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Thoughts by José Luis Agell

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Youth in the search of value

More news about the weak Spanish economic status: in its last report, Reuters revealed that the Spanish youth (below 25) unemployment rate climbed up to 51.1% in March.

This is obviously discouraging for the young people who are currently getting their degree, dreaming of their first working opportunities. However, I’d like to claim, once more, that the youth can conquer the world.

In these times of lack of jobs -at least standard jobs-, the search of value becomes crucial. How can I make an impact on society? What is it that I am passionate about and can improve the current economy? The possibilities are unlimited- each problem to be solved can be a great opportunity!

It’s been proved that the old ways of doing business are not valid anymore. Internet has changed our lives, our corporate structures and dynamics. Mobile internet gets to every pocket, opening up new distribution channels and new business models. Young people are the piece of society that will make corporations not only transform and adapt but take most advantage of these new trends. I can understand that, given the current legislation, it is much cheaper to fire the youngest in the company than a veteran employee. However, employers also need to think in terms of value; younger members of the team can be an expediting spark.

Moreover, young people are also the ones that are most prepared to resolve our current problems and give an answer to our challenges. They are open-minded, they speak several languages, they are cost-effective, they still don’t have familiar obligations. There’s no better moment to start up a company than in our twenties.

So, let’s not take the fact of having a job for granted. Let’s focus on generating value and  look for the answers we can provide the world with; I’m convinced jobs will come later.

¡Hablemos de las buenas noticias!

Me indigna que los medios nos recuerden día tras día que estamos en crisis. ¡Ya lo sabemos! Y, aunque soy consciente de que muchas personas la están sufriendo de forma intensa, hoy quiero reivindicar la promoción de las buenas noticias. Así que voy a remarcar dos grandes novedades que han sucedido esta semana.

La primera ha sido muy cercana. Tapulous, empresa líder de desarrollo de juegos musicales para iPhone/ iPad / iPod Touch, ha sido adquirida por Disney. Su producto estrella Tap Tap Revenge es uno de los más descargados de la app store de Apple, con más de 30 millones de usuarios. La trayectoria de Tapulous ha sido propia de caso de escuela de negocios. Fundada en 2008, coincidiendo con el lanzamiento del iPhone, en tan sólo dos años ha logrado ser muy rentable y consumar su “exit strategy”. Vienen tiempos interesantes para esta startup de Palo Alto que a partir de hoy liderará la estrategia móvil de Disney.

La segunda noticia viene de España. Este miércoles salió a la bolsa la empresa Bodaclick. Este portal de información para la organización de bodas se ha convertido en la mayor empresa del Mercado Alternativo Bursátil (MAB), con un valor de 45 millones de euros. Del total de los inversores, el 85% son institucionales y el 15% clientes de banca privada.

Este tipo de noticias son las que animan a la gente a intensificar sus negocios, a dejar atrás la actitud de pesimismo, a innovar en sus campos y a seguir emprendiendo.

Good learnings from the crisis

I don’t want to talk about downturns anymore, nor about unemployment statistics or about the Madoff’s case.  It’s not that I have my head in the sand but I am tired about this negative buzz. 

I think we all know how challenging the business environment is. Sadly, the media fails to highlight the good things that come out of recessions for individuals and entrepreneurs.

I am strongly convinced that good times create defects on our way of doing business and on our way of running business. Crises alter the status quo. An this is actually positive.

It is a good moment to work for innovation and to come up with new business models and sources of revenues. APIs, for instance, have become a new distribution channel for web-based services that now can be easily integrated by other developers on their websites or on their mash-ups.

It is a good moment to cut down unnecessary costs and work for more efficient ways of doing things. A good example for this is the virtualization technology. Internal resources are underutilized under the old “one server, one application” model, while using virtualization technologies companies can dramatically improve the efficiency and availability of their resources and applications.

What other benefits do you see in the crisis?

PS: Feel free to answer in whatever language you feel comfortable.

The Story of Stuff

I recently came across this interesting video. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues.

The video is made in an entertaining and informal style. It might make people laugh but actually it’s claiming that the current economic system must change.

Perhaps this crisis will help us to reformulate the way we are consuming.