Week 58

A couple of trips half around the world – New York & San Francisco –, some insights from Science Hack Day and future planning will find you in this week note.

I’ve been on the road for the most time in the last four weeks. Between traveling a couple of times to Bonn for some on site work at Postbank, I spent some time in New York meeting exciting people. This particular week note reaches you from San Francisco. The lovely people from Evolution Bureau met me with arms wide open and let me hang around in their lovely office. You should check out what they are doing, it’s pretty amazing stuff.

It looks like the travel schedule will stay busy, expect to see me checking in at locations near you.

New York

Despite arriving with a major cold in New York, I had the pleasure of meeting some old and new friends. It’s always good to hang out with Undercurrent, and I met Ben and Collin from Socialistic. With some people you just instantly know that you are on the same page, and this one was definitely one of those meetings.

While we love Berlin and there are no plans of changing our base of operations, I can’t stop myself from thinking that the things that make Berlin so livable are the same ones that hold us back a bit. That might be just a personal thing, but every time I’m in New York, I get super inspired by the energy of the city, by its pace, and by how much more can be accomplished in one day.

San Francisco

While New York almost feels like a second home by now, it was my first trip to the West Coast. It took me a couple of days to re-adjust to a more relaxed, more mellow rhythm that San Francisco seems to have. Places like Ritual Coffee Roasters & Four Barrel surely helped.

Science Hack Day

As an ambassador for the Science Hack Day in Berlin, I’ve been invited to join the main event here in San Francisco. And what an event it was. You really should have seen what Ariel Waldman and her team accomplished here, it is truly inspiring and if you ever have a chance of attending one of those events, I strongly recommend doing so.

Matt uploaded super nice photos from the event, take a look.

Third Wave retreat

While I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed, there will be not much time for that. Two days after I’m back, we will leave for Usedom for our own strategy retreat. This time around we couldn’t keep up with the three month cycle, but we didn’t forget the value of taking the time for ourselves to evaluate what we accomplished in the last month, see what worked best and what didn’t. We will also answer some major questions, like the future of CoCities, and discuss a variety of different projects that are emerging on the horizon.

What will happen in Usedom will surely not stay there.

What we read

We’ve been getting a lot of nice feedback to our weekly reading recommendations. It seems like we found a sweet spot there and many are interested in seeing this kind of curation. Thank you for that.

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.).