Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.1 – Emprendedores

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In this first episode of Season Two, Ben and Marina discuss the entrepreneurial spirit in Spain, how it reflects the national character, and how this compares to the UK and the USA.

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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2 thoughts on “Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.1 – Emprendedores

  1. Enno

    Lo mismo había en Alemania en los 90. Hasta entonces la economía era casi institucional. La gente pensaba en empeñar algún oficio y escalar en la jerarquía debido a su calificación y experiencia laboral. Las compañías tenían gerentes que típicamente eran ingenieros o científicos dedicándose al objetivo de la empresa y menos al lucro rápido. No fuera aceptable que algún gerente de una compañía grande tendría un superyate o viviría al estilo jetset. Era un oficio que obligaba a los gerentes ser respectado por los empleadores por hechos y no sacarse millones de ellos. Hoy los gerentes son abogados o llamados managers con un diploma gringa en negocio. Los Angloamericanos tienen una idiosincrasia muy diferente a los demás. Hoy la economía esta abaja y la clase media casi eliminada por el nuevo estilo.

  2. Andrew

    That’s sad to hear that Spain has so few entrepreneurs and everyone is just interested in working for the government, I can’t imagine that’s going to work out well in the long term. I’m not conservative by any means, a bit of a socialist actually, but I just don’t see that going well. You need private enterprise and entrepreneurs (along with a solid social safety net and good regulation, of course) for the long term health of an economy.

    What’s the birth rate in Spain like? Is it lower than the death rate like a lot of other Western European countries? If so, that combined with this really doesn’t bode well for Spain’s future, don’t you think?

    What Marina said about education in Spain (memorizar y obedecer) is something I’ve heard before, and yes that desperately needs to change. I think our education system in the U.S. is a bit better, but not much, we still very much seem to emphasize similar things (just memorize what we tell you to and shut up, ‘respect’ authority, etc.).

    Fascinating podcast, learned some Spanish too as usual 🙂

    Thanks, guys.


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