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Tobi and Felix conquer SFO: Batch 1

By 4. September 2014

So this is it. I’m sitting in the Economy-Class of KLM Airlines, have Disney’s Maleficent running on the small entertainment screen in front of me and Tobi snoring on my shoulder. We’re five hours away from the mecca of the tech industry and I feel induced to write the first batch of our travel blog.

Tetris on the machine

Wacka Wacka – Playing Tetris on the machine’s entertainment system.

The cause:

Well – why are ChatGrape’s CEO and CMO on their way to the Silicon Valley? Why are we bringing a work day of time difference between us and the rest of our developers, while still working on the MDP? Here is the official priority-sorted chart list of why Tobi and Felix conquer SFO:

  1. Sales and Support: A significant part of our target group is over the pond. I’m already waking up every other night with support requests in my inbox. By having my co-founder Leo in the European and myself in the American time zone, we are available during all western work hours. Bonus Point: Having the extraordinary sensation of waking up every day to the improvements the other team made while you were counting sheep. Like Christmas only with work progress.
  2. Feedback and Valley-Spice: With an unchallenged density of startups, investors and tech journalists, the amount of insightful feedback is a hundred times what we could get in Austria. I was warned that some people tend to fill their schedule with so many meetings and events, they forget to get any actual work done. I’ll try to keep that in mind and invest at least eight hours a day in „quantifiable labor“.
  3. Using our product the hardcore way: If you are working in the same startup office, you tend to handle questions face-to-face (or room-to-room if you tend to yell a lot) than via your favorite communication tool. By distributing our team we’re literally forced to experience and hence understand the problems of our customers a lot better.
  4. Change of scenery: There’s nothing more refreshing and enlightening for the mind than a change of location. The more miles we bring between ourselves and our home base the less distractions are in our way.

The captain announces the golden gate bridge at the right side of the window. The time has come – let’s rock this!

Greets from Tobi and Felix

– ChatGrape

If you are around SFO and want to meet us for a drink or a jog, let us know via

P.s.: We’ll be at TC Disrupt San Francisco and would love to see you there – ping us if you’re around too!

Felix Häusler

Written by Felix Häusler

Felix loves product design, marketing and good coffee. He follows the tech scene closely, with a special focus on SaaS businesses and a guilty pleasure for space travel. He is always available for questions and feedback via @felix_hau on twitter.

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