A warm farewell, or a “see you later”?

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Well, nothing stays the same, that’s a given! We all evolve, we progress and we move, either forward or backwards (that’s true also!). But either for better or for worse, one thing is certain, that everybody is changing!

In the same sense, time has come for me to move forward. Completing a life-long professional relationship of 9,5 years with Nikos Manouselis and the wider team, in three different institutions, the Agricultural University of Athens (2005-2007), the Greek Research & Technology Network (2008-2010) and Agro-Know (2011-2014).

Through these years I have worked in research, earning “my stripes” there, I have taken it up a notch going into an MSc and PhD after that.… Click to read the full post

Book Review: Blue Ocean Strategy

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As promised some three weeks ago, another book was read and will not be reviewed! This time I had the pleasure of reading the “Blue Ocean Strategy” that as its subtitle promises, will help its readers “create uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant“! This was quite a promise and an eye-opener for me when I first came across this book and I have to say that for sure the book delivers on its promise!

First of all, allow me to copy part of the dedicated wiki page so that you know what this book is about at a glance. … Click to read the full post

Book Review: Disciplined Entrepreneurship

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One of the habits I have developed over the years is related to my summer reading! Each summer, before my holidays I select three books, one related to work, one remotely-related and one completely irrelevant. I won’t bore you with the other two, which were The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and Emotional Intelligence but I would like to spend some time letting you know about the work-related one which was Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet.

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Having read quite some other books on startups, I must admit that this book came as a surprise for me. It was definitely worth reading as it explained lots and lots of things that I was struggling with when applying some other methodologies in practice.… Click to read the full post

A “Lean” War Room in AK

The importance of war rooms in times of warfare is proven for many many years now! The term “war room” is also used within the startup community and more specifically introduced in various approaches for customer and product development. Looking at a formal definition in Wikipedia, we see that:

command center or command centre (often called a war room) is any place that is used to provide centralized command for some purpose. While frequently considered to be a military facility, these can be used in many other cases by governments or businesses. A command center enables an organization to function as designed, to perform day-to-day operations regardless of what is happening around it, in a manner in which no one realizes it is there but everyone knows who is in charge when there is trouble.Click to read the full post

ThinkBiz – Travel & Tourism Edition

On Friday, June 6th, I had the pleasure of joining a ThinkBiz event! ThinkBiz is a student group coming from the Athens University of Economics & Business that works with entrepreneurship issues, offering support and collaboration within the academic community, to students that are eager to develop their ideas into sustainable businesses! They are creative and they embrace innovation, opening a circle of people that stretches outside their own university into many academic institutions in Greece.

The specific event was held in the Found.ation and it was about startups that work on the field of tourism! We had the opportunity to hear from the teams of Offerial and Captain Wise about their experiences and their wonderful “trips” through the various stages of developing their ideas, turning them into a working demo, gathering funding and launching them publicly!… Click to read the full post

Hack4Med – A hackathon to remember!

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From Friday the 16th of May, till Saturday the 17th, the Agro-Know team had the priviledge to be a part of the Hack4Med hackathon organized in the context of the HOMER project, in Heraklion, Crete! Agro-Know supported the hackathon, offering its expertise in the organization and facilitation of the event, as well as its experience from previous hackathons.

The event kicked off with a set of inspiring speeches from our invited speakers from various agencies and unions in the wider area of Crete. We listened carefully to their needs related to the use of open data in public administration, in tourism, agriculture, energy and the environment.… Click to read the full post

Building European Success Stories for Rising Greek Startups

On Thursday, 22/5, Agro-Know attended the event “Building European Success Stories for Rising Greek Startups”! This was an event that was co-organized by Metavallon and EIT ICT Labs, aiming to give to a group of Greek Startups the opportunity to pitch their efforts in front of a Greek and international team of experts, and to apply for a dynamic startup training session in Europe. The session started with a presentation of the work carried out by EIT ICT Labs, by Roberto Saracco. One message that I kept from Mr Saracco’s talk was that Europe is more about creating research and theory, instead of generating money and creating products for the market.… Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Presenting Problem/Solution Fit

On Friday, May 24th, the three teams of the Lean AKademy, presented in front of all the AK team, their outcomes of the first Lean AKademy phase! The results of the work that lasted for almost two months, from mid-March to mid-May, were presented to the rest of the AK team that had the opportunity to ask questions on the findings of our teams. More specifically, Effie & Nikos presented their idea on “Information Sharing, Exchange and Discoverability of Content by Food Safety Providers”, Elena & Thodoris presented their idea on “Supporting Multilingual Discovery Services and Visualizations on Research Data” and Babis & Stavros presented their work on “Training the Trainers on Food Safety of Agricultural Products”.… Click to read the full post

LIVE from Hack4Med: The HOMER Hackathon

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hack4med logoHack4Med is here! We kicked off today at 17.00 with a set of speeches from local authorities of Heraklion, focusing on their data and the needs they have from innovative applications on their topics. After completing the speeches, we divided into two groups and we interviewed our speakers to get some more specific input for our hack ideas! Once we collected all the input, we went into one big group and we shared our insights, identifying hack ideas that we decided to move forward with!

What you see below is a glimpse of what is happening at the moment, at 22.30, with the teams working in their respective spaces, filled with energy, food and supplies for an all-night hacking experience!… Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Episode VI

The first phase of our first attempt with “Lean”, in Lean AKademy is coming to an end! Only one meeting left, and the teams have really started to grasp the problems they are tackling, acknowledging their customers as well as the alternatives they currently use to solve their problems! For this sixth meeting, once more, we focused mainly on the interviews and their results, only spending a few minutes discussing on theory. We will have enough time to go into greater depth about channels, metrics, pricing and more, in the second phase of the Lean AKademy!

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For this meeting, all our teams have succeeded in collecting enough input through interviews!… Click to read the full post