6 months in a Poland…..a well needed reflection! [Part 1]

Well it has been 6 months in Poland and yes time flew by so quickly especially when you have a big event to prepare for! Life in Poland has been highlighted with a number of ups and downs and I would daresay that this time here has been quite enlightening. I have been travelling quite a number of times here and I had the opportunity to go to the northern-most part of Poland and went multiple times to both Warsaw and Krakow. They are for sure amongst my favorite cities in Poland. The Startup scene in these cities is quite lively and a substantial amount of people meet on a weekly if not twice-weekly basis and discuss about startup ideas. No wonder people want to set up their technology startup in Poland. There is a feeling which for now might be the closest that I could ever get to the American Startup Scene. So many people ask me: What is a Startup? and somehow quite a number of times, I was taken aback by this question and as if in a fleet of inspiration I remember this wonderful quote from Steve Blank about startups which says A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model Then again the next natural question is: What is a business model? And the way I could explain that is by saying that it is rudimentary/basic essentials of a business plan which will give you the necessary vision and direction to lead your business in the right direction. I can see we have veered of course here…..back again...

Why do I think that it’s worth paying for some applications……especially when it comes to Sleeping.

I get to encounter people on a regular basis asking me for the best apps on the app store and when I get to the point that I tell them that they need to pay a certain amount, their eyes seem to grow with surprise and even though I try to argue the fact that some of these applications cost about as much as two or three cups of coffee(some of them will even pay you back with sanity and easier workflow), they still don’t seem to like it. The price of software we use on a daily basis has actually gone down. We used to pay 50 EUR for the latest game! In fact, I remember that for Fifa 1998, I had paid about 20 Maltese Lira to purchase the game(I was a good boy most of the time, wasn’t really a fan of pirating software) and today, 15 years later you can actually get FIFA for free on the iOs App Store. Of course, they needed to find a way to get the money otherwise they would be unable to pay their staff, and this is done through the in-app purchases which you have the option to make use of to enhance or facilitate your game experience. Great Software is worth the money you pay for and you observe this in the quality of the software you use. And I’d like to take the opportunity to start suggesting some paid applications which are truly worth your investment and which I pretty much use on at least a weekly basis(and some even on a daily basis). Today I’m...

Spotify has arrived to the Maltese Islands! Rejoice!

This week I had the pleasure to finally install Spotify on my iPad and iPhone and I just can’t stop playing all kinds of music playlists. It truly seems that I’ve been missing out quite a lot!  Luckily, I’ve been able to access Spotify on my Mac from Poland without any hitches and from Malta was using a VPN service to be able to access the service. Having a mobile Spotify experience is truly one of the best music experiences you can get. And to make things even more interesting,Spotify has decided to provide free unlimited music streaming to mobile devices! CNET covered the announcement in the most unbiased way possible What are you waiting for? Download Spotify today! Apple – iOs – Spotify iOs App Link Google Play – Android – Android App Link Over the upcoming few weeks will be posting some of my app choices and adventures developing mobile...