Munich facts

After spending 4 days – 3 nights from August 16 to 19  2013 in Munich. On Monday, I got a job interview, the dates were flexible so I arranged a longer stay to enjoy Munich.
Like always I book on airbnb because it’s cheaper than hotels and more fun.
I arrived on Friday at 17:20 , and luckily the lady hoster was at the airport on Friday. People associates Munich with  Octoberfest, massive beer stein but not surf.

1 Surf culture

She told me to wait at Surf & Style , a surfing contest just outside the airport . A friend of her drove us to the apartment .
Munich has a  surfing culture  , strange for a city far from the sea. Sometimes, I see some people with a surf in the subway.
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2 Englischer Garten

The next day,  at viktualienmarkt I tasted the weisswurst literally white sausage ( it is eaten before noon ). I like it because of the mustard honey sauce.
I visited the Englischer Garten ( which is bigger than New York’s Central Park ).  There is a Chinese tower in the center of the park surrounded by a beer garden.  And there is a surfing spot on the river south end.
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3 Bavaria

Then on Sunday, I had tour on a segway .  I took the chance to do a segway tour for the first time in my life. The tour covered what I did the day before plus some landmarks and the history. Here is what I learnt :
  • BMW ( Bayerische Motoren Werke AG ) , the auto maker, has its headquarter in Munich.  The blue and white logo is the flag color of Bavaria. Buying at BMW Museum and import can be cheaper depe nding on your country.
  • at Odeonsplatz , Nike posted in front of Theatinerkirche   a giant poster of Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich player, wearing the King robe  . The guide said : “It’s funny, he’s French muslim in a Catholic state. He drinks beer alcohol free.”
  • since WW2 , most buildings were destroyed. In Munich the buildings were rebuilt as the same traditional ones unlike the rest of Germany.
To finish the day, I walked past Theresienwiese ( the place of Octoberfest ) . Actually Theresienwiese means the Therese ‘s wedding . During the wedding, the place was used for horse racing . Now it hosts the famous Octoberfest . The 2 week long feast  generates around 1 billion euros every year.
Munich has great standard of living . Lots of people speak English . The subway is cleaner than Paris.
Bavaria ( the region ) has the most holidays in Germany and the most successful economically. Low unemployment , some people even have two jobs.
Here are some photos of the trip.
 

29 years old

Today I’m turning 29 years . Time to reflect on year 2012 . It was a year with lots of change :
– I created a one man company around August : provide consulting services. Really different from being an employee. I learnt much more in the short time than being a permie. I think I’ll focus more on products rather than building apps for customers. Clearly build apps for client is regular pay , few developers make a living selling their own apps.
– travels : I was lucky to travel to London ,  China (Shanghai, Shenzhen ), Hong Kong, Macau, Geneva …

Some resolutions : I will learn more about business side. My “Expert Comptable” (Chartered Accountant) explained legal status, tax declarations and co clearly.
In February , I’m going to register for a training to create a company, raise  funding….

 

nouveau depart

Mon aventure auprès de Mappy SA se termine aujourd’hui après plus de 14 mois passés.

Depuis l’arrivée des app stores ,  j’avais toujours rêver de travailler dans la mobilité dans le but de créer mes propres “apps” et pas pourquoi sortir le prochain hit.  Les témoignages d’ un développeur solo devenu riche faisaient la Une. Jusqu’au jour où l’appli d’un collègue de Siemens lui rapporte plus que toute notre prime annuelle : plus de 8000€  pour coder en un weekend . Donc pourquoi pas se lancer ? J’avais pleins d’idées mais j’étais incapable de les développer, ces idées restaient sur le papier. J’ai commencé à apprendre le soir.

Chose faite pendant cette période, j’ai appris beaucoup au quotidien et j’ai contribué à différentes versions de l’application Mappy . Disons que cette expérience était une marche qui m’a ouvert d’autres horizons.

En fait, je me suis toujours considéré comme un entrepreneur dans l’âme sans jamais créer d’entreprise 🙂 (ah le mytho ). Et voilà que je commence une activité de freelance bientôt avec une structure en cours de création.  Je compte commencer avec une EIRL en essai . Si cette activité se prolonge , je vais la transformer en EURL . Si je décide de redevenir salarié, la fermeture d’une entreprise individuelle est plus simple qu’une société.

