On Sundays I play football in LaLiga Santander, on Mondays I dedicate myself to Artificial Intelligence.

The cliché that says that the professional footballer is someone with little intellectual and business vocation does not fit Andrés Fernández, Huesca’s starting goalkeeper and former Villarreal, Osasuna or Oporto goalkeeper. Physical size with his 1.90 footprint, he fits in as a xatakero and he confesses to us being a daily reader of this publication for more than a decade. A passion that comes to him since his father put an Amstrad at home and that he consolidates by watching all the science fiction series that appear. It definitely fits the definition of techie.

So much does he fit into this definition that when you get out of training you turn on your Mac and open Zoom to catch up next to its partners, Rubén Martínez (CTO) and Felipe Segura (COO), with whom he set up a software development company based on Artificial Intelligence: Bijective, such as mathematical functions. A rare Avis in First who also agrees to talk with SamaGame about what he intends with his company, his relationship with technology and his way of combining football with business management and software development.

On Sundays I play football in LaLiga Santander, on Mondays I dedicate myself to Artificial Intelligence

From an Amstrad to an AI startup going through Computer Engineering at UNED

That “gadget” that has been accompanying Andrés since he can remember led him to study Computer Engineering, where discovered programming as his preferred branch: Modula-2, C, Java, HTML5, PHP … He was combining it with sports thanks to the fact that he enrolled in the UNED: at that time he alternated some subsidiaries of First Division teams.

“It was very difficult to get to professional football, that’s why I was clear that I wanted to study, and I saw myself linked to computer science. In the end, when football got ahead, I had to leave my career.” And there began a long football career with almost 300 games in the elite behind him and more than 25,000 minutes under the crossbar.

On Sundays I play football in LaLiga Santander, on Mondays I dedicate myself to Artificial Intelligence

The first question we ask Andrés is “why?” What leads an elite footballer, whose main destination after his playing career is usually the bench, offices or commentary booths, to invest in an Artificial Intelligence company.

“I have always considered myself very professional, I take great care of my work, my rest, my diet … But at the end of the day you have hours to spare. Before, I used them to study, read or train, knowing that football comes one day when it ends. First I started with investments in companies and startups, and then I got more and more into this world thanks to some friends from the business environment. One day I half-jokingly told my wife that I would love to create a technology company and grow it. I was talking about it and growing up, and one day I met Rubén and Felipe. There I saw the opportunity. I will be a romantic, but sometimes opportunities present themselves that may never return. I talked about it with my wife and told her that I would dedicate as much time as possible to the company, and that’s how I got into this, “he explains in a three-way conversation, along with Felipe, via Google Meet.

On Sundays I play football in LaLiga Santander, on Mondays I dedicate myself to Artificial Intelligence

The path is the reward

Next question: what perspective do you have for your company? “For me it is a learning path, it is a very fulfilling process,” he says, evoking a popular phrase in the world of entrepreneurship, “journey is the reward.” “I hope the day I retire I can look back and see that I have been able to live doing what I love: dedicating myself to technology. And the business world too, and more and more. Hopefully live experiences and contribute something to technology “.

The technological and business world as the way forward when football is over for him

On Sundays I play football in LaLiga Santander, on Mondays I dedicate myself to Artificial Intelligence

Biyectiva tries to consolidate that dream by coordinating remotely with Rubén and Felipe, who live in Cartagena, although the entire company, where the bulk of the employees also live in the Murcia Region, operate remotely.

A year ago there were three employees, today there are eleven and by the end of 2021 they hope to reach twenty. The majority, engineers of various branches, although they are incorporating marketing profiles. Andrés is in charge of commercial and business tasks, the other two partners of the most technological and product aspect.

Its first launches have been ConnecTVty, a solution to create intelligent advertising channels, or TimmiV, an encrypted communications protocol. With the first products launched, they believe that their next challenge is to improve their external communication. “The other day they interviewed us, and for a video of a minute and a half we spent 55 minutes repeating the phrase, we are a communication disaster,” says Rubén with a laugh.

On Sundays I play football in LaLiga Santander, on Mondays I dedicate myself to Artificial Intelligence

The truth is that the background of his image, in his offices, is a wall of concrete blocks. Glamor is for others. The product has gone before the cosmetic part. “We are doing cool things for a sports clinic , for a citrus company , for maritime security … That has to go on the web and look good, it is something that we must improve, yes. “Another of its most recent launches is a system that applies AI to process invoices and forms with which to automate tasks of accountant.

Beyond marketing, Rubén explains that the idea with the company is to permeate to the maximum in various sectors of society and apply AI to as many as they can. “Except for finance and the economy, we have few clubs left to play, let’s see if we can do it too.”

When I hang up my gloves

The day Andrés retires (He has a contract with Huesca until June 2023, when he will be 36 and a half years old) he plans to increase his dedication to make the team grow and carry out new projects. “I’m not sure what that profile would be called, but more than as CEO, I see myself helping people to achieve goals, not making technical decisions,” he explains while admitting that he also practices meditation and watches over the tool ‘Time to use ‘to avoid excesses with social networks.

On Sundays I play football in LaLiga Santander, on Mondays I dedicate myself to Artificial Intelligence

“In some cases, being a footballer allows you to reach people who would otherwise be more complicated, but sometimes I have talked to people who have helped me a lot and are not even interested in football”

On whether it favors being a professional footballer when it comes to growing a company like his, he acknowledges that in some cases it is a benefit (“you reach people who would otherwise be more complicated”), but that For most people in the tech world, soccer is the least of it. “Sometimes I talk to people who have helped me a lot and do not even know anything about football, they are not interested.”

In the dressing room it is not very common to find profiles like yours, but it has been found colleagues who are also interested in the world of financial investment and technology at this level. “It is not something that interests much in general, especially young people, but with some colleagues I do talk about it, although they are more private conversations.”

To this it contributes that believes that it is increasingly common for footballers to prepare in advance for the end of their sports career. “The important thing is to have some other tool so that you are not limited to football, to have another way out.” I even have the title of skipper “.

On Sundays I play football in LaLiga Santander, on Mondays I dedicate myself to Artificial Intelligence

Andrés is definitely a peculiar man. During the conversation, topics such as BB-8, the HBO series’ Silicon Valley ‘, the latest book by Bob Iger,’ Lessons in creative leadership ‘or the name of Juan Mata as another atypical footballer, who launched the campaign’ Common Goal ‘through which elite athletes agree to donate 1% of their salary to social causes, and to which the Huesca goalkeeper joined among other illustrious names such as Jürgen Klopp or Megan Rapinoe. We will follow his trail five years from now to see how far he has managed to take with his companions (company, like football, is a team sport) Artificial Intelligence made in Murcia.