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  • Edna Campos 12:16 pm on November 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    5 Main Things You Need to Stop Doing on LinkedIn 

    Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

    The Social Media Marketing arena has changed the way networking and business is done. Many companies with very dynamic executives/partners, however, quickly make accounts in various social networks at the same time, without even analyzing what strategies to follow, and without knowing the etiquette rules that must be followed in each network.

    What happens next? They fail to respect the unwritten etiquette rules and regulations, leaving them with consequent bad impressions to their network of contacts, not only of themselves, but also of the company they represent.

    “Social media is not about how many sites you can be at the same time. It is about being wonderful where you are.” Scott Stratten- The Book of Business Awesome

    Here, we present five things that need to stop being done on LinkedIn if we want to do really good business networking and leave the best impression on the user with whom we connect.

    1. Do not publish status updates more than twice a day. 
    For Linkedin, posting on a certain day four or more times is considered spam. Deliver high value content for your network and don’t saturate it with data and information. If you find yourself like me with a heap of incredibly valuable information that you know can be of great use to your network, dispense it through tools such as Buffer or Hootsuite. Tweet this tip!

    2. Stop sending massive promotional messages to your contacts. 
    What you want to do is create relationships and nurture them, not the opposite. Demonstrate the reason you participate in this important  professional network and do networking with the members in your network every other day. Tweet this tip!

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  • Sara Jurado 9:00 am on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: entrepreneurs, , intrapreneurship,   

    Work systems based on employee innovation: Intrapreneurship 

    Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

    Today’s employment market demands versatility and creativity. Professional career paths are less uniform and being flexible is essential for finding success in the job market.

    Intrapreneurs or enterprising employees share their attitude towards collaboration with the knowmads. They are so independent when carrying out their ideas that they are capable of causing an far-reaching change in the organization, involving others and captivating with their innovative business vision.

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    • Julie (@hsinjuJulie) 2:19 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      A nice and inspiring post! Word of the day ‘Intrapreneurship’ , something every employee should think about if they want to challenge themselves to achieve higher. Thanks for sharing

  • Jose Luis del Campo Villares 9:00 am on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Entrepreneurship within your own company 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    The truth is we usually associate the figure of the ‘entrepreneur’ to a freelancer who starts out their business or entrepreneurial adventure with much effort. In other words, that self-employed contractor known to us all.

    But if we go to the grain of entrepreneurship and, hence, the psychosocial characteristics of what an entrepreneur is, only one of those points indicates that they should be someone who starts up their own business. However, in recent years the idea has spread that an entrepreneur is synonym of someone who creates their own business or activity. That is merely a simplification of the profile and skills of an entrepreneur.

    The entrepreneur is also someone who cares about making their activity essential for the customer, that customers find their needs covered at all times; a person who is thorough and meticulous in what they do, even isolating themselves from their environment to achieve the goal set out, with an innovative spirit… We need to clearly distinguish between what an entrepreneur as we have identified it today is and what the entrepreneurial spirit is, as those special features in their way of working or thinking that a person of such characteristics has.

    If we think about the entrepreneurial spirit, why aren’t there entrepreneurs on payroll in companies? Can we say that the members of the R&D&i departments in companies have an entrepreneurial side to them? Why mustn’t an entrepreneur have a pay check? Let’s take the example of Albert Einstein, a man with entrepreneurial restlessness. Did you know that while he was inventing he worked as a civil servant? (when he was a young unknown physicist, employee in the Bern Patent Office, he published his theory on special relativity).

    The restlessness that an entrepreneur shows in their personality, their way of looking at things, their way of acting and thinking is not exclusive to freelancers; it can also be found in employed individuals.

    The big difference lies in the level of commitment held with the project being undertaken, as when you are freelance, it’s not just a job, it’s an entire life that revolves around the business; while when you are on payroll in a company, the commitment lies within a position, a salary and some duties and obligations, but your entire life does not revolve around what you do.

