We’re moving to Berlin
I am excited to announce that I’ve accepted the COO position at www.iliketotallyloveit.com and Beatrix and I are moving to Berlin on January 1st.
On May 24th Bea and I flew to Germany to get married and go on a much-needed honeymoon. You hear of little girls having dream weddings, well this was my dream wedding. As a kid, I wanted to get married in an old European church as my mother and father did. It was a beautiful wedding and I was blessed to be married to such a wonderful lady.
After the wedding, Bea and I took a little day trip to France to have coffee, cake and reflect on the near future. We were sitting in a little café in Strasbourg and I said in passing, “wouldn’t it be great to live in Europe.” Bea agreed and added that we only have a limited opportunity to do so before we have kids in school.
The following weekend we from Saint a Vault to Berlin Sunday Bea and I settled into a great apartment in an amazing part of Berlin called Prenzlauer Berg and I felt strangely at home immediately.
I read that TechCrunch was having its first Meetup while I was in town and I wanted to see what the Tech Scene in Berlin was like, so I emailed Nicholas MacGowan von Holstein and luckily he responded by getting me on the list.
I was shocked by how many people showed up and meet a lot of great people. I knew that night that Berlin was a possible city for me to live.
I keep in touch with many of the people I meet but one German in particular Malte Gösche, iliketotallyloveit.com.
When I got back to New York my Rezorter.com proposal was on the desk of SkiNet.com and I had free time so we worked out a short term contract and I began to put together a business plan with Malte.
The business plan took longer than we expected, but every day I was more excited about the companies potential.
This month I’ve been negotiated terms to come on board fulltime.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
- Going for a walk on the beach. Field Five Robert Moses. It’s been a long 12 days. Feels good.
- Senate passes the bailout bill.
- The Obama team is amazing. They just released an iPhone recruiting, campaign tool. Gotta give credit where it’s due.
- British Airways refunded my hotel & meals for a canceled flight. Also, gave me a $200 credit for my next flight? Thanks for valuing my time.
- Today was a good day back. Made some positive progress on theClozing with Joe & got a surprise voice mail from my favorite real estate agent
- So wait. Barry Frank’s gay lover Herb Moses was a Fannie Mae exec. while they pushed relaxed lending restrictions.
- It’s so nice and peaceful to wake up in the middle of the night, do some great work for a couple-three hour and sneak back to bed.
- Howard Stern got married in NYC Friday. Guests @ Le Cirque, incl Joan Rivers, Barbara Walters, Billy Joel, Sarah Silverman & Robin Quivers
- Queen Latifah will play Gwen Ifill, on “SNL” this week.
- WTF? Is this viral marketing for Ghost Buster 3? There isn’t even an approved script yet. I like Akroyd more now.
- Went to 7-11 to get my Blueberry Coffee. They only had Obama cups. An employee said, “You think we’re stupid?” We sold out of the McCain cups.
- “I’ll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash ya got.” Just finished watching Raising Arizona with the Little Misses.
- Planning with @malte in the West Village. Think I need to find my passport tonight.
- I’m at the MLS Tech Fair on Long Island. Let’s see what new in Real Estate Technology.
- Working from the Sellsius booth @ the MLS Real Estate Tech Fair today. Gave a few industry people a sneak peek of http://theclozing.com.
- Settling into the couch to watch the debate. Met & had dinner with interesting people after the Tech Fair w Joe. I’ll follow-up tomorrow.
- Got a sneak peek at http://SkiNet.com TV. The player looks great & there’s plenty of good content. Can’t wait to go skiing this season.
- Damn. The National Debt Clock in NYC has run out of digits. Video History of Clock
- “Sometimes, they come up and bribe me with a cigarette, or they’ll give me a dollar to sign up”
- Let’s see how long I can go without watching, reading or listening to the news. What will I miss? Can I make it 24 hours?
- I did it. 24 hours with no political news. Spending the day in the Hamptons with Bea to recharge.
- Woke up in the middle of the night. Checked email, IM’d w/ Colorado & Germany. Watched XTC Video & didn’t check Drudge. News Embargo day two.
- I did it. No political/financial news over the weekend. I feel less stressed and more productive. Great because I have tons of work to do.
- I just got interviewed about Rezorter.com for Outside Magazine. Very cool.
- I like totally love the jetpack-tshirt.
- Wrote my first update. It’ll be the last post on that site since we’ve moved the blog off Blogspot.
- @JFSellsius has written the first post about our joint project called theClozing.com.
- Very pleased with the number of real estate blog submissions we’ve gotten for www.theclozing.com in only 10 hours.
- Had another very long, but productive day polishing the business plan & pitch presentation for the VC’s we’re meeting in Berlin next week.
- BUFFETT: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.
- Why does Yahoo charge its users for decent spam, virus & phishing protection? Yahoo has so much potential.
- Who Ray. I just found my German cell phone!
- Back in Berlin. Off to grab breakfast with @Malte. When can I find a dark brewed coffee in Mitte?
- They speak German in Berlin too? Everyone around me at cafe St. Oberholz is speaking English. My attempt to ordered in German failed again.
- Planning my day 4.0. Will be at Lunch 2.0 at noon.
- Why can’t there be a blogging software as simple and robust to use as when you are logged into Facebook?
- Back in my office today. Reaching out to everyone I met whilst in Berlin. So many interesting people doing interesting things.
- VistaPrint screwed me out of almost $200 by signing me up for PASSPORTTOFUN without my permission. One of those cancel after 30 days hit jobs
- The Economist endorsed Obama (2008), Kerry (2004), Bush (2000), Dole (1996), Clinton (1992), no-one (1988, 1984) & Reagan (1980)
- Now I remember why I’m such a huge Lost fan. Just watched the new season 5 promo
- Any suggestions for a weekend get-away destination close to NYC?
- We’re Nantucket bound. Made the executive decision to drive to Hyannis tonight & we’ll take the first Ferry over tomorrow with our bikes.
A Cell Phone Is Not A Loudspeaker
In Germany, they call cell phones “Handys” or “Mobiles”. I had a funny conversation with a German friend who was trying to speak English and he asked me for my “self phone” number. Most of today’s phones also double as mp3 players and since many phones have a built-in mini speaker it’s possible to play music out loud. Well, this became a popular thing to do for teenagers in Berlin. I heard several hilarious clashes between old ladies and the Berlin youth. Recently these stickers have shown up on the tram I take.