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This article was published on March 27, 2017


    Bring me your children

    Bring me your children
    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

    CEO and co-founder, TNW

    Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and pr.co. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.

    At the time of writing, I was in Athens on an invitation from the Dutch embassy there.

    A few years ago, during the economic crisis, the Dutch embassy launched an incubator in a small effort to help revive the economy. It was well received and the incubators has a great reputation all over Greece. I’m here to help think about the future and bring a fresh perspective on things. One incubator isn’t going to make any difference, but it does serve as an example of how it is possible to innovate and start small.

    I wasn’t traveling alone, however. I brought my youngest daughter, Faye, to accompany me. I’ve traveled with kids before, and it’s delightful. Everything that might be an inconvenience if you’re alone becomes an exciting adventure if you’re traveling with a child. You get to see the world through their eyes – which is incredibly refreshing.

    Boris, Faye, and the Dutch ambassador to Greece

    In seven weeks we’re hosting our own event in Amsterdam. As with previous years, both my daughters will be working during the event. They’ll check coats, accompany speakers, or do other odd jobs. I also try to encourage visitors and speakers to bring their families.

    Some people think a kid might distract, but I think the opposite is true. Children bring focus, a new perspective, and they’re also a great conversation starter.

    If you’re considering bringing your own children, but need help, feel free to contact me so we can arrange things for you. If it helps, I’ll personally babysit your children if you need a break.

    It wouldn’t be the first time.


    This is my introduction text for last week’s issue of our TNW Weekly update. You can read the whole newsletter here, or sign up to receive your own copy.