10/10/2017 0 Comments
So tell us a bit about your and your desired lifestyle.edit.
My name is Pieter — that is indeed with an I — and I am a 28 years old (young?) Belgian.
I am currently building an amazing company together with two friends, which is luckily for me also the lifestyle I desire. I always liked building stuff, from Lego villages to sand castles when I was young. Probably an early sign that the entrepreneurship lifestyle would suit me well.
During the moments that I am not busy working, you can find me scavenging for good food, reading, gaming or sightseeing.
Tell us a bit about your startup, Ziggu.
I am the co-founder and CTO of Ziggu. We are a proptech company that offers software solutions tailored for real estate developers. Originally based in Belgium and Luxembourg, but now with an office in Brisbane too thanks to Hot DesQ.
Describe yourself in three words (give an example on why each is applicable).
Open-minded: in order to be a good entrepreneur, you need to be a sponge for ideas. I definitely don’t think I have all the answers, so I am always happy to hear and see other people’s perspectives.
Determined: Once I take the jump, I am fully committed to it. Our startup is a very good example.
Curious: I always try to learn something new every day. Mainly because I enjoy that moment when mentally you can connect the dots that prompt your own private epiphany moment. Applying this learning-principle in real life made me decide to quit my corporate golden cage job and take a 180° turn towards a new and stimulating challenge.
Describe your relationship with Brisbane.
We picked Brisbane for our company headquarters as part of the Hot DesQ program. Being the 3th most populous city in Australia, it acts as an ideal location to find customers and grow our business. Combined with the support we get from the HotDesQ team makes it that much better.
Co-living is a brand new concept in Australia, what attracted you to the Wanderhome approach?
The first and biggest reason for me is the community aspect. Starting a business takes up so much of your time, so you often miss out on a lot of things. Living together with a group of like-minded people can often help you with recharging your batteries.
Second reason is the all-in offer. No energy needs to be dedicated to cleaning the house or setting up the internet. Everything is arranged for you.
Community is about contribution from each of its members. What will be your unique contribution?
Although it is not unique, I am always ready to help people. It can go from helping in the kitchen to giving advice about business or coding related issues. And I don’t mind handling the bbq, if the obligatory cold one is present of course.
So you will be potentially living with 10 other people. If you were tasked with planning a night in for everyone what would it be? (bonus points for a menu plan)
Belgium has made some very good movies, so a movie night could be an option accompanied with Belgian fries (and don’t dare to mention French fries!). Preferably something outside, making a campfire somewhere and having a bbq with some beers. I love good food, so a nice dinner followed with a whiskey tasting would be just perfect.
(I just realized all three have food involved, so I guess I get my bonus points?)
If you have share housed before what is your pet hate when it comes to housemate behaviour?
Only smoke outside please :)
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