We live in an interesting time where technology has enabled us to live and work from almost anywhere.
So why not pick a nice place to live?!
3 months ago I moved to Porto, Portugal with my girlfriend. Here's some of the great things about Porto:
Location was important some years ago, but I think it's less relevant now. Even tho' the herd mentality is that you need to be in San Francisco, New York or London to create great things or to connect with great people. I think you can create amazing thing anywhere (in Latin America, in Europe, in Asia etc.) and you can find amazing people anywhere!
Skype is a great example of this: they created a billion dollar company in Europe; and most of the development was done in Estonia (a country of about 1.3 million people, much less than most bigger cities!)
Our company strategy tho' isn't only to hire people from Porto, but to hire them from anywhere in the world.
Living in a nice place is a personal choice and I am amazed the possibilities we have today.
Some of my moments in Porto
Surfing at the local beach
Eating awesome sushi
Kyodai restaurant is amazing. The best sushi I have eaten in Europe.
On 11 different platforms, including Android and iOS.
I am really proud to work with some amazingly talented people. This time we have updated our Android app - - implementing probably the most sophisticated and beautiful todo app for Android.
If you are looking to get more productive you should defiantly check out the new TD for Android!
You can get it (it's free!) and read more about it here:
We recently released new Todoist apps for iPad and iPhone. I think it's some of the best work we have so far done, you should check it out:
We got a lot of coverage of it, but for me the biggest coverage was from Khoi Vinh (former New York Times design director and Todoist user for 6 years):
I can't believe I have been doing this for 6 years! Here's the first review he did of Todoist (and which I also blogged about):
Great talk by Kathy Sierra and great to see her back in action!
Here's some feedback that truly warms my heart and makes me feel like Todoist is making a worthwhile contribution to the world:
This was left by Dawn Montgomery on Todoist's Chrome plugin. Thanks Dawn!
Watch it even if you don't care about Formula 1, it's really an excellent documentary. imdb.com/title/tt1424432/
It's amazing when you begin to understand music of another language. It's a very gratifying experience.
I have now spoken Spanish for about 2 years.
Yesterday I returned from a trip to San Francisco. It was my first time visiting the US. My main objective was to open a bank account for our newly formed US based company and to have some meetings with investors and friends.
I have done business related things in Denmark, Taiwan, Bosnia, Chile, Seychelles, Singapore, Cyprus and now the US. Doing business is defined by fx. opening a company, dealing with other companies, opening bank accounts and operating things. This is a bit of my reflection on doing business in the US.
Opening a company in the US
It's really easy to open a company in the US, at least in Delaware! You can do it online and you don't have to have any ties to the US. We used Ryan Roberts, because he was recommended by some of our friends. His services were about $1250 (and this price depends on what type of company you are opening). We opened a company in Delaware, which is recommend due to great tax laws. This whole process took about 2 weeks from start to finish!
In other countries it's almost impossible to open a business unless you are a citizen or resident of that country. And you sure as hell won't be able to do this online or do it in 2 weeks.
Some other countries, like Denmark, make it really easy to open a company as well. But I guess this is only for citizens or residents and not for everyone!
Some other countries, like Bosnia, make this process almost impossible and really slow. In Bosnia opening a company for Bosnian citizens is really complex - - and probably impossible for foreigners.
Opening a bank account in the US
Online it's really hard to open a bank account in the US as they require you to be there in person. This said, once you are there in person you can do this pretty easily.
We could open bank accounts with both Bank of America and Wells Fargo and we could open this in some hours (actually, we got both Internet banking, debit cards and access to merchant accounts in some hours!)
This is also very different from other countries. In most other countries it's impossible to open a bank account without being citizen or resident there. In the US you can open a bank account for your US company without having any ties to the US. And you can do this in some hours. Which is really incredible…
Opening a bank account is usually quite complex (or can be). We once tried to open a bank account in a bank from Singapore. It took them at least 1 month to do due diligence and after all this they required me to travel to Singapore so they could review my passport...
So far doing business in US has been amazing. The service has been outstanding and we have had zero hiccups. The only bad service we had was with the IRS (it's been slow and frustrating).
Other countries that want to attract businesses should really copy the model of the US and make it ridiculously easy to do business - even for people that are not their citizens or residents.
Some of my favorite animation movies are from Studio Ghibli, and more specifically Hayao Miyazaki. They are dreamy and insightful. If you haven't watched any of them I recommend starting with Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.
There's a small interview (about 20min):