Author: Oliver Eidel

  • Is GDPR Saving 2,920 Lives Per Year?

    Tweets like this one set me off: Okay, hold on, dude. You just passed more regulation which startups have to comply with, making it harder and more costly to build and launch AI products in the EU, and now you call that a “launchpad for EU startups”? Historic! Let’s do a thought experiment and go…

  • Tokyo: Japanese Toilets And Express Trains

    I was really looking forward to visiting Japan for the first time. First, let’s talk about Japanese toilets. Japanese Toilets In Thailand, you get a teaser of Japanese sophistication when you visit one of those sophisticated Thai shopping malls and sit down on one of those sophisticated Japanese toilets. In case you didn’t know, they…

  • Estonia’s e-Residency Is Awesome And Sucks, Too

    If you’ve read my recent rant about how painful it is to found a company in Germany, you probably realized that I was quite annoyed about bureaucracy in Germany at the time. What you didn’t know, however, was that I was also looking at founding a company in Estonia, or moving my current one there.…

  • How To Found a Company In Germany: 14 “Easy” Steps And Lots Of Pain

    While Estonia has famously introduced its e-residency which enables future founders to incorporate their company in minutes, things are still quite different here in Good Old Germany. Germany has a reputation for precision and adhering to rules. I’m not sure how any of these aspects apply to the founding of companies though. It’s just damn…

  • Don’t Make These 9 Mistakes When Building Your Startup

    I see many founders focusing on the wrong things when building their startup. I briefly mentioned this observation in my other post. Here’s a more expanded list of things which don’t matter. All of this is my personal opinion, of course – but I thought I’d share it because not many people state this publicly, yet…

  • How I Built a Bootstrapped Consulting Company: From Zero To 60k€ Revenue

    I’m part of a few incubators where I mingle with future startup founders and pretend to have knowledge on how to build a startup. Generally speaking, I perceive myself as being relatively clueless, but then again, when the founders ask me some questions, I briefly think that I actually have something useful to share. One…

  • Don’t Take VC Funding – It Will Destroy Your Company

    I’ve talked to quite a few people who were considering founding their own startups. Many of them were quite inexperienced regarding, well, everything, as they were either fresh out of University or currently in a day job which was completely unrelated to startups, the economy and broader reality (mostly doctors). All of them tell me…

  • Six Years of Back Pain, Episode 1: Mouse Shoulder

    This is episode 1 of my medical mystery. As all medical mysteries, it led me to physiotherapists and doctors – but, in contrast to most medical mysteries, it also led me to stuff my scrotum into a leather-lined pouch. And I also ended up shooting gut bacteria into various cavities of my body. But let’s…

  • From Two to Three

    In 2020, I founded a company called OpenRegulatory. At that time – the height of the pandemic, with low interest rates and near-unlimited funding – most startups were rocket ships – VC-funded, growth-oriented and, most notably, not profitable. I wanted OpenRegulatory to be different – bootstrapped by me, small, profitable – more like a tuk-tuk. Now, while you’re chuckling,…

  • From Clojure to Ruby

    Back in 2017, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I got my first coding job, I was super excited about Clojure. And what’s there not to be excited about? It’s super fast, it’s concise, and it’s a lisp. But now I’m coding in Ruby. Why? Superficially, Ruby and Clojure are similar (bear with me): They’re…