Tim van Kasteren – Data Scientist @ Schibsted


Even if Schibsted is one of largest media groups in Europe maybe you don’t know it. However, you are probably familiar with brands like InfoJobs, MilAnuncios.com, Vibbo (Segunda Mano) or coches.net, all of them part of the group.

With Tim we discuss the role of a Data Scientist in a native Digital company, the problems, the opportunities and also the advice that he can provide to aspiring Data Scientists.

Enjoy !!!

Interview with Gloria Macias-Lizaso – McKinsey’s partner in charge of Data Science & Business Analytics

Gloria Macias-Lizaso, McKinsey’s partner in charge of Data Science in Spain talks with me about Data Science & Business Analytics, how McKinsey sees the sector in Europe and what could be its evolution in the near future.

We also discuss on the qualities that makes candidates more fit for a Data Science or Business Analytics position. What are companies looking for? There you will hear about a new concept, the one of translators, professionals that bridge between business and tech, trying to make tech relevant and understandable for organizations.

In such a changing world, it is difficult to find anybody that is equally good in both tech and business. In fact, for many of us it is difficult to keep up with the fast pace of the area. Having people that know how to best apply tech to business and apply it in an effective way is rare.

This is the kind of people that we aim to train @ Esade in our new program, the Master in Business Analytics. If yo are interested, please contact me !

A conversation with Soh Kim – d-school Stanford University – about Design Thinking, Food Hackatons and Data Science

Soh Kim is responsible for the FoodInno initiative in the d-school @ Stanford University, as you all know the d-school is the meca of Design Thinking, a collaboration between Stanford & IDEO that resulted in the conceptualization of Design Thiking. 

Soh is one of the main researchers around Open Innovation in the Food industry. She is interested not only in conducting research but also in driving change. Food Hackatons is one of her proposals to link the instruments commonly used in Innovation & Tech to the Food Industries.

This interview was precisely recorded in one of this Hackatons in Esade where we proposed to reinvent TAPAS.

Our collaboration with the d-school goes however well beyond Food Hackatons. In our new program on Data Science, the Master in Business Analytics, our students will have a 2 week study trip to the Stanford’s d-school to work on how to use Design Thinking in Data Science.

Many of the Data Analytics projects don’t fully reach their objectives or end up in products that don’t fit the needs of users. With the use of Design Thinking we want to change that, increasing their success rate. 

Open Innovation – the Last 10 years – the next 10 years

During December 15-17 we had in ESADE Barcelona the World Open Innovation Conference 2016. About 250 scholars, industry, government and researchers gathered to present, network and talk about Open Innovation in what is possibly the largest conference in the world on this area.

It will be difficult to highlight only a few things because we had so many. From the State of Open Innovation introduced by Henry Chesbrough to the commitment on Open Innovation of the European Commission presented by Carlos Moedas or the one of the City of Barcelona introduced by Francesca Bria. Or the intersection between Open Innovation and food with Ferran Adrià and Marcel Planellas or with soccer with Ivan Bofarull. The state of Open Innovation in China. Even a food hackaton held by Soh Kim from Stanford and myself.

Of course, lots of papers, academic research and also challenges posed by companies where academic and industry can both relate and discuss.

It was a really nice conference with many different flavors, reflecting the reality of a discipline that is becoming increasingly important as companies move towards ways to compete where innovation is more prevalent.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to give a talk in Berlin invited by Fraunhofer FOKUS (Vielen Dank !!!) about the past, the present and the future of Open Innovation.

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¿Por qué esta revolución es diferente?

thenewrevolutionSi algo nos diferencia como especie, es nuestra capacidad para construir herramientas, nada hay más humano. Estas herramientas nos han permitido aumentar nuestras capacidades, haciendo no sólo más de lo que podíamos hacer sino cosas de las que no éramos capaces.

La revolución industrial supuso un punto de inflexión importante. El multiplicador de nuestras capacidades se incrementó notablemente y con él la participación del trabajo en productos y servicios se empequeñeció. Aparecieron las primeras películas y narraciones que nos mostraban una humanidad donde las maquinas lo hacían todo. En ese momento sólo eran sueños.

Sin embargo, aquellos sueños se están convirtiendo en realidad.

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Data & Cities


Last Friday November 25 Barcelona City Hall & Esade held in Barcelona an event around the use and the governance of Data in Cities. Central to this event was the discussion of what cities have to do with data and how to approach the tsunami around Big Data, Data Analytics and Data Science that is shaking and transforming companies and organizations around the world.

It’s a very new subject and I think it is fair to say that local authorities are mostly unprepared to deal with it. To summarize, not only they lack the internal competencies but best practices and general policy frameworks don’t exist yet. Only a few cities: New York, Seoul, Amsterdam, Helsinki, now Barcelona … are exploring this uncharted territory with a diversity of approaches.

Last Friday we had the opportunity to be exposed to some of them. Among all I would like to highlight three.

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Data Driven Cities – SF saving Cyclists’ lives


Cyclist die in our cities trying to circumvent too much traffic and survive hostile streets. Yes, cyclist die and they die too often. At the end of August this was the case of Michael Schenkman, 78, an avid and popular New York cyclist that also taught driver’s education for several years. He knew how to sort the dangerous and busy streets of New York. But nevertheless, he died stroked by a black Chevrolet that dragged him 25 feet.

I have been cycling through the streets of Barcelona for the last 15+ years. Barcelona is as dangerous as New York for cyclists. In the last years separated lanes for cyclist have been built,  but none on the sidewalks, which obviously limits adoption. When you cycle often through cities  you are very aware of the risk, you know that no matter what you do, a car or a motorbike can hit you and you will die or end up seriously injured. For the sake of the example, in New York, Schenkman’s death was the fifteenth until August. A pretty bad record.   

However, even if this happens and happens too often, even knowing how to address it. Most of the times, nothing gets done, beyond regretting the causality.

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Self driving cars, hell or heaven for cities?


Let’s be clear beforehand, new technologies open opportunities but don’t shape futures, societies do !

We often tend to have an optimistic view of technology, and in the end it is normally true that technology advancements result in a better living for all of us. However, transitions are not necessarily smooth and often the introduction of a new technology has caused social pains.

This is not the fault of technology, but of our lack of willingness to confront the problem and design social and legal structures that could shape the outcomes that we envision. Avoiding confronting early the inevitable changes that the technology progress will bring, is at the root of this problem. It is as easy to hide and prohibit the new business models, new tech advancements as irresponsible. Doing so only leads to being hit by them and having to adopt the “de facto” standard because that has been developed abroad because it is too late, because when we finally surrender to the unavoidable, it will be too late. Resulting into much more than a missing opportunity, a loss in competitiveness and lots of pain.

Self driving cars will be no exception . We always have an optimistic view of this new technology. We envision self driving cars as an opportunity to get rid of car congestion in our cities. We all will share cars that will provide on demand rides at a very low cost. Transportation will be almost for free, ready available to everybody. Finally, pollution will be a nightmare of the past and our cities will be clean, with lots of green spaces recovered from city streets and cities will live a new renewal.

To good to be true? Yes, our cities could have this new renewal, but they have to earn it. Technology alone won’t bring it.

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