October
2013
12

GDG Devfest Barcelona 2013 Roundup

GDG Devfest Barcelona 2013

First I need to say the GDG Defvest Barcelona 2013 was a great event, with really great speakers and amazing technologies.

I think it is best if I go one by one on the conferences I assisted.

Customer Development with Google Tools

It was a nice talk oriented to new startups. They showed a nice use of Google technologies to be able to achieve a product – market fit. There was a tool for every step along the lean methodology. Among the different free or relatively inexpensive tools available from Google, they showed us a good way to use trends or customer Survey for the discovery part to research the market and to use Google Analytics and Google AdWords for market validations. Essentially max out the power of the tools Google has made available for start ups.

All in all it was a good talk: it gave a hands-on point of view about one of the best ways to create and develop a product-market fit, how there was a specific tool to advance in each area and some of the traps you can find along the way. A good way to start the GDG Defvest Barcelona 2013.

 

Liquid Galaxy

I was really amazed by this technology. I didn’t know anything about this before coming so first I had no expectations and second it was a positive surprise. Liquid galaxy creates an immersive sensation by using Google maps and Google earth among multiple huge displays. We were able to see the technology that was behind such great product and also some of the multiple possible applications of this technology.… Read the rest of “GDG Devfest Barcelona 2013 Roundup”

October
2013
10

Secret history of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valey

When people think about Silicon Valley, they immediately think about innovation, startups and technology. I am sure that if you ask them what the origins of Silicon Valley are, 95% of them will answer with some hi-tech company, semiconductors or computer history, maybe someone will even say Apple computers are behind Silicon Valley.

 

However, the truth is a little bit different. Stanford professor Steve Blank explains it has more of a military background that what we may believe. He says before Silicon Valley it was Microwave Valley, specializing in electronic intelligence and radar detection systems for the World War II and Cold War. The seed capital for creating this Microwave Valley came from no other than the U.S. Government.

 

It was basically a research lab for the Department of Defense. Some traces of this military oriented Valley remains. For example, one of the biggest employers in the valley is Lockheed Martin, an American aerospace, defense, security and advanced technology company.

Nowadays it is much more than a military research lab, but this part of history is known by almost everybody. It is the most active technological area in the world and the place to be for technology companies.

 

 

If you want to hear an expert about this story you can watch the previous video  where professor Steve Blank explains the history of Silicon Valley and its ties to the military. I found it to be very interesting and not only for technology addicts.

September
2013
14

Cvivas.com : Hello World!

hello cvivas.com

Hello World everyone!

 

I welcome you all to my personal page, Cvivas.com .

 

Here you will find some of my thoughts and opinions about different areas. I will do my best to keep the focus on Technology, Psychology and Business.

But who am I kidding… there will also be music, art, and a lot of randomness, which I find makes the world a more interesting place.

 

With no more introductions, i greet you all with the mandatory “hello world” post, a must for everyone who has a computer background.

I hope you enjoy my blog at least half as much as I enjoy sharing it.