A few months ago we were selected by the Spain Tech Center (STC), as one of twelve Spanish companies with the greatest growth potential, to participate in the Immersion Program in Silicon Valley. This pioneer program aims to strenghten internationalization of Spanish tech companies by organizing a trip to Silicon Valley, the global epicenter of innovation and technology.
It is undeniable that Bitcoin has made its mark in this Californian valley, so to Coinffeine this has been a great opportunity that we wanted to get the most out of as possible.
Alberto, our CEO, stuffed his suitcase with the motivation that characterizes him and a strong desire to learn from this experience. When he touched the ground on Monday 10th of November, there was not even time for jet lag. Ahead he had two weeks with an intense and busy schedule: mentoring sessions, workshops, company visits and presentations to international investors.
So far, leading companies in the Bitcoin ecosystem, such as Ripple Inc, have been able to learn about Coinffeine. We have also had the opportunity to introduce our company to respected investors, VC´s, corporate venture partners and Angels. Spain Tech Center, RocketSpace, Silicon Valley Forum and the California Spain Chamber of Commerce have been some of the scenarios in which Alberto has been sharing experiences and had inspiring and productive conversations.
During these days, the feeling of empathy with fellow bitcoiners has been constant. Before our departure for Spain, we made a firm proposition to establish contact with the Bitcoin community in San Francisco. We have, without a doubt, felt more included than we ever could have imagined. Many important Bitcoin companies wanted to know more about us, and one of Alberto’s most successful pitches was one that he improvised in a Bitcoin meetup. The attendants understood the tremendous effort that has gone into developing such a technology in a country where entrepreneurship is not easy, and where the national banks are considered among the most important in the world.
The news of Bankinter’s investment in Coinfeine was made public during our stay, and has been a key element to make us noticed. We are proud to have managed to transmit our firm belief that the technology we are developing is a perfect bridge between the banks and the Bitcoin ecosystem, and that we are creating a product that is satisfying to both sides.
Another goal we have accopmplished was to meet with payment processors and banks such as Bank of America and Standard Chartered Bank. Our main intention with these meetings was to learn more about their needs and interests, in order to offer better services to our actual partners in the future.
Back in Madrid, Alberto brings back a suitcase bursting with even more motivation to make Coinffeine grow and tonnes of new knowledge. It has been an unique experience sprung out of breathing San Francisco’s air of innovation.
A breath of fresh air that will undoubtedly help us to continue programming.