Four or five moments, that’s all it takes. To be a hero. Everyone thinks it’s a full-time job. Wake up a hero. Brush your teeth a hero. Go to work a hero. Not true. Over a lifetime, there are only four or five moments that really matter.
— Colossus, Deadpool

I love that quote, so much that I’m starting this post with it. You, as we all do, might think “I’m not that quick to judge someone. I weigh both the good and the bad.” — but that’s not how humans work.

Big groups of people tend to judge quickly. As a group we come to conclusions in the blink of an eye without taking into consideration all the factors, no hesitation whatsoever. Consider Twelve Angry Men. Consider Steve Bartman. We do it to people, and we do it to our tools, innocent inanimate objects.


And if you think you are different, think if this has ever happened to you before: “Sorry, I meant far not fat! F***ing autocorrect”.

Once again, your phone’s software has embarrassed you by incorrectly predicting the word you meant to type. What a betrayal! Yet after accurately correcting thousands of words, that mistake is the one we focus on, the one we remember.

When that happens in your daily life to things that are under your control, you have two choices: complain or fix them. But for some reason I see more people “hating” than doing something to change what’s broken — even if it’s not actually broken, only broken according to their standards.

Personally, I don’t even look at the keyboard when I write on my phone, I trust that any mistyped letters would be magically ok when I look at the message. And it works most of the times. So in reality it’s an amazing feature. But a couple of moments, screw that up completely and we consider autocorrect to be rubbish.

Four or five moments are all it takes to perceive an overall good, great, or amazing tool as a piece of crap.


Not even ten years ago most mobile phones had only twelve keys to type with. Mobile phones, not smartphones, because we hadn’t invented that word yet. And we typed. Often. And fast. It was amazing just the fact that you could message someone. That you didn’t have to call them at home. We used to have to call somewhere, not someone.

But now you don’t have reception at your favorite restaurant and everything is b***shit.

We get spoiled really fast.

Last month I flew from San Francisco to Dublin in eleven hours. Direct flight. Unimaginable only fifty years ago. But if my flight was thirty minutes delayed that would have been unacceptable. If you could afford to sail to America from Europe back in the day, it would take you weeks. On a boat. And you’d dock on the East Coast. Add the train west to the trip and then call your LA–NYC leg painful. A single moment marks and defines the whole experience. We decide to focus on the bad ones more often than not.

Because, hey! My smartphone — a computer a hundred times more powerful than the ones that we used to send people to the moon — just made me look stupid when it couldn’t correctly predict the word that I was thinking of.


I do confess, I have that feeling often. Although I build interfaces, sometimes I find myself disappointed by technology because it’s not doing what I want it to do. But I am lucky enough to work in an industry where people invent new technologies, and I help fix those little mistakes. Working in the shadows. Improving things for the idle minded. All so you can order your venti caramel Frappuccino, with whip, while checking your tasks for today as you receive a lovely picture from your mom of her Dachshund dressed as a cowboy and a notification that your next meeting has been cancelled.

What’s the angle? Where’s the benefit in here? When something is bad, we try to improve it. As long as somebody experiences moments of crappiness in the tools they use, we will have roads for improvement and will keep pushing forward what technology can do for us.

Pessimists will see bad experiences. Optimists will see opportunities.

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Essential Podcasts for Entrepreneurs & Tech Lovers

Podcasts are a great way to discover new subjects and new people. Whether you are a tech lover or an entrepreneur, bellow you will discover podcasts for entrepreneurs you should – without a doubt – listen to. 

Itnig Podcast with César Migueláñez, Bernat Farrero and Carlos Pierre
Itnig Podcast with César Migueláñez, Bernat Farrero and Carlos Pierre

« Masters of Scale » 

with Reid Hoffman

The host: Reid Hoffman decides to turn to the corporate world instead of pursuing a university carrier. He worked for Apple, Fujitsu for then starting his own business: SocialNet and left it in 2000 to join Confinity. Confinity gives life to Paypal after fusionning. Finally, in 2003, Hoffman co-founds LinkedIn. He is Master of Scale’s host. 

About: The podcast welcomes some of the greatest entrepreneurs. You will discover throughout the talk how they managed to take their companies from 0 to a lot of zeros. You can listen to Masters of Scale’s special guests like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Selina Tobaccowalla (Evite), Brian Chesky (Airbnb) or Nancy Lublin (Crisis Text Line). Must-hear: one of the top tech podcasts for entrepreneurs.

