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Cuando suena el teléfono

Posted in Sin Categorizar by Yon on the 6 Junio 2010

Hubo el otro día un momento increíble, me sonó el teléfono, era Virginia, la diseñadora. De repente empezó a contarme las primeras ideas que había tenido sobre, discutimos sobre el árbol de contenidos… y esta larga conversación me inundó de energía. Cuando colgué solo tenía ganas de seguir trabajando.

Es increíble el poder que tiene no sentirse solo ante el peligro, saber que hay mas personas que les ilusiona tu proyecto y que se embarcan en él.


Posted in Artículos externos by Yon on the 25 Mayo 2010

[Vía: ToThinkOrNotToThink]
La motivación no viene de ganar mas dinero, sino de hacer lo que te gusta.

La política de Google de 80/20, está basada en ésto.

Artículos Inspiradores: Decálogo emprendedor, 6 lecciones de Einstein

Posted in Artículos externos by Yon on the 20 Mayo 2010
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Hoy un par de listados de ideas motivadoras.

Yoriento: EmprenDIEZ: decálogo de motivación para emprendedores

1. EMPRENDE YA. No intentes “ser emprendedor”, simplemente emprende.
2. ENFÓCATE el tiempo necesario en los momentos adecuados.
3. DIVERSIFICA emprendiendo y reduce así tu riesgo profesional.
4. SE PUEDE. Lo que se aprende cuando se emprende, es que se puede emprender.
5. HOY. Las ideas no mueren, pero sí la inspiración: actúa hoy mismo.
6. CONSTRUYE ya algo básico y mejóralo luego.
7. FINANCIA la iniciativa con la ayuda de tu familia.
8. EL MERCADO nunca está “preparado”, hasta que alguien demuestra que sí y los demás ponen cara de tontos.
9. SI NO GANAS lo que vales, ¡emprende!
10. ¿Qué vas a hacer ahora?

El Punto 6 es una GRAN verdad que a muchos se nos olvida. Pero la gente de TetuanValley nos lo recordaba. Recomiendo leer el artículo para entender cada punto.

Hábitos vitales: 6 lecciones de la vida que me enseño Albert Einstein

“No tengo ningún talento especial. Solamente tengo una curiosidad pasional”

Artículos inspiradores: Venta de croqueta, Fabrice Penot

Posted in Artículos externos by Yon on the 14 Mayo 2010
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Una nueva ronda de artículos inspiradores:

On the Nose – The Story Of Fabrice Penot

Le Labo’s expansion strategy, naturally, is as unorthodox as the rest of the business. “We open new stores only when the cash is in the bank. We only spend money when we have it.” Penot says.

Esto es bootstraping puro.

La venta de una croqueta

Estado actual del marketing orientado a la venta de una croqueta de bacalao.

Men Business vs Women Business?

Posted in TetuanValley by Yon on the 11 Mayo 2010

Is enterpreneuring free from gender influence? Is anything we do everyday free from our own gender effects? On particular cases it is, but statistically talking it cannot be. And is that bad?

It is clear that gender stereotypes are dangerous and do not help either women or men, but it is also a fact that there are differences between men and women which go beyond the physical ones. Already at school girls and boys tend to show different preferences on subjects, activities or hobbies. Evidently, not every boy or girl, woman or men, must fit the general descriptions, but in terms of tendencies the female gender is more “people-orientated” and the male gender is more “things-orientated”. Whether these facts are due to biological facts or to socialization, they exist. And they are repeated on higher levels: technological degrees, as well as Maths or Physics, are mainly chosen by men, while artistic degrees (from languages to History) and “service” ones (Medicine, Teaching, Psychology) are mainly chosen by women. Apart from the fact that there are more women than men studying at university, there is a real trend linked to gender. So, if the differences are there, would it be interesting to take them as an opportunity?

This does not mean painting our computers pink (men) or wearing flannel shirts (women). Its implications go far beyond. Businesses have been made by men for a long time, and the male way is now showing not being the best one. New business-making models are now introducing, step by step, features traditionally ascribed to women. New concepts as empathy or emotional intelligence have entered our business culture because they have proved to be useful. Work teams are usually better if there is a variety not only on professional profiles but on personal skills, too. And gender is a huge source of variability. Blending both genders best aspects does not necessarily mean having both men and women working together, but that is probably the easiest way to get it. On an ideal world all of us would have probably developed the best of all human skills and features, so our gender itself would not be important. Until that day comes, if we are sure that it is important to have complementary profiles on our enterpreneuring and work teams, let’s remember an aspect in which we are complementary per se.

To know more (or if you are just curious):

Pomodoro Time

Posted in TetuanValley by Yon on the 4 Mayo 2010
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This is part of our articles for TetuanValley.

[Vía: Matrix Redesigned & ThinkWasabi]
When I start the day, I get overwhelmed with all the task I should do to accomplish an efficient working day. Last week I started a technique I recently read about: Pomodoro. The Pomodoro (tomato in italian) is just a tomato-shaped kitchen timer you have to program to let you work undistracted, concentrated on one unique task for 25 minutes. That’s all, and it’s magic.

Each period of 25 minutes is called “one pomodoro”. This technique is really easy to learn (no more than one pomodoro), but true mastery takes from seven to twenty days of constant use.

How is it done?

First, you have to take your task list and bring it down in small pieces that can be accomplished in 25 minutes or less. Write down your taks on a sheet of paper in order of priority. Don’t take more than one pomodoro doing it.

Now, you start your Pomodoro timer, pick the first task and do it. Don’t let anything distract you from your work. If any interruption comes, take a quick note at the bottom of the task list and continue working. Do just one task, don’t try multi-tasking (don’t check email, while you write an essay).