Merci pour vos mots. Et je remercie les personnes présentes et leur bonne humeur  en particulier les Jérôme(s) C. et D. , Sylvain , Xavier, Claire, Mathieu , Marie , Axelle, Lionel …

Edit 3/08/12 

je crois que je vais finalement opter pour le statut d’EURL (Entreprise Unipersonelle à Responsabilité Limitée  )  rien que pour le personnel du CFE ( centre de formalité des Entreprise ) de Paris. Ils sont sous-staffé, accueillants.
Pour le statut d’EIRL ( Entreprise Individuelle à Responsabilité Limitée ) , en profession libéral, ca se passe à l’URSSAF. C’est souvent rempli de monde débordé. Le top, on ne peut pas créer une EIRL avant d’avoir commencé à travailler.
Mais les frais de fonctionnement d’une EURL sont plus lourds . Et surtout la fermeture d’une EURL est plus coûteuse. Donc pas rentable pour 6 mois d’essai.

La vrai différence de statut entre les deux : dans l’EURL , la société (personne morale) et son gérant sont bien séparés. Les créanciers ne peuvent saisir que son capital social.
Dans une Entreprise Individuelle , son créateur est responsable des dettes. Donc ses créanciers peuvent saisir son patrimoine. C’est le cas des professions libérales.
La nuance dans une EIRL , l’entrepreneur a deux patrimoines : le personnel et celui de son entreprise.
EURL == société  et EIRL == personne physique

 

Eureka

Yeah I found it : yesterday I was looking for how to add tab on the upper page ( or tabbar) like on this blog

tabbar

Not sidebar, there is a plenty of non sense plugin, javascript and so which add your page on your side bar. The solution : in wp-admin Pages> add a new page. Of course depending on the theme you use, the theme must display it. Everything is in the theme.

I was nearly switching to Joomla to own the  tabbar. Now just one thing I still don’t know how to a post to under a certain page

 

Why use WordPress.com ?

If you have come to this page, maybe you’re interested in blogging, maybe you’re already using blogger or movable type. I used to have another account on WordPress until I could not log into when I was in China thanks to the Great Fire Wall. Then I switched to blogger which is convenient if you have a gmail address. But I was quite unsatisfied for various reasons :

Search Engine Optimization

WordPress has more advanced features. When it comes to SEO, meaning for search engine  wordpress blogs come first despite the fact blogger is owned by Google.  Believe it or not, here is a proof

wordpress.com | wordpress.org

Why not use a self-hosted from wordpress.org ? Some countries like China, Dubai block any access WordPress, Flickr , Youtube … So the best way to get around is self host or use a proxy. It’s affordable for about 4USD a month of hosting with domain name. Why do that when it’s available for free on wordpress.com PLUS you benefit the network of WP.com . Consider now you’ve blogged for some time and want to self host. Of course you don’t want to lose your posts and comments. It’s possible to transfer from wordpress.com, blogger, movable type to wordpress.org . So no worry

User friendly

Matt Mullenweg is cool and he’s just one day older than me 🙂 .  Actually I met him at WordCamp Paris, he is very candid, open and passionnate about what he does. I advise you watch any of his videos on youtube, he’s a visionnary at his age.  Coming from a non tech background, Matt’s visions of WordPress is very easy to use “You have to know WordPress is the last thing on Earth, bloggers have mind. It’s a disrespect towards the person if he loses time using it”. He openly described the software behind WordPress as clunky, there would be a lots of work to move to MVC. But hell, it’s better than TypePad and Blogspot. As users, we do not need to think about the tools when blogging we focus on contents. That’s the important part.

    I notice Google is losing edges. Flickr owned by Yahoo is cooler than piscasaweb. Since Youtube was bought, it’s less innovative. Blogspot was at the spot when Google bought it.

    So in short

    Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox
    Piscasaweb Flickr
    Jaiku Twitter
    Blogger WordPress

    Choose your side