Douwe Osinga's Blog: December 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Moving to Thailand!

Let's start with the news. Tonja and me are moving to Thailand. We don't know yet for how long or exactly where we'll live, but if everything works out with the visa, we should be living in Bangkok from January 2016 on.

Those who know us a little might suspect this is because of the weather or the food or that we're just ready for something else after 4 good years in Berlin. Those things all count on some level, but the real and immediate reason is Triposo, the startup I've working on since leaving Google.

When we started with Triposo, we wanted to build the best travel guide for mobile. I think we mostly succeeded and we'll continue improving over the next years, but we also need to proof that we can make real money or to proof that the unit economics work as is popular to say now.

And while it makes sense to cover the entire world at the same time when you build a algorithmic travel guide (you make something work somewhere and it works everywhere), it is less clear that this is true when it comes to selling services to travellers in the app. We think we need to work closely with local providers in new ways - watch this space for further developments. And that's why I am here.

My last burst of blogging was when we were living in India, so I wanted to pick this up again now that we're back in the tropics.