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  • Online

    “Yes, there is fast and reliable internet on board!”

    Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

    high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

  • Green

    “We’re on the way to a zero carbon footprint.”

    Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

    high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

  • Social

    “With Coboat’s profits we want to do good to the world.”

    Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

    high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

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Collaborate, innovate and create with fellow Coboaters aboard one of the most inspirational coworking environments in the world. Detach from land. Free your mind. Immerse yourself in nature. Boost your productivity on the high seas. Life aboard Coboat is all about achieving balance and creating a life to love: When you need a break from work, get unplugged, connect with others or dive into the crystal clear blue water.

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We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

  • We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
    What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

    Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
    Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

  • We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
    What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

    Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
    Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

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Guest post written by Viktor Vincej, active digital nomad, growth hacker, marketer, founder of web design blog webcreate.me, travel magazine Traveling Lifestyle, follow his story on instagram.

I’ve been nomading (backpacking) around the world for more than 3 years and I tried bunch of different events or coworkings for digital nomads. Coboat definitely stands out from the crowd because it’s 2in1. It’s unique concept of coworking space & event on the boat. I had a great time and I learned a lot from other people and coboat / sailing experience itself.

Since, I’m used to hostels and backpacking lifestyle + I’m relatively young, I did not struggle with sharing, lack of privacy or other little things (standards) which other people mind find uncomfortable but only until they realize that magic happens out of comfort zone.  

“Coboat is like a hostel room filled with 12 SUPER-SMART people ready to collaborate!”

Here are few things I found the most valuable:

1. Limitations can be good for productivity

Productivity

I was definitely coming to take a break from work and wasn’t planning to spend much time on my laptop. I was not only limited by data (like everybody else) but also by my “not working” laptop battery. In the FREE time, I wrote down to do notes and planned what I’m going to do when I connect to electricity. On my phone, I went through all emails, to do lists and I sorted all distracting stuff, such as, FB messanger, chats, notifications, junk emails, etc. in advance.

When the “work time” came up I’ve done my stuff done very fast. I was forced to focus and I had “distractions” sorted already. I realized, I can easily apply this into my work routine everyday!

2. The power of collaboration

Collaboration

Collaboration on the smaller scale is very effective and nobody was left out. We managed to have plenty of personally oriented sessions, depending if you wanted to share some knowledge or get feedback on something you struggling with. In my case it was my “lack of productivity”. I enjoyed the feedback & given advice for sure!

Some collaborations last for longer. I started running “tandem productivity skype sessions” with Joe, CEO of BrainHive, throw few “feedback chats” with Christoph founder of betahaus and also wrote this post for coboat.org.

3. Sense of our community

Community

The project itself is well known among digital nomads or location independent community. We had plenty of talks about this type of lifestyle as well and it was very interesting to hear all other opinions since our group was quite diverted. The term “digital nomad” is definitely becoming less and less trendy but the community is just starting to grow.

4. Ocean is full of ideas

Ocean

There is something magical when it comes to the ocean. When I was sitting on deck and listening to music, I was getting tons of new / great ideas which I wrote down to my phone. I could even direct that flow in my head to some topics (tasks) I needed to. For example: I needed fresh ideas for one of my articles about inspiring travel quotes! Well, I got plenty. When I travel in the bus or train and I look out of the window, I get that flow also but sitting on the deck of sailing boat is way different level when it comes to creativity.

5. Sailing experience

One of the reasons why I decided to go for coboat sailing trip was because I never tried sailing before. It was very exciting to get to know some of the rules, winds, currents and all the other details related to this amazing hobby.

 

Angelique Slob, PinQ Consult has spent her career in HR advising companies on cultivating their culture. As a remote worker herself Angelique understands the challenges that come with this lifestyle both for the individual and the employer. In this interview we talk about coworking, coliving, the importance of connection and she shares top tips for companies and startups with remote employees.

 

1) What is your experience of the coworking movement? 

Regularly I will go to coworking spaces, for example in the Netherlands where I am from. But I found that in some spaces people don’t really connect because they go and sit behind their laptop rather than network, where others are more community minded.

My first experience of coliving and coworking workations was two years ago when I visited Tarifa and have since been on the Nomad Cruise, wifitribe and Coboat.

 

2) Why do you think people are choosing this working life over ‘normal’ jobs?

For many people the main reason for choosing to work remotely is because they want to travel and experience the world. If you’re a surfer you can follow the surf around the world without having to give up an income.

For me what’s important is that remote work allows me to live my unique lifestyle. It allows me to live in Portugal so I can learn Portuguese, to live in Brazil so I can learn capoeira. It gives me the flexibility to organise my days to suit me.

