Ricardo de Tomás, Álvaro Alonso y Fabrice Scherer (IE University)Venture Network Tourism

Last week’s IE Venture Network event hosted in Area 31, presenting three startups on the travel and tourism industry, not only successfully continued with the remarkably high standards of the previous sessions but set a new level of performance from the very beginning. Such was the difference from previous pitches that it was needed to use a room thrice the size of the normally used in order to fit the audience.

Despite the formality it would be expected from an event of this kind –suited men crowded the room-, the ambient was by far relax and informal, maybe thanks to the Heineken Stand providing free beer bottles at one of the ends of the room.

In this context of excitement, Hotetec, MyTwinPlace and Oviceversa showcased their proposals briefly to the public, showing their professionalism and neatness of ideas. Moreover, they answered really though questions of the panel of experts specifically chosen for the slam formed by Katherine Grass, Head of Amadeus Ventures, Antonio Lopez de Avila, SEGITTUR President, Joe Haslam, Chairman of Hot Hotels and IE Venture Lab Network and Liz Fleming, Deputy Director of IE Venture Lab; questions for instance about mobile disposal or scalability of the project enthusiastically and efficiently, consequently reassuring their huge potential and future.

Talking about 5 million Euros traffic for a website’s first two years, or about hundreds of thousands of euros of investment couldn’t but add to that feeling to thrill and emotion generally spread in the room. Even for a neutral bystander, hearing about the expansion plan of MyTwinPlace aiming to reach 4,6 million online users created a sense of nervousness.

Far from being start-ups, the companies pitching at the event moved thousands of euros per month already, and had contracts with/competed for market share with well-known worldwide companies such as AXA in the case of MyTwinPlace worldwide insurance agreement, or Rumbo, TripAdvisor or Booking.com as competitors in the case of Oviceversa.

Overall, there was a feeling of understanding in the air: entrepreneurs presenting outstanding projects in front of other entrepreneurs, enabling directing direct messages, to the point to the audience; and ultimately an obvious feeling of eagerness for the next week’s pitch slam about the cyber-computing industry

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NYC VENTURE LAB TRIP – Tuesday 4rd of March

Escrito el 19 marzo 2014 por entrepreneurship en emprender

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Many thanks to Montaña Rodriguez, IMBA 2014, Monelias, for her review of the trip!

Tuesday 4rd of March, we expected today to be very intense and interesting. Three meeting with companies and then an ending in the NY startup event were would see how different startups at NY made their pitch…. Really excited about it…

BETAWORKS “Builder of ideas into products for media”

  • Company Betaworks: a startup studio and seed stage venture capital company based in New York from 2008. Betaworks has launched dozens of its own products and invested in 130 startups.
  • Speakers Paul Murphy / Nick Chirls Investments

10 am, first meeting on the Tuesday, extremely cold at NY. The company visiting is Betaworks one of the coolest startup studio. An ancient MBA from IE is welcoming us. Paul Murphy, SVP of product. Prior to Betaworks, he was COO of Aviary and was previously chief of staff for Microsoft’s Office product division.  We started the conversation talking about IE how the business school gave him the tools to have an entrepreneur spirit.

He explained us that the startup studio was created 6 years ago and around 600 investments have been made since then. In the studio ideas, people, capital and data are united in an imaginative way that enables the entrepreneurs to create beneficial and transformative products for the socially connected world.

Afterwards another colleague in Betaworks, Nick Chirls, talked about one of the recent projects, Alphaworks that combined both ideas connecting the products from the entrepreneurs with the investors in a single network. Their objective is not replacing VC but adapting the investments to the money capacity of the startups. It provides the startups a great network tool to link people with companies.  Is a crowdfunding platform created for new startups, were they can sell equity, Equity is the most resilience part in investing, to the public. Nick emphasize that they differenced among other crowfunding platform because they are a white label, so companies can host crowdfunding campaigns on their own websites. Now they have a community of 1 million, just used by investors that have became members but over time it will provide everyone a great transparency.

This is just an example of the type of products they build. Innovative that solves social problems at US.

First believe in your idea, and then we help you transform the idea into products. 

“They define themselves as an startup community were once you believe in your ideas can became real products in a short time”

Great start of the day that we all will remember….

WEWORKS “Do what you love” “We want people that live the community”

  • Company Weworks: more than a co working space in Chicago, Washington, Boston, and Seattle.
  • Speakers Matthew Shampine: Director of Strategic Partnerships

2 pm and after a quick lunch we went to meet the director of WeWorks, a co-working space at the centre of Broadway. WeWorks, company in an amazing building. With people talking around the corners, all having cups of coffees in a very friendly and interactive environment. Never seen this great environmental working space in our life’s… Even before the meeting we all wanted to work there.

