Five of the Valencians included in the prestigious list "30 under 30" ('30 Under 30') prepared by Forbes Spain have shared this Friday the keys to their success.
Pep Gómez, founder of Fever and Reby; Fran Villalba, CEO and founder of Internxt; María Tatay, CEO and co-founder of Prisma; José J. Burgos, CEO and co-founder of Fresh People; and Roberto Mohedano, CEO and co-founder of Timpers, have made their entrepreneurial projects grow exponentially and are benchmarks for current and future generations. Startup Valencia has brought them together in a meeting with more than 100 attendees to narrate their experience as founders of startups and inspire other entrepreneurs.
The event took place at Jeff's offices in Valencia where Karina Virrueta, Ecosystem Development Manager at Startup Valencia, was in charge of presenting the round table that was moderated by three of the members of the Startup Valencia Seed Committee: Pilar Prados, CEO and co-founder of Bounsel; Clara Torrijos, CEO of GoKoan, and Pablo Rodrigo Juan, CEO and co-founder of Traceable.
Among the topics addressed, the keys to success of each of the projects and their differentiating elements with respect to the competition have been discussed; the growth expectations of each of them and the attitude to be an entrepreneur.
In this sense, all the speakers have agreed to highlight the human value of the people who make up their companies and the importance of instilling a team culture as the basis for success.
The meeting has been planned as a dialogue in which Valencian entrepreneurs have been able to learn the keys to transforming an idea into a successful company. As Juan Luis Hortelano, president of Startup Valencia, explains, "having the experience of these five Valencian entrepreneurs is a source of inspiration for the innovative and technological ecosystem, as well as an opportunity to discover first-hand what has led them to become benchmarks in the sector".
The first to intervene in the meeting was Pep Gómez, founder of Fever and Reby, who did so by phone call, during which he recounted his professional career and his experience in founding Fever, a platform aimed at plans for Leisure time; and Reby, a company that seeks solutions in shared mobility, thinking about pedestrian safety and coexistence with cities.
In relation to the keys to being on the '30 under 30' list drawn up by Forbes, Roberto Mohedano, CEO and co-founder of Timpers, highlighted Timpers' philosophy and social values as a differentiating factor. "Right now, we are working on improving the service we offer, so that customers forget about the social project behind it and actually buy our shoes because they are a good product."
Fran Villalba, CEO and founder of Internxt, wanted to highlight the pressure regarding growth expectations, taking into account the macroeconomic perspective, when working with investment funds; as well as the importance of being convinced of your project. “Entrepreneurship is not easy. It must be clear that behind everything that seems successful, there is a lot of work and effort”, he underlined.
Regarding the differential values to become successful entrepreneurs, María Tatay, CEO and co-founder of Prisma, has highlighted. “passion for what you do, being decisive, flexible and adapting to circumstances”
“The biggest advantage of running a company is being very close to the business, when you don't have a big cushion of money you have to know the client's needs very well. In our case, the investment comes from our savings and from the family of one of the partners and there is a total responsibility there”.
Asked about the importance of the human team when carrying out projects, José J. Burgos, CEO and co-founder of Fresh People, has indicated that, from his experience, the key has been "surrounding yourself with people who are better than me, that is a gift, because you are capable of not putting all the responsibility on yourself and knowing that the solutions that these people generate are better than those that you can generate individually”.
In addition, the CEO and co-founder of Fresh People has emphasized the importance of technology and generating quick and human solutions for the client. "The client has to know that he works with people who help them to be better and that they give them technology for it."
Finally, all have agreed on the importance of knowing how to differentiate the personal from the business; as well as believing in your project, knowing how to manage the doubts that may come from the environment and de-dramatize, if the time comes, the project ends.
“It is essential to know how to stop in time. The figure of the entrepreneur who is dedicated exclusively to his company has done a lot of damage. The important thing is to be aware that if the company fails, it does not mean that you are a failure”, concluded María Tatay, CEO and co-founder of Prisma.