Apart from attending the Menorca Tech Talk, my trip to Spain included some vacation days (a few days to get my classic “Loose notes” I do when I travel) and presentation at a new conference on technology and innovation called La Red Innova.
Organized by Paul Larguía, an Argentine who has lived in Spain for a while, the goal is to become THE conference for Spanish-speakers, like the Web 2.0 Expo is to USA, LeWeb is to France or the DLD is to Germany.
According to Damian Voltes, the first edition turned out very well. Myself in particular, I got to be in a panel that was moderated by José María Figueres, former president of Costa Rica, where entrepreneurs shared the stage with such notables as Marcos Galperín, Alec Oxenford and Romero Rodrigues.
A few weeks ago I was at a meeting of the Advisory Council of Prosperar, the National Investment Agency of Argentina. There, Alec Oxenford mentioned something that truly concerns me: He said that in a speech a few days ago he asked the audience who was their most admired businessperson. And everyone in the audience looked at him as if he was crazy. And that, after thinking for while, the only answer they could think of was Marcelo Tinelli.
You may like better Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Larry Ellison or Jack Welch. Sergey Brin and Larry Page or Jerry Yang and David Filo. But what there is no doubt about is that in cultures such as the U.S., among the most admired people there are many entrepreneurs. In Argentina being a businessman is a stigma.
Last week I was invited to speak at the E-Commerce Day. There, I made a presentation and received a award from CACE for “my support to the development of the Digital Economy”. It was a great honor to receive it together with heavyweights such as Alec Oxenford , Esteban Brenman, Facundo GarretÃ³n and Santiago Pinto.