December 11 / Lessons Learned
May 30 / Thoughts
April 3 / Lessons Learned

As I sit and work through my emails on a train towards London from Manchester, an email catches my attention. An email from my domain registrar. An email that really hits home and reminds me that it’s been 9 whole years. What a journey! 

9 years ago today I registered OnThisIsland.com, arguably my first ‘real’ web project, and uploaded the first ‘page’ on the 5th of April. If I thought that last year was a rollercoaster, the last 9 years has been immense, wonderful, terrifying and fantastic. To break down the milestones of this project, they can be broadly grouped as falling into either the good, the bad or the ugly. Read More9 years ago today

March 31 / Lessons Learned

In Cyprus, we’re about to witness the Frozen Yoghurtization of Coworking Spaces. Some of you may even be in different phases of setting up your own space, but please give me a few moments to run home a few lessons that I’ve learned over the last 8+ months. Read MoreMaking space for entrepreneurs in Cyprus

March 22 / Resources

It’s crazy but I’ve shared this video in around 6 private conversations with fellow startup folk, so I figured I’d share it on my blog too, you know… for science.

Every now and again, we get stuck in the cycles of building functionality, testing user-flows and marketing like mad-med (or women). When I find myself stuck in one of these cycles I like to step back and remind myself of something I may be missing from the big picture.

This video, from Google Entrepreneurs, is one of my goto resources for a remind to keep products user-orientated and to keep focused on their experience with the platforms you’re building. Read MoreStartup Video Favourite: Alexis Ohanian – Making Something People Love

March 20 / Talks

I was happy to be invited to speak to Computer Science students at the same university that I’d not-so-recently graduated from, regarding how I landed up running Desk&Co and some of the lessons I have learnt along the way. As some couldn’t make it, and asked for an overview, I decided to put it together in a blog post. If it’s too long, or you’re like some clarifications, please feel free to tweet me @inztinkt.

I started out by quickly introducing myself as a graduate from Kilburn and the founder of Desk&Co, which is working hard to give entrepreneurs all across Europe, the place and space to grow and succeed.

After telling the attendees that we launched just over 6 months ago and were already connecting 6 countries through 17 hosts (we’re up to 20 and climbing at time of typing this), I then introduced the first of the topics I was asked to come in and speak about… Read MoreOverview of my quick talk at the University of Manchester

February 23 / Thoughts
February 14 / Thoughts

It’s with great excitement that I saw the news spreading about Viber’s acquisition by Japanese internet-juggernaughts Rakuten for $900m.

Not only have the team (in Belarus I believe) worked hard on bringing an instant, free and quality messaging system to almost every device (*cough* whatsapp where’s your desktop version already? *cough*) but they also were originally registered as a Cypriot company.

This makes me smile because during the last 2-3 years I don’t think I met a VC, investor or startup-enthusiast (not from the island, obviously) who ‘liked’ the idea of a company registering on the island. Read MoreWhat Viber’s $900m acquisition means for Cypriot (and other EU) startups.

December 31 / My Story

It’s been a roller-coaster of a year, being so closely tied with the Cypriot economy, seeing through a crisis and launching a phoenix-like project which has now become the first step in the realisation of a goal I set as a 16 year old entrepreneur.

So without delay,  here’s the milestones of my year and what they taught me as an entrepreneur building up companies in Europe.

Read More2013 in the life of an entrepreneur in Europe

September 28 / Work

For those who don’t know, Desk&Co steps into territories to connect great creative minds with affordable hosted desk spaces, and then efficiently helps them grow through the upcoming service marketplace.

So this week Desk&Co got entered into the Hardest Working Startup competition after being accepted as an ALPHA Startup Exhibitor at the Web Summit in Dublin.

The backstory in brief

Originally launched in Cyprus, there are already 4 workspaces available to aspiring entrepreneurs, fast moving freelancers and micro-businesses so that they can continue growing their businesses amidst the collapsing economy around them. Growing businesses are just what the region needs at a time where there are more ‘for rent/sale’ signs than cars on the street, and where coffee shops are busier and noisier than the London underground at rush hour. Read MoreThe project all freelancers, startups, established businesses and local councils should be supporting.