Hibiscus & NomadaEspacio announces today that the travel blog, Hibiscus & Nomada, was acquired by the media incubator.

“We are thrilled to be working with Hibiscus & Nomada and to continue the legacy that Marion created,” said Espacio CEO Conrad Egusa. Conrad Egusa is a former VentureBeat writer and is a Global Mentor at 500 Startups along with being a co-founder of Espacio with Eddie Arrieta.

Hibiscus & Nomada was founded in 2016 by Marion Payen and Alex Hurstel. The travel blog, documenting the affordable ways to discovering the unexplored, quickly amassed close to 50,000 Instagram followers, and a beautiful portfolio of travel photos. They were even seen on publications like Lonely Planet & City Style & Life.

Through the acquisition, Espacio aims to promote the publication’s growth and to project it’s voice into the travel community. Hibiscus & Nomada’s editor will be Mathew Di Salvo, a former news wire journalist who also has experience in travel writing. 

In a press release, Mathew commented,”It’s extremely exciting to be taking over this blog, which has amassed an impressive following in its short time. At Espacio we were blown away by the photos and the variety of locations it featured. Our enthusiastic team is fully up to continuing the great job Marion started.”

Espacio’s upcoming investments into the publication will include an expansion of its editorial newsroom, investments into video, and a series of events in 2018.

In addition to its blog, Hibiscus & Nomada provides travel Guides to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. 

“We hope to expand the site by reaching even more untouched and beautiful locations and demonstrating that great content can still come out of the somewhat crowded market of travel blogging.”

Stress, anxiety, worries and negative thoughts are unavoidable aspects of being alive. Every single person on the planet has to go through challenging times and if anyone claims otherwise, that person is not being truthful. The only thing that differentiates us from one another is our capability to cope and deal with the challenging times we experience.

One universal practice that is used by people all over the world to cope with difficult times is Meditation. Meditation helps us control our minds and relax which in turn enables us to achieve a state of mind in which we can eliminate negative thoughts, worries, anxiety and deal with the problems and the difficult times we are experiencing in a calm and cool manner.

Additionally, Meditation has many positive benefits for our health which includes a decrease in physical tension, lower blood pressure, a strengthened immune system and slowing down of the aging process. According to The American Heart Association, meditation may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.

There is one smartphone application startup that was founded for the specific purpose of helping people perform meditation practices. The startup in question is Mindworks, a smartphone application that was founded in 2015.

Mindworks teaches a combination of mindfulness and awareness practices from individuals who were taught and trained by some of the world’s most preeminent Buddhist Meditation masters. The application consists of a combination of videos, audio recordings and articles that provides tools to help cope with stressful times and helps calm the mind from its daily thoughts and emotions.

The application goes beyond standard meditation technology by offering guidance and teachings that cover a range of topical issues from personal contentment to better parenting and creating true wealth.

The founder of Mindworks, Bart Mendel, created the startup with the aim to foster greater happiness and well-being by making meditation accessible to anyone, anytime and anywhere and be a positive influence for people’s lives and ability to cope with everyday stressors.

Millennials are cornered by the current zeitgeist, labeled as lazy by some and idealistic by others.

According to a study by Deloitte, Millennials expect a higher level of inclusiveness and flexibility, they expect to understand where they add value – as opposed to simply being told what to do. And, crucially, they feel it right to hold their employer to account; they want to know what the company they work for will do for them beyond a simple paycheck.

“That population was born with a cellphone on their hand, and everything they’re doing they’re doing on a smartphone,” says Othamar Gama Filho, CEO of Talentify,” One of the core things we believe is that we need to be mobile first because candidates are mobile first.” Talentify is a recruitment platform with an established focus on mobile. Their goal has been to slim down the application process, to fit comfortably inside a mobile application, devoid of hassle and uncertainty.  

The process of applying for a job – as most are well aware – is arduous, but it doesn’t need to be. Talentify have attended to the way candidates drop out of the hiring funnel and recognized that additional steps lead to fewer applicants. The crucial recognition is that employers can’t use an arduous hiring process as a test for who will make it through; a better approach is to make it simple to apply, so employers have more availability of choice.

“Millennials don’t have that pressure from parents or pressure from society to find a career and stay in it forever,” says Filho. “Now it’s much more acceptable to find [a] project and work when they feel they need it.”

And the jobs market needs to adapt to this established reality. 60% of Millennials leave jobs either because the company is not a good culture fit, or because they got a better offer. Which might sound like two different reasons, but ultimately it comes down to employers being up-front with employees about what to expect and delivering on those expectations.

