This is our first visit to a Start-up activity, and to mix it up, we decided to meet with Guerrilla Office; a community-based start-up that aims to provide a portable office at hotels and coffee shops for start-ups and entrepreneurs in order to just get things done, but also to share ideas and issues with others. This is simply for everyone, if you have no office, if you want new inspiration, if you don’t like your office etc. I found that this quote from their website explains the concept very well: “This is a cool community where we are all colleagues. Take the opportunity to water-cooler talk and meet your GO colleagues”.
Guerrilla Office is a movement that arrange events at the six cities of Sweden that have the largest start-up-communities, oh, and Ronneby for some reason. These events are, at least in Stockholm, occurring every week and everyone is invited to share and build together. The reason behind this movement was that the initiator of Guerilla Office, Vasilis Mavroudis, worked a lot from hotels and coffee shops during his studies as well as his earlier career. He constantly met a lot of inspiring people, that either felt the need to get away from home and change atmospheres (writers, journalists and such) or that were on business trips and did not have an office in the city or were bored with the office landscape (multinational enterprises or freelancers). He thought that someone should do something about this, but no one did and he himself did not have the time.
Another aspect of Guerilla Office is that Vasilis has previous experience as a SCRUM manager, so the Monday-meetings starts with a stand-up-meeting where they can formulate their goals for the coming week as well as assess the progress on last week’s goals. Remember, these are the goals of the individual start-ups and aren’t tied to Guerrilla Office in any way. This is a way for people to network to support each other and to pep everyone to continue forward.
When Ludwig and I visited Guerilla Office this Monday, we had a long chat with Vasilis and though, why not invite him to the next lecture? So hoping that we haven’t spoiled any surprises we would like to announce that on the lecture on Thursday Vasilis will come and hold a short presentation (so it’s important for everyone to be on time).
Axel and Ludwig