Openfund II

Two days ago, we officially launched Openfund II, in front of a 400 people audience in Open Coffee Athens #51. I feel blessed for having participated in the creation of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem since its very beginning. I believe the essential parts are now in place for our community to reach its potential. I […]

An Event’s Essence

What really matters is getting people together. A couple of days ago, we hosted the 50th Open Coffee event in Athens. It has been a wonderful ride since that June 2007 afternoon, full of positive energy and special gifts. I am taking this opportunity to take a step back and share some insights, which might […]

In Search For A Model

I have lately been a witness to a growing contradiction in the local startup ecosystem. With this post, I would like to call this discord out; I hope it might be of value. By nature, entrepreneurship (or life, if you will) is about finding the right balance in a growing variety of issues. In the […]

Conjuring Startups out of Thin Air, a presentation at Stream08

A couple of days ago, George Kasselakis, Dimitris Athanasiadis and I had the privilege to lead a discussion at the Stream08 unconferene. Together with Jennifer Schenker of BusinessWeek, we attempted -quite successfully!- to trigger the conversation about innovation in Europe, trying to figure out some best practices for enabling entrepreneurship excellence. The presentation is embedded […]

TechCrunch goes Open Coffee Greece

It’s true. It’s big. It’s awesome. After 22 Open Coffee events and hundred of participants around Greece this season, we’re very pleased to announce that we’ll cohost Open Coffee Athens XIII with Techcrunch. When? Tuesday, July 1st. Close your mouth :), we are serious. The blog that brought the term start-up to the mainstream and is read by millions of people worldwide is on […]