Category: Interviews

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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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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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The Anti-Cable Guy

Tidy Swedish entrepreneur opens his office doors “Why Panteon House? Good question. As you probably know, the word ‘pantheon’ comes from Greek, meaning ‘all gods.’ It’s supposed to denote the higher echelons, something high-calibre. I got the idea to House when I was living in London, where many well-known buildings are called This and that…
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The Harlequin of El Molinar

Purposeful Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Till Kraemer The British comedian Jack Dee once said: “Make lots of money. Enjoy the work. Operate within the law. Choose any two of three.” What a profound statement. But is it true? Certainly, there are lots of people who think making good money is somehow illegal or at least immoral. It…
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Bang Bang, You’re Alive!

Saving Lives one Game at a Time “It’s the saddest sight I know, seeing a bunch of friends together, young people, sitting around a table, but instead of talking to each other they are just staring at their phones,” Daniele Antoniani says. Yes, it is sad. And it’s not only young people. We oldies too…
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