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05/04/2024

Tomas Navas, from Colombia, studied information systems management at IE University. Soon after graduating, the alum founded his startup Talamo, a B2B platform for budgeting, forecasting, cash analytics and smart financing. He shared with us his vision for his company and how IE University played an important part in his journey to entrepreneurship.

What drives your passion for entrepreneurship?

My bachelor’s degree in information systems management allowed me to understand technology in a unique way. Now, I think not only about the beauty of it, but also about how people can benefit from it.

Tell us more about Talamo. What is your mission and vision?

Talamo is a platform that facilitates smart financing for companies. Right now, we are focused on Colombia, but our plan is to become a relevant player in Latin America. Our long-term vision is to foster growth in the economy through empowering companies with healthier cash cycles and encouraging a closer relationship between businesses and the financial sector.

What challenges did you face when starting your business, and how did you overcome them?

There are a lot of challenges when starting a business, from limited resources to building a team and staying aligned with the company’s vision. Personally, I overcame them by looking at problems as challenges to be solved and learned from, rather than as a source of stress.

How did your time at IE University equip you to run Talamo?

IE University has impacted heavily on my professional career. The knowledge that the university offers is invaluable and very aligned with the market. Project methodologies that I learned during my bachelor’s degree—like software development frameworks and client acquisition approaches—were crucial, offering a structured line of action toward decision-making and problem-solving which I apply directly at Talamo.

In what ways did your IE Experience add value to your entrepreneurship journey?

I see immense value in the education that IE University offers. Beyond technical knowledge, it impacted me in critical thinking, adaptability and the ability to collaborate with people from different backgrounds. Entrepreneurship demands not only technical expertise but also effective communication, collaboration and soft skills. IE University, with its mix of theoretical learning and practical projects, equipped me with a skill set that goes beyond traditional education.

What advice would you like to share with other entrepreneurs?

If I could give any advice, it would be to take risks. Who knows how many great companies or impactful innovations we might have seen if people had overcome the fear of acting on their ideas? The worst thing that could happen is you fail, and that’s not as bad as it may seem.