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My first earthquake: Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts central Chile

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On Thursday I experienced my first earthquake. I was sitting in my flat working hard on a pitch for a startup competition when everything started to shake. My immediate reaction: who the hell is drilling the building like this?…damn construction ….moments later I realised things are moving to a rather unusual degree. hmmm yes it was a quake. FML….what should I do? My brain switches into gear and starts recalling conversations I had with locals about what one should and shouldn’t do….nada…..damn I should listen more carefully.

I managed to type heroically “earthquake oh my god oh my goooood” a few times into Skype but that’s about it. Next time I will remember to:

  1. open the front door (so it doesn’t seal shut in case the wall deforms)
  2. stand in the door way (meant to be more constructionally sound)
  3. Run outside if things really start to rumble

But before all that I will check where the emergency staircase is in my apartment building. Hold on I will check right now….ok done

May the floor remain relatively stable for now…

Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts central Chile, no damage | World | Reuters.

Thanks for reading.


Author: Miklos Grof

Miklos is the CEO and co-founder of Fundacity. Fundacity is making startups investing easier. Fundacity already supports all the notable accelerators in LatAm in their startup selection and management and they are expanding rapidly across Asia-Pacific and Europe. With the recently launched Fundacity Investments Clubs it seeks to simplify the startup investing process in emerging markets and make it accessible to more people. Miklos has unique and extensive experience in start-up formation, business development and venture financing. He has raised and evaluated investment offers in venture capital from angels and VCs from three continents for a variety of deals. He thrives at launching businesses and making sales in new geographies. Miklos currently serves as a financial advisor and mentor for various start-ups including Taggify (an online contextual advertising company based in New York and Buenos Aires). At Taggify, Miklos advises on fundraising, financial reporting to the board of investors, tax filling and cash flow management. Miklos completed his MsC in Finance at the London School of Economics and previously worked in corporate finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, fund sales at UniCredit Vienna and economic research at Erste Bank Budapest. He is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW, Institute of Chartered Accountant England and Whales and is quinti-lingual. He is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship and spends his free time engaging with the startup community.

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