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Jacobo Elosua
Interests: Entrepreneurship, financial advisory, start-up investments, digital media, audiovisual production, literature, music, politics, civic activism and sports.
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“Decálogo del buen ciudadano”, el último libro de Víctor Lapuente, tiene un arranque muy difícil de olvidar. Con independencia de ser alguien que conozco y a quien genuinamente aprecio, ese comienzo es sin duda uno de los motivos por los que Lapuente captó toda mi atención durante la lectura de... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
It is often said that we overestimate what can be done in a short amount of time, but equally underestimate what can be achieved with persistence over the longer run. Civio, the independent Spanish non-for-profit Civil Society Organization we co-founded in 2011 provides a beautiful example. In the last couple... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
Sometimes you need a trigger. You just don’t know what that trigger is. “I have no money, no resources, and no hope. I am the happiest man alive.” I came across the quote. It is probably the best-known one from Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. The provocative declaration, combined with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
As politics continue to deteriorate, with previously unimaginable episodes like the pro-Trumpers' storming into the US Capitol on January 6th, we would be wise to consider alternative designs to how we citizens express our political preferences, too often captured by entrenched radical interest groups and artificially-fed polarisation. A recurring thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
This has not been the best of years. A global pandemic without precedent over the last 100 years hit the world hard. In my family's case, infection has so far affected my wife and mother-in-law, with almost no complications. More devastatingly, though, it meant that we had to say goodbye... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
Earlier this month the European Commission kindly published an article on the work that, with their support –secured via the LEDGER program, under the Next Generation Internet initiative–, our team at has been doing since mid 2019 on the knowledge validation front. Check it out –link here– for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
In his “Letter to the Father” –“Brief an den Vater” in its German original– Franz Kafka presents us with a tremendously original epistolary approach to parental relationships. The 45 pages long letter provides a crude, insightful diagnostic of his father’s personality and their respective differences. It includes passages like: “Compare... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
The Covid-19 pandemic has put an enormous amount of pressure on everything and everyone. In these new circumstances we all have to keep a close eye on our own health, and on that of those around us. I have found out that, as someone with a specific vulnerability to infectious... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
Randi Hjalmarsson is a labor economist by training who has ended up conducting extensive research on the economics of crime and the criminal justice system. With a PhD in economics from Yale University and currently a professor of economics at the University of Gothenburg, she has dug deep into issues... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
John Donne, the pre-eminent 16th century representative of the metaphysical poets, considered by some to be the greatest love bard in the English language, gifted us a particularly beautiful reflection. In his Meditation XVII, “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions”, he wrote: “No man is an island entire of itself; every man... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
The current wave of new tech developments is transforming the outlook for research and development activities all around the world. Artificial Intelligence, robots, quantum computing and beyond. With the help of new tools, we are fast approaching a new paradigm in R&D. At we are playing a part in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
The world needs good quality information; arguably now more than ever. The global challenges faced, like the COVID-19 pandemic, together with the depressing levels of polarisation seen across nations increasingly antagonised by their elected officials, deserve every effort we can make to advance in that direction. Take the Spanish Government,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
In Sam Harris’ conversation with General Stanley McChrystal and ex-Navy Seal Chris Fussell, co-authors of “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World” (Making Sense podcast #195, April 2020), one of the guests said something that really stuck. The dialogue was focused of SARS-CoV-2 and the privacy-threatening... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
Madrid, March 2020. The situation we find ourselves in is absolutely extraordinary. And it seems most likely that I have never used those words with such utter conviction. In “Snow” Orhan Pamuk paints a city, Kars, where climate phenomena disrupt normality, setting the scene for dramatic events that engulf all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
El fallecimiento de David Gistau me ha entristecido por varios motivos. El más obvio es que nunca volveré a leer ni oír sus reflexiones, tan ácidas, ocurrentes y bien envueltas. El segundo es que cuando supe por un amigo común de su accidente, me convencí de que por su gran... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
When in 2016 my co-founder Anita begun persuading us that should participate in the AI XPrize competition, I did raise my eyebrow – and not slightly. We were, after all, a less than one-year old AI startup, with its heart in the right place and some promising talent, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
2019 has been quite a year at Civio. Brilliantly led by David Cabo and Eva Belmonte, the team has undergone some changes in composition and, overcoming all obstacles, has really risen to the occasion with astonishing accomplishments on several fronts. Once again, Civio has produced some of the very best... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
Aldous Huxley is a figure that has long drawn my attention. It is not only the fact the ‘Brave new world’ is the best work I have read imagining a dystopian future, it is also the tremendous originality with which he lived his life. This mixture of curiosity and admiration... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
It's not all just science and serious business at Last week we had the entire team together for an amazingly fun - and well deserved - team retreat in the beautiful Bulgarian mountains. I couldn't put it better than my co-founder Anita: "Aw, man. I can’t quite comprehend the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
The team at Civio has produced a concise, visually beautiful, account of the organisation’s multiyear struggle to defend every citizen’s right to access information (in Spanish): Antes del Día Internacional del Derecho a Saber, te recordamos que Civio defiende el #derechoasaber cada día del año 💪, donde haga falta, también... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
We are all used to seeing lists of books that are a must read. This summer I devoted some time to reading Cervantes' "Don Quijote de la Mancha", Adam Smith's "The wealth of nations", and, a classic in its own way, Andres Trapiello's "Las armas y las letras" (link in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
"Range", by David Epstein, is the non-fiction book that has impacted me the most since reading "Radical markets" precisely a year ago. The provocative thesis the books presents –an all out anti Malcolm Gladwell’s "Outliers" of sorts– has got me thinking. A lot. The book connects directly with reflections on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
The recent turmoil experienced by Ciudadanos (Cs), the Spanish political party that I was heavily involved with over a decade ago, brought back some old memories from my time there, when the party was first set up. By way of recap, I joined Cs as just about the first thing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
One of the most fascinating things about startup life is speed of change. I remember how in investment banking mood swings were a thing. Winning or losing a mandate defined the general atmosphere in each team and, more broadly, in the overall organisation. But that is still a far cry... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
After many months of research and development, this week our team released version 5.0. The new software includes a very substantial algorithmic upgrade, currently being evaluated in full by our research engineers. Having said that, initial results point to a potential fifteen percentage point improvement in precision! The release... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua