I was in Copenhagen Nov 6 – 9 to introduce our forthcoming Sportlyzer service. The feedback was great – many business people and investors are already anxious to use it themselves. Thanks to everyone who was there for your warm welcome and enthusiastic reception. I was also impressed by the triumph of bicycles in Denmark.
Sportlyzer got a lot of valuable feedback at the Venture Academy and the Nordic Venture Forum, and especially from Patrick Polak from Newion Investments who is a true business-holic and an energetic idea generator. I also got useful advice from Ciara Byrnes from Venturebeat and Chris Mottes from Six Ravens Capital. And my sincere thanks to William Stevens from Europe Unlimited and his contributing team for organizing a great event!
I really enjoyed meeting Christian Birk from Endomondo, the company providing the best sports tracking mobile apps in the world (sorry, RunKeeper ). Congratulations to the Endomondo team for winning their presentations’ panel and I hope their homepage facelift turns out to be a hit.
I also attended Startupbootcamp Investor Day as an observer and must admit that the level of company presentations was impressive. Thanks to Michael Backes from eVenture for the inspiring discussion about Sportlyzer’s strategy.
But the greatest impression I got, was from the Danish people – 76% of people get some physical exercise at least once a week, which puts Denmark in the top 5 in Europe. And it is not only leisure time activity, many people use bicycles as their everyday transportation.
It’s a really impressive sight in the morning when hundreds of people ride towards their offices. And there are gentlemen in suits and ladies on high heels. The infrastructure for that is great and my advice to other governments and municipalities around the world would be to go to Copenhagen and see for themselves how cycle paths are laid out in the capital city. Simply wonderful!
I’m sure that I’m not the only one who would like to get some easy practical tips from everyday bicycle users:
- How do you overcome bad weather so that you don’t ruin your clothes?
- How do you take your children to kindergarten?
- How do you carry your laptops and other luggage with you?