Google: Solutions for SMEs

Written on May 10, 2014 by Campus Life in Professional

google covadongaThe halls of MM2 were nearly full on April 23, 2014 as IE students and alumni congregated to listen to Covadonga Soto, Marketing Head of SMB Marketing Spain & Portugal at Google, talk on Google’s solutions for SMEs. In the session, she discussed how Google engaged SMB in Spain through a variety of targeted activities. She likewise shared with the attendees of the event the culture within Google and how it supports employee-led initiatives.   


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An honest conversation

Written on May 5, 2014 by Campus Life in Professional

Carmen Garcia and Lisa In March, the Women in Business club at IE welcomed Carmen García, Director of Business Analytics at IBM and Mentor for the Women in Business Club’s mentoring program, to present the top career advancement factors from a study with 600 IBM Executives from around the world.  While there was very valuable information in the presentation, the club was surprised to see the important dialogue that happened during the Q&A at the end of the presentation.  Both men and women in the audience were asking questions to Carmen and to each other, and then it became more of a conversation.  “As a man, how do I manage women employees in a conservative culture?”  “Am I making a career mistake as a woman by joining a company that is male-dominated?”  “How can I help empower other women?”  “How do I deal with women who are negative towards other women?”  A few participants then approached a few of the club coordinators after the presentation and asked us to “continue the conversation”. 

We decided to do just that.

Lisa Introducing Carmen GarciaIn April, we launched our first event in the series of “An honest conversation”.  The event was simple: a casual roundtable on gender in the workplace.  Both men and women from a variety of countries joined in an open conversation about gender.  Some questions were controversial and we didn’t always agree, but that’s ok.  The important thing was that we were open to hearing each other and open to discussing without judgment. 

In May, we continued “An honest conversation” with a panel featuring 3 IE professors followed by a Q&A.  Each professor gave a short background of their career path and then we opened the floor to questions around gender from the students.  We can’t take all of the credit for this event.  We were actually approached by several students that were both inspired by and curious about the lives of their female professors at IE.

We realize that these events may be simple and short, but we also realize that they are some of the only gender-related career conversations that many of us students will have while at IE.  So please join in and continue the “honest conversation”.  

For more information, please contact womeninbusiness@ie.edu.

IE Women in Business Club


We won each match of the round robin stage against INSEAD A, INSEAD B, IESE A, and IESE B and that drove us straight to the final.

The Seminfinal was made played by INSEAD A and IESE A.

In the Final Match we defeated INSEAD A without being scored.

Along the whole tournament we did not received any misconduct card.

The outstanding performance of the “rookies” Sherif, Dario and Tiago in their first official matches contributed enourmously towards the title.


Upper row: Alvaro Alonso (MIM, España), Rob Gilbert (USA), Daniel Nolan (USA), Juan Feeney (Argentina), Matthew Fellmeth (USA), Tiago Cascarejo (Portugal), Dario Maritano (Italia), Kurt Mc Farland (Australia)

Lower row: Marc Silbertsein (Switzerland), Sherif Seif El Nasr (Egypt), Juan Pablo Andrade (Mexico)


The Israeli-Spanish Venture Capital market

Written on April 28, 2014 by Campus Life in Geographic

2014-04-02 16.56.11On April 2nd, the IE Israel Club had the honor to host Venture Capital guest speakers. Yuval Avni, partner at GizaVC and Veronica Trapa, Managing director at Swanlaab. Founded in 1992, GizaVC is one of the leading VC firms in Israel. Swanlaab is a Spanish VC firm aiming to help Spanish start-ups to scale up. It was established as a joint venture between GizaVC and IVC – a Spanish consulting group.

In the session, Yuval and Veronica discussed the Venture Capital industry, the ecosystem in Israel and Spain, opportunities and how-to’s. We learned how a VC firm builds a portfolio, assess risks and most importantly, creates value for their investors and investees.

2014-04-02 16.17.38The ongoing economic crisis has created opportunities in Spain for entrepreneurs. High unemployment rate, combined with good engineering education and relatively low-cost engineers compared to other places, have led young people to an immigrate-or-innovate approach – the latter appearing as more attractive. Furthermore, government incentives for investors and entrepreneurs also fertilize the ecosystem. Yuval and Veronica also explained that there is an equity gap in Spain, providing opportunities for venture capital firms, which are investing between three to nine million dollars per venture.

If you are interested in learning more about the Israeli eco-system or you are planning to visit Tel-Aviv, contact us at Israel.Club@ie.edu, and visit our Facebook page.


An Insight into Recent Tech Valuations – Dot Com 2.0

Written on April 28, 2014 by Campus Life in Professional

20140407_190944IE Capital Markets Club is committed to regularly organizing interactive sessions, giving IE students the opportunity to gain insights from top-level professionals in the financial industry.

On April 07, 2014, the club organized “An Insight into Recent Tech Valuations – Dot Com 2.0?” held at MM 202, María de Molina 31. As the distinguished speaker, we had Francisco J. López Lubián, professor and former director of the area of finance at IE. With thirty years of experience in teaching, he has been associated with Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and IESE. He combined this teaching career with an intense career in business as a financial analyst at Hewlett-Packard, controller for the Sarrió Group, financial director for Sarrió Tisú and general financial director for the Isolux Group.

Professor López Lubián regularly contributes to leading newspapers, including Financial Times, and for the last five years has collaborated with Actualidad Económica journal and Expansión newspaper to publish the ranking of value creation for the shareholder.

With his wealth of experience in the financial industry, Prof. Lopez shared his opinion about the recent mind-boggling news from the tech sector. Facebook and Twitter’s IPO, the $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, tech stock trading at astonishingly high multiples – he shed light on these indications as another possible tech bubble (DotCom 2.0).

20140407_191341One of the most intriguing aspect of the event was how coherently Prof. Lopez explained the Facebook’s recent acquisition of WhatsApp, and eventually providing his view on the blockbuster transaction. He spoke about the valuation issues that posed different challenges for Facebook, the type of assumptions used for the valuation, and more than anything else, the future outlook for the combined companies.

At the end, there was an interesting Q&A session, where Prof. Lopez answered questions from the audience regarding the transaction.

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