Remote working and traveling has been made easier with the opening of coworking spaces. They take care of the practical elements so you don’t have to. Internet, power and space is all there so you don’t lose time organising or finding wifi.

It is often a good option when you’re combining work and travel. Because you can stay in a hotel which can be lonely, or you can stay in a hostel surrounded by backpackers having fun when you’re working, so coliving / coworking gives a lot of added value and it’s something people are willing to pay for.

 

3) What are the benefits of this movement?

I believe people are healthier and happier. In Brazil people, in between work time, will be at the beach surfing and exercising, spending a lot of time outside.

I’ve seen that remote working enables the blend of professional and personal – business, community, network, friendship and relationships is a raw cocktail which you don’t get in traditional work roles and spaces.

People start to lose their professional mask because there’s nowhere to hide especially if you’re going to be living together, you’re forced to be who you are. It makes for deeper more meaningful connections and therefore better outcomes.

A lot of people living and working this way have their own projects they want to develop. Being a remote worker while traveling gains them entry to a global community which provides support, guidance and access to skills offered in a collaborative environment.

The movement is part of a bigger thing and it’s not so much about money. We are in a sharing economy. Many people don’t have (or choose) traditional families these days, nor do they stay in the same house until it’s time to draw a pension and so sociologically we are seeing a lot of things changing. More people stay single for longer and seek different experiences, opting to live with different people for varying amounts of time or even on their own.

 

4) What challenges do people experience when working remotely?

There are practical challenges such as wifi and finding physical places to work. For me it’s a big challenge to stay focused and be good with time management and to work efficiently, especially if I don’t have a fixed or suitable place to work from.

On another level the challenge is maintaining connection with other colleagues and maintaining relationships with friends at home. I’ve found that some of my old friends don’t always understand what this lifestyle is all about. And sometimes it is hard to adjust back to what is the norm in society in the Netherlands.

So connecting with likeminded people in the digital nomad community has helped because they understand my challenges and can relate.

I explored this topic of connection on Coboat and on the Nomad Cruise. In the workshops I had people explaining that they felt more connected to a group of digital nomads or people they had met in coworking spaces than to their own colleagues. Some people had never even met their colleagues.

Some people weren’t even aware they were lacking this sense of connection and some were aware but didn’t know what to do about it.

 

Angelique‘s session on connection when working remotely

Angelique‘s session on connection when working remotely

 

5) How can companies / employers mitigate the impact of a loss of connection?

Encourage communication on a different level than just work level so you can become more connected than just on a professional level. This should be intrinsically part of the culture. It’s not something that can be forced or sent in a newsletter every month, it requires work.

Companies should bring their teams together in a physical space at least once a year for at least a week to live and work together. Coboat, the Nomad Cruise are perfect for this, but many successful start-ups hire an entire villa for a couple of weeks a year for a company retreat. I am organizing a carnival retreat in February in Brazil myself.

An added value of being on Coboat is that people also connect through the activity of sailing. For me, the connections I made on Coboat and the Nomad Cruise were deep connections which have lasted past the experience itself. We are still connected and help each other, asking advice and are arranging to meet again at the web summit for example.

Freedom and connection looks like a contradiction but it isn’t. What I learned on the boat was that working remotely gives you freedom but if managed correctly working remotely can give the deepest connections ever.

 

6) How can startups cultivate their culture with a team of remote workers?

First of all, forget everything you learned about how to build an organisation and question it. Really think about what you need and what you want.

Buffer is doing that really well, building their culture by gaining input from their employees. They really think about it, asking what they should do and how should they build their culture. It won’t just happen overnight and it’s not something you can look at once a year. It requires a lot of thought.

Having said that it’s not easy and not all startups have the knowledge about organisational culture so what I do is help them from the beginning to see where they want to go and what would fit their company.

In my view the key pillars to building a successful culture are trust, purpose, connection and freedom.

When I work with startups I work with the founders and management team ensuring they address the right questions and areas from the start. It’s important to make them talk at this level and ensure, if there are two or three founders that they all have the same view of the culture they want to create.

For example,

What culture do we want?

Is our purpose clearly defined?

Do we want to have an office in the future?

Are we willing to invest in this culture?

Are we willing to change ourselves?

What would prevent us from achieving this?

What problems could we face?

Will we still want this culture in five years time?
I run a series of workshops which cover the practical and holistic elements of organisation building and include, organisation structure, organisation purpose and connection which are all designed to help in the building of a strong culture. It’s important to cover all these aspects because it will highlight any disconnect between what you want to achieve and what you have in place now.

