Meet the people behind Startuprad.io. Here you can meet Pedro, our man behind the scenes, the community manager of Startuprad.io. He is very active behind the scenes but receives not enough attention. It is time to say THANK YOU. This is why we start the introduction of our team with him!
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[00:00:05 Joe] Okay hello and welcome everybody this is Joe from startuprad.io. As you can see you cannot see me just for a simple reason. This week we’re going to introduce you to all the members of the Startuprad crew. And we do have Pedro here: Hey welcome
[00:00:20 Pedro] Hi
[00:00:21 Joe] The thing is you are one of the behind-the-scenes people so basically you are our community manager. You help us to reach out to the community. You make the community aware of what we do. Since most of our content is in English and most of our traffic is from abroad so it’s very important for us. And people out there want to know who you are and what you did, so can you tell them a little bit about you.
[00:00:47 Pedro] Okay so yes my name is Pedro. I’m an expert that landed in Frankfurt like seven years ago. And I was struggling some years back to find information about the ecosystem in Frankfurt. Especially because I don’t speak German so one of the first people I met was Rohan. And I kind of told him that I would be passionate about joining the scene. And to help him to move forward the project. I did the same with rymanstartup.com where I reached where I’ve been posting a lot. And it was a nice combination to spread what is going on in the ecosystem.
And a lot of people are interested and they’ve been reaching out to us. And that’s what keeps me moving forth and to be active actively engaging with those projects.
[00:01:44 Joe] The interesting stuff is I do believe Frankfurt has a great and big and awesome startup scene. But they are not communicating it enough. Is it also your impression?
[00:01:54 Pedro] Yes so what most of my well I came from Portugal but I also worked in Spain and in France. And what people were telling me is yes. You picture it like if Frankfurt is very interesting but for us, we don’t know anything about it. Every time we want to read something is in German so we don’t understand it. So for us, it’s kind of it’s not interesting enough for us and I was a bit like surprised. And I was telling all of my friends and connections no it’s not like that. We have the fastest growing startup in Europe. Well, the city’s trying to fight to be the number one hub for FinTech for example.
And we have a lot of players doing great and yeah for them if there was no Startuprad if there was no Pedro at rheinmainstartups.com they wouldn’t find the information about the city. That’s the feedback I have.
[00:02:57 Joe] What is very unfortunate is also that even for the things that are going on right now in Frankfurt in right mind damn start mines we spun whatever is out there. There’s not even enough coverage in German. That is what I find pretty bad but you’ve been talking you are an expat in Frankfurt. How is it? How do you like it? What was your first impression? What would be recommendations for other expats out there?
[00:03:24 Pedro] Okay so looking back the first years I was here in 2011 I was more connected with the other expats. Because I was working mainly with international companies and it was really great times. And I think the city has been changing a lot. One can say for good, one can say for the bad. But a lot of expats have been joining so the size and the representativeness of the amount of expecting people in Frankfurt have been increasing. So the city must follow the trend as well. And it’s very the quality of life is very good compared to other countries or other cities.
So I would say that people should enjoy a little bit more what the city has to offer. And in a way, Frankfurt is so small that it’s very user-friendly and I think that’s something that other cities cannot offer to the expats. Like London or Paris that are huge. Frankfurt it’s growing but it’s still it feels like a village.
[00:04:49 Joe] How do you get along with the English? Is there any problem?
[00:04:52 Pedro] Well more and more I think people are getting used to it. So to that, not all the people speak German. So most of the people would like us to speak German, which I can understand. But more and more they have been more flexible. Like most of the startups that want to grow and to that they realize that in order to scale they need to work for different markets. Not only in the German one. So they now start to switch the culture and they speak English like the official language. Like I remember Emma or a comedy where I work and their English is the official language.
So more and more the other companies are also doing this. I remember safe-droid, for example, two years ago they were one of the requirements was to speak German. Now if you look at the job offers most of them are now in English and it means something. So it’s changing and it’s good for the expats that more and more it’s usual that you can work in English here.
[00:06:10 Joe] Any recommendations you would give other expats looking at Frankfurt right now? Where should they look? Like rhein-main-startups.com/, Startuprad.io . You already mentioned other blogs, other websites.
[00:06:21 Pedro] Yes there are new channels coming up. Well, for example, I just met all of Frankfurt this week. It’s another great one but there are new channels and new platforms being created almost every month. So, for example, Tecate came with taking up the server. I know even Rhein Main Startups may be about to change a bit. So yes even us I also work for start CoWork&Play. We are also thinking about building maybe a kind of site for that. So yeah I think there is a huge offer of channels where you can find the information.
[00:07:03 Joe] And anything about the city of Frankfurt like in English? Like the city of Frankfurt like anything else that is out there? For you normal life? For the news coverage, for something like this any website you would particularly recommend?
[00:07:20 Pedro] Well
[00:07:22 Joe] I know there is a lot in German. I don’t think there is a lot in Spanish but is there something in English?
[00:07:28 Pedro] In English, in English, in English. Okay about to start a bigger system
[00:07:33 Joe] No, no, just about the normal life. Just about a way you get your information. What you get about the new pacifist whatever.
[00:07:41 Pedro] I think for example Frankfurt’s Rhyman International Gambia; they also are doing a very good job sharing what is going on in the region in English. So they do a pretty good job. I always follow them as well so it may be a good tip.
[00:08:01 Joe] Anything important we have forgotten?
[00:08:03 Pedro] Well we are also working on a guide called Frankfurt startup guide. So in this guide whom we put we hope to be ready February next year. It is going to be as well a compilation of all the information’s you need about the city and about to start up the ecosystem. So I think in some months it’s a format that the city was missing and that now it’s going to be available.
[00:08:30 Joe] We will most likely publish this beginning of October so people still can get ready to buy it.
[00:08:36 Pedro] February
[00:08:37 Joe] Yeah October
[00:08:38 Pedro] In the beginning we made everything the timeline was for
[00:08:43 Joe] December
[00:08:43 Pedro] December but now we postpone it a bit so it’s going to be in February.
[00:08:47 Joe] More work I see.
[00:08:48 Pedro] Yes
[00:08:49 Joe] It’s a good sign.
[00:08:50 Pedro] Great thing all the companies was a huge job.
[00:08:55 Joe] Great thank you very much. Looking forward to working with you for quite some time.
[00:09:00 Pedro] Yes thank you.
[00:09:02 Joe] Thank you. Bye-bye