In 2005 to 2007, I kept reviewing how I can improve the way things work at our Home Owners Association (HOAs as they are known in the US) or otherwise known as communities of property owners or (Comunidades de Propietarios in Spanish) and their respective management companies that ran these communities. (see what is Urbytus)
I had started working on a web service for our own community and I talked to many friends and clients about the online program I had in mind for my community and the services I could provide through it. Some people were against the idea and others found it a wonderful idea. Internet access, broadband and penetration was still low and smart phones were still not in everyone’s hand, but the more I talked about it, the more it was clear that this was a sector in need of change.
The Presidents Club
It is a thing that often most entrepreneurs forget. It is not just about protecting your trade mark, but also making sure that you do not use someone else’s.
Let me begin with my own story as an example. In 2007 I embarked on a new project. I knew very well how important it was to get the naming right, have it registered and protected. Before coming up with a product or company name, we setup about doing a six months brain storming session, while working on the project in parallel.
This was the title of today’s CB Insight, a weekly newsletter that I get from (cbinsights.com). While their article was about falling out of love with a project after an entrepreneur took an early lump sum reward, my story is about those who haven’t.
Join us for a beer and some crisps. We are a bunch of entrepreneurs, who want to meet up and share expertise, ideas and help each other when and if we can. If anyone has anything to say and share we will allow for a 10 to 15 presentation but the rest is really a very relaxed event.
I have just managed to read the article of Zach Sims, Cofounder of Codecademy in FT Weekend issue ½ November 2014.
I was kind of surprised to read that so many people believe that coding is so important. As a programmer, I don’t think coding is the important part, but rather teaching the younger generation how to use simple tools, such as word processing, spread sheets and others. I am more amazed at the mass of undergraduates who are leaving school and haven’t got a clue how to create a simple, but well formatted letter, no idea about how to file or organize things or even calculate their expenses. Do they need to be all coders to learn how to these basic tasks?
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to speak about my experience as an entrepreneur at the Founder Institute in Loyola University in Cordoba, during a session entitled “Vision & Passion” for young entrepreneurs. I have never been employed but rather have always been an entrepreneur. To me an entrepreneur is basically anyone who thinks up an idea
A few months ago, I found myself in the difficult situation of needing to moderate comments. As the founder of a communication platform for home owners and as someone who is always encouraging his clients to let people say what they want even those who bark. My platform is not without moderation either and I allow the option for the just in case and last May, I had to press the moderation button for the first time after 7 years.
I have been wanting to write about this for sometime now and I read the article earlier this summer in June, in the Financial Times Weekend that the Parisian pool “where the bikini was unveiled – and tarzan was a lifeguard” has been relaunched as a luxury hotel.
Over the past few years I have had the need to try many new services and equally we have been trying to find the best model for selling and promoting our own SaaS.
One thing that I have found in many of the freemium models is the lack of free services or the short trial period from Microsoft 365 that gives you a 1 month trial period to scoop.it
I have just come across an article in LinkedIn titled ” Business After Windows: Why the Microsoft Desktop OS Model is Irretrievably Cracked by SaaS and What the Future Holds” . The article reminded me of an article I had written sometime back in 1995 or 1996, on what the next OS should look like. I have been looking for the article, but it was one