The whole local scene turned out

Mike's TS thoughts by Mike

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One thing you learn while driving through Poland is patience. If it is not long queues of lorries, it is that the main routes still pass through the center of the towns and villages, cutting the speed back down to 50kph. Occasionally there is only a few 100 meters of 90kph speed limit between the villages, and the landy is not sports car that could take advantage of the higher limits.The folks at ... more



Rock Claw or What's Love

Travelling Salesman by Kristoffer

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Turns out the latter is closer to the real pronunciation of Wroclaw! We arrived there on Sunday evening after a long drive from Prague. The hotel we stayed in was curious in its dazzling array of weaponry hanging on the walls. Pistols, shotguns, knives and swords appeared to be there for decorative purposes, but we soon discovered the real reason. The hotel has some unique inhabitants, one of whic... more



Prague Pulled It Off

Travelling Salesman by Kristoffer

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It's always tough pulling projects like this off. You don't have the contacts in the cities, people don't respond or complain about being too busy. That's why you celebrate when small miracles happen. We had not managed to get a response from anyone in Prague and it was starting to look like Mike and I would be sightseeing in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, instead of listening to endl... more



Maybe it is your mothers startup

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The day started with a long motorway drive (and the landy is not exactly the best motorway vehicle). With no specific place to aim for in Brno (all the contact attempts made so far had failed), a quick search in the morning for coworking spaces in Brno (a good source of places to meet start-ups on the is expedition so far) turned up Coworking Centrum, along with a couple of others, but this was m... more



Bratislava Didn't Quite Go To Plan

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OK, in fairness we did not have a plan for Bratislava. We had tried making various contacts, and only in the very last moment did we get something even relevant, and were linked with people behind a co-working space called The Spot. We had agreed to arrive at 4pm, which we did, but to find nobody receiving us, and instead some other local talking about whatever related to entrepreneurship. There w... more



so many co-working spaces, so few pitches

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Kristoffer's bad day yesterday, ended with a long cold walk where he kept proving this saying  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein correct by going into *EVERY* bar in Kremnica and checking that they also did not have any food. By the forth bar, I had found the "pattern" that bars in small villages in Slovakia do not have food. We ... more



#omgkrk — Cracking Display in Krakow

Travelling Salesman by Kristoffer

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I must admit to feeling disappointed after our visit to Warsaw. It was a Friday evening, but few people showed up, despite Piotr's best efforts, and the GammaFactory co-working space was mostly empty. We've seen many times how tricky it is to know beforehand how well our meetups will turn out, and how difficult it is to make exactly the right contacts with the right message. The startup scene in W... more



An interesting idea - mulled beer

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After the previous days exciting driving, this morning was a boring drive - short stretches of motorway, broken up by regular roads.We had decided to book into a Hotel a bit south of Warsaw, to avoid the nightmare of boring chain hotels (ever the curse of people who are doing lots of travelling). Arriving in the middle of the afternoon, we took the opportunity to grab a late lunch, which was reall... more



The Coldest Place on Earth (Probably)

Travelling Salesman by Kristoffer

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Every time we mention to a Pole that we will be staying a night in Suwalki, on our way to our Warsaw Meetup, we get asked if we know we're sure that's wise. They inform us it's the coldest place in the country. The descriptions paint a picture of a barren winter countryside like some icy hell. There is nothing there, they explain. So as we settled down to spend a night in this scary place we decid... more



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