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I do not believe in Christmas but in Angels

Christmas time means nothing to me. Yes I do celebrate it, with three kids is great. Of course, I certainly not criticize who is excited about.

However, I think we (myself included) become a crazyness of shopping, losing much of the spirit. Think about it, what does it mean when we say Merry Christmas? We’re very happy on Christmas day, we all have noble and wonderful feeling these days.

We should behave like Christmas all year round, our best wishes, our charity, empathy and love for others we have to go with the 354 days remaining. That would make us Angels, and they exist I’ve seen some!

Angel is someone that has the feeling of Christmas in your heart all year. Try to have a friendly smile, helping out, not getting angry for silly things and forgive the one who screws up without screaming at when them (even if they deserve). Surely you know some.

During 2011 create your “Project Angel”, do something for someone you have not done before, do not expect anything in return. An NGO, a neighbor in trouble, a social project, a co-worker, an abandoned animal, … the good has no limits.

Will carry the Christmas spirit with you all year, and we will get back to all its true meaning, no matter witch religion you follow.

With all sincerity I am capable, I wish you the best … and please try to be an Angel the rest of the year, it’s hard but I also try.

White Bull 2010, Pathways to Exit in Barcelona 20-22 September

From Farley Duval

To give you an overview of what White Bull is doing… we want to fill a gap that exists in the conference space in Europe. When I relaunched the Red Herring Europe conferences in Europe in 2005, there was a lack of support for early stage firms and the entrepreneurs pushing hard to build an ‘innovation ecosystem’ in Europe.
But over the past 5+ years, incredible support has appeared for seed/early stage firms; TechCrunch Europe, SeedCamp, gov’t and privately supported incubators, Plugg, LeWeb, to name a few. But most of the attention goes to the sexy, emerging firms. So what happens to these rising stars over the next years…especially the Growth-stage firms? We want to talk about how firms (from seed to growth-stage) should be positioning themselves from Day One until that potential liquidity event (IPO, trade sale, etc.).
White Bull will bring together 200+ of Europe’s “movers and shakers.” Serial entrepreneurs/innovators, investors (angel/VC/Private Equity), CorpDev/M&A from large public corps, financiers (bankers/M&A boutiques), and all the rest (legal/audit/exec search), they all have a part to play. We want to present an intimate, invitation-only atmosphere, where people can really network and discuss what is going on in Europe and how to succeed globally. Again, between the ‘mega’ events like Mobile World Congress and LeWeb, and the smaller local events, I think there is a need for a pan-European, high-level gathering of the industry’s best and brightest.  Have a look at: http://www.whitebull.com
Thus far, the industry has been very supportive of what we are doing. The theme of ‘Exits’ is on everyone’s mind and the industry needs to solve liquidity issues for early stage firms. My Advisory Board (Sherry Coutu, Anil Hansjee of Google, Roberto Bonanzinga of Balderton, Yann de Vries of Cisco, Bernard Gander of Logitech, Manish Madhvani of GP Bullhound, Joerg Sievert of SAP Ventures, Ray Skoglund of McNamee Lawrence, Mark Veverka of Barrons, Falk Mueller-Veerse of Cartagena Capital, David Einstein of Forbes, Robin Wauters of TechCrunch, Christophe Maire of txtr, Stewart Townsend of Oracle/Sun Startup Essentials, and Peter Zaboji of INSEAD) has helped shape the speaker program and many of them will be speaking at the event. HotSheetJuly-3

 

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Bob Parsons’ 16 Rules for Success

In the difficult times we are facing I found Bob’s wisdom inspiring. Here are his 16 rules for success and my own experience.

1.Get and stay out of your comfort zone

I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone.  I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.”  My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

2. Never give up

Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted.  Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work.  It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it.  If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.

There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true.  It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.

Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.”  My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.

Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”

6. Take things a day at a time.

No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment.  You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.

Never stop investing.  Never stop improving.  Never stop doing something new.  The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die.  Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way.  Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen.  Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide.

Remember what General George S. Patton said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”

9. Measure everything of significance.

I swear this is true.  Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.

If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while.  I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.

When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.

In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.

13. Never expect life to be fair.

Life isn’t fair.  You make your own breaks.  You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.

You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge.  Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.”  There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently.  It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Lighten up.  Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile.

Find it.  After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive.  Life is short.  More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”

On-line Marketing Manager Web 2.0

If you are an old fashion marketing manager from Business School please do not reply this job post.

We are searching for a creative but extremely well organize new generation on-line marketing manager (new generation does not imply necessarily to be young).

If you know how to get advantage of blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, youtube and all new social media and marketing tool you might be the right one.

Our dreamt candidate is like this:

you know how to design an attractive and usable websites (do worry with work with a web agency);

how to improve SEO to appear at the top in search engines without expending a fortune;

use Google Analytics and Google adworks to drive traffic to the web selecting the most cost effective keywords;

metrics freak? You know how to measure the return of every dollar/euro spent on-line.

