A Spotlight on MadridMarch 24th, 2011 by Brad Fitchew
For far too long now the spotlight in Sandbox Spain has been on Barcelona. Events such as the recent Mobile World Congress have overshadowed the other city which forms this hub, Madrid. It was before Katia Yakovlyeva (from Spotify) inspired me to host the next Sandbox event in Madrid, that I doubted whether the city would equal its Catalonian rival!
Madrid is well known as a centre for some of the world’s biggest companies, and because of this we were privileged to be joined by Carlos Domingo (CEO of Telefónica R&D) for a dinner. Carlos gave exciting insights into how cultures of intrapreneurship could be fostered in companies the size of Telefónica.
However beyond the conversations at dinner the most exciting part for me was just being able to have such a wonderful group of guests to share stories with: Katia Yakovlyev, Byron Stanfor, Alex Barrera, José Cobian, Maria Fanjul and Carlos Domingo.
When you are enjoying something, you often find that time seems to slip away quickly. Something I realized as we toasted our gin and tonics to an increasingly exciting future for Sandbox in Madrid!