Can I check in with you on a monthly basis?
I have decided to start a monthly email update where I share an update of what I am doing, consuming and thinking on. I would like to include you to this list, if that’s okay?
Today (2th of July, 2019) seems like the perfect moment to start this thing because it is my 25th birthday!
Let’s recap the last couple of months because a lot happened:
The last 11 months have been quite the rollercoaster for me and my startup Acaboo. We set out on a bold mission to revolutionize the way in which students in higher education make use of text books. We believed that this could be achieved by creating a platform where students could access all their textbooks online, for an affordable monthly fee.
Unfortunately, our developing partner went out of business and we lost our product, we ran out of runway and are no longer able to continue working on the project.
Along the way, among many other things, we managed to:
- ✅ Get on board a number of big publishers
- 🤝🏾 Partner up at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- 🙌 Successfully launch the first product
- 🚀 Reach 100 trial users
I can’t help but to feel proud at what the team and its contributors have achieved over the course of this beautiful journey! It was an incredible learning experience but is now time to turn the page and move on to the next chapter.
🇮🇩 Freelance work from Bali
I am writing this email from the beautiful Bali 🏝. Ever since I read the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, I dreamt of living remotely one day. Now I am doing this! For the next 3 months I am staying in Bali to do freelance design work! With a group of young entrepreneurs, developers and designers we will work on creative tech projects. Stay tuned! And hit me up if you need to get shit done ;)
🌏 Other cool stuff
🏃♂️ Triathlon: I did a 1/8 triathlon in Amsterdam (750m 🏊♂️, 20km 🚴♂️, 5km🏃♂️) The water was ice cold, but I got through it and was quite happy with my time of 1h:22m:33s.
✍️ 100 day writing challenge: I wrote at least 300 words for 100 days straight. I wanted to improve my writing skills and publish more, so I decided to do a writing challenge with my good friend Aaron. A very interesting experience which resulted in a filled Medium and more essays coming up.
🖍 Master Digital Design: I successfully applied for the Master Digital Design in Amsterdam. Very happy to start the program in September, especially since there were only 24 spots and more than 250 applicants. You can find my portfolio here.
What I am consuming 📖
- ♟ Skin in the game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Absolutely thought provoking, not an easy read, but once you ‘get’ it, it’s fantastic.
- 👩🎨 The War of Art - Steven Pressfield: Great read for anyone that wants to do creative stuff.
“Premium mediocre is the finest bottle of wine at Olive Garden. Premium mediocre is cupcakes and froyo. Premium mediocre is “truffle” oil on anything (no actual truffles are harmed in the making of “truffle” oil), and extra-leg-room seats in Economy. Premium mediocre is cruise ships, artisan pizza, Game of Thrones, and The Bellagio.”
Things I found cool:
Thanks for reading! This is my first time doing this, so I am still shaping the format. Please let me know if you like this, or if you have any suggestions or feedback!
Kent de Bruin