This is my 100th blog post in the Agro-Know blog…

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… and I have several reasons to celebrate it. I also have a special reason to dedicate it to a special person – Erik Duval, a Professor at the Computer Science Department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, a person that hardly knows me. But let me share a little story with you, in order to explain things:

Back in 2011, Agro-Know moved into the new offices at Vrilissia, Attica, Greece – the same ones that we are currently using. Back then we were a bunch of people coming from different backgrounds, with different expertise and workspaces e.g. I was working for the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET) before joining Agro-Know.… Click to read the full post

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

Image taken from: http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/thank-you-and-see-you-later/

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

Takeaways from a meeting with a visionary

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In July 2014, I visited Washington DC for a Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) meeting at the World Bank headquarters. I could spend a whole week at the United States so I took the opportunity in order to organise some further meetings in order to explore synergies and collaborations in the context of our SemaGrow project activities. I was trying to understand better the data problems and needs that organisations like the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have, when they are trying to put together large amounts of heterogeneous information in order to help their researchers do their job.… Click to read the full post

Start-up Owner’s Manual – Book and online course reviewed

For the past few months, almost a year now, I have had the opportunity to experiment and work with the latest approaches in business & product development! I started working with the Lean Startup methodology by Eric Ries and the Lean Canvas of Ash Maurya and worked my way back to the origins of the entire approach, going through Alex Osterwalder’s famous Business Model Canvas, all the way to the course that Steve Blank taught to his students, on how to build a startup… Taking this course online, here, but also reading his book, opened up my mind to a world of opportunities and ideas!… Click to read the full post

Startups: What are they? Really…

On the 24th of April, I had the priviledge of seeing an article of mine, published in the weekly edition of the Finance & Markets Voice newspaper! It was a short position article of 300 words, in which I shortly discussed the concept of a startup, as this is perceived in Greece, also discussing data that come from all around Europe. Since the article was in Greek, I decided to attempt to translate it and share with the rest of the AK team but also our followers, here! Enjoy…!

Photo taken from: http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2013/08/06/startup-vs-big-company-which-is-better-for-your-career/

Photo taken from: http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2013/08/06/startup-vs-big-company-which-is-better-for-your-career/

We read in an article from Endeavour Greece that within 2013, amidst the crisis in Greece, 144 startups were founded, gathering a staggering funding of 42 million euros.Click to read the full post