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  • Maria Ripoll Cera 9:00 am on July 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    15 ideas for social transformation 

    Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

    The digital technology revolution is changing sectors and professions, however, it is the economic crisis that is really squeezing out its true potential: collaboration. If until now, sharing resources or seeking efficiency as a sector required complete dedication of time and resources, collaborative tools such as Zyncro help keep work ticking over, while dedicating a small portion of that time towards growing together.

    Such is the case of the Third Sector (or the voluntary sector), which has recently present the results of the collaboration project it started with the support of UPCnet. The Third Sector has been gradually professionalized since the beginning of the 20th century, but the loss of public support in recent years has dismantled its methodologies and habits. As mentioned in Twitter with the hashtag #DIT3S in its presentation: “In the past 30 years, the social sector has learned to mix with the administration; now it has to change paradigms.”

    Learning to change

    The Third Sector and UPCnet have developed a first phase of collaborative reflection on working in networks, leadership, improving internal management, social transformation and applied innovation, which they consider to be key in developing a new model for organization and intervention. Their steps included:

    1. Conversations with key stakeholders, who it has asked to provide their vision on the Third Sector today and its challenges. The synthesis of these opinions can be found in “15 ideas for social transformation” (in Catalan), a document that all sectors should adopt as a path towards change.
    2. Open dialog with public entities and administration to share and compare experiences and generate new opinions and trends, in several work sessions
    3. Participation open to society through the social channels of dit3s.upcnet.es

    15 ideas for social transformation

    The “15 ideas for social transformation” manual is a compendium of ideas and thoughts for the 21st century, which is worth discovering in depth, and that shares the following conclusions:

    1. Working as a network is still more a promise than a reality and must be encouraged: “We need to reinvent the Third Sector without resources with a disorientated society through social complicity #DIT3S”;
    2. Associationism needs to evolve towards social enterprise;
    3. New leadership needs to overcome personalisms and base itself on diversity;
    4. Connection with citizens is the key to the evolution today: transparency and social impact: “We must change the language, touch the hearts of the people, and commit to them socially #DIT3S”;
    5. We need to rethink how things are done to gain efficiency: “NGOs need to develop new skills, collaborate and structure, commit to #ICT, be an investment alternative #DIT3S”;
    6. We need to focus on innovation to create a different environment.

    ‘15 ideas for social transformation’ #DIT3S is a compendium of experience and collaboration and a call to action”. Dialogs on innovation and technology with the social sector continues now on a second phase, in which it will use working in networks and collaboration to change.


  • Joe Zyncro 9:00 am on July 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    An entrepreneur needs much enthusiasm, passion and many hours work to succeed 

    Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

    Editor’s note: This article is part of an interview that the team of Eureka-Startups, a platform specialized in communicating internet startups, projects and businesses from entrepreneurs, held with Dídac Lee, president and founder of Zyncro. The Eureka-Startups platform has a section called #Arquímedes, where it interviews different entrepreneurs who recount their entrepreneurial background and experiences. Today we thought we’d include this interview in our ZyncroBlog so all our readers can discover a little bit more about Dídac’s experience as an entrepreneur and the first steps of Zyncro. From all of us at Zyncro, congratulations to those in charge at Eureka-Startups for supporting and spreading the word about entrepreneurs!

    Dear Dídac, first of all, thank you for agreeing to this interview in order to help other entrepreneurs out on some basic issues when developing and launching a startup. You have been and continue to operate as an entrepreneur, which you combine with your role as investor. Let’s look at your background:

    What is your educational background?

    To date, I hold studies in IT Engineering, a post-graduate degree in Business Management and a PDG from the IESE. But when I started out as a entrepreneur, I was studying IT Engineering, which I left after the third year.

    Where did you work before starting out on your own?

    In my parent’s restaurant in Figueres. I started my first project as an entrepreneur at 21 and until then, I had been studying. I also did an internship in a management IT company in Figueres.

    What encouraged or drove you to becoming an entrepreneur?

    The desire to do something interesting, something that motivated me. I dreamed about creating innovative products that would sell around the world. And so it was!

