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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

A few days in Barcelona with Vincent

My friend Vincent van Wylick just left Barcelona. Vincent is from nowhere: he speaks Dutch with a German accent and German with a Dutch accent...Born in Germany with parents from Yougoslavia & the Netherlands, a Dutch citizen, Vincent has studied in Manchester before working for Sony during 3.5 years in various countries & assignments related to marketing & innovation. He then went for Graduate studies in Rotterdam and is planning to start a financial auditing career in Luxemburg.

Vincent came to visit me for 5 days. Although I was most of the time working, we managed to find some time to to exchange on matters such as innovation, entrepreneurial economics, high tech, Apple, software, the Internet, & girls..which didn´t prevent us from drinking too much, eating interesting food, meeting nice people and listening to some really good live jazz music. I had met Vincent during my time, as an international exchange student within the Master of Entrepreneurship & New Business Venturing at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Universiteit.

We had teamed up to write a research paper about the best possible entrepreneurial teams. Vincent & I had come up with the conclusion that Asterix (mental agility) & Obelix (strength) was a good founding pair, and we defined the perfect profile: Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is both a geek (Amazon rests on its customer-centric information systems) and a Wall-Street insider (helpful during fundraising times). Those who actually feel like reading the paper may write an e-mail to me and I´ll be glad to send it (.pdf).

The main reason why I´ve decided to write such a post is that Vincent underwent quite an interesting, although sad, adventure. As he was polishing his thesis, he landed a consulting job within one of the European Space Agency incubator´ start-ups. Founded by an Israeli / Belgian / American team, the start-up was devising virtual space tourism systems when its founder suddenly died in his early thirties. So did the project, obviously. It´s pretty difficult to comment on such a story, but I wanted to share it with you all.

This being said, Vincent is already thinking of executing one of his business ideas - a sort of Web 2.0 publishing company. Well, I´m afraid I can´t say much more, but you may expect Vincent, a very heavy reader, to come up with disruptive innovation (he was trained at Sony) in this ageing business.


Adendum 1: I have actually shot a video interview of Vincent. It´s pretty big (500 MB), and I´d like to start videocasting on this very blog. Would anyone be kind enough to suggest me a videocasting hosting service as well as a compression standard enabling me to plug the video (.avi)? I was thinking of YouTube and vpod.tv...Many thanks in advance.

Adendum 2: for your information, Vincent´s favourite websites both cast video. These are the great & utmostly famous Venture Voice & a Stanford University lectures broadcasting service I don´t know yet. Vince, could you please provide IT Addict´s readership with the exact address in the comments section?

7 Comments:

  • one more potential Vpod customer...


    as you know i am waiting for vpod for so long

    i think it is well worth. but you need a typepad-like quality of blogging tools! ;-)

    i am about (just after the release of vpodtv for sure) to launch a blog in gb or french (it depends) dedicated to web 2.0 start-ups and small businesses (almost exclusivelly IT).

    wan't to join me? or you may stay "free as a bird" ... up to you... no matter what you'll do. read accessoweb just for few examples of very good interviews...

    By Blogger gandonfrancoisalbert, at 8/09/2006 08:57:00 PM  

  • "about launching" isnt'it better ?

    By Blogger gandonfrancoisalbert, at 8/09/2006 08:59:00 PM  

  • François-Albert, you wrote: "i am about (just after the release of vpodtv for sure) to launch a blog in gb or french (it depends) dedicated to web 2.0 start-ups and small businesses (almost exclusivelly IT). wan't to join me? or you may stay "free as a bird" ... up to you... no matter what you'll do."

    Many thanks. I recommend you to launch you blog in English. To answer properly your request, I´m afraid I cannot commit myself onto new projects for now: I´m currently very busy with my work, and next year looks frantic too, since I´ll be studying Information Technology at Centrale Paris - no piece of cake for a business management student like me. My pain will then not be over: job hunting time should be next.

    Thanks for your offer anyways. We´ll most probably manage to build bridges between our respective blogs.

    By Blogger Jeremy Fain, at 8/09/2006 09:21:00 PM  

  • i understand. the door is still open ;-)

    but you know i doesn't take a lot of time. about one hour or less to prepare the interview and one mail to contact people. up to you. indeed.

    But if you want to become Wired.2.0.TV it is another piece of cake ;-)

    do you know IT CONVERSATIONS? a must watch.

    By Blogger gandon françois albert, at 8/09/2006 10:21:00 PM  

  • Thanks for both links, accessoweb & IT Conversations. I didn't know about them. I don't watch many videocasts (twice a week maybe, mainly top executives & entrepreneurs interviews): it's very time consuming and, unlike podcasts, pretty hard to keep on doing something else ie listening without watching.

    By Blogger Jeremy Fain, at 8/09/2006 10:34:00 PM  

  • Hey, thanks for the blogpost Jeremy. Though still tired from the "holiday", I did enjoy reading about it this morning. About the material I listen to, the Stanford-link can only be accessed through here.

    I agree on the Typepad-like tool that you need for the video, though I would advise that you decrease the size about 500%. The recently-launched vox.com is free (I can send you an invite), and of course Utube.com, which makes it very easy to cut down and publish in flash, though you'll essentially be giving away rights... not that I care.

    For the rest, Barcelona is a very inspirational city with visual gems all around. A huge diversity of people, and of course sun and beaches. A great place to work, be creative, and learn Spanish.

    Next live meetup is in Paris in 2007. Until then, take care, and see you on chat.

    Vincent

    By Blogger Vincent van Wylick, at 8/10/2006 11:03:00 AM  

  • Hi vincent

    i would be very intereted in having one invite of Vox. business project.

    could you send me one? via my blog or via jeremy?

    thanks a lot.

    By Anonymous gandon françois albert, at 8/10/2006 10:03:00 PM  

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