Saturday 1 October 2005
Back from High Tech Connections
This week I tagged along on yet another trade mission, this time with the Dutch secretary of foreign trade to Boston for
High Tech Connections.
On Sunday night we were invited to a buffet/banquet in the
Fogg Art Museum, part of Harvard, in Cambridge. After dinner we walked around, the first time I have ever been in an empty museum. It was unbelievable.
There were Vincent and I.
Anwar pointing out a Renoir and a Gauguin amid some empty spots on the wall. No wonder, without security.
A Picasso and me.
And Bas with the other side of the same painting - not surprisingly, also a Picasso.
Waking up on Monday morning with a view of Harvard and Boston in the distance.
This is the matchmaking session on Tuesday morning: over 300 meetings between Dutch and American companies and institutions like universities and research labs were held. Really cool to watch from the wings.
Me at my gig: presenting the elevator pitches of 12 companies, varying from a mom and pop operation to IBM. I was on for two hours, starting at 8 am so it was really early and pretty intense, but lots of fun to do. Truly a pleasure and an honour.
In the afternoon we went for a walk of Boston, passing by the
Bas and John (aka
Bunker Hill, where a historic and gruesome battle took place in 1775. From here on we followed the
Freedom Trail towards Boston.
John thought it was a good idea to stop every half mile for a beverage. I fought it but lost...
Now this looks like a real big sports bar...
... and it is, but underneath
Fenway Park where the
Red Sox were playing. A true Boston finale to a really interesting week.
Saturday 1 October 2005 - 05:17 AM | category: Finance