Startup Extreme: Day 1

Maren Lesche
Jun 16, 2015 · 2 min read
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I am back to my diary style, because if there is one activity that screams to be documented this way it is a ROADTRIP. This weeks endeavor is one of the most entertaining, challenging and fun trips I have ever done in my job. STARTUP EXTREME. The name is program, as we say in Germany.

Startup Extreme is an outdoor event for startup enthusiasts. I stumbled on it by accident — or rather via Twitter. Liam Boogar, founder of Rude Baguette, a French startup blog I love, proudly announced his trip to Voss. I had never had Norway on my radar before, but was hooked the first time I went on their website. Black and white with a little hint of color, the website is intriguing. One strong picture of a Norwegian fjord convinced me: I had to apply! Just a few weeks later I received the confirmation via email: I am in. Honestly, I was thrilled and scared at the same time. With the lovely email from the organizers came a list of outdoor activities available: kayaking, paragliding, cliff diving… How many of my limits would I have to push? And how far could I push myself? How much do you have to give as an entrepreneur? Where is the limit?

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The following weeks emails from the organizers kept purring in, my excitement grew. Every email had a personal touch and was full of passion. I am a people person and decided that even just meeting Marie and Yvonne was worth the travel to Startup Extreme. Business trips kept me busy, but finally yesterday, I had to pack my bags. While searching for wool socks, getting my backpack from the basement, where I store all my outdoor gear from my backpacking days in Australia, packing warm ski underwear and selecting my tech equipment carefully, I realized how much fun lays ahead of me and how different Startup Extreme truly is from all the other startup events I went to so far.

So here I am, full of energy even after six hours of hopping on and off planes, running through airports carrying my enormous backpack. Writing comes easy and adrenaline flows through my veins. I found my happy place… :-)

Startupchallenges

… a blog providing advice for early-stage #startups…

Maren Lesche

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Founder @startupcolors.com, blogger @startupchallenges.eu, Mentor at #Startupbootcamp & #TechStars. Community Advisor at #FTR4H. #storyteller #moderator

Startupchallenges

… a blog providing advice for early-stage #startups, telling startup stories from European #entrepreneurs and smart minds. Powered by Maren Lesche, storyteller & Startup Specialist from Berlin.

Maren Lesche

Written by

Founder @startupcolors.com, blogger @startupchallenges.eu, Mentor at #Startupbootcamp & #TechStars. Community Advisor at #FTR4H. #storyteller #moderator

Startupchallenges

… a blog providing advice for early-stage #startups, telling startup stories from European #entrepreneurs and smart minds. Powered by Maren Lesche, storyteller & Startup Specialist from Berlin.

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