Alex Vieux, CEO Red Herring

March 28, 2007

Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.


On the photo you see Alex Vieux, CEO of red Herring, opening the Venture Market Europe 2007 in Cannes. He’s a remarkable experienced guy, sitting on top of an excellent network of journalists, publishers, entrepreneurs and VC’s. At that moment he was just far away.
I received together with Lars the RH 100 Europe Award for the 100 Europe Entrepreneurs with the most chance of success and had a pitch and a lot of talks to many interesting people and some investors too.

At the last day, I was standing in the floor between the conference room and the restaurant, Alex went by and started to speak to me. How I’m doing, how my plans are for Mindquarry. To my big amazement he told me that he has personal reviewed our application and he sees a great potential in Mindquarry. “Do not wait 3 years to move to the United states” was his advice, “act soon. In your business, time runs fast” He offered his support and advice when I wanted to find American investors. “Let’s stay in contact”.
Honestly, I was some moment perplex. And I was proud to and felt honored by his approval to the potential in Mindquarry.
Let’s see further steps. I’ll write about it here and here.

The Art of Collaborative Work

March 16, 2007

In spring 2006 I met Lars Trieloff, co-founder of Mindquarry for the first time. He told me his founding story, which is in a nutshell:

“When he wrote a book back in 2005 he had to team-work with publishers, proofreaders and so on. Soon he recognized that a lot of work troubles came from a lack of supporting software tools, which are on the other hand still a proven standard in the software industry. Programmers have a lot of team work and use many tools like version control for source code, issue tracking, wiki based knowledge base and smart conversation tools like icq, jabber, ichat. But nobody outside the coders community could use such complex tool sets. So he decided to develop such proven tools, but made easy usable to information workers of all kind.”

So I was quite impressed about the simplicity of the idea and their great potential. But meanwhile, Read the rest of this entry »

Open Source Meets Business

January 25, 2007


Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

Seit 3 Tagen bin ich nun auf dem “Open Source Meets Businees” Kongress des Heise Verlags in Nürnberg. Ich muß gestehen, dass ich seit langem nicht mehr auf einem so gut ausgestattetem und auch hochkarätig besetztem Kongress war. Das NCC (Nürnberger Conress Center) ist ein neues, großzügiges und sehr stylisch ausgestattetes Kongressgebäude, wie ich es sonst nur aus den USA kenne. Des Catering während des Kongresses ist überdurchschnittlich, da will ich jetzt mal nicht weiter vertiefend darauf eingehen, um keinen Neid zu provozieren. Einige Impressionen und mehr Photos findet Ihr auf dem Mindquarry Photo Booth auf flickr.
Der “Poster Booth”, eine kleine Mini-Messe für ausgewählte Firmen auf der wir unseren Stand haben, ist nicht nur in den Konferenzpausen sehr gut besucht, und wie man an den Photos sehen kann, hat sich das Leitmotto “Open source Meets Business” auch in der Kleiderordnung niedergeschlagen. Flankiert wird der Kongress noch von einem Empfang des Bayrischen Staatssekretärs gestern und einem Empfang des Oberbürgermeisters heute abend, bei denen sich das Land Bayern und die Stadt Nürnberg im Besonderen spendabel zeigen und natürlich massiv für den Standort werben. Man könnte in Versuchung geraten….

First snow

December 28, 2006

So now we finally got our first snow that winter. Have a look at the small window lights in the left corner. The Mindquarry team is still working. Happy new year to all our friends.