Mark Your Calendars: TechCrunch in Prague, May 23

Good Data will be there and we will sponsor some free (“free as in free beer”) pivo. (link)

The ATM Mile

Flying involves very little exercise and this is probably why the Prague airport arranged for us – frequent travelers – the following run: the ATM Mile.

Almost everybody who lands in a foreign and non-Euro country needs some cash. But in Prague you should bring your sneakers as well. All four ATM machines (see picture below) are clustered in the far-flung and deserted corner of the airport. So if you don’t want to waste your time put the running shoes on and run. The benefits are clear – you will get stamina and cash at the same time. I am doing this exercise a few times a week and it really helped me to get in shape!

Skype needs you

Let me be more precise: Skype needs you in Prague and only if you are a great software developer… The company plans to hire about 20 percent of the product-engineering workforce in Prague and I’ve learned about it from a huge Skype job advertisement that is posted next to the HP’s sales office.

I am really happy to see companies to open their development centers in Prague. On one hand it creates more competition for the talent but on the other hand it produces more and more experienced people with global skills. So while Skype needs us we need even more companies like Skype…

The New Czech National Library

One of my friends once told me that she prefers to stay in the Four Seasons Hotel in Prague. Apparently it is the only place in the city where the view of the castle is not spoiled by – the Four Seasons Hotel. In a few years she will have to read a book in the new library reading room (picture below) to enjoy an unspoiled view of Prague castle.

As you can see on the following pictures the new library building (in case it will be actually built) will be visible from everywhere else…