When your Pomodoro finishes or you have finished your task (what happens first), take a 5 minute rest. And after that, start over again with the next task.

For each 4 pomodoros (2 hours), take a 15-20 minutes rest.

Read all the details on the official web page, and download their guide on PDF for free.

Do I need really a pomodoro-shaped timer?

No, you just need something that counts down for 25 minutes, ticking in front of you, reminding you are working on one unique task. Well, also you can pick up an application for your computer or smartphone to do the work. Check out at ThinkWasabi

Artículos inspiradores: emprendimiento, proyectos, organización…

Posted in Artículos externos by Yon on the 4 Mayo 2010

Unos cuantos artículos sobre: emprendimiento, proyectos en internet, organización del trabajo… sin duda buenas reflexiones.

TetuanValley: When you find your competitors

Posted in TetuanValley by Yon on the 26 Abril 2010

In the last weeks, some teams at TetuanValley found their competitors (so did we), and these are some of our thoughts on the situation.

A basic part in every project, the step to be taken as soon as a good idea comes into mind, is starting a research on what is already done on the field, if somebody already had your idea, if it was executed and how was it carried out.

It is at that moment when you start looking for similar services to yours and when you ask everyone their opinion (your idea is not a secret, sharing it is not going to generate competitors and lets you see your idea’s nuances). You have then a list of services similar to yours, but not identic: some provide only certain functions, others provide most of them. But The Competitor finally appears: a service so similiar to the one you had in mind that it provides most of the functions you wanted yours to. Two questions should be made then: Do I have something new to offer? Can we coexist?

Something new

“It’s The Execution That Matters, Not The Idea”. Your conception about the idea is full of nuances which could lead you to an original solution to the problem. Some functions may appear as basic to your eyes and your competence could have forgotten them. This novel features are the true upthrust, the strongest points on your project.


We can think of different brands and services that offer more or less the same functions, adapted to their users’ needs. On our opionion, since you fulfill the standards, you do not actually keep your users; but if your platform is better than others (or has things that your users like) coexistence with competitors is possible. In fact, interaction with competitors is also possible (like sharing users who need the differential functions). Ideas are not immutable so the ways of complementing each other could be found.

There is also another competence, that which may appear after your project comes true (especially if your idea is a good one and the market is profitable). The questions to be asked then should be similar: What do I have that they do not? Can we coexist?

If the service already exists and works it is because there is a market for it.

An interesting related ¿como debe un emprendedor afrontar la competencia?

Volando fuera del nido

Posted in AmorOdio by Yon on the 25 Abril 2010
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Como decía en mi primer artículo, este blog podría haber comenzado en cualquier momento de 2008 o 2009, igual que Maki podía haber comenzado a lo largo de cualquier momento de 2009, como una actividad paralela a mi trabajo. Pero no, al final el motor fue la patada en el culo.

Increíble pero cierto, nada mas volver de una semana de vacaciones me notificaron que me echaban del trabajo junto a 3 compañeros. Como bien dice Jaime Estevez, despedirme es lo mejor que me podía haber pasado (he comenzado a leer su blog sobre su aventura emprendedora desde el principio y eso son 2 años). Es lo mejor porque te deja respirar durante un tiempo, parar de trabajar para otros y tener tiempo para centrarte en tus ideas con la comodidad de tener unos ingresos constantes (subsidio de desempleo) que te mantengan… incluso tienes la opción al pago único al autoempleo que puede ayudar a autoemplearte.

Tengo muuucho que informarme, pero esta es una oportunidad inmejorable. The path to music standard – GeneralMIDI and MusicXML

Posted in,TetuanValley by Yon on the 22 Abril 2010
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[aka TetuanValley Start-up School 2010 Spring Ed. post #2]
In the beginning, there was the dark… well, in the beginning there was the mess. In the 1970s, a growing electronical music devices industry provided successively more affordable products. This resulted on a series of different linking protocols. Each manufacturer (Roland, Yamaha, Oberheim) had its own standard and interfaces.

In 1981, audio engineer and synthesizer designer of Sequential Circuits, Inc., Dave Smith, proposed a digital standard for musical instruments in a paper for the Audio Engineering Society. MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), was defined in 1982 as an industry-standard protocol, with the joined forces of MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) from USA and MIDI Committee of the Association of Musical Electronic Industry (AMEI) from Japan. The MIDI Specification 1.0 was then published in August 1984. The creation of MIDI broke the so-called “wall of sinthesizers”. But the important year for standarized music notation is 1991, with the publication of General MIDI (GM).

MIDI has gone far beyond notated music (General MIDI, GM), allowing computers, synthesizers, MIDI controllers, etc. to control one another, to synchronize (MIDI timecode) and to exchange system data. It also allows to control stage effects on a concert, like lighting (MIDI Show Control). eXtensible Music File (XMF) describes a set of downlodable sounds in case you want to hear the same music as heard by the composer.

In 1994, another standard appeared: NIFF, Notation Interchange File Format. It was mainly used on Music OCR (Optical character recognition) software as the exportable result of scanning a chord on paper. NIFF was abandoned by their creators and sponsors in 2006.

In 2004 an open XML-based music notation file format that was the natural replace for GM was presented: MusicXML. It was developed by Recordare LLC, but with not-so-free license free of charge free license and just copyright trademark. MusicXML 2.0 was designed in 2007, including the definition for a compressed file (a nice improvement, because XML text documents are bigger than necessary). By 2010, more than 120 software programs use this format as well as their own one, becoming the de-facto standard one for shared music chords.

At we are going to deal mainly with GeneralMIDI and MusicXML, but we are open to cover other formats (Guido, NIFF or whatever our users say they need) on the import/export following the DataPortability ideals.

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