Two (Spanish) web companies to watch

During my recent trip to Spain, I got to know the executives/founders of a two interesting companies: Gonzalo Garcia and Ramon Leonato of GeoVirtual and Eduardo Arcos and Arturo Paniagua of Hipertextual. While they are under-the-radar now, I wouldn’t be...

500 euros to buy a computer…Free!

Last weekend, April 25 and 26, I spoke at the University of Oviedo at a new MBA program in communications and new technologies. During the coffee break on Saturday, I learned something very interesting from Elena, Alfonso, and Igancio, three students from the program....

It’s all in a (Spanglish) brand name: Bicing and Vueling

During my trip here in Spain, I have learned about two new, innovative companies based in Barcelona that use funny, Spanglish brand names. The first is Bicing (combining the word “bicicleta” or bike in Spanish with the English suffix -ing), which provides...

SoiTu.es – User-Generated Content Portal in Spain

During my week in Madrid, I visited Gumersindo Lafuente, the founder and director of a brilliant Spanish-language site called SoiTu.es (or roughly “I am you” in English). Even while it provides up-to-date news and tons of helpful/interesting blurbs and...

On-train magazines – High-speed trains that is…

Here is something that is totally foreign to North American travelers: on-train magazines. That’s right…just like in-flight magazines but on the train. I neglected to mention on my previous post that when I took the high-speed train from Madrid to...

High-speed train from Madrid to Barcelona

Yesterday I took the high-speed Renfe AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona. It used to take 8+ hours and now takes about 3 hours. An amazing experience. The best part of it is that instead of having to go to the airport in a taxi, wait 2-3 hours, go thru security, etc,...