The approach is based on a recognition that Millennials don’t deal with the jobs market in the way their potential employers expect them to “making things fit on a cellphone is better… it’s a mobile mentality and a gig-economy mentality, which makes [Millennials] jump jobs faster,” says Filho.

Currently operating in the US and Brazil, Telentify has had the advantage of a unique position to gain insight into how the trend of younger companies looks across a variety of economic areas.

Brazil’s jobs market is far more employer-focused, with the economy short of jobs potential employees are willing to engage in lengthy recruitment processes if it means getting a job. And once they get a job they’d prefer stick to it, rather than change jobs after only a year or two. And the Brazilian government has been slow to update regulation to a new method of job hunting.

“It’s too risky for countries in Brazil and other Latin American countries to adopt that gig economy mentality,” says Filho, “there is a regulation black hole at the moment and they want to see what’s on the other side, that’s causing many companies to delay that strategy. It is a country recovering from a recession.”

The subsequent problem is that this leaves a lot of applications to sift through, but clever algorithms can review the most basic requirements. Employers should, in the end, be looking at fewer, more applicable candidates by virtue of accepting a higher volume of applications. Rather than trying to stifle the entry process as a botched short-cut to desirable employee traits.

In the end, the old ways won’t work. Filho says, “In Brazil, because there are so many candidates willing to go through that arduous process of applying for a company, it doesn’t force the companies to adapt, it doesn’t force them to provide a better experience.”


December 7th 2017 – Espacio, Sandhill’s media Incubator and parent company today announces it has acquired, a media publication dedicated to startup and entrepreneurial news in Portugal. Through the acquisition, Espacio aims to promote the publication’s growth and give a voice to the Portuguese tech scene, much like Techli for the Midwest startup scene.

Rafael Pires was founded in 2014 by Rafael PiresDaniela Monteiro and Inês Silva to introduce the Portuguese startup scene to the world. The independent publication is focused on featuring inspiring stories of up-and-coming entrepreneurs, interviews with exciting startups that are prospering in their markets, and provides insight into Portugal’s great conditions to establish new businesses.

Conrad Egusa

Conrad Egusa

The promoters of the publication have been startup ecosystem builders, responsible for non-profit and community programs driving education, acceleration, and growth for startups.

“We are thrilled to take onboard and hope to continue the legacy that its founders, Rafael, Daniela and Inês, have created,” said Espacio CEO Conrad Egusa. The former VentureBeat writer and Global Mentor at 500 Startups, founded Espacio with Eddie Arrieta.

“We are happy to see joining Espacio. It will bring an extra layer of capacity, expertise, and exposure that will take the Portuguese Startup Scene even further,” says Pires.

Eddie Arrieta

Eddie Arrieta

“We have noticed a promising increase in interesting ideas and technology in Portugal, reflected in the number of incubators and investors heading there,” says Egusa. “At Espacio we will work to make sure this is mirrored in the media coverage – something was created to do – and something we will continue.”

Recovering from an economic crisis, Portugal has since been thriving in the world’s entrepreneurial scene. A renewed spirit of innovation has led to an eruption of startups, helped by the country’s impressive bilingual education system and local support network – such as Startup LisboaANJEBeta-iUPTECIPNStartup Braga and ScaleUp Porto, to name a few. Portugal has significantly simplified the process of building a business, which has incentivized entrepreneurs to launch their own enterprises and has attracted others to the country.

“As more eyes look to Portugal as an emerging strategic tech hub we are excited to continue this mission of sharing Portugal’s own inspiring stories of growth and exploration in the startup sector with the world,” said Egusa.

A recently launched app is looking to keep up with the increasing demand for U.S. visas by making the application process easier and more accessible.

After observing a 19% increase in U.S. visa applications between 2011 and 2012, the creators of SimpleVisa sought to develop an app that streamlines a traditionally time-consuming process. By using patent-pending photo technology, SimpleVisa allows users to scan their passports and receive a United States visa waiver within a few minutes.

“We thought about where the best entry point in this process would be to cut out as much of the time and effort involved as possible,” says founder Loris Mazloum, a French entrepreneur, “Because our users have cameras built into their devices already, the whole thing is reduced to one easy step that also eliminates the chance for manual error.”

The app currently works for any of the 38 countries on the United States’ visa waiver list, and plans to expand its services to United States citizens planning trips to countries with similarly friendly travel relationship