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Two titans of the national entrepreneurial ecosystem and true ninjas of work-life balance like Carina Szpilka and Arrolasent me a book which is a MUST read: First impression that struck me is that they must have seen in myself, a poor, desperate soul in need, when they had to run to deliver me the book before the Christmas break. And they are right. Second thought is that this ties nicely with my yearly post about my review of the last 12 months and the goals for the time to come.
As I did last year here. Smile more, forgive more, judge less. Take care of my team and delegate much, much more.
Spend much more time with my Mom and Dad. Go back into practicing sport regularly, at least times per week. Worry less and have much more fun, looking into the future with optimism. I had less reasons to smile inbut I tried my best, and I certainly judged less. But I still feel that I have lots to improve in this aspect. I give myself a 6.
I was able to delegate much more in some functions: But I do feel I am clearly on the path to full delegation there for I think the effort was in the right direction, but this only deserves a 4. I did enjoy the beautiful two little persons that my daughters are becoming immensely. Well, this year has been several orders of magnitude harder than both on a professional and personal level.
I had more reasons to worry, both from a macro, micro and nano-perspectives and less triggers to have fun. But I still look into the future with lots of optimism. Looking into CARTO in detail, we did far too many things as a company after the series B and the digestion of all these activities and projects has proven hard.
Over the last 12 months we accomplished great milestones such as:. Our Sales objectives were pretty optimistic back in January, considering our stage of development, and we had to revamp our sales team mid year through. While we were not successful in our 1st VP of sales hiring iteration. And we experienced a decrease in efficiency across the organization due to hyper-growth and new hires in several locations without clearly defined roles.
Do less but better. I like the idea from the Essentialism book, that priorities should be a singular word, we should have one single priority!. Success for me will be measured by how my family enjoysnot just copes with it. How we all have the time, the energy and the health to face the challenges with optimism and clear minds. CARTO will grow to become an adult this year, leaving the uncertainties of teenage to become a global SaaS player with tremendous optionality in We will consolidate the efforts and initiatives of the last months, and follow the same principle I will apply to myself, focus on less things.
Where organizational design will play a key role to shape the company we want to work in. Be thankful, a lot, for my privileges and the opportunity to be here, present now, to enjoy life to the fullest. But I realize how important it is to understand what the management roles in a ever changing startup do and I have decided to try to answer it for one and all.
So, trying to determine where do I spend my time and efforts, I have gone back to the raw data of my weekly activities, as see if that helps somehow. Marriage points as I have explained before here are like airline fidelity points but they work in the opposite way. In Madrid, I start my day at the office around 8: I try to go swimming twice a week 45 minutes sessions, but it takes a 1: On weekends, family time is sacred, but once the girls are asleep, I usually spend another hour or so per day in work related items.
In NYC, I start my day at 8: I am fighting unprepared meetings fiercely, and the same goes for a lot of weekly allocated slots for s and team meetings.
To date, I oversee the Sales, Marketing, Legal, Finance and Operations side of the business, with around 7 direct reports and 40 team members under that structure, and my time is divided as follows:. Most of my time is still devoted to Sales from management to direct sales meetings and exec management related matters roadmap, pricing, alignment decisions with Finance getting a usually defined allocation of hours to close monthly financial reports, look at key KPIs and take some expenses and investment decisions.
With our new key hires in SalesI expect to devote less time to sales and more efforts to enhance the operational efficiency of the whole company. And feel I also need to focus on more strategic initiatives, which have impact in various departments at once. Email is a terrible curse nowadays, and I suffer it badly. In a slow month, like August, I received 2, emails of which came from external recipients and from internal ones. Considering that emails go dramatically down on weekends, that means I get around emails a day not considering spam, subscriptions or emails filtered to avoid my inbox, but including internal group emails.
On my side, I sent emails in the same period to different people funnily I sent 20 emails to myself, mostly to-do reminders. I follow the strategy of answering emails if they do deserve an answer as soon as I read it, but nevertheless my average response time in August was 1 d and 1 h.
And my top 10 email interactions were, of course, with my colleagues: While I start feeling less bad about some emails not being answered at all. I probably do too many things, and they are way too different from each other. Again, scaling up a startup is not about doing more things but doing the things that matter right. And learning to say no, many times. One of the best work-life balance gurus in Spain and a great friend, Jose Carlos Hualdeonce told me that the secret of happiness lies in 2 simple principles:.