    A few days ago we posted about Zyncro as #Eureka. Let’s look a bit more about this:

    How did the idea arise and how did you detect the business opportunity?

    For many years I had seen that collaborative work wasn’t efficient. Intranets, designed to solve this problem, apart from being expensive and difficult to implement, had a low usage, yet even my mother uses Facebook.

    What was the evolution of the idea? Have there been many changes?

    A lot. We made various attempts and many changes over the last 8 years to get to where Zyncro is today. Always basing myself on the vision of creating an intranet that is easy to use and rollout, I started out in 2003 with a solution that leveraged email and web. It was a total failure. Then we tried to create a file manager (like Dropbox, but a corporate version) with online backup, a synchronizer and several other functionalities, until finally creating the social layer on which the file and group manager of the current Zyncro 3.4 is based today.

    Who are your partners and who makes up the founding team? What are their roles?

    For me, an innovative startup requires two major parts: the product and sales. I developed the product with my team that has been with me since the start. And Lluís Font developed the sales, creating an extraordinary team.

    A few months ago you launched an excellent initiative within Zyncro: the “Zyncro Developers’ Challenge”, which we are sure will help many entrepreneurs. Can you tell us a bit about it?

    Zyncro is a company with a strong entrepreneurial DNA. Our vision is that Zyncro is a development platform on which vertical solutions can be created, and that is what we hope to achieve with the Zyncro Developers’ Challenge.

    In all our interviews, we ask a round of questions on what looking for investment has been like. In your case, as an investor:

    What homework do entrepreneurs need to have done when they come to see you?

    I don’t see myself as an investor, more as an entrepreneur. When an entrepreneur visits an investor, I think it is essential that they are capable of explaining clearly and simply what the market problem is, what the size of the market is, their product/solution, what differences them from the competition, what their 12-month plan is, and most importantly, they need to be capable of getting a winning team. Although there may be risk, investors want evidence in form of experience and the team’s commitment, sales, pre-sales, etc.

    What errors do they comment most?

    I can’t answer you that in general, but I can tell you the most common errors I’ve made. The first one is going to the investor without having prepared. Then, not being able to listen with humility to what they are saying to you in order to take it in and apply corrective measures, and third, being able to attract top-level talent to the team. If you can’t incorporate people who think outside the box in your project, you are going to having difficulties in convincing an investor.

    What are the aspects you value most about a project?

    The team. For their ability to work, their humility, their enthusiasm and great comradery, in other words, good people good, as a friend of mine says.

    In your time as entrepreneur:

    What are the main obstacles you have had to overcome?

    Loneliness and the lack of understanding. Especially at the start, when there were no support initiatives for entrepreneurs, and socially it wasn’t as fashionable as it is today. Everyone who innovates finds themselves in unknown territory, and if they start from zero, they probably don’t have any contacts, any money or experience. I needed much enthusiasm, passion and hours of work to succeed.

    We’re sure that along your way you’ve made some mistakes. If so, can you tell us about one of them that may be a lesson to other entrepreneurs?

    First, I should say that making mistakes is inevitable, and it’s the best university. From every mistake, I’ve learnt a lesson, and that’s important for me. I’d say that one of the main errors was 5 years down the road with the first project. We had customers, created several projects that we operating quite well, and became too settled. We started to develop in the lab and we forgot that “truth is out there”, as Fox Mulder says. The Dotcom crisis hit and we had to get out and sell. Since then, I’ve never forgotten that the most important thing is to listen to the market, to the customers. If you don’t know what they think or what they need, you can invent but you can’t innovate.

    What tips would you give an entrepreneur that is starting out?

    The truth is I don’t like giving advice, I prefer to talk about the lessons I’ve learned over the years creating startups. If I had to give one, it would be to go to YouTube and enter “entrepreneur” and you’ll find an endless wealth of tips for startups in any area you want.

