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
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
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.
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
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:
A 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
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
Hack4Med 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
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!
For this meeting, all our teams have succeeded in collecting enough input through interviews!… Click to read the full post
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
The fifth episode of our Lean AKademy, was completed on Tuesday (29/4) afternoon! This was the first meeting where we really focused on some concrete outcomes of interviews that the teams have carried out so for. This time, we skipped the theoretical part that was about metrics and channels, and postponed it for the next time, to get some additional minutes to talk about our canvases and interview results.
In the photo above, we see Effie presenting the results from the initial set of interview, she and Nikos Manolis carried out over the past few weeks. Discussing on these outcomes helped a lot both Effie and Nikos to better define their work but also the rest of the teams in knowing what to expect more or less from each interview.… Click to read the full post
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/
“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