Hi! Let me introduce myself… I am Miquel, working at the Barcelona Mobile World Capital.
We are a foundation stablished recently, created as a spin-of from the Mobile World Congress, but with the aim of boosting the mobile industry during the whole year.
The first company to officially join full-time our Hub is Toro. Created by a French living in Asia for tover 7 years, he wanted to recruit 10 engineers to open an office in Europe for his growing clients portfolio. This just happened a few weeks ago… and now Toro is commited to open an office with us. Toro works within the secure element of NFC, making mobile payments and other great apps possible. Some of these features are already in the market, some others are coming in the next months, so these fresh recruited engineers will be programming applications that will allow as to forget about old cards, such as the bank ones, transport tickets, coupons, etc.
First we found funny the name, since Toro means Bull in Spanish! When we found out that it also means Tuna in Japanese (the founders met there, and they’re passionate about sushi)… anyway, who cares! Also, looking closer, even the logo makes better sense…
I’ve met most of the guys. It’s holiday time in Spain, and several of joined with very few reaction time (something like accepting the job and travelling in less than 2 weeks!), but I really believe it is indeed an amazing group.
Some of them seem a bit afraid and might lack of international experience… like Noel explained in the last post. But if they lack something, it is covered with plenty of enthusiasm and optimism! I tried to explain them that I moved to Germany when I was 22, and spent 3 years there; afterwards also lived in Madrid for a couple of years… once you open the travelling box it’s impossible to close it again. Now I consider myself a traveller, and if I was younger (or didn’t have the cool job I do in the MWC, hehe) I would be totaly be joining them!
So I’ll be really happy to be following this blog, encouraging them to see what do they do, how do they live, eat, and the music they hear, but I also hope they’re going to post information on what they learn. After all, we’re talking a top-company in the world as for mobile payments!
Have a nice travel, enjoy… and bring us awesome mobile solutions!
MWCapital: Communication, Strategy and Hub support the Toro team!
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