It’s been a while since we have had the last update here. So I thought I’m gonna sum up all the stuff that happened in the last few weeks. And It’s been a lot.
First things first. We have a new advisor on board. He’s serving the board of advisors – oh doesn’t that make sense? 😉
Meet Jeff, our new badass All-into-one package who has been amazing to work with and helped us make some significant leaps in the past weeks. Another dutchie however, we have to keep an eye on that development. Jeffrey Van Kippersluis has over 15 years of experience helping companies solve complex business-, service management and ICT challenges. Over the years he has worked with IBM, City Bank and ING Netherlands, to only name a few. He is an NLP master and brings significant knowledge in the field of coaching and personality-development with him… And did I mention that Jeff is the real deal when it comes to implementing Lean into an organization?
Which brings me to my next big leap that we made. With Jeffrey’s help we completely embedded and deepened the lean process for our startup. I cannot recall how often I heard “You have to really get down into the nitty-gritty” but I can hear it echoing while I write this. We reached a so much more detailed level to understanding what the processes in our Startup are. Maybe it got slightly obsessive but we may now very well be the best structured Startup in Hamburg.
We will use Kanban (okay, not that much of a revelation) and create detailed Data-flow-diagrams for process in every Level of detail This then leads to creating Data Dictionaries for the diagrams- I’m excited to see how that goes. Next we defined twelve steps (…basically stole the table of context from “Lean Startup”) and coined them to fit our startup as guiding leaps. More on that development when we have actually started using it.
And then… Desaster! We got robbed. Someone stole 2 Macbooks and an iPad from us, which triggered a lot of sweating in the past few weeks. Some words that were barely spoken in our office suddenly emerged:
- Data Safety
- Shit, shit, shit!
Okay, actually the last words are not that rare but we started to seriously rethink our backup and safety-nature. As for now most of the data was personal. Still, Dennie got to work and implemented a new security system that will from now on encrypt our most precious secrets: “Guys, it’s the same encryption the CIA uses for it’s data transfer. If you lose the password, you’re fucked!” – a. Imagine this with a dutch accent; that makes it way funnier. b. Well, at least I feel safe now.
Finally, we redesigned the Office. Robert spent some grey-matter on arranging our table-layout much healthier and zen-like. It was time for us to break our one-shared-table policy and I really enjoy indeed more concentration. Since we spend a lot of time at the office we made it into a place worth staying. We put up plants.
Exciting times lay ahead of us. we have chosen a new name for our product, which I will get to in another post. Also the trip to L.A. & San Francisco is being planned where we will touch soil in about 8 weeks. It will be awesome 🙂