Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.
Here I share what I'm up to and working on at the moment. I aim to update it every few weeks. If you want me to send you an email whenever I wrote something new, you can sign up here.
work - 28 Jan 2019
I am in New York City this week together with my partner-in-crime Jeroen Bekkers. Since we both have typical Dutch names that are difficult to pronounce in English we are calling ourselves Kurt & Jerry here…
We are going to visit some of our US customers of Floorplanner — including a new one I’ll tell you about soon in another post — and we’ll meet with a couple potential new ones. Our customers are mainly active in fields of real estate and/or interior design and we offer them an easy way to create floor plans and interior designs.
We took an early flight on Sunday to be able to see a basketball game of the New York Knicks. I played basketball myself for over a decade when I was (a lot) younger and it’s a dream come through to have been at the Madison Square Garden to see a match. I’m not following the NBA at all — or any other sports for that matter — but being there was a truly amazing experience. And although the Knicks lost their 9th game in a row, it was completely sold out and the atmosphere was incredible.
Another reason why we are here is because we are meeting with our new sales partners for the US. We have had a few sales partners in the US before, and unfortunately it has never really worked out. However, this time it looks extremely promising with some early impressive results and we want to support them as much as possible.
I’m in NYC for another couple of days. If you have any tips for things to do or want to meet for a coffee - or a beer - please let me know.