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De eerste weken van 2009 hebben we in België doorgebracht. Het was fijn om vrienden en familie opnieuw te zien, net als sommige ex-collega’s en een aantal onder jullie! De afgelopen jaren hebben we veel tijd in het buitenland doorgebracht, wat maakt dat het contact met een aantal mensen toch verwatert.

In de dagen na Kerstmis werd ik ook geconfronteerd met een dilemma. En wel met een dat een aantal jaren geleden minder moeilijk was geweest. Laat me dat even uitleggen.

Ik heb een aanbieding gekregen voor een topmanagementfunctie in een erg interessant bedrijf dat verschillende Europese landen overkoepelt…

Lees verder (op www.express.be)

Whatever, a Wavre based ‘search’ company from Belgium, just released the beta of their MicroPlaza. This is a tool that combines the power of search, twitter and organizing your news. Review of Techcrunch here. Pretty cool. Also, the founder (Olivier Verbeke) and chairman (Philippe Lemmens, once my boss when he was CEO of Skynet) are a strong couple, although there are some catches and hurdles to overcome. But who hasn’t. Thumbs up.
Plus: I have 20 invites if you want to start using it – click here!

Also potentially a nice move: Netlog and Joost partner up to deliver Joost video via Netlog user base. Joost has been failing to get a lot of usage, and I’m not completely convinced of the demographic fit, but Netlog clearly might get some numbers for Joost. Both have the same investors (Index Ventures), so at least some intra-VC value gets created.
Except the initial (wrong) bet on the P2P technology (but who could know streaming video would become THAT good in only a year), I think another hurdle is the partnership proposal of Joost to broadcasters. They usually propose revenue share, but no TV company will never except that. Never. (disclaimer: I was President International at Netlog + Senior VP of Europe’s 2nd largets broadcaster some time ago)

bart
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Hello everyone,

What I had explained to my colleagues some months ago, has been officialised today: I will not move permanently to Munich, and hence will leave the ProSiebenSat1 group at the end of 2007, but I will remain linked to this great company as an advisor. Here you can find the official press release. And finally, I am very happy with my succession: Thomas Houge, one of my trusted colleagues who is also in charge of new media in Norway, will take over. He survived a Muse concert with me, so the rest should be easy J

When ProSiebenSat1 acquired SBS Broadcasting, I was very grateful to have been appointed Senior Vice President for New Media and Innovation for Scandinavia, CEE and the Benelux. But from the start I explained my doubts into the relocation, and the different compromises this meant to me. John Goossens, who unfortunately passed away a little over 4 years ago but who remains a guide for me, once made me swear to always follow my heart and dreams and give it all. Munich isn’t the city Femke and I want to be at this moment in our lives, and by moving there I have to give up to much of the things I believe in, while being too far from the ones I love.

Some months later, I confirmed my destiny is elsewhere. It has been a truly amazing year, and if the last 18 months made something clear – it is that I want to keep on working internationally in the domains of technology, media and communication. Where exactly I want to live is not that important, as long as it is Brussels, New York, California, Milan, Paris, London, Rio or Madrid/Barcelona. Courtesy of my Femke ;-)

Do I already know what I will do next?Well, it is getting form and should be concrete very soon, possibly even tomorrow morning. It will be a mix of things, with 1 specific focus. But more in a next post.

And now, back to preparing the birth of our son.
He’s already late at his first appointment. That promises :-)

Bart

Hey all,

Since the beginning of July, from the moment that ProSiebenSat1 acquired SBS to form the new ProSiebenSat1 Media group, I have been living between Munich, Amsterdam and Brussels.

I had never even thought of making a city trip to Munich, but over the last few weeks I discovered the city intensely. Although it is not the most vibrant city in the world and it’s a definite benefit that I followed German as a third language at University, I can honestly tell that my top6 of the moment looks like. My current highlights:
1. the Oktoberfesten, mostly know of it Beerfesten with Lederhosen. This year a total of 6 million people attended and drank over 6 million liters of beer. Fun to watch and do, and see how a seemingly folkloric event is actually an intense social highlight

2. the rock band Nine Inch Nails came to the Circus Krone, one of the concert halls in Munich. Next I will go to is Interpol mid November in Tonhalle.

3. kind of the opposite: we watched the Flying Dutchman opera from Wagner in the magnificent Munich Staatsoper (kind of symbolically, because my friends named me like that since I lived in Amsterdam and I am flying a lot around Europe this year)
4. shopped in the Maximillian strasse and had a prosecco in one of the Italian bars
5. walked in the Englischer Garten, and see the weird surf experience
6. discussed in the numerous biergarten and other places the controversial history, and understand that there is an active conscience and discussion, and this debate left a deep and very self reflecting impression on me

Again, Brussels, Milan and New York feel more like ‘home’ to me, but I recommend everyone to come over here for a couple of days in a Gemutliche atmosphere, and drive on to the Garmin Partenkirchen or Kitzbuhel – both approximately 1 hour away – to get your head in the clouds. That’s probably where it should be more often!

Gutenabend.
bart