Craving Amsterdam

paul at picnic
09/26/09, 10:12 pm
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paultaking pics


picnic part 2.3
09/26/09, 10:03 pm
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picnic is a very innovative event that is like no other.  my head is spinning with ideas to make my events more creative.


picnic part 2.2
09/26/09, 9:58 pm
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here are some of the things i heard from speakers:

when the economy is down you need to have a lot more confidence.

#1 thing, just make/do something cool.

keep going, even though things are looking dark.

look local, set up satellite locations anywhere.

heros are mentors you can look up to.

it is not a dog eat dog world. there is enough for everybody to go around, in the end, dogs don’t eat dogs.

entrepreneurship is not a job it is a lifestyle that is with you all the time.

start things when the market is down, that is when you can build.

younger entrepreneurs are thinking a lot more green than older one’s.

build a green company with a profitably objective so you can keep re-investing in a green initiative.

be big, passionate and bright.


picnic part 2
09/26/09, 9:47 pm
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whew, what a whirlwind of the last three days.  picnic is a world class operation with a twist.  so happy to have experienced it from the inside out.  the venue was fantastic, spread out in several 100 year old buildings with style.


picnic experience
09/25/09, 7:53 pm
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getting up at 6:30am for the last three days on top of jetlag has been an experience.  it was all worth it and had a great time at picnic.  lounging in the fat boy’s at the microsoft pod, sporting my i amsterdam t-shirt and did you notice the new header!  went on the web popularity ride and the big bonus was working with the famous chee and her volunteer staff.  ATTENTION to detail is all i can say.  more pics of picnic and my take-aways in the next post.


bike day
09/22/09, 9:35 pm
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while the weather is still good, we grabbed some bikes today.  wasn’t as bad as we thought.  you just cruise along with everyone else and watch out for trams.  i was huffing and puffin though.  i deserved those frites!  i can tell already we are going to loose some pounds just moving all day instead of sitting on a computer.

met with chee and eva (our 3-some picnic team) for a rundown on getting all the speakers in and out of smoothly.  also met @fashiontweet in person at cafe george.  could hang there tons…check out her scooter and pink helmut.  i love twitter.  so great to meet like-minded peeps.

still on jetlag that is why i just ducked into one of those korean foot massage places for relief.  she answered her cell phone and went down to a one handed massage during her call, right when i was really relaxing.  what is up with that?  since it is in my block….i will go back.


first day in amsterdam
09/21/09, 10:48 pm
Filed under: amsterdam street fashion, apartment, out and about, picnic

after schlepping too much luggage, we broke down and paid for a taxi from the airport straight to our apartment.  the minute the taxi got to the city i had a feeling i just can’t explain.   everything is different but it feels familiar at the same time.  i love our hood, it is just out of tourist range so we feel like we really are living with the locals.  got our phone number with sim cards working, wifi worked instantly (thank you scott) even my iPhone works, seems too easy.   took a nap on our hastens bed (comfy) then forced ourselves to get up and explore the city.  the bike thing is awesome.  love what everyone is wearing while riding.  i even found a ad in the heart of the city.  tomorrow we get bikes and ride to picnic to be trained.  i am heavily involved in helping with the speakers and they just announced paul is the 2nd photographer in charge!  here we go….