My year in review — 2018

2018

Last January I was just starting a new adventure, joining the blockchain-based project Streamr post-ICO after having worked with Golem for a few months. Initially, I was supposed to be on board for 6 months to help the Head of Communications set the coms/marketing foundations and build the team but eventually stayed for the entire year.

  • Launched Streamr’s first product in NYC during one of the major blockchain events,
  • Set the community fund run & managed by and for the community,
  • Organised events & represented the project across 6 different countries where I’ve met many new inspiring friends.

2018 in a few figures

💪 1 product launch
🤝 4 hirings
✈️ 7 countries visited
🥂 Too many networking events to count
🙋 ‍2 award nominations
📚 2 online courses completed

2019

In my year in review blog post last year, I mentioned being interested in getting into VC. Since then I’ve met with many VCs, read books and blogs, listened to podcasts and even completed 2 online courses on early-stage investment.

CAREER

  • Get my feet into VC.
    How? Hustle, being bold, hustle, and did I mentioned hustle?
  • Give back and support early-stage entrepreneurs.
    I’m looking to be involved in initiatives I love offering my help with mentoring, public speaking, promotion and more.
  • Attend more diverse networking events.
    I already attended many events last year but with a focus on blockchain and women in tech. This year I want to meet people with different backgrounds and interests as well as other technologies which means attending to events organised by initiatives outside of my current network and taking place in areas I don’t usually go to.
  • Complete at least one online course.
    I love learning and researching new topics, besides reading blog and articles daily, I usually complete an online course every year via free platforms such as Coursera, edX, Saylor academy…
    If you are interested in learning new skills, check out https://www.mooc-list.com.
  • Give a shout-out to people and initiatives that deserve it.
    Because Twitter's likes are too subtle, I feel I should be more vocal when it comes to promoting the work of others. Some might have noticed I already started doing this in the past days.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Listen to podcasts weekly.
    For a long time I wasn’t a fan of podcasts, still, if I don’t do something while listening, I start thinking and lose track of the sound. Now I listen to podcasts while exercising at home or cooking. Among my favourite podcasts are:
    - 20minVC by Harry Stebbings
    - The Pitch by Josh Muccio
    - Seedcamp’s This much I know
    - The Boost VC podcast
    - a16z podcast
  • Exercise daily.
    It has now been 4 years since I am partially working remotely, quite often from home, which means that if I don’t have a strict schedule that includes exercising, taking regular breaks and switching from standing desk to sitting desk, I can end up sitting on my chair looking at my computer from 10hrs non-stop… so not ideal. Also, according to my previous point, if I exercise daily I should be able to listen to podcasts almost daily too.
  • Continue to learn the guitar.
    As per my 2 previous points, playing a bit of the guitar and learning slowly on my own several times a week, also help me to break the day and get a new perspective on what I do.
  • Read not only business/educational books.
    Yes reading more books is part of everyone’s todo list for 2019 and for sure I would like to read more additionally to all the articles and blog posts I read online every day. I have a few books on investment in my reading list and am currently reading the must-read Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson as well as The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins on evolution. After I finish reading both, I plan to also take time for fictional books which also teach many lessons.
    Any book suggestions? What are you reading atm?
  • Don’t feel bad about taking time off or playing video games.
    For this point, I still have work to do as I often feel I should do more but need to also remember that sometimes less is more.
  • Regularly keep in touch with people I’ve met over the past years and continue to meet new people.
    Attending lots of events and travelling the world to meet new people is amazing but doesn’t mean you are building a meaningful relationship unless you keep in touch regularly. I have to admit the past year has been quite hectic and I might have lost track of time but the new year is a fantastic time to catch up with friends.
  • Organise weekends outside of London.
    Taking breaks is important and leaving my day to day environment to explore other places is a great way to open my mind and breathe. Last year I went to Bristol, Cambridge, Lisbon and Canary Islands for non-work related purpose and would like to do at least as many short breaks in 2019.
  • Get out of my comfort zone.
    … or accept to be bored which is definitely not an option! 😉

What are your plans for 2019?

Be sure to connect on Twitter Amandine FLACHS or LinkedIn anytime and tell me what you're up to this year!

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Amandine FLACHS

Amandine FLACHS

Supporting startups for the past 10 years | CEO & co-founder of WildMeta| VC scout at Backed VC | Producer & host of EPG.