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Putting Spain on the Map

Putting Spain on the Map


Spain – Once an Empire amongst Empires with a reach that extended from South America to the Philippines. Their economic might now relegated to a respectable 14th place in the World.


Take a moment and consider this.


What we are witnessing, first hand, are the early stages of an event so significant, it will bring unquantifiable benefits to a country that, for the better part of a Century, has had little visibility on the World stage.


To demonstrate, let’s start with a question:


What are the first things that come to mind when you hear the word Spain?


Most likely you might think of a couple of golfers, Real Madrid, Paella, Rioja, Flamenco, Gaudi, and depending upon your age, either Enrique or Julio Iglesias.

If you are a foodie like me, you might say Ferran Adria. If you are fashion conscious, you might say Zara or a host of other brands. 

But ask that question a few years from now and without a doubt, many people will respond beBee. It is not a question of if, but when.

Such is the nature of social media that when a new entrant breaks into the market and gains traction, the whole World takes notice.


Another question:


For the non-Europeans out there, can you name 5 large Spanish companies?


Unless you are in banking, this is no easy task. Some of you sports fans may recognize Banco Santander, Spain’s largest company, through their sports sponsorships. Any more?


beBee, the affinity social network from Spain, has attracted a whopping 11 million users in just over a year. Javier Cámara Rica, beBee’s charismatic co-founder, has stated a goal of 40 million users in two years.

Once beBee reaches 50 million users, that very same question will start to yield beBee as a response. With 100 million users, in all likelihood people the World over will finally be able to name one Spanish company without hesitation. No matter that Banco Santander, Telefonica and BBVA may have market caps that dwarf beBee; beBee is the one that everyone will know.


The two co-founders, Javier Cámara Rica and Juan Imaz are putting Spain back on the map.


The Spanish government should take note and do everything they can to support the growth of this social network we now call home. Banco Santander should hop on the bandwagon and partner with beBee to increase their brand visibility. Any major Spanish company should seriously approach beBee early, and explore partnership opportunities.


beBee will be the most globally visible Spanish brand in just a few years


This will provide a much-needed boon to an economy that has yet to find it’s footing since the Global economic crisis in 2008. We know it will happen. We have seen the energy and dedication of these two founders. They are passionate about optimizing the user experience and will constantly iterate and iterate again according to user feedback. We already love beBee, but know it will only get better and better.


In 5 years, the word Spain will be synonymous with the social network beBee. The words Buzz and Hive will be fondly adopted into the English language as beBee terms. Javier and Juan will make the cover of Forbes magazine. And we will have been part of that journey.



Dean Owen is Co-Founder of Quimojo, a revolutionary new concept in Global Campus Recruitment.


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Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #31

#49
Much appreciated Mark Murray. Looking forward to reading you on Producer.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #30

#46
Thanks you Sir Jim (mind if I call you that? I think you deserve it)

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #29

#45
beBee is giving the power to the users to reclassify, mute, tailor our feeds Mark Murray. What astounds me is the attentiveness of the beBee team in listening to the users and making incremental changes constantly based on our feedback. Wouldn't worry so much, we are in good hands. No big corp deciding what we need, no AB testing, they have their finger directly on the Pulse.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #28

#39
Mark Davis, you can join personal or hobbies hives or professional hives, or both. You can enjoy what you want, and you have the full control of your feed. Thanks!

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #27

#39
I am not too concerned with Facebookification. LinkedIn can be a dry place to hang out. That is kind of why beBee is so perfect. You will have more control over what you see on beBee very shortly Mark Davis. Hang in there, changes are coming!

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

History in the making! No doubts in my mind, it is just a matter of when. Viva España! Viva beBee!

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #25

Aha...Juan Imaz are reviving the history, and with propelling beBee the world knows more about Spain.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #24

#28
Great!! We'll talk about it! ;)

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #23

#28
Great!! We'll talk about it! :-*

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #22

#27
Oh My! That would be amazing, but probably not advisable as the import customs here will intervene! But maybe I can send you the Japanese equivalent - Monaka or Castella

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #21

#26
I'll manage for next Christmas to send you polvorones, of course!! Count on it!!

