Entrepreneur, communicator and writer. At only 25 Pau Garcia-Milà is credited with some big achievements including the revolutionary Cloud Computing platform eyeOS that he created when he was only 17. He is the author of three books; the most recently published is called “You have an idea. But you don’t know it yet.” Two years ago he was the youngest Digital Business professor in the Masters program the prestigious ESADE University in Spain.
We had the opportunity to talk to Pau at World Innovation Forum León last week. His conference had a huge impact on the event’s live audience as well as WOBI followers on social networks. Learn about his experience as a youngster in the business world, his formula to generate more and better ideas and his vision of what it is to be a good entrepreneur.
In the first day of World Innovation Forum 2013 the speakers focused on different ways to generate ideas. The second day of the event focused on what it means to be an innovator: someone that disrupts his or her environment.
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Pau García-Milà spoke yesterday about forming ideas. He told the story of a professor at one of the most important universities in Europe that does the same exercise every year with his students. He tells them that they have five dollars to make a business. The student who earns the most money at the end of the course wins the exercise. For years, students had the same business plans. Some students went for conservative and secure approaches by selling beverages and others took risks and spent everything in casinos. Every year, the students did the same activity asking themselves the same question: What did the people who won last year do and how can we do something better? If last year’s winner sold beverages, the new students did the same thing but spent months investigating where they could better locate their business in order to win. They always made a minimal profit until one year a group of students didn’t do the exercise until a few days before it was due, with all odds stacked against them. That group of students won, and earned more money than any group before. What did they do right? We’ll find out later.
Innovation lies in questions and finding better processes to make things more simple and efficient. All of these questions were asked during the first day of World Innovation Forum León 2013 to create a more creative and innovative generation.