Episode 1: Rubén Saavedra – Transform Raw (Soccer) Data Into Actionable Output [Podcast audio: English]2 min read

I had the pleasure to welcome Rubén Saavedra as the first guest on my show, a podcast welcoming guests who will talk about either personal development, entrepreneurship and nutrition & fitness.

In this episode, Rubén gives us insights about his entrepreneurial journey. In our discussion, he talks about:

  • Why market validation is important
  • How he managed to win his first clients
  • His vision on entrepreneurship 
  • Why they adopted a working remote working model
  • And much, much more

Rubén is CEO and co-founder of Metrica Sports. They have developed a platform which provides soccer clubs with tools that take video analysis to the next level. Based on data and video analysis team performances can be improved.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Podcast Notes

  • [1:37] Ruben explains what Metrica Sports does and how it adds value to their clients
  • [2:48] Ruben talks about his background, study, beginning of his career prior to starting Metrica Sports
  • [4:23] The moment Ruben decided to start his company and his first concrete steps 
  • [6:16] How Rubén analyzed the market for over a year and got in contact with Vitesse
  • [7:37] How the MVP improved in quality through rapid iterations
  • [8:38] How Rubén managed to get in contact with Villarreal through social media
  • [12:10] Why it is important to see if there is a market for what you create
  • [13:40] Rubén’s definition of what an entrepreneur is
  • [15:16] Rubén’s tips on acquiring business knowledge as a researcher
  • [17:04] Why I think entrepreneurship is not restricted to only those who have their own company but also employees
  • [18:24] Entrepreneurship begins with passion
  • [21:07] Rubén’s thoughts on comfort zone and feel challenged
  • [22:10] Rubén’s activities as a CEO of Metrica Sports
  • [24:03] Cultural differences when doing business all over the world
  • [28:12] How Metrica Sports has a lot of potential in other verticals 
  • [34:16] Finding great developers in The Netherlands is though and remote working
  • [35:07] How to keep great communication when working remote
  • [39:00] Why Metrica Sports didn’t use recruitment agencies but use different web platforms to hire new talent
  • [41:28] Companies like Gitlab laready work remotely “The Remote Manifesto”
  • [43:09] Metrica’s plan to scale up in the next 3 years
  • [47:10] Rubén’s 3 biggest tips on starting a company: validate, get advise from experts, learn from mistakes
  • [56:25] Rubén talking about Pep Guardiola
  • [1:00:15] Why things never go as you expect: typical example
  • [1:04:29] Why having a drive in life is important for Rubén
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