When somebody asks me these days what I’ve been up to last year, I usually answer: “Nothing. I did absolutely nothing.”
At least that’s what it feels like I have been doing lately since I had no plan what I want to do after I closed my startup oratio earlier this year. But looking back I achieved more than I perceived and it was an incredible year full of traveling, activities, learning new things and taking a step back to figure out what I want to do next. I’m soon off to new adventures, but more about that in another story…
For those who don’t want to read long articles and just want to look at pictures like me (who also doesn’t like to write long articles 😅), here’s my …
2018 in a nutshell (with pictures for the lazy ones)
✈ I took 18 trips to 14 countries (Dominican Republic 🇩🇴, Czech Republic 🇨🇿, Germany 🇩🇪, Hungary 🇭🇺, USA 🇺🇸, Italy 🇮🇹, Estonia 🇪🇪, Netherlands 🇳🇱, Ecuador 🇪🇨, Peru 🇵🇪, Denmark 🇩🇰, Sweden 🇸🇪, Cape Verde 🇨🇻, United Arab Emirates 🇦🇪), in 10 of them for the first time.
📽 I started 2 YouTube channels, a professional channel where I post tutorials and other tech stuff and a personal channel where I post random fun stuff (If you’re on YouTube, this would be the best time to subscribe to my channels 😃)
🛠 I launched 2 new products, relaunched one product and started a Product Studio called PI Venture Lab with my friend Emanuele. Even though we are not actively pursuing any of it anymore it was really fun working on new stuff and learning new technologies.
🎙 I spoke at 5 conferences in 4 different countries. This was a bit less than the year before because I was a little bit lazy in filling out Call for Papers and reaching out to conference organizers.
🧗♂️ I achieved my goal of bouldering a 7A (V6) route. Believe me, that was hard work 😃
🏄 I learned kitesurfing. I’m still a beginner, but it was really refreshing to learn something new from scratch and experience the progress which can be made in only ~30-40 hours.
🕺 I spent more time with friends and tried to be more proactive when it comes to activities and decisions, like doing last minute trips or a spontaneous ticket purchase for an electronic music festival in Estonia 😅
📸 And of course here’s my video of all my git commit selfies I did over the year. It’s a little bit shorter than the ones before since I didn’t work on that many projects and I lost a couple of pics when I had to reinstall Kubuntu (thanks Linux …).
I’m really happy and thankful that I had the chance to take some time off this year. This gave me the opportunity to think about my next steps in my career. I’m also more than happy that I found a new job and a company I’m passionate about (more about that soon). This means I’m leaving Vienna and respectively Austria. I’m very thankful for all the great people I have met and friends I have made over the last couple of years while I was living here.
Thank you all & stay tuned 💖