For example, control mechanisms are very powerful in organisations but they could be contradictory to the culture you want.

 

7) What do you envision the future of work to look like and what’s needed to make it possible?

I think traditional organisations will still exist and people will be happy to work in offices still and of course some organisations are required to operate this way. But I believe more and more people will demand the freedom that remote working gives, to pursue their individual lifestyle and have more purpose.

The innovative companies need to change to this kind of culture because it’s their key to success and they will fall behind if they don’t.

More traditional organisations need to adjust to be able to attract and maintain talent. Young people want to travel and they will quit their jobs to do so and it’s such a waste of talent and resources. Hire for trust, flexibility and freedom.

 

 

pinQ consult helps companies to manage The Future of Work. Aimed at a community of adventurous founders, managers and change agents that want to transition from old world employment to new school nomadism employment.

As a Chief Happiness Officer Angelique helps companies to manage the Future of Work and to transition to new school nomadism employment models for talents that work, live and travel anywhere. Creating a company culture with a high amount of freedom where employees that work location independent, brings new challenges that require new solutions. With her background and vision, Angelique helps (HR) managers, founders and change makers to create the workplace of the future.

 

Other articles in this series are:

The Future of Work: The Social Impact of the Coworking / Coliving Community

The Future of Work: What We Can Learn About Collaboration and Community From the Coworking / Coliving Movement

“If you can build a boat, you can build a castle”

The Coboat Delivery crossing from the Maldives to Thailand wasn’t quite plain sailing. I envisaged Heinz Grünwald, Uwe Allgäuer, Matthias Zeitler and their six other companions spending much of the 17 days and nights exploring ideas, chilling on the yacht’s nets with a few coldies. Not so.

There were ‘all hands on deck’ moments, storms, night watches, fatigue, break-downs and stuff-ups. There were also shooting stars and triple rainbows, dance parties, spaghetti, lots of sharing, business development and interventions.

And the venture Heinz, Uwe and Matthias are now building, Coliving.at, came to life on Coboat during this voyage. Listening to them recount their experience had me grinning from ear to ear.

Cofounders of coliving.at

Heinz originally thought of the idea two years ago. He envisaged a community living and working in a castle outside Vienna. He wanted to bring together entrepreneurs and freelancers in a coliving, coworking space, in a remote location free of distractions. The idea was to be inspired, and to grow start-ups with the support of a community. And live in a castle!

According to a recent survey, coworking spaces have grown by 36% in the last twelve months, which puts the number of coworking spaces worldwide at around 7,800. Today, about half a million people are working in coworking spaces. And yet with all its coworking spaces, Austria has no coliving environment.

After two years Heinz’s idea hadn’t left the starting blocks. During the crossing, Coboat’s cofounder Karsten Knorr, coached and mentored Heinz on his castle vision, identifying reasons why in its current form it wasn’t viable. But when you are surrounded by creative, adventurous minds this insight was far from a showstopper.

Uwe and Matthias were totally sold listening to Heinz talk about this castle idea set in rural Austria. This was the lifestyle they all aspired to live but couldn’t find any such opportunity close by. So when your lifestyle doesn’t come to you – you build it.

Uwe and Mattias joined forces with Heinz to adapt the idea and make it more financially viable, exploring various different business models. In fact, Matthias (already location independent and an entrepreneur) wouldn’t let the idea go even after the sailing trip, and kept encouraging Heinz to pursue it. That was when they decided to initiate the Coliving.at project and reach out to like minded people who could help lift it off the ground. “They gave me passion and inspiration,” Heinz explained about his companions.

So, what made them go for it? When I asked this question they looked at each and said “Coboat inspired us.”

Heinz was at Kohub, the coworking space on Koh Lanta Thailand, in March 2015 when the Coboat idea was first conceived. And then in late summer he saw it become a reality. It proved to all of them that an ambitious, seemingly impossible idea, could be made possible. Their time on the boat also proved that it was not just possible, but inspiring to bring digital nomads together in one place, coliving and coworking.

And that began their land-based partnership. Since the crossing they have continued to grow their concept, searching for the right property, building their website and growing their community.

I asked them if this would become their ‘new full time jobs’. “This is a fun project for all of us. So our approach was not, “what business should we be in?” but rather “how can we create our dream living environment?” We are all working on other ventures to earn a living” they told me.

Uwe had a long corporate career prior to his semi-retiring to manage real estate investments and enjoy life. Heinz is a cofounder at slopestars.cc, a startup that enables online ski ticket sales, and is responsible for the business development and sales. The main focus for Matthias has been the development of OpenStrom, an Open Hardware Smart Meter device that can measure and control power circuits over the internet.