    For that reason, although for many it is not possible, we can say that there are entrepreneurs in companies, and it is this human collective that the HR department in organizations has to find, protect, pamper, as they represent the true talent within organizationsand that, unfortunately in this country, have always been underestimated. We business owners have always preferred uncreative employees that are meek and obedient over employees with initiative or entrepreneurs who, at some stage, may argue with their bosses.

    How can we cultivate an entrepreneurial culture within our companies and in our employees?

    Motivation, assertiveness, empathy, listening (not hearing) to what they have to say, making them part of the company’s success, valuing things done well… everything in short that should be the norm, but unfortunately is forgotten by many bosses in this country.

    Jose Luis del Campo Villares is a facilitator, trainer and coach. He cares about people and their lives within organizations; for that reason, he is a social media consultant and CEO of Socialmedia Network. Apart from several collaborations, he writes his own blog, which we highly recommend at Zyncro.

     

     
  • Joan Alvares 9:00 am on November 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Business owner or entrepreneur? 

    Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

    Some people say that they are simply two ways of saying the same thing. Or that one leads to the other. But not all business owners are entrepreneurs, nor are all entrepreneurs business owners. The person who inherited a family business from his/her father, or grandfather who originally started the business is not an entrepreneur. Just like many people who, leaving their jobs to devote themselves to their passion and risk their savings for an idea, are not business owners, with a formally set up company.

     

    Some may never set up one, or get lost along the way, but that doesnt mean that they are not entrepreneurs or have the merit of being one.

    Undoubtedly “entrepreneur” is one of those terms that has been so abused recently that it makes you yawn just on hearing it. Today in any academic event, professional congress or business incubator, it is called upon with an almost obscene frequency. As if entrepreneurship were an end in itself. Or the only solution to recession. As if those who have voluntarily chosen to work for others should almost apologize. Courageous, optimistic visionaries sought. They are encouraged to think big, to create the next Facebook. To set up companies that grow from one month to the next, that generate so many jobs, that produce enormous P&L accounts and whose ego grows at the same rate as their pockets. In short, it is assumed that for complete fulfillment, the entrepreneur must aspire to becoming a great business owner, which in reality has more to do with being a good manager than a visionary. It’s surprising to see that the best business schools in our country, even those with an international reputation, train so many executives and so few entrepreneurs.

    The well-known words that Steve Jobs said to John Sculley, the then-CEO of Pepsi, to convince him to accept a position as CEO at Apple: “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” He didn’t offer him shares, or a better salary, or gourmet food. He promised him an attitude. The words of an entrepreneur to a top executive. An entrepreneur who went on to become the main shareholder in the most valuable company in the world, but who opted to go down in history as a visionary rather than a businessman. His on-going need to reinvent Apple, or his first stopoff with Next and then with Pixar, illustrate that. Maybe the secret to being a successful entrepreneur lies there: in never forgetting the feeling of being an entrepreneur from day one.

    Joan Alvares is founding partner of Poko and lecturer at Istituto Europeo di Design

     

     
  • 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.

     
  • Eirene Ramos 4:00 pm on July 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Zyncro, finalist in the La Caixa EmprendedorXXI awards 

    Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

    Last Tuesday, July 10, they released the names of the entrepreneurial companies throughout Spain selected as finalists from the 800 participants in the 21st edition of the EmprendedorXXI awards, presented by La Caixa and ENISA… and Zyncro is one of them!

    Photo from the La Caixa EmprendedorXXI - http://www.emprendedorxxi.com

    Zyncro has been selected as finalist in the crecesXXI category, which recognizes startups over 2 years old, with the award going to the company with the most significant results, an ambitious growth plan, and a highly driven team capable of applying and carrying out that plan; requirements that Zyncro fulfills, given its ongoing goal to grow and extend its market.

    In just three years, we already have headquarters in Barcelona and offices Argentina, Mexico, France, Germany, the Benelux, Brazil, Japan, the United States, and soon in China, Italy and Scandinavia. With more than 100,000 users, 500 corporate customers, 50 partners across the world, Zyncro is already available in 9 languages, has 25 ZyncroApps, and develops 8 new release each year. Furthermore, we also have native applications for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry, a developers portal with two APIs, all designed to fully adapt and personalize the platform to our customers’ needs.

