Nuevos retos, nuevas oportunidades

Imagino ya habéis leído las noticias, pero, aunque ya no sea novedad, quería compartir con todos el mensaje que envié a mi grandísimo equipo de CARTO:

Hola Carto(DB)ians:

As you heard in our town hall meeting, there are some personal news I wanted to share with you today, I’ve decided to move on to something new to join Telefonica by early next year, as the Head for Telefonica Open Future.

You might say, “what?, Miguel is joining the dark side!, the corporate world!”. ;).  Well, as you know, I am very personally committed with the enhancement of entrepreneurial ecosystems as founder of Chamberi Valley, organizer of the IN3 event and with many other pro-bono projects.

And I strongly believe that corporations have a great role to play here, to foster open innovation and help startups to grow and succeed. Telefonica gives me the unique opportunity to have a bigger impact in over 11 different ecosystems in Spain, UK, Germany and LATAM, which I feel is the right next challenge for me to focus on.

And the best thing is that I get to keep close to CARTO, as part of the Open Future family.

I’m leaving CARTO with incredible memories, lasting friendships and many, many amazing experiences, and I’ll never forget the unbelievable milestones we’ve achieved together as a team.

When I joined four years ago, in Eloy Gonzalo, with Emilio by my side, I already knew that Vizzuality/CartoDB/CARTO was onto something special. The culture we have is unique, the way Sergio energized everybody greatly complemented Jatorre’s unbeatable drive greatly. I treasure the amazing feeling of being part of a family in the way we all pulled together, to accomplish impossible deadlines and crazy milestones.

From an incredible product and technology with very little sales or operational infrastructure, we all had to roll up our sleeves and figure out how to build a global product and business. We are still figuring it out, we will probably always be, but CARTO is now stronger than ever.

I said no to a full sabbatical to take a seat in the rocket-ship when Javi and Sergio gave me the chance to join, and I don´t regret any minute. I wanted to play in the champion’s league of entrepreneurship and CARTO certainly delivered! It has been a breathtaking privilege to see the team grow so quickly, from the two shared desks in Lafayette to the Bushwick “up and coming” hip offices, to adding new family members in Tartu, Reston and London.

I’ve learned a lot from all of you, in many deep and personal ways, right now a few come to my mind;  Santana’s quick mind and easy going style, Jorge’s people skills, Raul’s tech wizardry,  Ben’s diplomacy, Jamon’s fully loaded hugs, Jaak’s sense of humor, Vanessa’s law & order, Andrew Hill’s charisma, Juanma’s closing magic, Emilio’s relentless work ethic, Ian’s communication tricks, Luis’s calm approach to crisis, Eva’s wide smiles and courage, Justyna’s deep ownership, Sally’s people first approach, Mamata’s humanity, Stuart’s powerful CPU, Dani’s jack-of-all-trade ninja moves, Jaime’s winning attitude, Joe’s understanding, Agnes’s culture care, Brad “noteless” accuracy, Javi’s friendship & trust and Ashley’s being-ashley mastership. I could go on and on, citing more than 200 cartoDBians I have had the honor and privilege to work with and for.

And of course Jatorre and Serg, my brothers, you make me and us proud and I wouldn’t be who I am today without you.

I hope that my “management by service” style, while annoying and controlling, has at least helped to convey the most important message of all. Each and everyone of you are CARTO, the culture, the future, does not rely in one single person but in the shoulders of all of you, with ownership and an urgent sense of purpose.

You have the incredible opportunity to consolidate CARTO as a brand and product with global impact, helping great individuals across the globe, tell the stories that really matter.

Over the course of the last weeks, I’ve been reflecting on these incredible last four years and what might come next for me. I’ve also discussed this with Javier and the board, the rest of execs and my incredible team, and I’ve realized how much I have enjoyed helping CARTO scale into an international startup from our humble beginnings.

Joining Telefonica Open Future will allow me to apply what I’ve learnt here with a wider reach and with the resources of a big corporation, and I had to take my chances to box again way over my weight. I’m convinced that now is the right time to delegate in my team and to hand over to the capable CARTO managers, which will guide us into an exciting future.

Lastly, I would never have been able to make this journey without my wife Elena there, helping me keep my marriage points on track (at least above zero), and always, always, ready to listen and to advise. This rollercoaster ride hasn’t always been easy but she’s been there with me to laugh, to cry and to celebrate the milestones.  She is my very own COO, right at my side, building our personal project and keeping the family together along the way.

This is not a goodbye, I am CARTO and you are family, and you will always have a very special place in my heart.  You will certainly see me around.




Es tiempo de aventuras @cartodb


Ya es oficial, además de un secreto a voces, y es que después de unas semanas deshojando la margarita, puedo anunciar orgulloso y oficialmente que me incorporo a Vizzuality  como COO.

Como dice Sheryl Sandberg,

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.”

Y esto es justo lo que me ha pasado a mí. Cuando Sergio y Javier me ofrecieron pasar de ser advisor a tener un papel mucho más activo en los planes de futuro de CartoDB, no podía decir que no.

La oportunidad de formar parte de un equipo que reúne al que seguramente es el equipo de desarrollo y  diseño web más potente de España, que ha creado una plataforma espectacular como CartoDB y en un sector como el del mapping, que está que arde, no se presenta todos los días.

Ya he tenido el privilegio de trabajar mano a mano con Javier y Sergio en Imaste hace años , y siempre he recordado con nostalgia aquellas tardes y sus noches conquistando el mundo. Trabajar con gente mejor que tú, te hace crecer muchísimo personal y profesionalmente.

Además de ser unos cracks, han conseguido algo muy difícil, que es crear un equipo con un ambiente y cultura únicas, que me atrae mucho,

«We take enjoyment in being a small and productive company that delivers great user experiences for stories that matter»

Igual ahora toca ser algo más grandes :), y crear un ecosistema de partners que nos ayude a crear muchas más historias que estando solos,  buscar el apoyo de inversores de referencia… pero el espíritu permanece.

No hay demasiadas startups españolas que se enfoquen en la creación de productos eminentemente tecnológicos y globales, y aún menos  con posibilidades reales de convertirse en un unicornio desde España, pero yo creo firmemente que CartoDB/Vizzuality es una de ellas e intentaré aportar mi granito de arena para acompañarles en ese camino.

Las operaciones de una startup de alto crecimiento, con un modelo de negocio puramente SAAS  y sus implicaciones en el área financiera, comercial, marketiniana, estructural, y el reto de la conquista del mercado americano, desde nuestras oficinas de Nueva York, implican que tendré que boxear muy por encima de mi peso habitual :), pero es un reto que me apetece mucho.

Así que estaré un poco liado a partir de ahora, y viajando mucho a nuestras oficinas de Nueva York. Es probable que este blog y algunos de mis proyectos paralelos se resientan un poco, mucho, del todo, pero intentaré compartir lo que vaya aprendiendo.

Y si os interesa contar historias basadas en mapas, no dejéis de registraros en CartoDB, eh?. Me encanta una frase de Javier: «Si sabes utilizar excel, te garantizamos que con nuestra plataforma podrás crear mapas tu mismo, sin necesidad de ayuda técnica». Not bad, huh?.