Symbian Tertulia: App stores and Patents

As twittered and blogged here before, we hosted a Symbian Tertulia in Barcelona last Friday. The venue, “Dulcinea” in the old town of Barcelona, provided the most appropriated environment for the discussion, including superb “Chocolate con Churros”.


From Left to Right: Jose M., Xavier and Victor (David taking the photo) at Dulcinea

The attendance consisted of David Caabeiro (co-funder of SequencePoint), Xavier Montalvo (Engineer at Sugrañes patent firm) and JoseM. Herrero (Developer at Visual Engineering) and myself. Thanks to all the guys for attending!

We had a very productive 2 hours, and here is my summary of the most interested topics:

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Tertulia with Symbian – Barcelona 09/10/09

In english at the bottom of the post…

Por razones personales (es mi cumpleaños) estaré trabajando desde Barcelona el viernes 9 de Octubre. Como esto no pasa muy a menudo (normalmente solo bajo para vacaciones) pensé que seria una buena oportunidad para reunirnos con gente que normalmente solo conversamos en comunidades “online”.

Por esta razón, me gustaría proponer una Tertulia sobre Symbian en Barcelona el 09-Octubre-2009. La idea seria de mantener el formato de almuerzo matutino, así que propongo quedar a las 11 am. Donde? Denpende en vosotros un poco, alguna sugerencia? Mi ideas iniciales seria:

El tema de conversación seria la industria de telefonía Móvil y Symbian en particular, y porque no.. futbol!. Si te apetece apuntarte hazme un ping en twitter @victorpalau o deja un mensaje en este “post”. Nos vemos en Barcelona! Read more of this post

The football transfers market and the Symbian Foundation

Ok, so lets be upfront, I am a FC Barcelona supporter since I can remember. I guess the strange thing is that I am the only one of my family the follows footie.

Anyhow, today I am not going to gloat on the achievements of the last season, but I would like to compare Mardrid and Barcelona’s approach to building their teams. They are without a doubt 2 of the biggest teams in Europe, with 2 very different approaches to developing a successful business .

Real Madrid, as it is clear from the summer transfers market, concentrates in buying players that will bring big publicity contracts with them and with a proven sporting achievement record on their backs. This comes at a high price, 96 millon euros in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo and 65 for Kaka. Real Madrid uses this tactic to fill in key positions on the team backbone, the players bought are expected to deliver the clubs sporting objectives, and beyond Raul and Casillas not many youth team players achieve the “galactico” label.

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Passió Blaugrana

Lo millor es que clarifiquem el mes important al davant, jo soc del barca de tota la vida. La cosa estranya es que soc l’únic de casa meva que segueix el futbol.

De totes maneres, avui no volia parlar avui necessàriament de les habilitats esportives del Barca i del Madrid, però mes des de el punt de comparació com dues empreses davanteres en el mercat de l’esport rei d’Europa, el futbol.

Des de el meu punt de vista, tenint en compte el palmarès esportiu i financer, en el darrers cinc anys tant el Barcelona com el Reial Madrid es poden classificar com dos dels millor clubs de futbol del mon. Però els dos tenen una manera molt diferent de desenvolupament el seu negoci.

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