First day in Monterey

May 3, 2007

Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

The jet lag effect kicked us out of the bed around 6 in the morning, so after a so called “continental” breakfast we had a walk through the town to the beach. lather the weather became cloudy, so we headed back to the hotel to work on our presentation. Sandro tried to finish e white paper and finally we tried to sharpen our elevator pitch. At 7 p.m. we headed to the Monterey Aquarium, were the formal greeting reception took place. So we had plenty time for a first networking.


Flight to LA, CA

May 1, 2007

Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

On Monday I was flying from Berlin to Frankfurt to meet there my collegue Sandro (VP Marketing at Mindquarry). Together we took the Air India flight to LA. Sandro was backbiting a little bit about bloggers who often write about all the trouble happens during a flight. “There is usually trouble at almost every flight” he said. He had right. But to avoid his backbiting on me, I’ll stay quiet at that point. Perhaps Sandro will blog about the flight. 😉
Anyway, nearly everything worked out fine at the travel. The photo on the right is taken from our car at the Hwy 5 north. At that point, we just had left the LA suburban area and still 4 hours to travel to Monterey. At that time we still had not considered jet lag effects, on which we should suffering soon.
It was a hard ride to Monterey, were we arrived at half past midnight local time. We’ve been really down and happy to be able to go to bed immediately.

Understanding Collaborative Workspaces

April 5, 2007

Me and my working team
Originally uploaded by Paolo Ferrari.


Collaboration is the essence of the modern business era. More and more work is information work. More and more work happens between local distributed teams. But more and more working efficiency is reduced by the increasing overhead.
The topic of „understanding performance and collaborative workspaces“ becomes significant importance to every business in our global networked world.
According to a IDC study about the hidden costs of information work, the annual costs to an Enterprise with 1.000 information workers ( / annual payment of $60,0000 each) are $30M for wasted time.
Assuming the reduction of 1/3 of the overhead by better concepts and tools for teamwork, they could save about $10M each year.
So I think, the introduction of better concepts is just a matter of time and it will happen soon.
At Mindquarry, we believe that we will play a major role in that process of changing the collaborative workspace into a better place for team workers.

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 NĂŒrnberg. Ich muß gestehen, dass ich seit langem nicht mehr auf einem so gut ausgestattetem und auch hochkarĂ€tig besetztem Kongress war. Das NCC (NĂŒrnberger Conress Center) ist ein neues, großzĂŒgiges und sehr stylisch ausgestattetes KongressgebĂ€ude, wie ich es sonst nur aus den USA kenne. Des Catering wĂ€hrend des Kongresses ist ĂŒberdurchschnittlich, 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 fĂŒr ausgewĂ€hlte 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 StaatssekretĂ€rs gestern und einem Empfang des OberbĂŒrgermeisters heute abend, bei denen sich das Land Bayern und die Stadt NĂŒrnberg im Besonderen spendabel zeigen und natĂŒrlich massiv fĂŒr 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.