  • Jaume Jané 9:00 am on July 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    You’ve got mail: Gmail directly in Zyncro 

    Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

    Access your Gmail account from Zyncro. This ZyncroApp allows you to receive immediate notification of new mails and directly access your inbox. Zyncro and Gmail unite to make your job easier 😉

    Do you use a Zyncro business account? Do you have Gmail? Would you like to be able to receive notifications in Zyncro when you have new emails? This integration is made for you: You can now zyncronize your Gmail account on your Zyncro Enterprise Social Network.

    Google is becoming more and more integrated with Zyncro. For almost a year the Google Calendar ZyncroApp has been available, and now integration with Gmail is possible. This is only the beginning of a happy friendship.

    As with other ZyncroApps, in order to start using the application, first of all the Administrator of your organization must enable it in the ZyncroApps section on the Administration Panel.

    Once this is done, access the right menu of your Profile > Gmail Integration and the ‘Connect to Gmail’ screen will appear.

    After clicking on this connection option, follow the steps below:

    1. Enter your username (or Gmail address) and password and click on ‘Enable access‘ by Zyncro to your Google account. Once you’ve introduced your Google details the first time, the registration screen won’t appear again
    2. If you have several Google accounts, all of them will appear, so you’ll have to select the account you wish to connect
    3. Now, the Gmail icon with the number of unread emails will now appear in the top right-hand side of your Enterprise Social Network.
    4. Also, you can set from Profile > Integration with Gmail how often you want Zyncro to check if you have new emails: 1, 2, 3 or 5 minutes.


    Control your emails with just one click with the new Zyncro integration: Zycronize your Gmail now!

    Jaume Jané is responsible for ZyncroApps and integration at Zyncro. He is an expert in analysis and development for integration possibilities in Online Social Networks, enterprise software and productivity cloud applications. He coordinates interactions between Zyncro and third party technology solutions. Before, he worked with distinct companies as a web programmer and a functional analyst.

  • Joe Zyncro 9:00 am on June 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Zyncro encourages you to get enterprising: Startup Weekend Barcelona 

    Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

    At Zyncro, we continue to support business initiatives, innovation and the infectious energy given off by new entrepreneurs. For that reason, we urge you to participate in the upcoming Startup Weekend Barcelona.

    This event will give a chance to create new startups easily and quickly: During the weekend of June 29 to July 1 in Barcelona, you can develop web and mobile apps that will act as a starting ground for a viable future startup. The event is focused on learning at a hectic rate, developing quickly and creatively, as you’ll only have 54 hours to create your app.

    As the saying goes, “no talk, all action”.

    So if you’re a developer, a designer, or have training in marketing and business development, and of course, have that entrepreneurial spirit, don’t miss this training weekend that we at Zyncro highly recommend and support. What’s more, three finalist projects will be awarded a Zyncro Business plan with 50 Gb of storage space available for 6 months during the entire company incubation process.

    So, “how do I participate?” Here’s the steps you need to follow during Startup Weekend Barcelona:

    1. Each participant has to present their idea in a minute. The ideas with the most votes will go on to the next phase.
    2. The creators of these ideas need to find their ideal team from among all the attendees, without forgetting those essential profiles for the essential development of their future startup.
    3. The teams will work together during two intense days, guided by mentors, who include leading entrepreneurs, innovation and social media experts.
    4. Finally the developed ideas are presented and the jury will select the winners. These finalists will win a Business plan subscription for Zyncro for six months.

    Got that entrepreneurial spirit? Got a great idea but don’t know where to start? Explain your idea, build your team and… launch your startup! Sign up and participate in the Startup Weekend Barcelona!


  • ZyncroBlog 9:00 am on June 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Think like an entrepreneur? Act like Dídac Lee! 

    Collaboration, innovation, teamwork, funcionality, originality… Participate in the Zyncro Developers’ Challenge and win one of our prizes. There’s almost €10,000 up for grabs!

    Be passionate, be social, be Zyncro, my friend 😉

    We’d like to thank for @LaBobila this awesome video :)


  • Marta Zaragoza 9:30 am on January 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The golden rules for entrepreneurship 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    I started out on ZyncroBlog by commenting my ideas on what enterprising initiative means in a wider sense of the word. I encouraged you all to be enterprising and carry out all initiatives possible through a journey of constant learning that enables you to develop new and better skills and competences.

