Living outside of the big cities or big technology/financial hubs sometimes is the synonym of being left out of everything whats going on and being far away of many opportunities for your own professional development. On these places the ecosystem is vibrant with lots of events and meetups, either focused on networking or to share knowledge about a given topic.
Unfortunately for those leaving far away of these centers, even though remote working is more prevalent nowadays, we still are not able to attend and be part of these things regularly.
That is why I see with great pleasure the recent grow in this kind of activity in Funchal. Institutions like the University of Madeira, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Startup Madeira and some other people, have been organizing recently several of this events and promoting an entrepreneurial mindset and a culture of innovation. This might turn the city’s ecosystem more dynamic and help exploring new and open opportunities, specially related with technology and the digital economy, in an island that is somewhat dependent on tourism.
As an example in the last few weeks, we’ve had a informal business networking event called “Afterwork” which as been happening with some regularity, we had some talks in several fields given by experts in M-ITI open to the public and we also had a workshop of “marketing for startups” given by Felipe Ávila Da Costa from Infraspeak (previously UPTEC).
Of course this should be just the staring of a long walk, but is good to see some movement in this area. Because I see much potential in other areas, that are not tied to location or raw materials, to be developed and “shipped” to the rest of the world from Madeira, we just have to change to a doing mindset and explore the existing global opportunities while living here.
And lets get real, who doesn’t prefer to work and live in a beautiful island with great weather all year round, instead of endure crazy cold winters and burning hot summers?
Also, have I already talked about the great co-working spaces we have here? Perhaps I will do it in a future post.
Yesterday I’ve read a very interesting post, on the blog “onStartups“, about the different roles you can find in a tribe and how that structure can be compared to today’s startups.
For me the great value of article, is the explanation about how different people with different skills and backgrounds, are actually quite important to achieve your company’s goals, and none of them is more important than the other.
They elaborated one video summarizing the key points (you can find it bellow), that is a good introduction to the rest of the content.
In the end of 2010 i bought this book called “Rework”, written by some people from 37signals, but i didn’t had the time to read it till recently.
After doing it, i just have to say that it is amazing, i never thought i would read a book about business like this one. They challenged every conventional way of thinking about work.
And you know what?
I like the way they describe things and their proposal about how this stuff should work. I already had thought about the content found in some chapters of the book but i didn’t know if it would work, but they made it and seems they are doing just fine.
So if you someday read “Rework” or already read, take just about 2 minutes and leave your opinion in the comments.
You can find more about the book in the following here.