Varane: “Ramos finds stimuli every day …”

first_imgModels: “I am inspired by players like Pepe and Sergio Ramos, defenders like me, and Cristiano Ronaldo: he is an example for any soccer player. I learned a lot from them: for example, Sergio Ramos has taken the winning mentality. Find stimuli every days, he always wants to win, even in training. He has experience and never loses the right motivation. “ The Madrid: “Being a Real Madrid player means having little margin for error. We have to know how to defend above, to pressure the rivals, and this leads us to have 50 meters of field behind us: that’s why we have to have the maximum concentration” .Hazard: “He is integrating well, he has an impressive talent. Playing with him is a pleasure, in the field it makes a difference.” Raphael Varane is living his ninth season at Real Madrid. The French central, one of the veterans of the white team despite being only 26 years old, is going through a great moment in a personal way. In an interview in DAZN, published in Italy, Varane talks about his referents, his goals, about Cristiano and Messi, about his idolized Zidane …goals: “The goal is always the same: winning everything. Winning always makes you want to try those emotions again and show that you can compete for the title. What I won is more than a dream: having won so many drinks is more than I expected “.center_img Face Messi: “Lionel is a special player, with him you cannot defend as you do with others. It requires a lot of attention, you have to defend as a team: you cannot afford to leave spaces.”Zidane: “He is a great example for me. He is very calm, always stays positive and believes in himself.”Future: “Every year here is a great challenge. I’ve been at Real for eight years and at the beginning of each season it’s like starting from scratch: I restart to do my best.”last_img read more

Enterprise Software is Sexy Again

first_imgThis was the title from the guest post written by Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder of Box.net on TechCrunchIT that caught my eye this morning since I am an old enterprise software executive out of Oracle.Enterprise Software is Sexy AgainI enjoyed reading it since it reminded me that everything moves in cycles in the software industry and too many times people proclaim that certain markets are dead only to be proven wrong again.If I were an entrepreneur looking to build a great software company, I would look for a segment of the market with older, larger, established players selling complex products with good profit margins. These companies remind me of Hal the deer in old far side cartoon by Gary Larson.Then I would build a disruptive business model that offers products or services that solve a serious business problem — one that is a ‘must have’, not a ‘nice to have’ at a better cost to ROI model — align the revenue with customer success so you win when they win with a much simpler user experience and user interface, and continue for focus on innovation in everything we do so we that ‘out-execute’ the traditional enterprise software companies.This is the stuff that makes being an operational venture partner at OpenView Partners, a venture capital firm that provides growth capital to expansion stage software companies, fun. Once we provide expansion capital to software companies raising venture capital, we then jump in with both feet helping the founders, CEO and management teams improve their strategy, focus and execution to build great companies and achieve great exits.While this sounds easy, it is a lot of work and means you have to show up everyday with your A game. That is exactly how today’s large players like Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and other big software companies beat the big guys when they were starting their businesses.By the way, I don’t know whether you picked up on the WSJ article today, but Larry Ellison topped the list of the top paid CEOs for the last decade and he still owns 23% of Oracle.Maybe one of you will be the next Larry Ellison if you get it right… and we hope OpenView will be there right next to you for the journey!All the best!GAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more