    Retaking the comparison we made of the entrepreneur’s journey with Snakes and Ladders, today I’ve got some golden rules to remember when traveling around the board to achieve your mission and vision.

    Golden rules that are essentially factors that affect any enterprising initiative:

    Firstly, our competences that represent our integrated set of knowledge, skills, aptitudes and attitudes that we put into play in any situation or activity.


    We need to identify our competence resources!!


    Both resources acquired in informal and formal contexts. The goal is to be able to design an improvement plan that will help us to achieve our objectives, while being sufficiently inspiring and motivating to encourage us to continue to develop our professional and enterprising competences.

    Secondly, values or beliefs that limit us or build barriers against our enterprising initiatives; some our own, others imposed by our surroundings.

    For greater comfort and quality of life, understood as the level of goods and services we’re capable of acquiring and consuming, we have adopted behavior and attitudes characterized by:

    • Wanting a stereotyped success, which brings us far from any initiative that involves going out and finding our own concept of success;
    • Seeing a job “for life” as the best option for us;
    • Believing that as employees we’re not paid to think, and less still to propose and even carry out our own initiatives, and:

    Being true inter-entrepreneurs!


    • Or simply, running from any situation that involves risk or failure, giving up on the only factor in life that involves true learning.

    All these beliefs have been fed, among others, by an authoritarian, hierarchical business culture and a “human resources” management model that doesn’t take into account that those resources are “people”.


    People with extraordinary competences waiting to be discovered…

    And willing to be promoted in order to contribute to the good progress of those companies, with initiative, independence and creativity.

    Thirdly, we should mention alignment with the environment. This involves being able to identify and analyze all information emerging from the surroundings, be they economic, socio-cultural, political, technological, environmental, etc. in order to prevent threats and design measures and leverage opportunities.


    Any successful initiative with vision for the future will have to watch for the wellbeing of its people and care for the environment.

    Last but not least, cooperation and online work. Working as a team with all the people involved and being able to commence shared projects in all areas. Undoubtedly here the role of Enterprise Social Networks for Enterprises, like Zyncro, is key, as they enable an optimum management of knowledge in the company, which in turn aids cooperation among and between teams.

    To conclude, I sincerely believe that the most interesting and exciting part of the journey is not reaching the end, but being able to develop our competences and share success and being in harmony with our own values and our surroundings.

  • Joan Alvares 10:51 am on January 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    3 tips for transforming your start-up into a smart-up 

    Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

    1. Distrust guys in ties. As a kid, I was taught not to accept anything from strangers. If you have a company, you’ve probably come across the situation of needing more money that you have saved. If you need a little money and a bit of luck, maybe you can get a loan. If you need a lot of money and a lot of luck, maybe you can attract the attention of an investor. I say maybe, because when it comes down to it, I’m still that insecure kid. Accepting money from an external investor is dangerous business. And it’s a sure way of going from an entrepreneur to an employee. Because an entrepreneur doesn’t have a minute to spare in giving explanations of everything he or she does: they’ve simply got do it, guided by their talent and intuition. There are a great many resources before asking for a loan or going to a bank. If you need money to hire a talented programmer, look around you: you may already know them and you can get them in on the project in exchange for a small part of it. And if you can’t pay with a lot of money, pay with ego. The case of Steve Jobs is well known: to hire the then chairman of Pepsi, John Sculley, he put it to him simply, “you can spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or you can change the world with us”. Also consider crowdfunding and webs like Kickstarter: if you need money to produce a film, thousands of internet users could make small donations in exchange for feeling co-producers.

    2. Don’t have more than you need. It seems obvious. And it is. But how many companies have lived beyond their possibilities? How many have died of success, burdening themselves unnecessarily with fixed costs in times of prosperity without considering what will happen when income falls? Think about what your company really needs, no reserves. Re-think even the most usual cost. Need an office or could you work in a co-working space? Need a secretary or have you already learnt to synchronize your appointments with your cell? Think about the environment. In the Cloud era where you can access any document from any device, not having a printer is a great idea for saving money and paper.

