Now that sounds weird, does it not? Let me elaborate and do a year in review. In two parts. This is part 1.
The year started with Lori and me coming back from a very good California trip. One of the high points being the last week at Riley’s in Bolinas. Such a great guy and such a great place. Back in Holland I was just in time for new years drink with all my interactive and twitter friends at the “IPAN, 212 & IAB borrel”. I made a little video there:
Next up was me being part of the Twitter Bowlr Allstar team almost winning the Bowlr cup. We even made a viral video:
The day after Bowlr was also very significant. We had a workshop with the MoMo team to understand what we started and se what we could do with it. That day the first seeds for our own company SPRX were planted.
Also the first MoMo of the year was in January which again was sold out. We had a very impressive keynote by Joe Pine about the Multiverse. Watch it again and tell me in the comments if you can name all 8 worlds..
In the mean time I was stil working at RapidSugar doing a great project for Karwei among other things. Also I was editing and publishing the video interviews I made at the Le Web conference in Paris . It is a series called Learning from the Future. In the interviews I ask 3 questions: who the person is, what 3 changes/trends/movements they see the coming year and which of those is still present in 5 or 10 years. I had the opportunity to interview some really interesting people:
Meanwhile at RapidSugar I was developing the idea of OpenProfile. OpenProfile is an VRM inspired identity service concept which in my view could be the next strategic scourse for a company like RapidSugar.
We did MoMo #5 in March about Mobile Banking. Again a full house. We thought Finance and banking would be boring and not much people would show up. We were wrong 😎
April started with the NextWeb. A conference here in Amsterdam. I had the honor of accepting on behalf of DutchCowboys the award or best weblog. Dutchcowboys is an interactive marketing weblog I write for. At the event I hung out with my tweeps (friend from twitter) and also made two more Learning from the Future video’s:
Somewhere in April I made my decision to leave RapidSugar and start SPRXmobile with Claire, Raimo and Yuri. SPRXmobile was to be a modern agency helping other companies get on the Mobile web. It was a big decision. I never started a company before or gave up a job. And I had such a great time at RapidSugar yet it was time to leave too.
Because I wasn’t doing anything big (NOT) we ended April by going to Spain and eating at El Bulli. A restaurant that has been nominated the best restaurant in the world 4 times. Yes it was expensive but soooooo worth it. Lori and I added a week to chill and relaxed over there.
Back home SPRX was launched with an amazing borrel with lots of people and with great warm weather. Click on the picture to see the video.
And it was the month I found out I had cancer.
That was big.
It when i started this blog.
Looking back it still is so sureal. Most of it happend in one week. I summed it up before. Lori put it as follows:
My beloved husband went to the doctor yesterday morning because he had a cough that wouldn’t go away and was having trouble breathing. After being sent to the hospital for an X-Ray, CT Scan and bloodwork, turns out he has a tumor the size of two fists sitting between his lungs on top of his heart.
Now this is part of me. It is part of my journey.
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