//INTERVIEW: Edial Dekker / Steve Jang// — We just kicked off a new series over at global City Guide Unlike, where founders give us the inside scoop on their local hangouts. First up is Edial Dekker, Co-Founder and CEO of Gidsy. Originally from Amsterdam, the ex-cook takes us through the hidden gems of tulip fields and locally produced food across his current home-base of Berlin.
A couple of weeks ago, we interviewed Edial in London together with Steve Jang, CEO of SF-based Soundtracking. Turns out, the 2 are friends from Edial’s Amsterdam days at The Next Web Conference. So we asked the two: “What would be the best ever local experience in San Francisco and Amsterdam?” — Hint: It includes Surfing, Snowboarding, Food, Red Light Districts and Skateboards. (Sorry for the busy background noise.)
Gidsy now offers local experiences and invites you to ‘do something different’ in 7 cities - more international expansion is on the plan. Here’s is a snapshot selection of the eclectic mix of Gidsy tours and maker workshops:
AMSTERDAM: This is Piet’s infamous ‘Policetour Redlight district ‘1980’ that Edial mentioned in our interview. Piet was a policeman in the 80ies at ‘Bureau Warmoesstraat’ and the Redlight District was his Kiez. Be prepared for a trip “back in time, into the world of drugs, prostitution, gambling and corruption.”
SAN FRANCISCO: Like Cheese? Then this one is for you. During the ‘Cheese Workshop’ you learn to make butter, ricotta, yogurt and cheddar all at once in a splash course on home cheese-making. One hundred percent of proceeds go towards community clinics in Haiti.
NEW YORK: The ‘Long Walks in Downtown NYC’ are a great opportunity to take a deeper dive into the city that never sleeps. Tour guide Deirdre knows all the hidden gems from The Village (East and West) to Tribeca, The Battery, Nolita, The Lower East Side and Brooklyn.
BERLIN: Betahaus offers hands-on workshops to Build your own design classics. In June you create Jean Prouvé’s lamp Potence, a classic from 1950 in 6 hours from easily available materials.
“LONDON CALLING!” — LONDON WEB SUMMIT A HUGE SUCCESS.
Clearly, this first London edition of the Web Summit Series - jointly hosted by TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher and Paddy Cosgrave of the Dublin Web Summit - was one of the best events we went to in the last couple of months. And, as Mike Butcher told us in an interview, it was all put together in about 5 weeks. This sold out, jam-packed day at London’s Brewery, saw a great mix of American and European start-ups, investors and tech talent join the stage. Travis Kalanick of Uber announced that “Everybody’s private driver” will arrive in London before the Olympics, Google’s Nikesh Arora introduced the just launched Google Campus and Morten Lund pitched his new business idea live to the audience.
“DARE TO ASK” AT LONDON WEB SUMMIT — Behind the mic and on stage: Foursquare, Earlybird, Kraft Foods, Fab.com, Soundtracking and Uber.
//RECOMMENDED x EVENT// — LONDON WEB SUMMIT | March 19, 2012
Save The Date! - This promises to be a good one. Mike Butcher’s ‘hobby project’ GeekNRolla gets merged with Paddy Cosgrave’s Dublin Web Summit into the London Web Summit - to be held at The Brewery on March 19. Butcher and Cosgrave will co-curate the event, which will have a focus on Local, Social & Mobile; Growth & Investment Strategies for Startups; Insights on Cloud & Data — as well as featuring a startup competition. Programme details will be annouced shortly, but given the heritage of the 2 events and line-up of previous speakers we expect high caliber entrepreneurs, investors and media personalities to mix with rising stars from the tech community.
Tickets will go on sale in the next days — you can apply for a 2 for 1 voucher now.