Week 25

Before I begin with our first week note, let me get into the ‘why’ we decided to start writing those.

You may have seen those week notes at some of the companies we are mentioning quite a lot: Berg, Urbanscale, Nordkapp. If you are not familiar with the concept, take a look at weeknotes.com.

We like reading those, but we also see the appeal in writing a week note for ourselves. It gives you time to reflect on the week and talk a bit more hands on about our work.

Before I begin with our first week note, let me get into the ‘why’ we decided to start writing those.

You may have seen those week notes at some of the companies we are mentioning quite a lot: Berg, Urbanscale, Nordkapp. If you are not familiar with the concept, take a look at weeknotes.com.

We like reading those, but we also see the appeal in writing a week note for ourselves. It gives you time to reflect on the week and talk a bit more hands on about our work. It will – and that won’t change – not go into big detail, since most of our work is still confidential. But it will give you, dear reader, a better perspective of what we’re up to.


Tuesday was the first day in four weeks that all of Third Wave have been together in our office in Berlin. We are just six month into the business, but our travel schedule feels much more mature at this point. Nevertheless, we also enjoyed to be able to sit at one table and actually talk through some of the many things that piled up during our US trip. Being away showed us also where we need to polish our processes. Some things just slipped through, while we’ve been in a different time zone taking a huge amount of meetings and preparing for Austin.

A good portion of our time went to finalizing the financial part of the Cognitive Cities Conference. With so many people involved, it was somewhat of a hassle, but now that it’s done, we can actually finalize the project (if not the topic in general, stay tuned for more CoCities fun in the near future). But in general, we find ourselves still somewhat at struggle with the bureaucratic part of our job. This is hardly something unusual for a young company and we are very thankful to have an accountant that takes the time to walk us through those tasks. You’ve probably heard this from others as well: if you are about to start a company, get yourself a really good accountant.

The other things that have been buzzing around the office is the preperation for various client meetings and our trip to Vienna, where we will have day long workshop with our friends from LHBS and talk to a small bunch of people about very uncomfortable things. If you are around, join us there.

The travel schedule for this week: Johannes is in Mannheim on Wednesday. He will join Peter and Igor in Vienna on Thursday, where all three will be staying until Sunday.

Author: Igor

Igor likes to connect the dots. As a strategic consultant in an increasingly complex world, he favours broad knowledge over specialisation. In the last five years, he helped shape strategic decisions at large corporations like Deutsche Postbank AG and Deutsche Telekom AG as well as at startups like Amen and refund.me. In his work he is focusing always on finding the appropriate solutions as well as the people who will be executing upon his advice. Beside the consulting work, Igor speaks at international conferences on variety of topics (SXSW, PICNIC, re:publica, etc.).