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    Monday, May 14, 2012

    Connective Age

    Hi everyone!

    Are you interested on technology and how it is evolving towards the future?

    Would you like to explore how information and communication technology can enable us to live in a more sustainable world?

    Together with two friends, we started to share some perspectives on how connectivity is shaping the our world, we call it Connective Age.

    Have a look here: http://connectiveage.com

    See you!

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    Innovation | OpenIDEO

    "OpenIDEO is a place where people design better, together for social good. It's an online platform for creative thinkers..." OpenIDEO About us.

    I first came across OpenIDEO a few months ago when I joined the challenge: "How might we use social business to improve health in low-income communities?". Immediately felt in love with the diverse background of the people and the amount of inputs coming from all over the world.

    You probably want to participate in the current challenge: "How might we support web entrepreneurs in launching and growing sustainable global businesses?".

    In the current phase people is showcasing "Inspirations" (things already happening around the world), then we will move to "Concepting" (where you can make your owm proposal), to finalize with a selection.

    All "Challenges" are sponsored by organizations willing to take the input forward and all knowledge gathered is free to use with pride.

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    El Estadio Nacional y el Mundial de Brasil 2014

    The FIFA World Cup will be host by Brazil in 2014. The location, the infrastructure and the country brand of stability and happiness make Costa Rica a perfect location for European, African, Asian and Middle Eastern National Teams to camp before the tournament. Great opportunity.


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    Donde la Preparación y la Oportunidad se Encuentran.

    Desde lo lejos observo con una nostalgia de felicidad las celebraciones en mi querida Costa Rica por la inauguración del nuevo Estadio Nacional.

    Sonrío con el acontecer patrio. Sonrío por las pinceladas de realidad nacional que dan nuestros jugadores al pedir autógrafos y por la coordinación con que los aficionados cubren el silencio de silbidos cuando Lionel u Oscar aparecen en escena.

    Pero desde lo lejos también me cuestiono. Me cuestiono si el país que tenemos es consecuencia de nuestro batallar por hacer realidad nuestros sueños o simple y pura suerte.

    ¿Suerte?.

    Suerte es donde la preparación y la oportunidad se encuentran (Seneca, político y filosofo romano).

    La oportunidad es la Copa Mundial de Fútbol de FIFA en Brasil en el 2014. La oportunidad es compartir el mismo huso horario con el país del sur, es estar relativamente cerca de los aeropuertos estadounidenses, es tener un clima variado y tener ciudades a muy diferentes altitudes. Suerte es que Europa, África y Asia están lejos y que probablemente las grandes selecciones de fútbol busquen una sede que los reciba por un mes antes del mundial.

    Preparación es el nuevo Estadio Nacional, que más palabras de halago son desperdicio. Preparación es el Proyecto Gol y la mención de Julio Grondona: “no pensaba que en la región de la CONCACAF me fuera a encontrar algo así”.

    Preparación es nuestra imagen de país democrático, respetuosos de los derechos humanos, “el país más feliz del mundo”. Es nuestra infraestructura turística, nuestro nivel de inglés y nuestros futbolistas embajadores por todo el mundo.

    ¡Eso sí que es suerte! Futbol, infraestructura y promoción turística-tecnológica.

    ¿Lo que me cuestiono es cuando empezamos a trabajar para hacerle buena cara a nuestra buena suerte?

    Wednesday, December 08, 2010

    What makes an Entrepreneur?

    Data matters, but doesn't make money. Connecting with Customers does.

    Read complete post here.

    "I used to sit on the board of a company (for which I DID NOT invest) with a very smart and very likable CEO. This person was educated at the best US schools and had worked for a top-tier strategy consulting firm – one of the big 3. The CEO led every board meeting with vigor and the board members (sans me) were always wowed. The CEO had 60-page Powerpoint presentations analyzing every micro detail of the business. The company had less than $5 million in revenue yet we had a multi-tab spreadsheet doing activity-based costing on our customer service staff, operations and technology.

    We had every chart every invented by man (or McKinsey) showing failure rates of our product, mean-times-to-repair, detailed sales forecast charts, etc. Charts. What lovely charts! I know they would have been very useful in dissected the woes of General Motors. I was the only unimpressed board member. I was the one pointing out that we were behind on our sales targets and our “Elephant Deal” that had been promised was 6 months late.

