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See the forest AND the trees

First of all, the name. Miombos. That was difficult to remember for me; so difficult that, when I wrote about the company in the story about Olive Valley’s fabled Dragon’s Den event I accidentally spelt it “Miombas”. I thought it was a Mallorquin word! How embarrassed was I when one of Miombos’ two founders, Selene…
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Pioneer Spirit

I have been dreading this moment. When Beverly Pugh hands me the green and vicious-looking concoction, saying something like “It’s good for you,” I know I have to drink it. And I know it will probably kill me. Ever since I ran away from Norway’s 1970s hippiedom with its Afghan embroidered dresses, tie-dyed T-shirts and…
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Happiness is a Good Team

Miguel Pieras of Hustle Got Real If Miguel Pieras hadn’t been so charming, beaming and suffused with such cheery bonhomie and boundless enthusiasm, I might have wanted to punch him. At least slap. For don’t you think he has the audacity to complain – to the degree that this man is able to complain –…
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DO Create a Scene!

The first time I met Richard Owen he was 63 centimetres tall. Just kidding, it was his son I met. The youngest and cutest participant at Olive Valley’s fabled Dragon’s Den party in June, he was bashing something against something else, as toddlers do. But this wasn’t just random object-bashing, no, I could distinctly detect…
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Affilired: Using Technology to Put Heads on Pillows

Using technology to put heads on pillows Have you ever been to Parc Bit, also known as Mallorca’s Silicone Valley? It’s where all the start-ups and entrepreneurs on the island congregate. Although I have never been to the original Silicone Valley, I always pictured it as a collection of ghastly grey high-rises made of aluminium…
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The Master of Internet-things

Saving your $$$$ the technological way ‘Imagine your table telling you: “You’ve been eating too much”’ or “go easy on the wine!” Or your chair saying: You’ve been sitting down for three hours. Time to get up and move.’” As I’m picturing the rather disconcerting scenario of my own furniture lecturing me, I am actually…
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Living the Vida Local

Happy with Apps in Mallorca Before going to the meeting with Thomas Petit, I checked out a couple of his videos on YouTube and I must admit, I was filled with a vague sense of unease. OK, I will say that again: I was petrified. What was this? It was ROI and ASO and KPIs…
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Playing Your Way to Linguistic Glory

Emma Boardman comes bounding into the cafe in El Corte Inglés, all youthful enthusiasm and vitality. It’s just as well that she is filled with exuberant vigour, for her client base are infants and toddlers. It takes someone bursting with unstoppable energy to keep up with them, but Boardman and her company, Bambini Lingo, are…
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Great Day for Olive Valley

Palma de Mallorca, Friday June 7th 2019. A light breeze comes wafting down the Paseo Maritimo, caressing the hair and cooling the faces of the people assembled in the outdoor Cargo Bar behind The Boathouse. It is an astonishingly large group of people that are gathered here on this gold, blue and white summer evening.…
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Parc Bit Tech Businesses Creating One Billion Euros

Parc Bit, the main centre of technological innovation in the Balearic Islands, currently boasts 171 companies and employs more than three thousand workers. Together the businesses are now billing more than one billion euros annually. This joint turnover figure is also growing every year. From its humble start of 16 companies and 300 workers, it…
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