Day 5 – Text from Kyle at 7:44 am: Earnings call isn’t until 1:30pm London time FYI. No need to get to the office before 9.
I had already been up since 7 am and was planning to get to the Interxion offices with the team a half hour early for the Q1 2014 earnings call at 8:30. I smiled down at Kyle’s message as I realized that we had all still been set on Eastern Standard Time, and that the call was actually 5 hours later than we thought. Deciding to take full advantage of the extra time that was magically granted to us (even if by error), I made my way down to the breakfast hall of our hotel.
The room was already full with many guests, the center tables lined with your typical continental breakfast foods… Cereal flakes, mini waffles and jam (no syrup), shot glass sized yogurts, sliced bread, Nutella, cucumbers, cheeses, boiled eggs, and an assortment of processed deli meats. Did I mention that we’re staying in a German Catholic Mission bed & breakfast house? Ja, sehr gut! Complimentary (German) breakfast has indeed been a wonderful perk for us as visitors in one of the most expensive cities in Europe!
Now… back at the Interxion office for Round 2. Research. Trip #1 to the free breakroom coffee machine. Databases. Spreadsheets. Trip #2 to the free breakroom coffee machine. Industry and competitor analysis. Angry at how similar this all is to the strategy class we thought was already far behind us. Realizing now how meaningful that strategy class is for us now in practice.
::BREAK FOR LUNCH::
Readings. Earnings call. Internal meeting. Skype with Mr. Kurt Roush. Continued internal meeting. 45 minutes over scheduled meeting time. Seriously, we’re still in this meeting? Finishing up meeting with preparations for more meetings tomorrow (with Directors of Sales and Operations). Coffee #3. Continued research. 5:30 pm. Let’s go home.
Highlight of the day:
We’re still feeling great about this project, just mostly overwhelmed with the amount of data and possibilities right now. But we are fiercely fearless (rawr) and, the best part of it all, there’s plenty of free coffee!