    3. Don’t produce anything that can be “Chinesed”. I heard this expression at a congress and it stuck with me. It summed up an approach where a company dedicates 100% of its work to the area that offers the greatest added value. Covering more means specializing less. There are two ways to compete: by value and by price. If the best thing about your product is that it’s cheap, rest assured, soon there’ll be someone who can do it for cheaper. Apple showed us the way when in all of its products, they started to put ‘designed in California, assembled in China’. Externalize all those processes that don’t bring value to what you do and focus on the essentials. On what you do best. On what you enjoy most. On the reason why you really set up your company. The truth is plain to see: you can’t be the best at something you don’t enjoy.

    Joan Alvares is founding partner of Poko (Spanish)  and lecturer at Istituto Europeo di Design. Yet again he wants to share his thoughts about the new company and office models with us.

    Check out his previous posts!


  • Marta Zaragoza 9:30 am on January 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Enterprising initiatives: A good resolution for 2012 

    Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

    Editor’s note: At Zyncro, we wanted to mention the concept of entrepreneurship in our ZyncroBlog because, as you already know, we’re an enterprising, young and dynamic company… that is motivated by “enterprising initiatives” and by a desire to learn and grow day by day. We also want to take this opportunity to share with you the article “5 Spanish start-ups to look out for in 2012”, which mentions us as one of the 5 most promising Spanish start-ups for 2012. Thanks to everyone for making this possible!

    Coinciding with my first post on this space, I’d like to propose a good resolution for this upcoming year. Before that, a few words about me for those that don’t already know me: as an economist and entrepreneur, my career is linked with company startup and consolidation processes, especially within the area of business strategies and assessment, and improving professional and entrepreneurial skills. So obviously, my resolution is linked with this experience!!

    My “positive resolution” is for enterprising initiative, and although for many it is synonym of “setting up a company”, I can assure you that it is a much wider, constructive and interesting notion. It can represent any initiative that you want to develop within any given field, without its size, resource or scope of action being directly proportional to the value provided.

    With this positive resolution, what’s more, I hope to contribute by providing you with renewed ideas, given the infinity of attempts that we make during this period, year after year, to stop smoking, to go to the gym or to improve our language skills, among others.

    Endeavor and change

    I say “positive resolution”, because apart from the benefits that we undoubtedly will achieve on a individual level, enterprising initiative is also a way—if not the only way—to overcome this widespread recession (economic, political, cultural, etc.) in which we as a society find ourselves. I hope that you’ll agree with me that entrepreneurship is also a great way to enable the change involved in any situation of this nature, to face the future with renewed optimism and energy.

    In a wider sense, having enterprising initiative becomes a need both for society and companies as a whole and for our own life projects (personal, professional and business). Why?

    Firstly, because it enables us to renew old structures, models, beliefs, etc. something which is extremely necessary in order to undertake any change process with a clear vision of the future. We’d be very shortsighted if we thought that change comes from the institutions and those that own or sit on the board of directors of the company.

    We need everyone, regardless of the role or function they perform, to take responsibility for their part and take the initiative in diverse areas as part of the shared project (concept widely used by Koldo Saratxaga), be it from within the organizations, society as a whole or within our own personal environment.

    Secondly, the entrepreneurial process involves a path of constant learning for the person involved, which requires going through several phases:

    1. Generating ideas
    2. Analyzing them
    3. Putting them into action
    4. Consolidating them
    5. Growing with new creative and innovative challenges.

    Finally, in all these phases, we need to invest time to investigate, experiment, learn, train our skills, abilities and attitudes, etc.

    So it can be both a motivating and exciting path!

    Just like Snakes and Ladders , we each have our own dice to roll in the way we believe right. From one or more initiatives, we move around the board, searching for our mission and vision, bound by our own values.

