Posted on Mar 19, 2017
I’m giving a deserved opportunity to Medium as blog platform. I explain why HERE.
I might still post the blogs here because who knows what happens with Medium in the future, but I’ll always try to keep the content of this blog.
Posted on Dec 4, 2016
There has never been a better moment in history to be whatever you want to be, to become anything you want to become, and most importantly, to learn anything you need to learn be or become it.
Affordable flights to anywhere in the world, access to all kinds of information and knowledge (online courses from the best universities and teachers of the world, unlimited enciclopedia…), nearly free communication to reach anyone and cheaper and cheaper access to productivity tools (PC’s, smartphones…). So, what’s stopping you?
You are stopping yourself. Your fears, your ignorance, your excuses, your lack of motivation, your lack of discipline…
What you might think is stopping you, but it’s NOT: Your friends and family, your educational titles, the world crisis, your president, your economy, your resumé, your iPhone4 or your 5 year old PC, your physical appearance, your brain…
My 3 part proposal:
I believe so firmly on this that if you try all this links and nothing seems to work with you I offer myself to talk. I can’t assure you I’ll change you but I’ll be happy to try. Tweet me at @vallsjordi
One important thing, no change will happen overnight, but any effort in more or less the right direction will bear fruit. I think this is a pretty good direction. Best wishes.
Posted on Nov 25, 2016
Maybe this is obvious to many managers and other executive positions but I don’t see it everywhere enough to stop me from writing it.
Sometimes, leaders have to accept their teams decisions even if it is just for their team’s member’s motivation. I mean, the best scenario is where everyone brings their opinion and then a constructive conversation about the possibilities takes everyone to common conclusions. But it is not always this easy.
In many situations, leaders (mostly in the case of founders because there’s nobody higher in the hierarchy) think that because it’s his company they can impose the decisions they take, and in fact, they can. But that’s what this article is about. The fact that you can doesn’t mean there are no consequences inside your team.
If you keep taking decisions against your teams opinions on most subjects, it won’t matter if you are right in other areas, or even if you end up being right in some of the ones the team members didn’t agree on, they’ll end up realising that their voice is more important than the challenge of finding another job and they’ll leave.
As I said, maybe this sounds obvious, but I think it happens more often than we realise and all has to do with a low degree of emotional intelligence that makes some leaders forget that human beings need realisation; need to be able to decide certain things (specially if you hired them to do so); need to be able to feel they are listened to even if you would do things a different way.
Leading is not a position, is a voluntary recognition by your team, if you forget this, your life will be a little harder and you’ll never get to keep the same team for much time. And if you actually have a good team, this is a luxury no leader can take in the business world.
Posted on Mar 9, 2015
I wrote about execution two years and 4 days ago. In this post http://www.valls.me/index.php/idea-vs-execution/
But today I wrote in my Moleskine notebook something that I decided was worth a blog post (also because my blog is dying of emptyness!) The thought was the following:
People keeps underestimating the importance of the key details in execution. Who, deliverately and knowingly, decided what that made it a success. Recognizing that “who” and “what” is the key to achieving repeated success.
Posted on Dec 18, 2014
I have decided to create a list of interesting things I always refer entrepreneurs to. The idea is to update this list continuously:
He decidit crear una llista de coses interessants a les que sempre faig referència quan parlo amb emprenedors. La idea és actualitzar aquesta llista continuament:
One of my favourites resources, Steve Blank’s tools for entrepreneurs
YCombinator & Stanford teach you How to start a startup
Some of my favourite books and some “must-read”:
Talent is overrated, Geoff Colvin (Amazon)
Abundance, Peter Diamandis (Amazon)
The Tipping Point, Malclom Gladwell (Amazon)
The 22 immutable laws of marketing, Al Ries (Amazon)
The fall of advertising and the rise of PR, Al Ries (Amazon)
Crossing the chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore (Amazon)
Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Peter Drucker (Amazon)
El libro rojo de las marcas, lluís Bassat (Amazon)
On brand, Wally Ollins (Amazon)
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell (Amazon)
A rulebook for arguments, Anthony Weston (Amazon)
Some books I really like about Apple:
Inside Apple, Adam Lashinsky (Amazon)
Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson (Amazon)
Talks I love and inspire me
Abundance is our future, Peter Diamandis (TED.com)
How great leaders inspire action, Simon Sinek (TED.com)
How schools kill creativity, Ken Robinson (TED.com)
My own version of motivational video:
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Posted on Aug 27, 2014
Google just launched what seems just another playful and innocent app to add more content to its network, in this case, to its Google maps product. But to me, it’s actually a first approach to potential Virtual Reality (VR) user generated content (VR-UGC).
