Based in 2020 by Jose Manuel Peral Cortés and Juan Varela de Limia, GuruCall makes use of expertise to take the teaching & recommendation expertise to a brand new stage.
This Madrid-based startup provides a platform for constructing a “market for enterprise recommendation” during which customers can get pleasure from 1-to-1 or 1-to-many conferences from fifteen to sixty-minutes with profitable firm founders, C-Stage executives or acclaimed athletes.
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GuruCall platform has a panel of profitable gurus – CEOs, Founders, and World Champions – who may also help organisations develop. They empower individuals by sharing their real-life experiences, inspiring them, advising them on studying new abilities, igniting passions, serving to get actual insights, and thereby making higher choices.
A few of these profitable professionals embrace Alejandro Agag, founding father of Formulation E, Albert Rivera, founding father of Ciudadanos political occasion, Gloria Lomana, founder of fifty&50, and Dimas Gimeno, founder and CEO of WOW Group. Others from the tech ecosystem like Fabrice Grinda, founding father of FJLabs, Paula Almansa, founding father of Loom are additionally a part of the platform.
Sports activities personalities resembling Gisela Pulido, twelve occasions wakeboard world champion, and Sergio Scariolo, NBA and World Basketball Champion, together with many different profitable entrepreneurs and executives from totally different fields are additionally a part of the platform.
Final 12 months, the corporate raised €1.2M in its pre-Seed spherical of funding led by entrepreneurs resembling Félix Ruiz, co-founder of Tuenti, Auro, Storybeat, former President of Job and Expertise and precise co-CEO of Playtomic, Paco Avila, founding father of Medac (lately bought to KKR for €200M), Hugo Arevalo, co-founder of The PowerMBA, Auro, and New York-based FJLabs.
This 12 months, GuruCall added an additional €500,000 to its pre-seed spherical. This further funding was raised from Spanish household workplace and inside traders like Félix Ruiz (Co-Founding father of Tuenti, Auro, Storybeat, former President of Job and Expertise and precise Co-CEO of Playtomic), Paco Avila (Founding father of Medac lately bought to KKR for 200M€), Hugo Arevalo (Co-Founding father of The PowerMBA, Auro).
For this week’s ‘Founder in Focus’ interview sequence, we have now chosen to give attention to Jose Manuel Peral Cortés for being the ‘Guru’ behind the success of Gurucall.
Listed here are the edited excerpts:
SC: How would you describe your self as an entrepreneur? What was the inspiration or Eureka second for creating GuruCall?
JM: I’m an operational individual and love doing various things. I believe that an entrepreneur, at the least to start with of the undertaking, has to assist in each space of the enterprise, as this perspective motivates the remainder of the group. The GuruCall concept comes from talking with totally different profitable entrepreneurs and C-level executives that have been receiving totally different requests from firms or different professionals to talk to them about totally different matters or abilities, and even have been requested to share their concepts and opinions about one thing. We observed there wasn’t any platform the place you possibly can discover profitable individuals to be taught from them; get hold of their recommendation or request them to be your mentor. In a number of phrases, let’s say we created Tinder for enterprise.
SC: What have been a few of the preliminary challenges that you just confronted whereas organising GuruCall?
JM: There have been many and. totally different challenges: the primary one was relating to the availability within the market. One thing that we had very clear, was that the abilities participating in GuruCall needed to be C-Stage Executives, Inspiring first stage sportspeople, founders… and as you possibly can think about these profitable individuals are all the time very busy, they’re manufacturers themselves and don’t want to do that for residing.
We realized that it was essential to not method them with a deck or with a traditional MVP, so we needed to make investments rather a lot in having a completed product earlier than beginning to pitch the concept to the talked about profitable individuals. Additionally, GuruCall began throughout the pandemic, so recruiting the group and shutting the primary conferences was very very laborious. That’s the reason why it tooks us 15 months to launch. the undertaking.
SC: What was it like to rent your first group member?
JM: It was very powerful, as we began the method throughout the lock-down. Every little thing modified dramatically in a brief time frame and I really like distant working. Nonetheless, I believe it isn’t ultimate to begin a undertaking. Originally, tasks are extra about ardour and testing issues than about having all of it deliberate. Issues change in a short time and being a gaggle of individuals collectively sharing the eagerness and creating one thing from scratch is one thing that distant working can’t present.
SC: What was your first workplace like? How has your workplace advanced over time?
JM: We had a small workplace at first that we had paid for a 12 months, however we didn’t use it throughout the lock-down. Proper now we’re a full distant firm however we typically go to co-working areas to have conferences and put issues in frequent with one another.
SC: What are a few of your most memorable reminiscences throughout GuruCall’s journey?
JM: On our platform, you possibly can prepare video classes with very profitable individuals however we have now additionally recorded masterclasses with all them. Assembly a few of my idols in individual has been actually an honour: Fabrice Grinda (finest investor on this planet), Sergio Scariolo (NBA coach champion), Mario Conde (Former President of Banesto Financial institution) and lots of others… Listening to their tales and figuring out proper from themselves how they’ve succeeded in life, is tremendous inspiring.
6. What have been a few of the key challenges you confronted whereas looking for your first funding?
JM: My co-founder and President of GuruCall, Félix Ruíz is likely one of the largest entrepreneurs in Europe, being co-founder of Tuenti, Job and Expertise, Playtomic and investor in lots of different firms. So because of his background we managed to lift a pre-seed spherical of 1M€, which isn’t the same old factor to realize in Spain.
7. You lately raised €500,000. Do you propose to lift extra contemplating the beneficial fundraising surroundings?
JM: No, we don’t. For the following twelve months, we need to give attention to including some performance to the product that we’d like, put money into our model and get traction. We are going to do one other spherical hopefully subsequent Christmas.
8. What’s your long-term imaginative and prescient in your firm?
JM: The long run imaginative and prescient of GuruCall is to change into the default enterprise media platform, the place you log in to see enterprise content material, to shut conferences with an advisor or a coach or to even stream your enterprise occasion.
9. When would you think about your organization to be successful?
JM: That is the second firm I’m co-founder of so, after my first expertise, success means to get the corporate over break-even and to create a spot the place individuals are completely satisfied to work.
10. What are your worldwide growth plans?
JM: We’re a world firm. Nonetheless, for a few years, we’re focussing on the Spanish talking nations: Latam and Spain. Nonetheless, but worldwide firms and professionals from Europe and the US have closed classes with the abilities within the platform, to have a session about motivation, to know LATAM markets, and many others.
11. What would you advise your youthful self? Are there issues that you’d do otherwise if given an opportunity?
JM: Positively, if I may return in time, I’d do issues otherwise. Sadly, we will solely be taught from errors or from mentors, that’s precisely another excuse why GuruCall is required. Very first thing I’d suggest to my youthful self can be to discover a good mentor and to solely do enterprise with good individuals.
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