A lot of people know that most parts of a startup including a lot of the ideas change quite significantly, especially in the first years of business. However, often times there’s a core idea or vision that always stays the same. This vision is what guides the startup through the ups and downs of the real world and what keeps it on track, while dynamically iterating on and validating its business model.
As some of you might have already seen, we’ve made some startup videos in Chinese recently. It all started when I came back from China in February and Ali of Zoomm.me had the crazy idea to use the fact that we have a striving startup scene here in Cologne together with my Chinese language skills to try a new video format. After some convincing from Ali and beers at Startplatz I agreed to his crazy idea. However, we didn’t find the time and I was gladly postponing embarrassing myself on the net. Then, at one of the Startup BBQ events, right before I was jumping on my next plane to China again, he nailed me down to it and used the pressure of getting Shangxin on board for the project to make me finally agree to meet one night and do it.
As some of you might have seen I made several changes to my blog throughout the last weeks.
The most obvious change is the new design of my blog. I put away with the silly header image and switched to a responsive design. I was nearly going for the Svbtle theme for Wordpress, but that was a bit too minimal and confusing for me, so I ended up with the awesome and free Origin theme by DevPress. To stay true to the more minimalistic design I removed the social media buttons from the excerpts and switched the Twitter widjet in the sidebar from Juiz Last Tweet Widget, which is very nice I have to add, to the official Twitter widget, which is lighter and nicer to integrate with the theme.