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14
Dec

Blockchain trends

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

In collaboration with the IE Blockchain club and the IE Tech and Innovation club, the Entrepreneurship  Club was pleased to host a series of keynote speeches led by Gabi Gutierrez, Alexandr Chevtaev and Alexandre Bussutil who tackled current blockchain trends within the Entrepreneurship world.
Alexandre Bussutil, CEO of B-scaled spoke about the ups and downs of the crypto market over the past 2 years, and what to look-out for in the near future. He is a firm believer of blockchain, and its potential to uphold transparency and trust within various industries.
Alexandr Chevtaev has been an advisor for blockchain and crypto startups over the last 2 years. He has helped raise over USD 100 M in private sales and ICOS. He is of the belief that bitcoin price will rise again in the near future, and that 2019 could be the year that utility tokens become more widespread.
Gabriel Gutierrez, CEO of a crypto mining farm in Siberia, has educated the students about the processes of crypto mining and its current trends. Today, due to the current dip in bitcoin price, many crypto farms have foreclosed, however Gabriel sees opportunities for IE students to open new farms in countries with low-priced electricity such as Russia as he believes the price of Bitcoin will rise again in 2019.
During the event, the students were immersed with the speakers through Q&As, and have challenged the speakers in numerous occasions. The Entrepreneurship club thanks its speakers, and is posed to believe that blockchain is an immersive technology to look out for in the future.

25
Apr

entre3 One of the highlights of the IE Entrepreneurship club events of 2015 was a video conference with Guy Kawasaki, in December. The event was a joint collaboration with Creativida.org to bring the entrepreneurship guru to Aula Magna, to speak in front of more than 100 guests. The idea was to learn from Guy’s experience how to become a successful entrepreneur and to have a Q&A where students could share their own experience and receive advice regarding how to make their entrepreneurial dream becomereality.

Guy Kawasaki is a Silicon-Valley based author, speaker, entrepreneur, and evangelist. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984. In March 2013, Kawasaki announced he would be joining Google as an advisor to Motorola. His role was to create a Google+ mobile device community. In April 2014, Kawasaki became the chief evangelist of Canva.com, the platform that helps armatures become professional graphic designers.

The main message from Guy is that the days of written of business plans are gone. All you need as a beginner entrepreneur is a good sales pitch that is followed by a 10 presentation slides and a great working demo of your product. The closer the demo is to reality the closer your chances are to succeed.  Then you need to follow these 10 basic guidelines:

Top Ten Commandments for entrepreneurs

  1. Ask simple questions there is no grand master plan to start a company, just do simple things and solve simple problems – do not try to over-complicate
  2. MVVVP – viable MVP (minimum viable product) is not enough to demonstrate your product – you must go to the market and validate to make you MVP truly valuable
  3. Get Going – people spend way too much time on destructive activities such as business plans, PowerPoints , and financials, when it is more important to connect with people and get the MVVVP out as this is the real validation of the business
  4. Define a Business Model – from day one of the business you need to know how you are going to make money. You need to be specific – who you need to contact to market your product, what companies will be interested, and what departments. You need to network!
  5. Set your priorities – milestones are something to brag about. Make assumptions and check them. For example – how many sales calls people can make? Create milestones that guide you (how many people to hire, when will we receive our first order, etc.)entrep2
  6. Every Entrepreneur has to be a good story teller – Most important task – buzzwords are meaningless. Tell a story about why you created the company, who has this need, make it personal and relatable – everybody says they have a great product and great service but not everybody sells.
  7. When hiring people – people are the most valuable asset of your business. You need to seek out people with passion; you need to learn what they love and what they want to do in life. Also, why they want to join the company, and why they love your product. That is sometimes more important than education and work experience.
  8. Truly use Social Media – so much of marketing is free or cheap, it’s a meritocracy. Create real content as buying traffic. “Likes” do not work. Great content will raise you to the top
  9. Let the flower blossom – sales are keen, so go out and get them. You will be surprised to find out who your real customers are and how they use your product. Don’t try to control your customers and how they chose to use your product. You are lucky that you already have paying customers in the first place – don’t lose them.
  10. Don’t let the bozos grind you down – Do not listen to “no” people telling you “it cannot be done”, “it has already been done”, “ too much competition”, “This location does not fit your product” etc. Being rich and famous does not mean you know everything. Keep believing in yourself!

 

Learning directly from Guy was an inspiring opportunity that was honored by the IE community. IE business school is one of the leading entrepreneurial schools worldwide and is constantly working to teach its students to become future entrepreneurial leaders. IE entrepreneurship club aims to bring top lectures to help students engage with top entrepreneurs in order to make this goal a reality.

25
Apr

Build a Startup Team! – IE Entrepreneurship Club

Written on April 25, 2016 by Campus Life in Professional

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Have an idea for a startup but don’t have a team? Want to lend your skills and expertise to a new and unique project, but don’t know what to work on?

That was the idea behind “Build a Startup Team!” hosted by the IE Entrepreneurship Club on September 15th, 2015.

In late July, the coordinators of the club met as usual on a Tuesday afternoon. But this Tuesday was unusual. This Tuesday, we were looking for something different – a new way to add value to our members. The past six months had been full of speakers and seminars. In short, the usual stuff. But as we reflected, we came to realize the normal repertoire was getting old. We needed a new idea; something that would really help us and our members remember why we joined the club and why we chose IE over other business schools. For most of us, it was the chance to learn from the best collection of entrepreneurial role models and scholars and to try our hands at being entrepreneurs ourselves.

In just a few minutes, we decided we all needed more opportunities to engage with other like-minded students – to discuss problems, solutions, and the possibility of providing those solutions ourselves. We realized it was time for a “pitch-slam,” the hallowed meeting-of-the-minds that all entrepreneurs crave.

The idea wasn’t entirely new, in fact, the pitch slam is a common format for meetings in entrepreneurial circles. One of our classmates had even approached us requesting we host a similar event. But the club hadn’t hosted such an event in recent memory, and we weren’t sure how much interest our members and other students would have. We discussed the format of the event, created the agenda, and distributed flyers. Two days later, the event registration was full and we had to open the waiting list. Our concerns about interest were relieved.

The day of the event was hectic. We had to change rooms to accommodate the attendees only twenty-four hours before the event was scheduled. Initially, the sound equipment in the room was having problems. But all sixty of the attendees remained attentive and were receptive to the idea of starting into the pitches without amplification. At first, the idea holders were reserved and spoke modestly about their ideas and the potential of the companies they visualized. But as the audience became involved – asking questions, providing feedback – the pitches gained momentum. The idea holders presented with enthusiasm and excitement and the audience eagerly engaged.

The event was scheduled for one hour and fifteen minutes. One hour and forty-five minutes later, most of the audience was still in the room, and there were still ideas being presented. The club actually had to interrupt the flow and end the event because there was a later meeting scheduled for the same room.

As students from left the room, they engaged with one another, discussing ideas and exchanging information all the way out of the building. The coordinators received many thanks, and requests to hold more similar events. All in all, the even couldn’t have been more of a hit.

Many thanks from the coordinators to their classmates and all of the students at IE. Thank you for reminding us why we chose to attend IE Business School, to join the club, and to explore the hectic, challenging, compelling, and rewarding world of entrepreneurship.

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