Techstars London day 38: Keep that bottle spinning

In case you haven’t been following the entire experience so far (which you should, from the beginning!), Techstars is a very intense program. From the very beginning we were told to warn and thank our loved ones about the little time that we would have to do anything other than the company and the program.

I did this repeatedly, but, I guess is inevitable you need to keep reminding them of the situation. It’s been a while since I spoke to my parents (it also doesn’t help they live in a different country; specially a country with very different schedules!) and, inevitably as well, when you live with someone that stops seeing much of you, the pressure rises. So this morning started with a mini-fight and uncomfortable conversation with my other half.  Not a great start of the day – though we resolved it quickly. We find it hard to be mad at each other for more than 5 minutes.

The super-secret-project is coming along nicely and I am happy with the progress I am making in that front.

For lunch we met with one of our mentors at The Eagle pub in Farringdon. He was absolutely fantastic and also very generous. Not only he gave us great advice, he also paid for our meal – rock on!


After lunch, back to the office to continue coding, when all of the sudden I get a text from Jesper to come out of the office for 5 minutes. Puzzled (he doesn’t work in the area), I went downstairs and got outside, but there was nobody there.  I looked around and then I saw him standing there, round the corner, with a bouquet of beautiful flowers, a Kinder Bueno and a Frapuccino!! This man clearly knows me well! Definitely a keeper 😉 For a second there I even felt a bit shy. My reaction:



I would be lying if I said it didn’t cheer me up.

After the nice surprise, more coding on the super-secret-project until it was time for the All Hands meeting.

Remember a couple of weeks ago we played spin the bottle? Well, today we did it again! Though this time it was a bit different. This time we didn’t have to pitch someone else’s business. Instead, we did two variants today.

The first one was about reflecting on the last 6 weeks we have been in the program. Whoever the bottle landed on had to either say what was their best day or their worst day so far and why. This time it didn’t land on me, but if it did I would just have sent people to read the blog  😜 #AlwaysBeClosing.

The second variant was a bit more difficult. Whoever the bottle landed on had to pick someone in their team (ideally a co-founder) and this person then needs to say something good that they like about them or something bad that really annoys them. And you couldn’t choose, a coin would. Heads = good, tails = bad.

And there it went the bottle spinning and landing on Stan. With Maria in a meeting outside the office it was pretty clear that I would have to go for it. Fuuuuuuudge! Thankfully the coin decided on heads. I was dreading tails, just because I truly cannot think of anything bad that annoys me that’s even worth mentioning.

I struggled with the good things as well. But just because I was tired and I totally suck at quick thinking in these situations – especially when I am tired. So my reaction was to mention how good of a CEO he is, having a very good idea of where are going as a company, what our goals are: our mission and vision. And all that is very good, but he’s much more than that. As soon as we moved on I thought of plenty of ways how Stan amazes me and why I think he’s so great.

Like I said, he’s incredibly talented when it comes to the business side of things. He’s very good with numbers and very well articulated when he speaks. But Stan has also demonstrated to be a true friend. Supportive in the difficult times. He also happens to have a great sense of humour and makes me laugh a lot. And above all, he knows how to remain calm in situations of crisis – usually where both Maria and I bring out the fire within us (we are both very passionate people), he just knows how to handle the situation and tends to always find a positive outcome and moves on quickly onto the next thing. We also happen to work really well together when it comes to the product.

And I know Maria wasn’t there, but I’d like to also say a few words about her. Because I absolutely adore her. She’s passionate, she’s funny and understanding. Caring and loving. She also happens to be a kickass sales guru. And to top it off, she’s my partner in crime.

In a nutshell, we are the fucking dream team, people. We work well together, we care for one another, we respect each other, we are supportive and we know how to have fun.

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And with this remark, it’s time to say good night. I have to pack because we are going on a Techstars trip tomorrow…

I will be reporting this weekend, until then… Peace out ☮

Summary of the day:

Time I fell asleep last night: 1:00
Total hours of sleep: 5.16
Mood: In the same day, at least 2 or 3 ups and downs. That’s just how crazy this process is…
Coffees: At least 3…
Soundtrack of the day: Here’s Todd again! (Insanely good tune) Also, don’t forget to follow the Spotify playlist with the compilation of all the tunes that are part of the Techstars Experience Soundtrack!

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