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Changing perspective

Does living in a village versus living in a city affect one’s perspective on things, on life? Not sure there has been any scientific research done on that topic, but there must be a significant differences as the lifestyle in a city is very different from a village. I’ll be experiencing that shortly, as I’m moving into the heart of Amsterdam this week, trading a great street view in Naarden for a fantastic Amsterdam canal view.

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Amsterdam 2nd in European city start-up index

Great to see that the perception of Amsterdam has changed quite a bit in the last few years. Amsterdam is now rated 2nd in the Top 35 of European cities with the best conditions for start-ups. Ranking is based on multiple criteria including a.o. access to capital, entrepreneurial culture, mentor availability and even lifestyle. Nice PR, this will attract more talent to the city and the Netherlands.

Smog vacuum cleaner

Another cool new project by Dutch designer, entrepreneur Daan Roosegaarde. His "Smog Free Tower" cleans 30.000 m3 polluted air per hour without ozon, runs on green wind energy and uses no more electricity than a waterboiler (1400 watts). Rightfully so, Roosegaarde has been elected recently as #16 on the NRC Cultuur Top 100, listing the most influential Dutch artists internationally. 


Fingerprint hotel check-in

This week the Alma hotel in Barcelona exceeded my expectations. Earlier I had chosen the hotel because of it’s beautiful garden, great for relaxing when you return after a packed agenda. Today, underway for the selection of the 10 coolest start-ups for Startupbootcamp IoT & Data Barcelona, they sent me the following text message "Dear Mr. Deelman, We are looking forward to welcoming you back at  AlmaBarcelona Hotel. Your room (# …) is already prepared and you could access with your fingerprint  without passing by the reception. Until your arrival, we wish you a safe journey. Sofia, Reception AlmaBarcelona." I have always found the hotel check-in procedure a headache, what a convenient innovation!


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Watch the return of the Pink Panther ;-) This blog visually no longer reflects the identity of the author! The current template was meant to be a temporary solution after a WordPress update no longer supported the design I started with. I’ll be back,soon :-)


The world is flat, a visa can be helpful…

At this very hour I am supposed to be up in the sky, 30.000 feet, on my way to India, but I am not…
“Can I have your visa please?” struck me by lightning. @#*%!
For almost three years now, my company Qelp has been working closely with one, subsequently two business partners in India. For some people it’s hard to believe that we work together successfully, while we have never met in person. We do meet in cyberspace, some weeks even on a daily basis including weekends.

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Benelux Techtour

Last week I had the privilege of participating in the Benelux Techtour: an event where  a selection of 24 “promising technology companies” from the Benelux meet with “60 senior representatives from VC funds, leading corporations and institutional investors”.
Being selected with my company Qelp as one of the 24 “winners”, I was invited to attend a great networking dinner at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. The COO of a tiny start-up from Luxembourg called Skype, explained us in his key-note speech how they became so successful. On Wednesday the Techtour left Amsterdam by boat for Utrecht and 8 selected technology companies including yours truly delivered a presentation to the investors. While I am not actively looking for venture capital right now, the event was an excellent networking opportunity to refresh some existing contacts and get some new buscards from investors, entrepreneurs, press and even a few potential customers. Compliments to Coen van Duiven and Ron Belt for putting this event together in their "spare" time. Coverage on the event can a.o. be found in Het Financieele Dagblad and De Telegraaf (both in Dutch).