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The European Capital of Tech

Why the Netherlands is a breeding ground for technology Tech is shaping the world around us every single day. It is an intrinsic part of the human leisure-work experience. The U.S has Silicon Valley; so what’s Europe’s answer to technological innovation?  Renowned for its fertility in terms of business regarding proficiency in the English language as well as its tax incentives, and after having earned almost 1 billion dollars in venture capital in 2019, all eyes are on the Netherlands. The country has unparalleled fluidity in terms of its registration process for businesses compared to its fellow European nations.  One thing is certain; the Dutch capital has startup fever. Since the last global financial crisis, the Dutch were proactive despite many people suffering job loss and redundancy. Instead they began creating their own, and so began the popularisation of startups in the country. Now, they’re a hotbed for new business given that tech companies from the United States highly regard their healthy ecosystem in terms of business.  In the last couple of years, we’re noticing …

Bidroom loves green: be sustainable in Paris

Are you travelling to the City of Love?  Whether you’ve made the plans, or it’s on your bucket list, there are some things you should know about the French capital… Paris and the wider world are switching themselves on to the impact of humanity on the environment. The city is introducing green technology and initiatives like sea-bubble powered flying cars, renewable energy sources like silent wind turbines powering the Eiffel Tower and planting gardens around the area.  There are great Parisian companies that you can use to lower your carbon footprint and initiatives you can take personally to reduce your waste and impact the climate more positively.  Here are our tips for going to the European city and painting the town green, from the moment you leave your house to roaming around the metropolis: Travel Consciously  Before you even set foot out the door, you can make active decisions that immediately affect your impact on the planet.  How? It’s simple; travel by boat if you can, since its impact on environmental contamination is much less …

Toss your coins to visit these Witcher locations

The Witcher world springboards between Nilfgaard and Cintra, Temeria and Aretuza, Blaviken and back to Cintra all over again. The series bounces to witchcraft then to humanity as much as it does from richesse to poverty. One second, you’re at the gaping mouth of a dragon’s lair battling the dwarves while trying to protect the mother’s egg; the next, you’re being propelled high above two bite-sized islands, watching the rope bridge quiver over the rocking ocean. The Witcher is a world full of fantasy, but on the other hand, reality too. Here’s a list of the tippity top 6 locations from the series, that you can totally visit (p.s be ready for spoilers):  La Palma Island, Spain The fictional Aretuza – a magical academy for young ladies. Image source: Netflix / The Witcher S1E2: “Four Marks” Bronze cliffs of La Palma. You can trek here, but you have to leave the house first. Image source: Julen Landa The magic, the witchcraft, the sorcery crashes to your mind-shore and bewitches you from the moment you wash …

Bidroom’s top eight hotels near magical Christmas markets in Europe

It’s hard to know what to do when you’re missing that Christmas spirit. When the twinkly sprinkling of fairy lights around the mantelpiece just aren’t doing it for you this year. When the crackle of the fire just isn’t crackley enough to spark that holiday magic. When hot choco, reindeer pyjamas and Mariah Carey only frustrate you more because “why don’t I have the feeling this year?”. Good news. We have the answer to all your Yuletide spirit problems. Pack your mittens. Dig your fluffiest coat out from the back of the closet. Grab your passport. You’re going to a Christmas market! 1. Kraków, Poland What: Main Square Christmas marketWhere: Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland / Google MapsOpen: 29 November to 7 January; 10am to 8pm (food stalls until 10pm)Hotel: Bonerowski Palace / Świętego Jana 1, Kraków, Poland Market: The scenic and very charming Rynek Glowny square in the old town makes Krakow one of the best settings for a Christmas market, the largest in Poland. Blacksmiths, jewellers, village artists and plenty of mulled wine, Polish …

