Lemonade. Lots of lemonade. By Jaime Bravo

Startup Spain has to focus on the education of the youngest. Between the ages of 4 and 16 is defined if someone will want to have an entrepreneurial attitude towards life, or opt for a stable job that no longer exists, but the child could see in their parents and teachers. I open a parenthesis in the Startup Spain series, and for the first time since February 2008, I publish in this blog an entry that is not mine, I intend to have in first person the vision of a 15 year old boy about what Startup Spain should be.

Jaime Bravo is 15 years old and is a business writer and aspiring economist. Jaime loves startups and emerging markets. Jaime, like many of those born after 1993 - the year the Internet became popular - knows he can do anything; they don't have the false mental barriers we carry around.

Jaime has his blog - Financial dreams - since February and writes in it reflections on macro and micro economics. Yes, he is a 15 year old boy and he writes about economics. Because he feels like it, and unlike many of us, he knows he can do it.

About startups in Spain. 

The Spanish economy has often been focused on certain sectors and then stagnated. For several years, Spain focused on the brick as the only element that sustained the economy, we relied on building and building, and with that, we generated wealth. However, not everything is like that. Things explode, and many times these explosions are with a great roar. Spain was reluctant to changeThe company was able to undergo a change that was more than necessary.

Right now, the brick industry is in the doldrums, but not only in this decline of jobs that correspond to an old paradigm, which is far from the current situation, although some do not want to admit it. Many businesses, which were based in another era, are disappearing.. The brutality with which they do it is not normal, but they could have experienced normality if the process of change had been done earlier.

I always say that Spain did not have that paradigm transition, which would have been so necessary. A transition that many other countries did have, and that is reflected in their current employment system. It is not so much a question of building a society based only on one sector of employment, it is also based on enable all employment systems to come into being and flourish wherever they wish, obviously, from a legal point of view.

If we are to talk about the problems that hinder startups to flourish in Spain, it is necessary to start with the word "startup".bureaucracy". How can we define bureaucracy? The RAE defines bureaucracy as "Organization regulated by rules that establish a rational order to distribute and manage its own affairs". Many entrepreneurs who have decided to establish themselves in Spain have identified that both the investment and settlement processes in our country have an added difficulty, a difficulty that other countries do not have. This difficulty is bureaucracy.

When you hear people from other countries who are currently helping Spain's economic enrichment say that the biggest difficulty they have encountered here is the bureaucracy, it gives you pause for thought. And it does, because if we really want to fight to become an economic power (or at least maintain ourselves) we have to fight, also, for to promote the creation and mobility of those companies that most stimulate the economy today. While other countries have bureaucratic fees, most people agree that ours is really excessive, something we need to change if we want to become a country that really encourages the creation of companies.

That is why I identify as the first problem for startups in Spain, the bureaucracy, a problem, which is not a small one at all. However, it is also important to state that there are some benefits for the creation of companies here in Spain. One of them, in my opinion, is that the entrepreneurship market in Spain is not fully consolidatedThere are still plenty of places for entrepreneurship to develop here.

I would like to add two other measures that I consider necessary to help entrepreneurs: lowering the cost of entrepreneurship and educating for entrepreneurship. I will start with the latter.

While it is true that a society composed entirely of entrepreneurs would not be entirely "correct", it is necessary to create a proactive society, a society that is formed and educated from an early age. If we implement certain values (which of course, right now are not there at all) from this education, entrepreneurship and other values that it carries with it, will be a maxim that all students will possess.

It is expensive to start a business here. It is also very expensive to do it, because of the bureaucracy. As we said above, Spain has to make itself known as a country that believes in the creation of new companies as a model for social progressOne of the best ways to do this is to make entrepreneurship cheaper and to encourage people to want to undertake more, and on a more continuous basis.

I will cite one last one (with full constancy, that I said above that those two were going to be the last ones...) that I think is very important: to undertake, it has to lose its rarity. Many people are surprised when (in the USA) they see children selling lemonade.. The first reaction is: "poor thing, he has to sell lemonade to make money". The strictest reality, however, is that this child is awakening his entrepreneurial spirit, his entrepreneurial spirit, and he is doing it by selling lemonade.

And that, exactly that, is what we need, lemonade.

Lots of lemonade.

Jaime Bravo



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