The best way for building relationships is to share an experience. Living in Barcelona with the all those beaches in our backyard, what’s better than having a Startup Beach Volleyball tournament. Not the regular networking over a beer (although there will be drinks) but working on team spirit, a healthy competition but above all making fun with your colleagues and other startups. The beach creating the prefect ambiance to host such an event.
August is coming to an end and before the city is heating up completely with everybody working on full speed, Steven Willmot and Hermes Pique wanted to organize something fun. As it has been quite silent during summer on startup events, this is a great opportunity to get everybody back together. With sponsorship from 3scale and Barcelona.IO they were able to provide the necessary logistics. Read more
The Fina World Championships are in Barcelona. Palau Sant Jordi is packed with swimming fanatics from all over the world. In the clear sparkling water the athletes compete. The press area is enormous, but still the journalists line up and push each other aside to get their microphone upfront. What if Barcinno was part of it and had the opportunity to ask some questions to the world champions?
What did you think about your experience swimming in Barcelona? Did it enlighten you to come up with new and creative ideas? How about a new swimming move? Spinning around, swimming with multiple obstacles such as real fish and rocks or perhaps using webbed gloves and shoes. And isn’t it getting boring, swimming in water? When can we expect dry water? Or perhaps in the air, where the swimmers can balance in a magnetic field. It would provide a fantastic view, which lasts longer than those famous diving pictures from Montjuïc. Read more
How great is summer? It’s holiday time, the sun is shining, your shorts are on and you’re feeling spicy, you’re pouring back the Mojitos on the beach without fear of being considered a raging alcoholic, you feel unproductive at work (but that’s okay as everyone else does too), your city becomes saturated with semi-naked people (and fully naked ones at the beach – ok maybe that’s just here) and eventually you start to embody the characteristics of a wet towel rather than a fully grown primate. All good perks I’m sure you’ll agree.
You’re probably hoping that I have some tips on how to be productive during summer, but I don’t. I live in Spain. As Alice Cooper said in the summer of 1972, Spain is definitely out for the summer. Having myself spent over 10 years on and off in this weird and wonderful country, I’ve still never come to grips with peoples inability to be punctual and the “mass exodus” that occurs for 6-8 weeks every summer. “But that’s part of the Spanish culture” I hear you say. Does this “extended rest time” help motivate employees and leave them feeling invigorated for work in September? Or is it an economy killing, outdated tradition practiced by sun-worshipping countries everywhere? Whatever it may be, it’s food for thought. Don’t expect me to start analyzing any of this right now, I’m just musing. It’s summer remember, I’m hot and not inclined to do any real research. Read more
Congratulations to The Next Web’s Robin Wauters and Barcelona.IO on a great event and a big thanks to Estrella Damm for offering their amazing venue packed with all the damm Estrella we could drink! What a great celebration and a toast to the future of the Barcelona tech ecosystem. Here a few pics from the cheap seats. Cheers!
Get yer popcorn ready for The Next Web Barcelona Summer 2013 Extravaganza next Thursday at the amazing Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm venue near the Sagrada Família. Somehow, some way, they keep coming up with funky new speakers like every single day. Seriously though, anyone interested in catching the pulse of the Barcelona startup scene should not miss this event. Did I mention that the free, ice cold Estrella Damm will be flowing like Flo Rida on a Friday night at Sutton? Because it will be.
Kicking off at 7:00pm next Thursday, July 11th, the lineup of speakers and pitches promises not to disappoint. You’ll hear from Barcelona’s hottest startups, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, international super VCs, and some bad-ass thought leaders pushing the limits of technology and innovation.
Need the full breakdown? It goes a little something like this: Read more
In a rare and exclusive interview with myself, I reveal how Barcelona is evolving into a dynamic tech hub, why Spanish people drink beer for breakfast and also unveil the truth about my Hollywood romance with Jessica Biel. There shall be no more secrets shrouded in the dark…
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE AND WORK IN BARCELONA?
Barcelona is like an estranged girlfriend to me. We have always had an on-and-off kind of relationship, just the way I like it. I can’t remember what initial perception I had of Spain, but when I first came here in 2004 from dismal old England I was totally drawn to the enigmatic lifestyle and had a huge yearning to investigate. I had traveled somewhat before Spain but this was my first “big move” to another country and I damn well loved it.
I primarily came here with the intention of learning the language, getting some international work experience and sampling some of the local delights but then quickly fell into the entrepreneurial side of things. I worked for a few small non-tech startups over the next years and started to see the scene really manifesting in front of me. Read more
It’s Friday, and being the rebels that we are, we feel the need to do unconventional things to help reignite that tempestuous spark in each and every one of us.
So, let’s take a mini-break from the daily grind and have a little visual holiday through the streets of Barcelona.
For all of you that live in Barcelona, this is a quick reminder of why you live here, and for all of you that don’t, this is what you’re missing out on.
F#$* it, it’s Friday.
1. Find a Different Kind of Sparkle, Deep Down in Eixample
When you find out Techcruch has written an article about your startup
As part of our retroactively prolific “Fudge it, it’s Friday” sessions, we have the great pleasure to announce our newest addition. I hope you are ready as this one is going to be a blast. Drum roll, da da da daaaa….
Without further ado, Barcinno presents “When You Work At A Startup” - CLICK HERE, CLICK HERE!
We’ll do our best to keep it updated with fresh, hilarious content, but we’re not comedians (well, at least no one pays us yet) so you’re going to see some things that suck. You’ll visit and be all like, “that’s not funny”. And that’s okay. The important thing is that you visit…
But seriously, we welcome any contributions from our wonderful community so please send your side-splitting suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.