Of Alps and Attitude
Haje Jan Kamps

I’m one of the unlucky who applied to go to Alptitude last year and never even got a reply to say I just didn’t make the grade, a rather unpleasant feeling of just not being witty enough with my application, or of value to the curator(s). In spite of that feeling, I made a decision to try thinking about what I find most important differently and met with Carlos to discuss Happy Startup Home School at the beginning of 2016.

After taking part in Happy Startup School in January and starting out on my own there’s many questions I have and would really love to become part of a group of people genuinely willing and keen to help each other find success. I’m finding that it can be like the entire world is Twitter — a vacuum with people endlessly shouting about themselves with nobody listening.

Sadly, I don’t have the money to jaunt to France to have that conversation (I can’t even afford to take a walk across the downs) but I do like the idea. What does worries me, is whether this is creating a new business model for a select few to be able to live a great life, have impactful altering experiences at the expense of others i.e. their employees, even though it would be unintentional. If founders of companies are travelling to countries to go on life altering experiences, how does that make their employees feel who are left out? The ones left to continue operating as normal whilst the dividend pays for a select few to access something that perhaps we would all be better off for in life.