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posted March 13 2012
on Robert Atkins

Taking off

I did something exciting today. I bought a one-way ticket from Singapore to Amsterdam, taking off at five minutes to midnight on April 25th.*

After more than two years at Tullett Prebon and a month shy of two years in Singapore it’s time to move on. As I explained at work, it’s nothing to do with the job. Though there have been some stressful times, with my colleagues I’ve produced a successful product which is, even better, a foundation for many more successful products. But moreover I think I’ve helped build a great culture in the organisation which I’m truly sad to leave. Personally it’s also boosted my professional confidence and, as with any project, it’s immensely satisfying to see it out there in the wide world being used by real customers.

As anyone who’s following me on twitter would know, aside from work living in Singapore is more of a mixed bag. I’ll write more on that in a little while.

The plan from this point is pretty nebulous. I’m going to base myself in Amsterdam for the European summer, read a lot, go to some music festivals, travel around some other places, meet up with friends and generally decompress. I also plan to learn some stuff and meet some people and hence there’s a deliberate reason I picked Amsterdam which probably isn’t the one you’re thinking of: Appsterdam. We’ll see how that goes. If you’ve got any great app ideas, you can buy me a beer and tell me about them. If you’ve got capital, I’ll buy you a beer and you can listen to mine ;-).

After that, I will probably swing by the west coast of the States around August/September (and you know what that means!), then back to Australia for a visit before deciding where I base myself next, probably one out of Europe, San Francisco or Sydney depending on where opportunities lie.

But that’s as much detail as I have right now. If anybody knows of any events, conferences, festivals, regional burns or anything interesting going on just about anywhere in Europe this year, “please do”, as they say here, drop me a line.

* Even better, I got it on frequent flier points and it cost me less than $250 cash. Winning!

posted February 02 2012
on Dom Sagolla

International Genius Grant

I’ve been selected to receive the first International Genius travel grant from the City of Amsterdam and the Appsterdam Foundation

In recognition of your steller career and continued contributions to the advancement
of technology.

I’m deeply humbled by this opportunity, and I plan to seek the utmost potential and set a pattern for other interesting people to follow.

The Netherlands was recently named the Most Active Country on Twitter. This is a timely confirmation of something I’ve been saying for years: the Dutch lead by example.

I want to meet with as many creative people in Amsterdam as possible during my stay. So, hit me up on Facebook and and Twitter.

From February 24th until March 2nd, Holland I am yours.