    At first sight, the game appears to be easy, but we mustn’t forget that if we don’t spend enough time on each of their stages and activities, we may have to go back several squares or simply start again. Although, it could be worse: we could remain as prisoners in our “reality” that gives us our desired stability; in other words, we won’t developing our ability to take the initiative, find our independence, creativity and innovation, among other skills.

    I’ll finish up this post with two wishes:

    The first, that we see our passing through this world as a process of constant learning, becoming entrepreneurs who carry out all the initiatives that enable us to develop better and new skills.

    The second, to have the opportunity to participate in this space in order to develop some ideas that I’ve only hinted at here.

    Happy journey, enterpreneur!!!



  • Javier Enrich 10:02 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    How to be an SME and not fail in the attempt? 

    Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

    Note from the editor: This article was published in the blog Optimismo Digital (Digital Optimism) on the 18th October 2011 (In Spanish).  The author, Javier Enrich (@xenrich, CEO at Advinci, co-founder at Home Staff and tucomercialonline.es) has been so kind as to allow us to publish it in ZyncroBlog.

    Congratulations Javier on your article, for your advice and for the positive energy you share.  We share this philosophy at Zyncro 100%!


    After having attended the launch of the new edition of MIB 2012 in Barcelona including talks by Juanjo Azcarate (CEO) and Javier Rodriguez Zapatero (Managing Director, Google Spain, Portugal), many refreshing ideas, many aspirations and in my case, the reason why I embarked upon a change a year ago.

    Our MIB 11 promotional godfather Juanjo Azcarate provided a top-up of his positive energy through “no fear, no reluctance and no shame” and Javier gave a vision of the entire journey we had in front of us with a few relevant Internet figures for example there are 3,300,000 SMEs in Spain that could be converted into medium sized businesses.

    I take a quick look back at my last 365 days during 2011-10 and as Steve Jobs (genius to many) said at Standford: “you only know the effects of good and bad decisions on your career when you take a look back”.  A lot has happened to me in 365 days in all of its hours, minutes and seconds.  I have developed many ideas, have failed in many others, have learned a lot and continue to do so but the feeling I get is more important…I feel like I am on a roll and do not want to stop until I make my dream come true.

    Taking Javier Rodriguez Zapatero’s words into consideration about SME growth, I can understand my responsibility as an SME and that growing in size will also help generate more wealth for the country’s economy as well as provide stability for the system but I do feel that this is a difficult change to make in Spain and overall, I do not think that the politicians involved who can actually make this happen, are actually prepared to support it.

    In order for an SME to grow in a hostile environment such as Spain, we should have the ability to convince the involved politicians to change (at least with regards to the following 5 points):

    • Short term mentality.  To be replaced with A STATE VISION (responsibility, rigor and work)
    • They have never been entrepreneurs.  To be replaced with ENTREPRENEUR (create initiatives to improve the system)
    • They are idea killers.  To be replaced with SUPPORTING PROJECTS with micro credits and other measures.
    • They do not use small or local companies.  To be replaced with BUYING Spanish and small companies.
    • They pay little and late.  To be replaced with SETTING AN EXAMPLE and abstaining from debt.
    So what can we “SMEs” do and not fail in the attempt?

    I do not have the answer otherwise I would be giving talks on TV but, these are my 10 points to work on:

    1. Work a lot more and work whilst others are having a break.  I have not studied Chinese nor have I been to China but the chinese have lifted the country’s economy by working, amongst other things.  I myself, do not like to work that much, I am exhausted but I need to keep working at full speed in order to survive.
    2. The first point is important but, making your dreams come true and working passionately is what delays recovery from exhaustion.
    3. If you fall, you pick yourself up.  That is all.  It has passed, do not give it a second thought. Thinking about it brings you to a halt.  Do not allow your environment to swallow you up and do not be ashamed of having made a mistake.  You have learned from it and next time, you will overcome it faster.
    4. Break the vision down and establish achievable goals and objectives. You are the first to jump into the new market.  The only one who has visualised the whole journey is you.  Your team is blind and needs to feel as though it is achieving its objective.  It motivates you and your team.
    5. Developing your ideas quickly and counting on others to create your project in order to grow rapidly.  If you settle for being small, the system will beat you.
    6. Support your business idea with all of the possible technology.  Crowd-effort!!!   Lean on othes.
    7. Communicate your project to others.  Do not be afraid of sharing your idea with your friends and people you think may be able to help you, you will get there faster.  They could copy it but it is a big world, there is enough room for everyone.
    8. Constant analysis and evaluation. There are not enough resources in a small company to produce sophisticated reports but this part is fundamental for constant improvement.   Listen to people, clients and to your team.
    9. The world does not end with Spain nor with Europe, but it will not come looking for you.
    10. Growth will allow you to keep on innovating. If you are an entrepreneur and you enjoy entrepreneurship, grow in order to continue whilst others manage your previous projects.

