30-04-06

Thursday, April 27 2006.

Voila,

here we go. A view in my life, as said last week.

 

 

 

Thursday, April 28.

 

8pm: yesterday femke & I went to the movies (Inside Man, not bad), but afterwards I watched NYPD blue on vtm. Since The West Wing stopped, fore some reason I find this tv serie incredibly addictive, with a fantastic Inspector Sipowicz. Afterwards I was surfing around to find work of Jan De Cock (a Belgian artist that is completely intriguing me), I went to sleep pretty late. But at 8.30 I have a conference call to develop a new initiative. Pretty great. Pretty early today.

 

930-1030pm: In the morning we have a steering committee that manages BelgacomTV. Results are going up every day. A little bit faster than expected even. And of course, it will continue like that. Reason is that having BelgacomTV is fantastic: it changes the way you watch TV and where WE (consumers) determine what to watch and when. Yep, I’m a believer. After the internet/ADSL revolution, this is the next big life-impacting technology shift.

 

11am-1pm, we finalize our budget forecasts for 2006. Skynet has been on a rollercoaster ride since 3 years now, and the industry of digital media is only just starting. Team is doing great. Market outlook is looking promising, all over the world. We’re doing great, but I insist on some vigilance. The world is becoming our battleground.

 

14-17pm: Jury of “Vlaamse Jo’ @ roularta premises. The Belgian JCI organizes every year a price to promote ‘entrepreneurship’. 10 companies have been selected for the final round, and the general managers come to the jury to present their case. Wonderful cases, from all industry: from HR recruitment to building entrepreneurs, from ICT players to food suppliers, from beer producing companies to … No, I cannot tell you the winner. But feel free to enroll for the seminar on May 11 in the Surfhouse in Brussels. Great initiative. We need some more daring in this wonderful country.

 

18pm: back at Skynet we look at the new profiles that we are recruiting, and discuss about a new ‘welcome program’. I believe in the driving power of teams, the creation of a SkyBrain, the collective ideas of a team.

 

19pm: Big Brother via the internet (www.skynet.be/bigbrother) is an incredible success. To give you some (public) info: on Monday we have over 1mio pageviews and 200.000 unique visitors. A great partnership between VTM and Skynet, on the Skynet portal (see above), but you can also watch it on BelgacomTV and on proximus 3G. A nice success-story about cross-media content where all partners work together. We finalize some new actions.

 

20pm: I leave to a drink with ex-Skynet people. Skynet exists more than 10 years, and has known a fantastic evolution. From consumer internet provider to the leading internet player in Belgium to being at the forefront of the digital media revolution today. Tonight people that left the company organized a small drink, I guess about 100 people will be there. Femke is having a company party too. I think we’ll finish the evening together in the Archiduc, a café in Brussels, 200m from where we live.

 

Goodnight,

bart

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