It’s called photo Sphere Camera (Appstore) and it basically allows you to create similiar views to the ones on Google Street View but anywhere you are (since Google can’t photograph the entire world themselves).
There where aleready some interesting 360º photo apps. For instance, Microsoft had one called Photosynth that seems to have been turned in some kind of photo -video-effect. But the cool thing about the Google approach is not only that the app is beautifully (and simply) designed, but it is also very easy to share to an online experience we are all already used to thanks to google streeet view. in fact, it seems that they will allow your “views” to be on Google maps. Maybe one day people will be using your views instead of the ones Google does.
In my opinion, the most interesting part is how this kind of apps are connecting us to the advent of virtual reality. In the near future, we will not only be able to use Virtual Reality to travel to virtual worlds we’ve never been, we will be able to travel to that moment we were during a trip. Maybe, this “phosotspheres” I jsut created are the first of my “virtual” memories I can inmerse in the future using my Oculus Rift. Hopefully in the future will be in video and with audio.
See you soon on an Oculus Rift reality…
Posted on Aug 3, 2014
Article escrit per Fàbrica Futur i aparegut originàriament a ffbcn.bcn.cat el 28/6/2014
Posted on May 25, 2014
The next 25 years are going to be an extraordinary ride. Buckle up! And let’s get started!!!
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Posted on Sep 13, 2013
Si fem una anàlisi de les grans innovacions d’Apple des de la tornada de Steve Jobs, el 1997, podem estar d’acord que les més notables innovacions en quant a producte són l’iPod, l’iPhone i l’iPad. No afegeixo en aquesta llista l’iMac ja que tot i ser molt important, el podem considerar una actualització preciosa dels anteriors ordinadors d’Apple, una mena de declaració d’intencions, no un producte disruptiu.
Una ciència que no és exacta
Des del 1997 (quan Jobs torna a Apple) a la presentació de l’iPad, van passar uns 13 anys. Tres grans productes en 13 anys, toca a uns quatre anys entre innovació i innovació. Per tant, encara que Steve Jobs estigués viu, encara ens quedaria una mica més d’un any per veure una gran innovació. Això, suposant que la innovació fos una ciència exacta. Però no ho és! De fet, el propi Steve Jobs declarava en la presentació del primer iPhone, que Apple havia estat molt afortunada de poder presentar tres productes així en la seva història.
Si que és veritat que hi hagut un silenci massa llarg d’innovacions graduals durant els últims dos anys, però podem adjudicar-ho a l’adaptació que ha patit l’organització per la pèrdua d’una figura tan important com la del seu fundador visionari.
El llegat de l’empresa
No sé si Apple presentarà més productes revolucionaris al futur. Però hauríem de ser una mica més pacients amb el que Apple és capaç de fer. Com molt bé va apuntar algú, el llegat més important de Steve Jobs no van ser uns productes, va ser una empresa. I estic segur que aquesta empresa ens seguirà sorprenent i fent-nos la vida una mica més fàcil i agradable. De fet, estic segur que, el millor encara no ha arribat.
Aquest article va ser escrit per al diari digital VIA EMPRESA i va ser publicat el dia 12 de setembre del 2013 http://www.viaempresa.cat/ca/notices/2013/09/apple-ha-deixat-d-innovar-2210.php