    After a few board meetings I finally spoke up. I was a bull in a china shop. I said (out loud), “I sure wish that some of the time that went into these PowerPoint slides would have gone into meetings with the COO, CFO or CMO of [Elephant Customer].” The CEO had never met with any of them.

    With a CEO that likable, smart, educated and accomplished it made board members squirm that I was willing to call bullshit.

    I’m sure you know what happens next. We missed our sales target by more than 66% for the year but we had great slides explaining why. The next year we set the sales budget equal to the previous year’s sales budget that we had missed. We missed the next year by more than 33%. Nobody seemed shocked. The company has burned through serious cash. I complained the whole way. It was not fun. No “independent” board members seemed to care (or even comprehend the lunacy of the whole situation).

    To this day I’m sure they see the situation differently. Beautiful slides by top-tier consultants have hoodwinked large companies for years and I can see why. They are intoxicating, complex, insightful and tell a great story. But in the end they’re usually just that – a story. Sometimes a fantasy.

    I still really like this CEO and have deep respect for this person outside of the role of being a CEO. The “Peter Principle” says that “everybody rises to their level of incompetency.” Read this as some people who are great at analyzing to not make great doers and therefore do not make great entrepreneurs. I think many VCs have learned this the hard way when they step in to temporarily run companies as I have seen happen.

    The problem with the company that I described above was that there was somebody willing to fund ongoing losses and the board continued to believe that good times were just around the corner. Maybe they’ll be proved right some day. I certainly hope so. But in the UK we used to call this “promising jam tomorrow.” I was tired of jam tomorrow. I left the board. The company never JFDI."

    Mark Suster is a 2x entrepreneur who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. He joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner after selling his company to Salesforce.com. He focuses on early-stage technology companies. Read more about Mark.

    Sunday, November 28, 2010

    Proud to see who P&G chooses to Partner with Ashoka and E-Health Point

    P&G, Ashoka and E-Health Point are combining efforts to scalate E-Health Point's concept of mobile health units.

    A mobile health unit is able to bring to rural communities clean water, medicines, diagnostic tools and tele-medical services quckly and cost efficiently.

    In a few words, it brings into remote corners of the World to people with little or none access to health services the opportunity to reach it.

    Technology has the potential to provide access but more efforts are needed to close the gap between potential and reality.


    Thanks for sharing Ewelina :) - former team mate now at Ashoka.org

    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Driving change

    Change is one of the most passionate periods in organizations.

    It is about realizing that we can be better and that currently we are not.
    It is about making choices, tough choices.

    But overall is about clean the path for others to fulfill their potential and deliver the results we all want.

    I have always being loud and explicit about what I think and I know that it works only when you seasoned it with achievements and recognition.

    I am entering a new stage and the main memory that comes to my mind is the basic rule for LCPs: “set priorities, cut the sht and get it done”.

    Wish me luck, we all need it, because the main challenge is to manage myself.

    Saturday, November 13, 2010

    Podemos vivir en paz?

    Depende.

    Pregunto, ¿cuál es el sujeto del verbo podemos?

    ¿Quiénes somos nosotros?

    Nuestros Gobiernos están sumidos en un conflicto.

    Pero cada uno de nosotros, de cualquier lado del Río San Juan, seguimos la lucha sin fin de vivir en Paz.

    Nosotros no tiene límite. Esa frontera solo está en nuestra mente y con buena suerte, en Google Maps.

    La Paz se gana en la casa de cada uno, en el trabajo, con los amigos. Se construye escuchando, apreciando.

    Se pierde en la calle cuando disparamos estupideces a los desconocidos. Cuando manejamos borrachos. Cuando vendemos nuestros recursos naturales. Cuando dejamos un niño vivir sin educación o la oportunidad de jugar. Cuando dejamos que el odio nos absorba cuando no entendemos.

    Nosotros somos la gente de Costa Rica y Nicaragua. De Panamá y Colombia. De El Salvador y Honduras. La gente, simplemente.

    El camino de la Paz se decide en momentos difíciles, en momentos de conflicto, y cuando el diálogo parece no ser opción, es porque es el único camino.

    ¿Podemos vivir en Paz?

    Depende, de usted!



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