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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.
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There were many factors impacting our motivation when David and I founded Civio towards the end of 2011. The inspiration we drew from the Sunlight Foundation’s mere existence and early trajectory was definitely one of them. We always considered Sunlight a beacon of hope for positive change. And we were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
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One of my best friends recommended Douglas Adams’ “The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” about twenty-five years ago. I absolutely had to read it! Well, better late that never, I messaged him yesterday after turning the book’s last page. As it happened with Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse five”, the connection with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
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On December 27th, together with other civil society and lobbying organisation representatives, I had the opportunity of meeting Meritxell Batet, Spain’s minister for public administrations and territorial affairs. The meeting was the latest step taken by a Spanish government to co-design the advance of the transparency agenda in the country.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
Three years ago, as I came back home from a three-month stint in Silicon Valley, a lot of people asked me about my experience at Singularity University. What is the point of it all?, was one of the questions that I always had a harder time giving a clear answer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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Last week I attended the presentation of “La España de Abel” (Abel’s Spain) in Madrid. The book is a curated collection of short essays celebrating the 40-year anniversary of Spain’s 1978 constitution. I already knew a good number of the 40 contributors, so I had little doubt that the work... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
Over these past few days we have seen how the Kavanaugh affair has taken a really nasty turn. This video highlighting some key moments of Dr. Blasey Ford's and Judge Kavanaugh's testimony is at times really painful to watch. In Spain, meanwhile, we have seen new cabinet member wrongdoing allegations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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Following months of hard work by our great team, we are fast approaching the kick off of Project Aiur's public token sale. With Project Aiur, our goal is simple: we want everyone who contributes to the world of science to be rewarded, and we want the results to be available... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
'Radical Markets', the recent book by Eric A. Posner and Glen Weyl, has been one of my most interesting non-fiction reads in some time. Unlike the very disappointing 'Parecon' by Michael Albert, referred by one of Token Economy's founders –Stefano Bernardi– in a recent Unconfirmed podcast, I found Radical Markets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
Another article published in Medium on one of the key aspects of Iris.ai’s Project Aiur. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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After a lot of work with the team at Iris.ai over the past few months, I am proud to introduce the first published version of project Aiur's white paper. Please be sure to drop us a line if you have any comments, questions or suggestions! PS: and here are a... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
Article published in Medium on one of the key aspects of Iris.ai’s Project Aiur. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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Last week a journalist published an aggressive article on a couple of Spain’s leading digital entrepreneurs. The journalist, Analía Plaza, currently works as freelance for various media. The medium that published the article, El Confidencial, is arguably Spain’s most successful native digital newspaper. The Encinar brothers –Jesús and Fernando–, on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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Over the last couple of years we have witnessed increasing societal concerns regarding the expected impact of artificial intelligence development in the jobs market. This report from Goldman Sachs provides a fine example. Beyond making some commonplace assertions, such as the fact that “while the benefits of technological progress are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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Scientific knowledge is arguably the ultimate decentralized system, particularly as we have transitioned from analogue into digital. By design and intention, the body of information forming scientific knowledge has the following characteristics: (1) in essence, it is not controlled by a central agent and is, by and large, individual node-independent;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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My generation was brought up believing we lived in democracy. In fact, democracy was not only a ubiquitous reality, albeit still a young one in Spain; it was also the uncontested normative optimum from a political viewpoint. However, I would contend that the evolution of certain key aspects of our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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Los resultados de la prueba oficial de evaluación al finalizar sexto curso de primaria se presentan a los padres mostrando tres comparativas para cada una de las cuatro asignaturas evaluadas: Lengua, Matemáticas, Inglés, y Ciencia y Tecnología: (1) su grupo; (2) su centro; y, (3) un conjunto de centros considerados... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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We are happy to announce that our baby Iris.ai has taken another little step – this time bringing our free users some new useful features we believe will make lives a bit easier. We are introducing Bookmarks and History, which require being logged in with an (entirely free, forever!) Account... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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Sunday will be a sad day. The illegal referendum called by the Catalonian authorities will come to a head. The Spanish state, and its executive, legislative and judiciary branches cannot and will not stand in the sidelines whilst the country’s constitution is flagrantly violated. This means that, in all likelihood,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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
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