Over the last few months I had not much time for The Silicon Road. Firstly, I was completely absorbed with work end of 2009. Afterwards, I had a great opportunity to travel several countries until I arrived at my destination, the South-East Asian city state Singapore. During the last four months, I again learned a lot at our company, I met entrepreneurs and great people along my travel, and surely I am starting to explore the start-up cluster here in Singapore. Let’s take one thing at a time.
Time did not stand still
After a hard time in the first half of 2009, we experienced that the economy and corporate investments in software picked up again after summer. Sales cycles seemed to become shorter and old ‘pre-crisis’ leads could be re-activated. This trend continued towards end of 2009 and we were happy to see several large companies going live. Hence, we had a great, busy start into 2010.
No need to say that time did not stand still for other start-ups either. I was happy to see several ventures raising funds, launching products or simply being successful and taking off. I hope this will continue in 2010 along with global economic growth.
The year 2010 began personally with an amazing travel experience. The highlight of my trip was definitely my trip to Iran. There were so many breath-taking moments, which I surely will not forget: I met liberal, conservative, and religious people. I spend hours looking at the beautiful cultural heritage in Persepolis, Isfahan and Shiraz. Travelling to Teheran, I passed the internationally discussed nuclear power plants (not taking pictures). I had inspiring talks with young and elder Iranians about their history and their future. Have a look at my blog posts here (in German).
I arrived here a month ago. So far, I have met several promising ventures (also thanks to Sandbox). I will keep an eye on the Singaporean start-up cluster for sure and keep you posted with interesting insights.
I hope, my offline time is over as far as this blog is concerned. If you have any suggestions for posts, please send me an email.