Techstars London day 5: Getting out of the building

I can’t believe it’s already Friday. Where has this week gone?! A good sign, considering that time flies when you are having fun.

One thing that has surprised me this week, is the lack of tiredness I am experiencing. Or maybe I am just on a constant high. I mean, I have been sleeping an average of 5 hours per night for the last week and I am used to crack at least 7/8 hours per night, plus the sporadic siestas (I am Spanish after all) – AND all this without a single drop of caffeine (drinking coffee gives me terrible migraines). I am sure this will take its toll sooner rather than later though, it’s not a question of if, but when.

Moving on, today was incredibly productive for us. In the morning Stan had the CEO meeting, which I think  went quite well – at least for me, considering my ears weren’t burning (*). in the meantime I started on a little piece of work that’s gonna help us refine our search functionality greatly – little steps with great impact. 

In the afternoon we decided to get out of the building as suggested by Steve Blank in his brilliant “How to build a startup” course. We headed down to a new venue that opened recently in Clerkenwell, the Piano Works (amazing btw) to talk to the manager about a possible partnership and find out how they work and source their entertainment. And when I say we, I mean my lovely co-founders Stan and Maria, I stayed coding in the office 🙂

Cool detail from Piano works. People at the bar can request songs to be played on stage by writing them in a napkin. The piano in the photo is actually mine.
Cool detail from Piano works. People at the bar can request songs to be played on stage by writing them in a napkin. The piano in the photo is actually mine.

And before I knew it, it was already beer o’clock! The only problem was… no ping pong! There were people still working in the kitchen area so the table was not deployed, and oh the disappointment! I was looking forward to (try to) kick a few asses there and then. But I guess it will have to wait until next week…

Finished the day with a lovely team dinner in Exmouth Market and then a nice walk back home (**).

So first week has gone by quickly – I have to say, I am loving all the people in this cohort and the deep dive was amazing – I almost wished it was longer than 2 hours.

Now this weekend to catch up on some sleep and get ready for mentor madness next week…

Btw, I have not decided yet whether I will be posting during the weekend or not. I’ll see how I feel about it tomorrow, until then…

Summary of the day:

Time I went to sleep last night: 1.30am

Total hours of sleep: 5.13

Mood for the day: Relaxed and productive

Steps count for the week (From Monday ’til today 23.41): 80354 (I am leading walky legs!)

Soundtrack for the day: https://open.spotify.com/track/43DnalVz4tL1pR1GWCpfCj (when in doubt, always listen to Todd Terje)

Happy Friday night!

(*) Remember in my post from Wednesday that I mentioned what the purpose of the CEO meeting was about 😉

(**) Walking is seriously therapeutic…

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