Matthew Shampine gave us a quick view of the space, the members and all the events around WeWork. He kept saying this is not a traditional co-working space. All members are innovative entrepreneurs, growing early-stage startups, and successful small businesses that collectively make up an essential part of the emerging economy. Here is a community that helps them all achieve much more together than they could do individually. Connecting people, organizing 4-7 events per week, connecting with companies that later could become partners… imagine doing what you love in the most comfortable and incredible environment….

Prices were also accordingly, 350 dollars per months. So maybe next stop after our cool accelerator at IE Business School could be WeWorks…

“WeWorks is the heaven of any startup in the fantastic Manhattan an opportunity cost-value”

Running late for the next meeting, we all enter into the metro station to go into the next stop OnsWipe.

ONSWIPE “You are better off taking one direction not 100 not sure where to go” “Even if you are wrong recognize and next step will be yours”

  • Company Onswipe: is a New York-based tablet publishing company that creates customized mobile sites for web publishers. Easy Mobile publishing.
  • Speakers Jeremy Bass: VP. Business Development

Jeremy Bass is also late, in this Manhattan is complicated to control the time. We entered into another super comfortable space is Onswipe. And the people give us the feeling we are as in home All around is for us Chocolate, coffee, Tees, Biscuits…

Jeremy Bass arrived and we can feel his presence in all sense. He is admired by all the people working there. He has an incredible presence and talks in an assertive way really feeling sure about the ideas and values of the company he is leading. Also MBA from Boston University tells us a bit of his background in the music industry. After several years the CEO of Onswipe proposed him to start in the business and he entered into the company. He describes the business as a way to simplify the work of publishers. Offer them an easy platform to work.

He always he’s keeping a watchful eye on the touch industry and working to anticipate readers’, publishers’, and advertisers’ needs.

Is the platform the one open or his character that makes the company vivant and adaptable. The idea is open and the people involved are ready to adapt to a dynamic environment. They have a base, an idea taken in one direction and once they have that they

“The beauty in our business is that everything is open and adaptable to the client’s needs and in a very short time we can build a demo for them”

Next stop…. NY Tech meets up event. The event for the startups at Manhattan.

NY TECH MEETUP EVENT”A dream for start ups, ideas pitches all around…”

  • Ny Tech meetup event: 36,500 member non-profit organization that supports the growing NY technology community.
  • Speakers: Cofounders from Collaborazim, Peatix, RentHackr, ScoreSync, Sense Health, Shodogg, Verbalizlt and  Ziggeo.

Amazing Event!!!! Once time per month at NY the most famous one after Silicon Valley. People around all with innovative ideas and pitches pitches all around…. Isn’t´ it a fantastic world?

Pitches about ideas that could either became products or companies. All speakers talk with enthusiasm during 15 minutes, show their prototypes or ideas and we could see that even if they had well prepared, the failure of not achieving everything correctly was there…

The startups that took the stage were about everything:

  • Collaborazim, a platform to break down the collaboration silos that exist in large communities.
  • Peatix is a global event ticketing platform that provides event organizers with powerful tools to create, promote, manage and sell out events of all sizes.
  • RentHack a platform to connect with the best apartments before they hit the market.
  • ScoreSync: Collaborative digital sheet music that revolutionizes music education, rehearsal, and creation.
  • Sense Health: The simplest way to support patients in between appointments
  • Shodogg’s patented technology powers the Internet of Screens – connecting digital content to any number of web-enabled screens in the world.
  • VerbalizeIt: The world’s first human-powered translation platform
  • Ziggeo’s API: easy video recording and playback (just 2 lines of code); add videos to user profiles, feature video comments and messages, include videos in product reviews or come up with any other amazing new use of video.

Interesting when at the middle of the pitches the presenter stopped and told: Now is time to know the person around that you do not know and meet then. Everyone suddenly started to talk to each other some people in the group were quite fortunate and started to talk to angels that were interesting in the ideas to become startups. Others were not so lucky in that sense but meet super interesting people from other domain.

“Our goal is to help build a sustainable technology industry that drives economic growth, leads innovation, and creates positive, high-impact change for our local communities and the world”

The importance is to have your eyes open, observe and talk because your idea could be the one for certain angels that may be around to help

Intensive second day at NY and to end up we all went to have “un par de cañas” watching the great NY show called the comedy night  to celebrate Eliot birthday.

Once again happy birthday Eliot!!!!!!

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