Back in March of 2012, I opened the doors of Workether, the first international coworking space in Valencia, Spain. As a digital creative and Hyper Island alumni, it wasn’t long since I aslo turned the coworking space into an interactive agency. All of a sudden, I was in charge of a team and dealing with two different business models in one: a challenging start for my entrepreneur life.
Fast forward to the present
We made it. In just over two years Workether has become the place to be for entrepreneurs, hosting some of the best technology events in town. We are also the reference for global brands, hosting hackathons such as the Microsoft’s Megathon or NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge.
Workether’s local impact is materialized in the collaboration and joint development of different projects with the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia’s Foundation for Innovation (Fundación InnDEA) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
And then it strikes me. I have to make a choice:
- Settle down in Valencia and focus on the main revenue streams
- Start something new, somewhere new
The choice was made before I boiled it down to two bullet points: despite the good times just arrived, it was time to depart.
Workether’s last day was the 1st of July 2014. Local news spread the word and gave me the chance to share my gratitude to everyone that was part of it. However, I felt I had to share a little piece of knowledge to the future generations.
Therefore, I configured this list with the 10 things I learnt as the CEO:
1. It’s better to say no than delivering poor/late work
2. Your brand is your most valuable asset
3. Don’t give people more than they deserve in advance
4. Hire attitude
5. Get ready to fail
6. Horizontal organisations need strong leadership
7. There are no bad clients, just bad processes and workflows
8. Ask for advice
9. There are no bad briefs
10. Always speak the truth
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