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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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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
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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
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When in 2016 my co-founder Anita begun persuading us that Iris.ai 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
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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
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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 Iris.ai. 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
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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After many months of research and development, this week our team released Iris.ai 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
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Having read Yuval Noah Harari's brilliant "21 lessons for the 21st century', and its chapter on Science Fiction in particular, I followed up by rereading Ray Bradbury's incommensurable "Fahrenheit 451". Harari focuses on the difference between Aldous Huxley's "Brave new world" and other works of fiction, books or movies, such... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Jacobo Elosua
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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