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So Long! I Will Take Care of the Rest

Dealing with death digitally In a few weeks it’s been seven years since I stopped smoking. No, I don’t call it “gave up” because it was not a sacrifice. I was what some call a “social smoker,” which just means, well, a smoker; just not the type who reaches for the packet of life-giving smoke…
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Investing in Change

Jamie Brown’s 24th reincarnation All self-help books say the same: If you want to change your life, you have to start doing things differently. Ahhrghhh, okay, so taking two dogs and a lot of furniture and moving from the other side of the world isn’t change enough? Do I still have to do more? Evidently,…
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The Artful Codger

Alex von Moltke Hyper Modern “Old” Guy When did it become a “thing” that everybody has to go to university? When did it become the norm that you have to have a master’s degree in economics to wash dishes in a restaurant? Obligatory with a PhD to work at McDonald’s? No, the last one’s actually a…
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What? Has it been One Year?!?

News from the Olive Valley crew It’s hard to fathom, but Olive Valley is already one year old! And what a year it’s been. The members are flooding in, or as close to ‘flooding’ as you can get in Mallorca. For on this tiny island with not many people there are more entrepreneurs than you…
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A Woman’s Touch takes Tech to Top

German techspert takes on Google, wants women in tech to be more visible Would you believe me if I told you the first time I used the GPS function on my (four year old) iPhone was February 2020? That’s right. The first time. I don’t like relying on these things because I think they make…
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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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