Always wanting more, needing more, which cannot be achieved, both in our personal or professional environments, only leads to frustration and unhappiness. And he suggested I should make a list of the things that make me feel whole: So that I could use it as a guide of what is right and wrong in my life. It is not that I should just focus on doing the things that make me feel better, since you always have responsibilities, constrains, etc in your life, but at least you should understand how far off you are from your own goals and what is the path towards reaching them.
I have one of these types of personalities who has trouble being completely happy, even if I have all the ingredients to do so. Too bad, I definitely need to work harder on this. Excessive sense of responsibility, perfectionism and the feeling of not delivering to the expectations both personally and professionally can be a driver of action but also an insidious pain.
Now that I look back to that list, it mostly goes tied to the lack of time to do what I like moreand the stress of managing an hyper-growth startup. At the same time I feel incredibly excited about the possibility of building something really big and unique with global impact with CartoDB.
What I like most building disruptive technologies, changing the status quo of an industry is also producing collateral damages of what I dread most. How can a better balance between the tsunami of tasks and thing to get done daily and the need to spend time with your family and devote time for yourself to rest and be healthy and fit?.
I have not the best answer there, many others around me perform better. I feel Arrola is a great example of being on top of hundreds of things and still having time for family and his passions. Since I joined CartoDB full-time, almost 2 years ago, months are running around me and I cannot avoid a certain dizziness, mixed with lots of excitement and some doses of panic.
We are overcoming milestones at an absurd pace, over Accel Partners and Salesforce Ventures. Investors are crucial team members, and you need to find the right fit for the each phase of your startup. In our case, local investors, ready to take risks betting on people, were absolutely great for our starting steps, thank you Arrola and Aquilino!. In October last year, with Ciaran, we added a smart, supportive, experienced and connected person on board, which is the phone number you call first when you have challenges and shit starts to hit the fan.
And now we felt the same chemistry with Harry Nelis from Accel, he is the kind of person who will remain calm during turbulences, sharing the right piece of advice with perfect timing. I am sure he will be paramount in helping us become a truly global enterprise SaaS player. CartoDB is not just an innovative location intelligence platform. Technology matters, indeed, but we are, moreover, a community.
Our hard-working team members, our enthusiastic power users, the groups of journalists, financial services analysts, biodiversity experts, educators, big data scientists…, who use us daily and gather together to share experiences and become better mappers and location data analysts are the reason we built CartoDB in the first place.
I am extremely thankful to all of you, and especially to the families of our team members, to my own patient family ;! It is really inspiring to see how each of the members of the community has a unique way of telling the stories that really matter, providing information for better decision making and coming up with innovative ideas on how we can provide a better service.
I experience, proudly envious, how, week over week, each team member is growing and learning how to punch way over his weight, from our CEOJavierwho gets the hard thing about hard things ; ; Sergiowho does magic defining the product every day; Andrewwho equally innovates relentlessly and excites communities worldwide; to Santanakeeping our feet on the ground while delivering dreams with daily production deployments.
Our roadmap is full of new exciting paths to explore, we are eager to bring incredibly talented individuals from all over the globe on board and be closer to where our customers and users are in over 65 countries. The new funding we have secured will help us to achieve all this, to create a better CartoDB. It is a privilege to be able to live these times, with these top tier partners, incredible team and top-notch technology.
I am grateful for the opportunity and of course, frightened about the responsibility. We have a grand vision and now we need to execute and deliver to the expectations. Scaling up a startup is actually not about doing many more things, but about focusing on the crucial issues and challenges you are facing every day. Doing less but betterand spending wisely, ambitiously but without extravagances.
We are just getting started, we need to prove that we deserve the attention and the resources we got so far and we have a long way and extreme effort ahead of us, before we can call it a day. But it is also important to celebrate the milestones, enjoy the path and be humble to recognize how big the role is, that luck plays in all this game.
Le estoy cogiendo el gusto a esto de hacer listados: Uno de mis mentores personales. Juanjo comparte muy interesantes tweets y posts sobre emprendimiento, y de vez en cuando se mete en jardines con su hueste de trolls. Eneko hace de puente entre Seedrocket y Silicon Valley. Muy interesante seguir su experiencia americana tuit a tuit. Soy fan de 37signals, y aunque no me gusta mucho el estilo de dhh, excesivamente paternalista, es un must follow.
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