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Jacobo Elosua
Madrid
http://ezaromedia.typepad.com/blog/
Interests: Entrepreneurship, financial advisory, start-up investments, digital media, audiovisual production, literature, music, politics, civic activism and sports.
Recent Activity
This piece in Quartz focused on a lesser-known US college –St. John’s– where things are done quite differently. Away from current trends towards offering students an increasingly wide array of subject choices, this contrarian institution has reaffirmed itself in the needed return to the roots of the liberal arts curriculum.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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A couple of weeks ago we published Civio's 2016 Management Report. As in previous years, this is a critical exercise for us. It offers a unique chance to pause and reflect on a full year of activity, focusing on the impact obtained, the lessons learnt and the challenges that still... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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It has been almost six months since Iris.ai joined Founders Factory in London. In this time our progress as a company has been strong. Post acceleration, as the program nears its end for us, we can honestly say we now are a stronger team, with clear progress to show on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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It has been almost six months since Iris.ai joined Founders Factory in London. In this time our progress as a company has been strong. Post acceleration, as the program nears its end for us, we can honestly say we now are a stronger team, with clear progress to show on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
The other day I came across an interesting article in The Guardian. It was titled, rather unorthodoxly: “Old economics is based on false ‘laws of physics’ – new economics can save us”. Its author, Kate Raworth, writer of the “Doughnut Economics – Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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Tim Urban has produced, once again, a fascinating piece on one the topics that will likely shape what our future looks like. This time focusing his attention on Elon Musk and the sheer ambition on his most recent project: Neuralink. If successful in building his targeted brain-machine (or brain-computer) interface,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
Theatre, good theatre that is, has a unique role in society. There is no better instrument to throw reality back at the public, with the well-studied intention of provoking a reaction, whichever that reaction may be. No book, movie or alternative cultural artefact is better equipped to achieve this particular... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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I was quite amused reading the wide-ranging reactions to Mark Zuckerberg's recent note on, as he sees it, Facebook's role in the world going forward. As an NPR report put it, these reactions went from extreme cynicism to genuine praise, with some intermediate stops in places like naïve-as-hell land. TechCrunch,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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The start of 2017 has hit me with a couple of unpleasant, heath-related episodes. Nothing serious, but when I was proudest of my Saint Sylvester run on the evening of December 31st, a first for me in a growingly popular Spanish 'thing', my body reacted in protest, and all the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
As 2016 draws to a close, two things stand out as momentous achievements that I have yet to briefly write about. On the Civio side, our data journalism facet obtained extraordinary international recognition, with our outstanding team of overachievers managing to secure not one, but two of the most highly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
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Our wonderful projects team at Civio, led by Eva Belmonte, has just released ‘Quién Cobra la Obra’ (or QCLO), the most ambitious attempt yet of making Spain’s public contracting data (seven years worth of it) fully searchable, transparent and apprehensible for any citizen. QCLO offers both bottom up granularity and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
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Last week I read an article by Nicholas Taleb that caught my eye. Although I have a good deal of respect for Taleb’s original, provocative thinking, I also have a strong tendency to dislike unnecessarily aggressive tones and overly simplistic arguments. Summing it all up, the article left me an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
I was already a big fan of Israeli historian and professor Yuval Noah Harari. His book Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind was simply mesmerizing. While I was impatiently awaiting the release of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, I came across this gold nugget in the form of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
Last week I was lucky enough to attend a one week course at MIT (Sloan). Thanks to Fundación Rafael del Pino -thank you Vicente and Oihana!-, I was one of 30+ students interacting with some of the world’s most prestigious professors gaining insights on the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
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I copy below what I wrote in Iris AI's blog: -------------------------------------------------- Iris tries very hard to figure out the key concepts embedded in all the great science-related content we are continuously feeding her. But she is a young AI, and we still have a long road ahead before she can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
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Last week I had a long chat with one of the international donors that has backed the work carried out at Civio since David and I founded the organization at the end of 2011. At one point of the conversation I was asked about what accomplishment did I feel the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
On the back of two weeks spent in Palo Alto making good progress with Iris AI, it is more difficult that ever to make sense of some of the events that we witness at home, particularly when it comes to politics. The never-seen-before solid elector backing of four solid nationwide... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
I copy below what I wrote in Iris AI's blog: -------------------------------------------------- There is little doubt that we are in the middle of a surge in Artificial Intelligence research and development. New advances are being aggressively pursued on a wide variety of fields from autonomous driving to automatic scheduling, to name... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
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In January and February I spent most of my time in Oslo, attending the very exciting 500 Nordics acceleration program. Iris AI was one the selected few companies able to join this immersive four week program, the first one or its kind run by 500 Startups in Europe. After all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
In 2011 Marc Andreessen famously wrote in a column in the WSJ that software was eating the world. His basic argument went that we were in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies were poised to take over a very large proportion... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
In this article (in Spanish), published by our friends at ¿Hay Derecho?, I summarize the trajectory of the Tu Derecho a Saber ('Your Right to Know') project, launched by Civio and Access Info in 2012, with particular emphasis on the frustrating misconceptions amongst key public officials that forced our hand... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Jacobo Elosua
Hola Pepe. En la elección del voto creo que cada uno tiene que integrar todos los factores que le resultan relevantes y ponderarlos de forma correcta. Estas son las primeras elecciones que recuerdo en las que la oferta electoral es de trazo más fino, cosa que sin duda celebro. En el capítulo transparencia son varias las formaciones que han formulado programas electorales con buena música, e incluso párrafos de buena letra. Cosa distinta es la credibilidad que los distintos partidos puedan despertar en cuanto a su futura capacidad de ejecución o de priorizar la acción política en este campo frente a otros. A título estrictamente personal, y sin ser la formación que según mi criterio obtiene mejor nota en propuestas de transparencia, creo que C's sí es una opción válida para intentar mejorar el gobierno de España. No tiene por qué ser necesariamente la única, pero yo así la catalogaría. ¡Espero no equivocarme! Un saludo.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2015 on A matter of choice at Jacobo Elosua
I often find myself struggling with a dominant and ubiquitous notion: that you should not only accept but revere the (positive) role of serendipity in your life. Or put differently, that planting lots of seeds in various places will, in the end, yield unexpected (positive) results. There is an uncomforting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Jacobo Elosua
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I think it was about six years ago when I concluded I was not cut out to be a professional politician. From 2006, before the inaugural Catalan regional election, to 2009, before the disastrous European election, I went through an intensive master program of sorts being fully involved in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Jacobo Elosua