    The announcement of the winners of EmprendedorXXI awards will be made in October 2012. This award encourages us to continue growing, to find new markets, to seek out new goals and to continue innovating day by day. Winning it would be a recognition of the values and work we all share at Zyncro.

    We’ll keep you informed of developments, and in October we hope to be able to bring you the good news 😉

     

     
  • Joan Alvares 9:00 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Power to the Opportunists! 

    Estimated reading time: 3 minutes.

    Do you know why the Rat is the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac? Mythology tells that in the race between all animals to cross the river, the Rat -thinking it had lost- jumped onto the back of the Ox and leaped off just before the finish, managing to cross the line in first place. Some would say it cheated. But, cheating or not, it gave the first display of opportunism.

    Inexplicably, nowadays the term ‘opportunist’ has more negative connotations than positive.

    As if the act of taking advantage of an opportunity necessarily implies a lack of scruples. It has become a kind of insult that mediocre people, cowards and/or neurotics use to express their frustration of those who take advantage of an opportunity they have not seen, or that they have seen but didn’t do anything about.

    To be an opportunist is to be a visionary. The ability to see opportunities where everyone else only sees risk.

    The Rabbit or the Rooster could have done the same as the Rat, but came fourth and tenth, respectively. They had the same opportunity in front of them, but not once did they question whether the objective of the race was to measure their physical condition or if the Jade Emperor, who organized the race, wanted to test the mental speed of the animals.

    To be an opportunist is to be brave. Seeing the opportunity isn’t enough if you’re not prepared to act on it immediately.

    If the Rat had stopped to analyze the competition in depth, or to see how the Ox ran in order to assess if it was the best option among the animals, it wouldn’t have had time to jump onto its back. It probably thought about the decision whilst it was jumping, and it wasn’t afraid to follow its intuition. It knew that it had more to win than to lose.

    To be an opportunist is to trust in oneself. To be capable of giving value to one’s own virtues.

    Even assuming its obvious physical inferiority, the Rat believed it had two qualities for competing with the fastest animal: a smaller size and better agility. Suddenly, its biggest handicap (running) became one of its greatest strengths (to jump on the Ox’s back). Its main rival ended up becoming its best ally.

    Joan Alvares is founding partner of Poko and lecturer at the Istituto Europeo di Design

     

     
  • 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!

     

     
  • Lluis Font 1:33 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Zyncro closes a second financing round 

    Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

    Once again, we’re pleased to be able to share with you some good news for Zyncro that accompanies the start of this new year. On this occasion, we’re happy to announce that Zyncro closed a second round of financing for the sum of 1.6 million euro.

    This figure, as well as enabling us to continue developing Zyncro as an enterprise social network, also holds a special value for us as it symbolizes our investors’ growing confidence. In particular, I’m referring to Active Venture Partners, which has incorporated as a Zyncro shareholder for the first time in this second round.

    Active Venture Partners, one of the main international venture capital firms in Spain, joins current shareholders “La Caixa”, through the fund Caixa Capital TiC; Cabiedes & Partners; Perennius (Spanish); Aniol and XMS; as well as the Dutch firm Nordhold.

    For Zyncro and its parent group Inspirit, the backing of our investors is a guarantee and recognition of the company’s positive progress, whose growth has been unstoppable since its outset in 2008.

    What’s more, we’re delighted to hear the words of the co-founder and managing partner of Active Venture Partners, Ricard Söderberg, who on assessing this investment has referred to Zyncro as the new trend in social networking for companies following on after Facebook. “Zyncro is a leader in the concept of Enterprise 2.0, since its role as an Enterprise Social Network improves internal collaboration and knowledge management in companies”, says Ricard.

    A vision we’re committed to 100%!

    As we mentioned, this new financing will be used to boost the company’s two priorities: developing the product and continuing its expansion process.

    In 2012, we want to be even more zyncronized than ever and offer you the best in your Enterprise Social Network!


     
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