Week 28

When we started out, traveling usually meant that a few of the must-do-things got postponed to a later date. But that just doesn’t scale for us. That’s why this week note is being written in New York City, more precisely in SoHo’s Bookstore Cafe. But enough with the coffee, why is it that Peter and I are in New York again I hear you asking.

If you, dear reader, haven’t noticed it already: we have a rotation principle for writing week notes and it’s my turn again.

When we started out, traveling usually meant that a few of the must-do-things got postponed to a later date. But that just doesn’t scale for us. That’s why this week note is being written in New York City, more precisely in SoHo’s Bookstore Cafe. It’s not only a good place to shop for some serious print, they also have barista skills. (At least if a La Marzocco machine is any indication, which it usually is.) After being coffeed up with the black gold from Blue Bottle and Gimme! Coffee I went for one of their home brewed iced teas. Also a very good choice.

But enough with the coffee, why is it that Peter and I are in New York again I hear you asking.

Sometimes we are more fortunate than even our confidence into our skills would account for. On our last visit to Gotham, we met up with many interesting people and potential clients with a clear goal: to extend our business beyond Europe. A simple goal, but it isn’t easy to establish yourself in one of the most competitive cities of the world as a Berlin based company.

That said, we were successful and got invited to be part of an amazing project. While we once again can’t really talk about our work (NDA), we can say that much: we are helping a very smart group of people shaping the beginnings of a potentially very successful startup. Our job is to shape the strategy, the product itself, give input on the social and mobile components of the business as well as prepare the European launch of the service.

Going deep into the core of the product itself is exiting and we enjoyed the two full days of working with the whole team a lot. We’re very exited about the things to come and it looks like we will be back to New York soonish as well. We will hang around in New York till Thursday morning before heading back to Berlin. There are some meetings scheduled – we will drop by the Urbanscale office today for example – but if you are interested in meeting up, ping us.

Last week was busy as well. We visited the Berlin based conference re:publica. It’s always fun to see so many geeks come to our home turf. Johannes joined the Seedcamp as a mentor on Thursday. From what I heard, there are some really exiting things happening in the European tech community.

That said, we wish you a great week.

Travel plans: Peter and Igor are in New York till Thursday. Johannes will be in Hamburg on Wednesday. Again, if you’d like to chat, get in touch.

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.).

2 thoughts on “Week 28”

  1. It is really exciting, interesting and inspiring to read your weekly notes. Thanks a lot for posting them. I cross my fingers and wish you good luck for your international success. You totally deserve it. Looking forward to meet Johannes on Wednesday, in my neighborhood.

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