My new travel setup proved highly effective during my last trip. The only change I will make to it for my trip to Singapore will be to revert to Bose QuietComfort 15 noise canceling headphones. The Sony ones are way too heavy and press too hard against my reading glasses. Also, the only noise reduction they seem to provide is through heavy foam padding rather than active noise canceling. Quite disappointing actually, but a good life lesson: do not fix what’s not broken!
I will be in Singapore from November 16 to November 25. Meet me there!
I’ll be in Japan from October 31 to November 8. Ping me if you want to meet there.
I’ll be in Singapore from November 14 to November 26 in order to work with Hugues on an advanced version of our spreadsheet importer and to lay the foundations for our upcoming ETL tool. I will also take advantage of that trip to make sure that byte-perfect round-tripping between spreadsheets and database objects is fully working. Ping me if you’d like to meet us there.
The whole STOIC team will be in Paris, France, from November 12 to November 16. Also, I will be in New York on November 8 and in the afternoon on November 16. If you would like to meet us, drop us a line. We should have a pretty amazing demo by then…
Our entire team will gather in France in November for our yearly executive offsite. We will take advantage of this trip to hold Friends of Sutoiku Open Tab events in a few cities. If yours is missing and you’d like meet us, let us know. For the time being, here are the ones we’ve picked:
We hope to see you then!
Today, Ken and I visited four possible locations for our upcoming office space in Shanghai. After a few discussions, we narrowed down our options to the BEA Finance Tower managed by Regus and the Citigroup Tower managed by Servcorp.
Both are within walking distance of our hotel and provide excellent amenities. Regus has a larger base of offices around the world, but we were very impressed by Servcorp’s IT services. Prices are comparable, even though we must be careful about variable components.
We will visit a few more spaces in the next couple of days and make a final selection by the end of the week. We will initially start with a virtual office in order to get our Chinese subsidiary incorporated as soon as possible, then move into the actual office sometime in September.
I can access the Sutoiku.com blog from my hotel room in Shanghai, which means that it is not blocked by the Chinese firewall. Nice! So, as a reminder, our Friends of Sutoiku Open Tab event will take place tomorrow (Friday). Check this previous post for more details.
Flying from Singapore to Shanghai turned out to be quite a bit of a challenge today. Because of a typhoon in China, my 10am flight was canceled and I got a seat on a 9pm flight instead. As a result, I spent 13 hours waiting at the airport, and I did a late check-in at my hotel (Park Hyatt Shanghai) a bit after 4am, following a six hours flight. Not exactly my definition of fun.
Nevertheless, when I showed up at the hotel, they had already setup my usual room (8101), with a desk chair on loan from the front office manager. These simple things really made my day. Many thanks to the hotel staff for their outstanding service. When we setup our professional services organization, I really hope that we can match their standards.
Our first FSOT event in Singapore was a blast. Turnout was larger than expected, and I even met someone that I had not seen for fifteen years. The locally-brewed beer was refreshingly cold, the weather not too hot, and the discussions very lively.
The feedback we got regarding our plans was very consistent with what we had heard in Tokyo. We also spent some time discussing the way we deal with workflow in the context of objects, which seemed to be very well received.
Prior to the gathering, we had met with two investment managers from Infocomm Investments. They clearly liked our story and immediately offered their help, quickly following up with a couple of resumes for potential additions to our local team. We should meet them again in the Bay Area in September.
Our next trip to Singapore is planned for October. We hope to see you all again next time!