Virtual activities for remote teams to bond over.

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Remote team socials are hard

Sure you could just host a video call with 8 people and chat. Maybe you even order drinks and dinner. But with a team split across four time zones, having a margarita for breakfast isn’t always an option.

It’s also unnatural how we talk on video calls as a group. In-person conversations are dynamic, constantly breaking…


A glimpse at an audio-first, phone-free future.

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Working from home and still using your phone?

I previously wrote about tricks to reduce your screentime. Back then, I proudly reduced my screen time to ~2h per day (average is 5h). It’s back to ~3h again.

I always told myself that phones are essential. We need them to hold our hand (literally!) through everyday life. Calls, camera, maps, we need those things! Instagram and Twitter are just the cherries on top.

But in the home office? I rarely snap a picture of…


Tools & Hacks To Reclaim Two Hours of Your Online Day.

(This article is split into two parts: My story and a list of tools I use to reclaim online time. If you’re just interested in the tools, head to the second part)

If a birthday cake isn’t documented, does it even exist?

There is a rumor that the CEO of a big dog food company used to go on stage at his annual shareholder meeting, hold up a can of dog food, and eat it. His message to shareholders?

“If it’s good enough for me, it’s good enough for your dog.”

It’s called ethical symmetry. Or dogfooding. Don’t create products you wouldn’t use yourself.

Today is my birthday (wuhu!) and…


New years resolutions are so 2018. Here is why and how you build a new year’s routine.

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TL;DR: Here a short Tick story about this article (best on mobile)

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Running out of air

Last year has been insane. Graduating the Zinc VC incubator with an incredible co-founding team and startup. Raising funds. Hiring. Building.

And most importantly, the tremendous personal growth which comes with running a startup.

I had no idea that any of this would happen.

The only thing I knew for certain was that this will be “The rush hour of my life”, plastered with both failure and success.

Rush hour: The traffic drama, not the…


The future of work consists of learning a living. — Marshall McLuhan

The Beast of the East

It’s is March 3rd, 2018. The “Beast of the East” holds Europe in its icy grip and naturally, this is the moment my boiler breaks. What would you do? You have two options: Wait in the cold until help arrives. Or repair it yourself.

“Well, I don’t know how to fix a boiler.”

Me neither. But with my smartphone in hand and an endless stream of information and knowledge at my fingertips, there has never been a better time to learn.

These kind of situations are commonplace. More than 70% percent of viewers on Youtube often use it to solve…


It is robots who spark neo-nationalism, not globalization

The year 2016 was most likely one of the most disruptive years in recent history. Nationalist movements are on the rise across the globe. The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, the Brexit-Vote, the advances of the Front National in France, the Partij voor de Vrijheid in the Netherlands. This list could be continued almost indefinitely. While the leaders of this parties may differ in their physical appearance, their core message is the same:

America First! Build the wall! Reclaim Britain!

While at universities and on the dinner…

Franz Schrepf

Strategic Partnerships @ Hopin, the world’s leading virtual events platform. Thinking about #startups, #integrations, #virtualevents, and #futureofwork.

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