After a few day stopover in Buenos Aires I arrived in Santiago. Since March I have been couch surfing. I am on bootrapping mode. Funding and therefore run rate is uncertain. It’s an ongoing roller coaster ride from cheque to cheque. Diego and I have been paying ourselves stipends in order to ensure we can grow the team.
Now I am back in Santiago and I actually rented a room! It feels incredible to be able to unpack…to have a desk where I can continue working when I get back from work. An actual kitchen and a gym nearby so I can have a routine. It feels like luxury. It was a bargain deal too. 130 lukas (260 dollars) for my own room for 3 weeks! It won’t last long though as in a week I fly to London followed by Budapest and Vienna and maybe Vilnius to do a product roadshow and family visit. It’s been a year since I saw my family.
Interestingly, this apartment is where I originally couch surfed 10 months ago when I quit my job, left London and landed without a business idea or knowledge of Spanish in Santiago. Sounds kinda crazy now, but it all made sense to me in the moment. Being back here is really interesting as it makes me reflect on all the things that have happened in the past 10 months. Rather overwhelming and awesome.
It really makes a difference to be working with the guys in the same room. At Fundacity we have daily meetings to discuss what we did, what we will do and what problems we are facing and also have weekly planning and weekly retrospective meetings. Plus we speak on Skype throughout the day. This means we are non stop in touch but still Skype and in person is not the same. Being back is great. Working with Diego and Nicolas is energizing. We now have an actual office…a co-work called Conectas. Good to be back. Almost feels like home.