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Bernardo Hernandez Gonzalez

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Bernardo Hernandez Gonzalez, born in 1970, is a Spanish technology entrepreneur and business angel investor. He is currently the head of Flickr at Yahoo! Previously, he served as the director of product management at Google and as managing director at Zagat.

Gonzalez has started several Internet companies in Spain — both alone and with other partners — including Idealista.com, FloresFrescas.com or 11870.com. He was an early investor in Tuenti, a leading social network in Spain, and he served as the president of the board until the company’s sale to Telefonica in the summer of 2010. Gonzalez was also the president of the board of the first Internet startup in Spain to go public, bodaclick.com.

Gonzalez is the founder and president of StepOne, a company that helps Spanish technology companies in their internationalization. From this company, he has started the first computer science talent exchange program between Spain and the Silicon Valley, Jovenes con Futuro.

Gonzalez graduated from ICADE, Pontifical University of Comillas, the second most prestigious business university in Madrid, in 1993. He also has a Masters in Finance from Boston College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

When he was only 29, Gonzalez started his first Internet venture, idealista.com, which is now the leading real estate online portal in Spain. Since then, he has participated in the other online start-ups as a business angel investor, like floresfrescas.com, planetaki.com, 11870.com or the leading social network in Spain, Tuenti.

In 2009, he was named Tech Entrepreneur of the Year by the Banesto Foundation. In 2010, he received an honorary degree in Architecture and Systems by Universidad Camilo Jose Cela (Spanish University). Gonzalez has also been included in the list of the 25 most influential Spanish internet people by El Mundo for seven consecutive years.

Companies and Investments

Fever! (Founder, lead investor); StepOne Ventures (President and Founder); idealista.com (Cofounder); Bodaclick.com (former board president); FloresFrescas (Former president and founder); Tuenti (former board president)


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Focus on the right things. Take inventory of what you need for your company and what you don’t need and focus your energies. You’ll be tempted to try and focus on everything yourself. Startups take time though. Focus your energies.


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The improbable is a given and the seemingly impossible is likely.

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