Visits done and wow!
Yesterday I finished up all my meetings with the startups and businesses here that I had planned. And wow am I amazed by how friendly, open en willing people are to help you. The Netherlands should learn big time from this.
Remember I contacted the companies with a very narrow time frame, mostly via email and I got responses within 1 work day. Had an open conversation, looked at their office and I noticed 1 big thing, no cubicles. But to me something even better, open spaces. Everyone is one big area, open to conversations with each other.
I also loved how the meeting places looked like. At Vaynermedia the people got a budget, and were free to decorate a space anyway they liked to do so. The spaces at Union Square Ventures were divided by glass windows/doors. And at Skillshare and Squarespace it was like I said one open space.
I could see my self working in spaces like this. It beats any office space I have worked in by 100x. It had a personal touch to it, which appealed to me.
My meeting with Squarespace was good. Got the conversation rolling about an internship and hopefully get the opportunity to talk with them before I leave in two days. They seemed interested in Information Security and that is a good thing.
My meeting with Skillshare was different, because their employee database was smaller and easier manageable on a scale where information security would be irrelevant. But Danya helped me figure out which startups would be relevant which is awesome. Another thing the Netherlands should learn from. When you cannot provide a place, help figure out alternative solutions.
My meeting with Vaynermedia was the same as Squarespace. They are looking at Information Security as they are growing and growing fast. Yet they are still young and it is the perfect time to start thinking about it and start acting towards it.
So all I can do now is keep in touch with them and hope for the best.
Today and tomorrow are the days I will most likely be spending on some school stuff and relaxing giving the feet some rest. But also have to buy some stuff for the family and hope I can find what I have in mind!
Enjoy your holiday’s.
Thanks for the companies who gave me the opportunity to talk.
And thanks to those who made my stay here enjoyable.
Hopefully I will see Manhattan quicker than I hope it would :-)