We just spent a long weekend in Baeza and Ubeda in Andalusia.

I moved to Spain in 1995 and I thought that by now I knew this country very well. But then there is always something new to see. In this case these two beautiful towns in Northern Andalusia. Other than my family and friends here, what I love about my life in Spain is that I get to build global start ups, out of Spain. That I get to build Fon in Spain. That when I leave work, I am in Spain. I am not saying that California is not attractive, and it also has great weather. But to me, there’s something missing in California, or New York, or Florida. I love visiting USA but after spending 18 years of my life there I still feel better in Spain. And I feel better in Spain than in UK or Germany. Italy and France could be a contenders as they are beautiful countries as well. But the environment for start ups in those two countries is horrendous.

In any case here are two minor, further proofs as to why Spain is better.



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Cristóbal on January 31, 2011  · 

Fantásticas fotos Martín. Estuve hace un par de años y también quedé prendado.
Un saludo.

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dave on January 31, 2011  · 

Great photos and beautiful and quiet places.

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Vincenzo on February 1, 2011  · 

I wonder why Spain has a good environment for start ups and still is one of the most bankrupt country in EU with little job opportunities for young people!

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José Carlos Agrela on February 1, 2011  · 

Nice pictures Martin… I’m from Úbeda, and I really understand what you say.

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Jonathan on February 1, 2011  · 

Es cierto Martín. Es un gran lugar para vivir, aunque no es fácil emprender aquí.

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Dave Lerner on February 2, 2011  · 

beautiful photos…. we can definitely see your point!

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SteveG on February 3, 2011  · 

Very beautiful pictures Martin and very quiet places.

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jose on February 7, 2011  · 

Si francia con leweb o italia ( vale, esto esta claro porque ) no son buenos lugares para emprendedores, entonces algo bien esta haciendo españa o tal vez no tan mal, vete tu a saber las leyes de estos paises ( en cuanto a italia se que la corrupcion es increible, dicho por un ingles que intento hacer negocios alli ), y francia, pues no se, no comprendo porque no es adecuada para emprendedores, igual existen altos impuestos, pero esta mas cerca del corazon de europa, eso si los beneficios sociales y demas cosas, son demasiadas, igual españa no es tan mal, no esta tan mal, vete tu a saber igual nos hemos sacado la loteria, estando aqui

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Peanut on February 10, 2011  · 

Enhorabuena, Martín. Pero esta vez, deja que el Branding lo haga Nina. 🙂

Best wishes.

מזל טוב

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Phillip Stark on February 14, 2011  · 

I’m never leaving Madrid!

Phil Stark
(American in Spain since 2004)

PS: Hope you like the new FON animation: http://vimeo.com/19849966

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