Superfounders of the great Spanish ‘unicorn’by Manuel López Torrents and edited by LID Editorial, tells the stories of overcoming and success of the entrepreneurial elite that has managed to take their companies to the highest level. The last to reach the category of ‘unicorn’, at the beginning of the year, have been Fever, founded by Pep Gómez in 2011; Domestika, created by Julio Cotorruelo and Tomy Pelluz, and Travelperk, which has Javier Suárez and Avi Meir behind it.
In recent years, the creation of ‘startups’ in Spain has skyrocketed, becoming a land of ‘unicorns‘, those companies valued at more than a billion dollars.
This book narrates many of these stories and also the intellectual concerns, the philosophy and the peculiarities Javier Pérez-Tenessa and Mauricio Prieto, founders of eDreams, considered the first Spanish startup to form part of this exclusive group; Jesús and Fernando Encinar and César Oteiza, from Idealista; Meinrad Spenger, from Másmóvil; Felipe Navío, Juan Urdiales and Tabi Vicuña, from Jobandtalent; Juan de Antonio, from Cabify; Óscar Pierre and Sacha Michaud, from Glovo; Iker Marcaide, from Flywire; Pedro Castillo, from Devo, and Enric Asunción and Eduard Castañeda, from the technology company Wallbox.
López Torrents indicated that «There is no reliable little book that guarantees the successful crystallization of good ideas», although there is a common characteristic among all these entrepreneurs: «they want to create, they have the will to do things». “They are our current heroes, who drive the world and help it evolve,” he stressed.
The prologue was given by María Benjumea, founder and president of Spain StartUp–South Summit, one of the main voices in the entrepreneurial environment.
For her, there are three key characteristics of a startup project that differentiate it from any other: have an innovative project, aim to grow fast and do it globally. “This is what defines the twelve ‘superfounders’ in this book,” he said.
Benjumea also stressed that “the proportion of male entrepreneurship compared to female still a disheartening 80/20» and called for a more active participation of women in entrepreneurship.
In short, ‘Superfounders of the great Spanish ‘unicorns’, takes a journey through the current panorama of ‘startups’ until landing on its future projection with an analysis of trends and opportunities in the different markets.