    One thing is certain, when you speak with other entrepreneurs you will realise that there is no secret.  The answer to “where do you get the energy from?”, “how do you find the time?”:

    Lots of work, more work, plenty of passion for good ideas and a brave face when times are tough.


  • Joan Alvares 2:00 pm on May 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Snail pack: 7 tools that allow you to take your office with you 

    Estimated reading time: 3 minutes.

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    5:49pm.  I start writing this post in Barcelona but may finish it in Madrid.  That is the best thing about travelling on the AVE: you can make use of time.

    Travelling by plane on the other hand, one uses up two of those three hours in a series of queues (to check-in, to go through passport control, to embark, to place your coat in the overhead lockers, to leave the plane, to collect your suitcase…).  The hour on board is not much more productive: the seat is uncomfortable and it is impossible to get a connection so the best option you have is to sleep.  Or try.

    As I was saying, I am writing this article from my first train office, an office that is now going at a speed of 175 miles an hour and has views over the Llobregat.

    I am on my way to Segovia where the organizers of Publicatessen – a university festival for publicity – have invited me to give a talk.

    Thinking about it, this is my second post at Zyncro and I think it would be useful to clarify the question some of you asked after reading the first one: which are the basic tools for working in the cloud? In order to answer this question, I have put together the snail pack with a list of 7 basic tools that any cloud worker should bear in mind for working in the cloud and to which of course, you may add your suggestions.  Here goes:

    • Lightweight rucksack: I use a Samsonite with handles.  Elegant and waterproof but overall light.  A good choice that my back, previously abused by heavy bags thanks me for every day.
    • Portable laptop: My most recent purchase is an 11 inch Macbook Air.   In my opinion the first computer, netbooks aside, that honours the term “portable laptop”.
    • Combined SIM: A solution that many operators offer so that you can take your personal mobile and your company one within the same handset.   I use the Vodadone MultiSIM, which means I can have my landline on “Mobile office” mode which allows me to take my fixed line anywhere.
    • Tablet: Essential for those journeys or situations where taking a laptop out is not so comfortable.  I use a Samsung Galaxy Tab, which in addition to the eBook and the eCalendar, it also doubles as a modem for the laptop. The 9.7 inches of the iPad seem a little excessive although to be fair, Android is closely following in Apple’s footsteps.
    • Synchronised calendar:  After trying thousands of online calendars and GTD (Got To Do) structure task organisers, I have not found anything more complete and personalise-able than Informant.  Agendas, tasks, calendar, all in one and synchronised.
    • Virtual memory: I am becoming more loyal to Evernote all of the time, an ideal ‘app’ for capturing all of those ideas and thoughts that you later want to recall in an organised fashion when you need them, at that precise moment.  Like an external memory for our brain, uploaded into the cloud.
    • Extension lead: In many of the places you can work comfortably (eg: Starbucks), there is a problem: sockets are scarce.  And sometimes they are being used by another cloud worker. An easy, cheap and simple way of resolving this energy overbooking is the extension lead that will allow us to share the power source with everybody else.

    NOTE:  This post is not sponsored by any brand.  Although if you are a marketing director of any of the products or services above mentioned and wish to send me a Christmas hamper, you may contact me at joan@poko.ad


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