Mission: Amsterdam sends one Bidroom agent abroad

Pau is the winner of Bidroom’s interactive game for Krakow’s startup community – Mission: Amsterdam. Her glowing enthusiasm led her through the challenge and into the busy city of a million bicycles. She’d like to tell us if it was fun. Mission: Amsterdam was organised on the 16th of August for all participants of the OMGKRK Summer Jam meet-up in Krakow. Startuppers, entrepreneurs, and networkers could become Agents in Bidroom’s covert operation stylised after the Mission: Impossible series. It started with a challenge to decrypt a coded message of 4 parts held by 4 Bidroom operatives that were hiding in the area. Further instructions remain classified to this day. The big win – for those who accepted the mission – was a visit to the Dutch capital with the flights and hotel stay covered. Overcoming the effort that needed stealth, espionage, and divine hearing abilities, Pau completed all objectives with no measurable effort. The world would like to know what happened. What was the hardest part of your mission? The hardest part, without any doubt …

Bidroom has a new CTO

Bidroom Welcomes Maurizio Tripi: Tech Leader, Agile Evangelist, CxO Consultant From Silicon Valley What’s got over 110 legs and won’t stop growing? Yeah we do. Last month, we welcomed tech leader Maurizio Tripi to our Board of Directors, and as the newest addition to our ever-growing team of 55+ tech and travel nerds in our Krakow office. “Bidroom holds huge growth potential. I’m here to do what I love most: Scale the product and its technology to perform with millions of users, while supporting outstanding business agility.” —Maurizio Tripi, Bidroom’s new CTO An Innate Passion for Technology, 25+ Years of Commitment to the Industry Originally from Italy, Maurizio spent many of his recent years in Silicon Valley, CA, where he was deeply rooted in the tech ecosystem. Throughout the years, he’s been an active investor, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor in several ventures. In 2014, he founded Real Contacts, an AI-based reputation system focused on better relationship-building. Prior to that, he served as the VP of Innovation & Consulting for Herzum, a consulting company headquartered in …

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Top 5 cities to visit this Spring if you don’t want to spend too much money

We all have spent long Tuesday afternoons at work, scrolling through our Instagram and finding posts upon posts by Sarah from high school of her touring the cities of Europe. As you scroll through her pictures of posing with her boyfriend before the Eiffel Tower, appreciating the art in the Van Gough museum, and drinking coffee in the Swiss Alps, your mind automatically tends to think of the last time you went on a vacation. Coming up empty from that thought, you realize how much you have surrounded yourself with work. This is where the itch starts; you know you work too much and deserve a break from all your responsibilities. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy, after all. So, you decide to take a work-break to explore the world, but when you put a hand in your pocket, all your dreams come crashing down. There is no way you can travel around the world in this budget, is there? Don’t worry, we are here for you. For all your tourist …

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Chatbots: Useful or Damaging to Your Hotel Business?

In a world dominated by tech, change is the only constant. Every week, there’s a new download, update, upgrade, or self-propelling vacuum cleaner to wrap your head around. Chatbots are just one example of the newest hype permeating the business world. But can they help your business?  Let’s start with the basics. What on earth is a chatbot? If you ever clicked on a Facebook ad and instantly (almost magically) received what felt like a personalised message from that page—you just got DM’ed by a chatbot. Chatbots are basically instant messaging technology. Businesses most often use them to quickly and easily communicate with their existing (and potential) clients—without needing an actual human to sit behind a screen and manually try to strike up conversation with anyone scrolling their page, on an individual basis. We all know how awkward starting an unsolicited conversation can be, right? So think of chatbots as your very own Awkwardness Eliminators: you can focus on your business priorities, and in the meantime, you know a little algorithm is running in the …

Giada, an Italian blogger, talks Krakow

Giada Pappalardo is an Italian blogger, who visited Krakow for a few days back in February. We took the opportunity and recommended the best places to show Krakow’s variety of cultures and vibes. We talked to Giada and asked her about the trip – what did she see, what did she love and what surprised her. Read on to see her impression of Krakow.