Listen to the podcast: On their website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Youtube

The Team: Reid Hoffman, June Cohen, Deron Triff and Jai Punjabi

« Rocket » 

with Christina Warren, Simone de Rochefort and Brianna Wu

The hosts: Christina Warren started as a Freelance Writer. Then, she worked at Mashable as a Senior Tech Analyst and Tech Correspondent and ended the journey at Microsoft as a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate. About Simone de Rochefort, she is  Senior Video Producer and co-host of The Polygon Show. Brianna Wu founded her first startup at the age of 19, Giant Spacekat. She was Head of Development at the time. She is now running for US Congress. 

About: In this podcast, you will discover three passionate women and their “geek conversation” as they like to call it.  No guest speakers, but you will be able to listen to a panel of tech subjects from Apple to Comics, you will not be disappointed. 

Listen to the podcast: On their website, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Spotify and Castro

« This week in Startups »

with Jason Calacanis

The host: Jason Calacanis starts as an internet industry journalist in New-York. In 2003, he co-founded Weblogs, Inc and then a few years later he joined Sequoia Capital, launched the web directory Mahalo. He also founded ThisWeekIn.com. Furthermore, he created This Week in Startups podcast and a startup named Inside.com. Finally, he was part of the creation of the Sydney Launch Festival. 

About: Either you are looking to start your own company, or you are a successful entrepreneur, or you just love technology, this podcast will give you a peek to the entrepreneurship world. You will hear stories of all kinds! On his website, you will also find his events and some research on transportation, healthcare and more. This is one is part of the tech podcasts for entrepreneurs not to be missed.

Listen to the podcast: Apple Podcasts, Youtube, SoundCloud and RSS Feed

You can also subscribe to their newsletter in order to receive episodes directly. 

The Team: Jason Calacanis, Jacqui Deegan, and Tony Agapiou

« Recode / Decode » 

with Kara Swisher

The host: Kara Swisher is an American journalist specialized in the technology industry. She first started to work for an alternative newspaper in Washington for then working for the Washington Post. She wrote articles for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and wrote her own books. Finally, in 2014, she created Recode, a website dedicated to the latest technology news. In 2015, she initiates Recode Decode. 

About: The weekly podcast welcomes tech experts and great entrepreneurs. They review how they got there, what’s on their mind about the current industry and what they would improve or create. Her recent guests were Elon Musk (Tesla CEO), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg. 

Listen to the podcast: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn

« K Fund PodKast »

with Jaime Novoa

The host: Jaime Novoa’s background is quite diverse. He is a writer and an investor, but he also worked in data analysis and social media analysis. In 2014, he founded Novobrief, a newsletter for startups. Then, in 2016, he becomes an investor at K Fund and he founds, in 2019, Dealflow, a weekly tech newsletter. 

About: The podcast discusses startups, entrepreneurs and Venture Capital. You will discover enterprises and their story. From data science, unicorns or digital platforms, you sure will find more than one interesting podcast. 

Listen to the podcast: On their website and Soundcloud

« Clockwise »

with Dan Moren and Mikah Sargent

The hosts: Dan Moren is an active author and writer as well as podcaster. He was a Senior Editor at Macworld. Today, he hosts two podcast shows: Clockwise and The Rebound. As for Mikah Sargent, he started as a Website Designer and Developer for then switching as a Senior Editor at Newsy. He now hosts few podcasts such as Clockwise on Replay FM or on TWiT.tv. 

About: The weekly podcast discusses technology and welcomes each time 2 special guests. For 30 minutes, they address 4 topics where all four speakers get to elaborate on the matter, highlight the issues and expose their thoughts. 

Listen to the podcast: On their website, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Spotify and Castro

« Itnig Podcast»

with Bernat Farrero

The host: Bernat Farrero starts his career as a Developer. In 2009, he founded Itnig, a startup ecosystem that organizes entrepreneurship events. They also have a coworking for startups, a podcast and a fund for early-stage projects. Furthermore, he is a Founder of Factorial, Quipu and Camaloon. He is also a Board Member of Playfullbet, GymForLess and Parkimeter. Finally, he hosts Itnig’s weekly Podcast. 

About: The podcast welcomes every week a new guest. If you wish to learn from successful entrepreneurs, you are on the right platform. The discussions turn around Technology and its industry. You will come across guests like Carlos Pierre (Badi), Vincent Rosso (BlaBlaCar) or Oscar Pierre (Glovo).

Listen to the podcast: Youtube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Ivoox, and Google Podcasts

You can subscribe to their newsletter if you want to receive the podcast’s link every Monday. 

Whether you are at an early stage of your project, an investor or you are just curious, these podcasts for entrepreneurs give you the opportunity to be updated on tech and business news. Also, you get to learn from successful international entrepreneurs, which can definitely be very useful for your business.