On a personal note

- January 4, 2016

I started Novobrief because I thought, and I still do, that the Spanish startup ecosystem could be covered in a better way and because I believed investors, entrepreneurs, corporates and the general public outside of Spain should know what was going on in the country.

The idea behind the project was always to build a business that could support myself, but I haven’t been able to achieve that and, in the process, I’ve also learned that simply covering Spain is too low of a ceiling.

A few months ago I started working on a database of Spanish startups with Javier Escribano. We both believed that building a database of such characteristics could be useful for local startups, entrepreneurs and investors. And also, it could represent a new source of income for myself and the blog.

Also around then, I had another conversation with Robin Wauters, whom I have known and respected for many years. We talked about what he had in mind for and it all sounded very familiar with the way I saw things for the future of Novobrief, but with Europe (and not just Spain) as a starting point.

Several conversations later, we agreed that I’d join as a data analyst/journalist. I’m starting this week.

I’m super excited about the opportunity and what I’ll be doing in the near future. I won’t be publicly publishing a lot of stories anymore, but I’m sure I’ll learn ten times as much.

Novobrief won’t go away and nor will the newsletter.

It’s taken me a lot of time and hard effort to build this, and I don’t want it to disappear. Obviously, I won’t be publishing as much as before and this will become more of a personal publication focused on the Spanish startup scene. But I will continue to do so from time to time, and I might even publish a few articles in Spanish.

My small world turned upside down.

Thanks for reading and please continue to do so.


Jaime Novoa

Jaime Novoa is the Founder of Novobrief. He is a technology writer turned investor at Madrid's K Fund. He was also a data analyst at