Crazy and innovative marketing ideas are more than welcome

Please, if you feel you can not miss this job sent me an email lfont   @ startup dot cat or linkedin http://es.linkedin.com/in/luisfont

Amazing CIO wanted

For my next venture I am searching for a new generation IT Manager. What I call: CIO 2.0

Absolutely hands on, working for a startup means doing everything at the beginning. Outsource, everything you can outsource… avoid high maintenance and problem generation self-hosted open source solution… send everything to the cloud. Master in Google Apps, Salesforce.com, and other SaaS applications. Able to implement, configure and manage this kind of powerful tools.

Position name: Chief Information Officer

We are a growing technology company with HQ in Barcelona we are focusing on Backup as a Service products. We are in need of a new generation CIO.

What you need for this position:

– 5 + years working in the Information Systems area

– Minimum Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Business or Finance preferred, Masters is a plus

– Experience in SaaS business applications, business processes. management, budgets and manage contractors

– Extensive background with google, salesforce applications environment

– Experience with software design from a hands on perspective and overall business view

– Strong understanding of human resource management principles, practices, and procedures would be a major plus

– Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language: Great communication skills

– The ability to maintain an agile environment

What will you be doing:

– Identifying, recommending, developing, implementing, and supporting cost-effective technology solutions for all aspects of the organization

– Establishing Engineering departmental goals, objectives, and operating procedures

– Stay abreast of new technologies and issues in the software industry, including current technologies, platforms, standards organizations and methodologies

– Managing operating and capital budgets

– Supervising recruitment and retention policies within the department

– Defining and communicating corporate plans, policies, and standards for the organization for acquiring, implementing, and designing new business applications.

Position glamour:

– Very competitive salaries

– Competitive vacation and work location with high quality of live

– Work on cutting edge technology

– Work on a fast growing international company

– Equity and stock purchase plan for some individuals

If you are Miss/Mr right just send me an e-mail.

HIT BARCELONA 2010: BE THERE, I WILL!

No matter if you are busy as crazy raising funds, closing deals or generating code. Ladies & Gents you have to be here!!!!

Hit Barcelona is a unique global event with a format that integrates spaces dedicated to knowledge, revolutionary ideas and great business opportunities. For two days, it will bring together business leaders, innovators, investors and entrepreneurs to share ideas, promote projects and redefine the keys to business success.

Key things to do at HIT Barcelona:

  • Discover how great ideas have become the latest and greatest business hits as explained by the key players themselves.
  • Get in touch with the best entrepreneurs and smartest investors. You will have the opportunity to meet everybody in our networking events
  • The world’s best business plans will compete for awards and to persuade investors of the potential of their proposal

Space Traveling made in Barcelona: fly to space safer than ever in a balloon

zero2infinity, the first environmentally friendly experiential aerospace company, is developing bloon, a revolutionary system that will provide the private Space traveler with the most life-enriching and meaningful experience of Space. Led by an MIT engineer, a talented interdisciplinary team is developing a completely new solution to an age-old dream: contemplating the Earth from outside. Escrow deposits can already be made for a first commercial flight expected between 2013 and 2015, tapping into the emerging Private Spaceflight Market (sustained 30% yearly growth in 07-08) which is part of the exploding Experiential Travel industry.
There is a new Space race, but this time it is among private companies looking to build a viable business from the desire of individuals to “experience Space”. As an agile start-up zero2infinity will be among the first to offer such experience. We will provide the most enjoyable journey with an ideal 2 hours viewing time (compared to 7 min in suborbital at $200k or 8 days of orbital at $35M). Travelers flying on our bloon will experience all the benefits looked after in spaceflight (black starry sky in daylight, curved Earth, even a period of weightlessness) without any of the drawbacks that have limited so far the development of the private spaceflight industry (high acceleration, explosives, environmental pollution, small windows, extreme cost, complex training, use of protected military technology). Several recent developments make bloon possible today:

  • Raised awareness about environmental and planet-wide causes.
  • High-end travel designers incorporate space-related experiences in their portfolios.
  • A growing backlog of private individuals having paid deposits to fly to Space.
  • High spatial and temporal resolution short-term weather prediction.
  • Improved guided parafoils and whole aircraft recovery systems.
  • Lightweight and ultra-resistant composite materials.
  • The affordability of many certified off the shelf components such as glass cockpits, communications, interior furbishing, etc.
  • A track record of successful previous investments in this industry.
  • The availability of highly motivated and skilled workforce that is tired of the failing large aerospace contractor/space agency programs.

bloon’s pod offers privacy in a shirtsleeve environment and, if so requested by the traveler, a fully bespoke experience. The airliner-like health guidelines greatly enlarge bloon’s appeal to travelers of any age and condition. bloon operates with zero polluting emissions. Scientists will place their instruments on the bloon to enhance the experience and make it valuable for protecting the same Earth that the travelers admire below. Our sourcing strategy allows for travelers of any nationality to book a flight on bloon, greatly expanding the market. zero2infinity’s main competitive advantage is 10 years of continued work on the topic by its Founder and CEO, José Mariano Lopez-Urdiales.

By the way, they have just raised funds to start the adventure. Congratulations!!!

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