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #20

#25
Thank you Mamen. Yes obviously you grew up with polvorones so may take them for granted, but I remember vividly the first time I tasted one when I was 16, oh my! the melt in your mouth burst of almond flavour. You are so lucky! I have to wait usually 5 years to eat them.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #19

#24
You know polvorones Dean Owen!!!! Great post my friend, really touched by your point of view. Have a lovely weekend!

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #18

Well said Laura Melguizo P\u00e9rez. And let's not forget that Spain has what I consider as probably one of the most delicious foods ever created, the Polvorones (yes I have a sweet tooth).

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #17

#20
I contemplated referencing your name in the spicy comment, but figured you must hear that everyday of your life....

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #16

#18
A bit spicy with your comments Aleta Curry! And yes, i completely forgot Lladro, which is odd since I have a couple of pieces in this room. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

John White, MBA

John White, MBA

5 years ago #15

Tremendous post, Dean Owen! Well said and I agree 100%.

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #14

Great foresight, Dean Owen ❗️

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #13

#11
I get what you are saying @CityVP Manjit. But in pure economic terms, Spain is not in a healthy state. The emergence of a powerhouse social network with roots in Spain will have unquantifiable benefits to the whole region. Just like the US moon landing was a major PR coup for the US, a Spanish born social network that competes with Silicon Valley's best will change the world's perception of Spain as primarily a nice tourist destination.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #12

#7
So many things you could indeed mention, but not many companies Chas Wyatt. If Spain produces a social network unicorn, it's going to be a game changer, something Spain so desperately needs right now with unemployment at 22% and youth unemployment at 49%.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #11

#3
Thanks @Bill Stankiewicz, that is awesome!

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #10

#1
Indeed it is just a matter of time that you ask anyone on the streets on NY to name a Spanish company, they will name beBee. I know beBee is global, but the benefits for Spain will be significant. So many other companies will benefit from beBee's success, in attracting talent, investment, increasing exposure. beBee will spawn it's own cottage industry in specialist content marketers, beBee strategists. Madrid may evolve into a tech hub for innovation. The tourism sector will benefit hugely when articles on beBee mentioning Spain will be in every magazine on every street corner. So happy to witness this journey.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #9

#8
Picasso is either vilified or adored, now Henri Matisse, a man who Picasso saw at least as his equal if not more, but he was an introvert and introversion stil isn't as cool. As for Spain on the map - I don't think Spain needs to worry about that, for it is still the most dominant language in America - and before the USA is confused as being "American", it is time to get out of our preoccupations with nationality and look at the world as 21st Century global citizens. The British don't consider themselves as European and that arrogance led to 1776 happening, whereas citizens of the United States are not that much better, for they still don't realize America as two major continents. There is that British mentality still in America, it is called my fellow Canadians who don't consider themselves as Americans.

Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

#9
Javier C\u00e1mara Rica, about bees in Antarctica, yes if in a green house. You are right, bees are all over the world. I am making more bee supporters here in the USA for you too !! :)

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #7

#7
hahahahah Chas Wyatt ,, fortunately bees and hives are global, we have bees from Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia,.... and what about Antarctica ???

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #6

CC Juan Imaz

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #5

Only three companies in the The 100 World's Most Valuable Brands http://www.forbes.com/powerful-brands/list/2/#tab:rank , ZARA , SANTANDER and BBVA.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #4

Zara ( 53th in the rank ), Santander ( 72 ) , BBVA ( 94 )

Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

SPAIN IS A POWERHOUSE & GROWING in Social MEdia, I shared this with my 26,000 business contacts. regards, Bill Stankiewicz

Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

cool

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #1

WOW Dean Owen, Thank you so much ! WHAT A TRIBUTE !!!! beBee was born in Spain but will be a global network. Don't forget the origin of our SUPER BEES ( they are from everywhere ) . You make beBee better ! Thanks again Dean, someday we will enjoy talking face to face about cars, watches, entrepreneurship, travel, food, and so many other subjects !!! have a great day. You have made my day !!!

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