Today, (the day of my interview with them), marked a huge milestone in the realisation of their dream lifestyle. Matthias found a property. Not just any property – they found THE ONE. The building produces its own power, it is close to the forest, it has 20 rooms, the attic is a great coworking space AND there is a river running through the grounds (suitable for a mini Coboat maybe?). Their excitement is tangible. “It is really amazing.”

“When we have 10 people to move in we can launch. So we could be looking at taking this live within a few weeks!” said Uwe.

Coliving.at is one of a kind in Austria. Its members will be making history and leading the shift away from traditional corporate work environments. The combination of coliving and coworking, where collaborations between location independent entrepreneurs and innovators fuel startups doesn’t exist in Austria. “We believe Austria is the perfect place to introduce this new working trend”.

Austria has a favourable grant/subsidy system for startups and a good business environment for freelancers who want to work with local companies. It is a place with a high quality of life and there are a lot of German speaking nomads who look for a base with like minded people where they can live when not travelling.

The business model that makes all this viable? “Coliving.at will run as a cooperative and not as a corporation” they told me. The community is made up of members, not customers. Members will be part owners, all helping out to support and fuel the community and space. The goal is to get 15 people. The team recognise that starting a business is hard and they want to make it a little bit easier by reducing members’ monthly burn rate.

Their lasting comments widened my grin even further. Matthias half joked that when faced with rough seas they became very good friends. Some testing times meant they all had to pull together and this made for a strong foundation to their friendship. Uwe will always remember the spirit of the people coming together. With a big smile he said, “It was a very worthwhile experience.”

Congratulations guys, on making your idea come to life. The Coboat team and I are so excited for you and really rooting for you all. You have inspired me and I imagine many more to come. Thank you!

So this is the first ‘Made on Coboat’ story. It is the exact reason for Coboat’s existence.

#inspiredbycoboat

Becky
March 2016

Traditional innovation processes for corporates are failing. Rapidly moving markets and the fast pace of technology development have cultivated a trend of fearless startups thriving in this dynamic environment, living and breathing innovation. For the more traditional corporates this change in pace poses a challenge.

A recent study by Capgemini Consulting revealed that only 5% of R&D staff feel highly motivated to innovate. In certain sectors, more than 85% of new products fail and an overwhelming 90% of companies consider they are too slow in launching new products and services.

The remedy isn’t as simple as increasing the spend or indeed, even introducing investment in innovation. Capgemini explains that the problem lies in the weaknesses of traditional innovation approaches. Organisations have been forced to explore different avenues and seek new inspiration to remain relevant in today’s and tomorrow’s markets.

What they have discovered is a rapidly growing work trend often cited as the future of work: location independent coworking.

Coworking is the gathering of a group of people to work together but not for the same company, instead of working remotely in separate offices or from home. It suits independent professionals, telecommuters and others who work from anywhere allowing them to come together in one space. According to a recent survey, coworking spaces have grown by 36% in the last twelve months, which puts the number of coworking spaces worldwide at around 7,800. Today, about half a million people are working in coworking spaces.

In 2016 the coworking community will see a new introduction to this space. The founders of “Coboat” have embarked on a landmark project in the coworking sphere. Coboat is the first Coworking space on a boat, a floating lab for innovation culture with contributors from all over the world. It immediately caught the imaginations of people, businesses and the mediaworldwide.

Start ups and corporates alike are successfully fuelling their innovation culture by tapping into the skills and knowledge of coworking communities

Harnessing the mindset of a startup, some corporates are investing in innovation hubs where small teams work and think, free from corporate constraints; agile, nimble, responsive and innovative. The Lufthansa Innovation Hub is a startup contained within the corporate. The team consists of 15 people, 50% from Lufthansa, 50% from the Berlin tech ecosystem and coworking campus, The Factory. “We wanted people with a capability to bridge the gap between corporate and startup world, so besides skills we look for personality”, highlights Lufthansa’s Katrin Zimmermann. The goal is to leverage the ecosystem of the coworking space, developing a culture of innovation, mixing skill sets, backgrounds and experiences.

For brands wanting to escape mundane innovation processes and tap into networks of talent, coworking spaces may be the next new thing for corporate sponsors. Mattia Sullini, Italian coworking space owner likes the idea of spaces becoming conduits between brands and their customers to reach the remote and location independent generation.

Oceanvolt, an organisation focused on producing electric motor and energy management systems, has partnered with the Coboat coworking space to supply their electric propulsion and energy regeneration technology. A shared ethos has made for a strong partnership. Coboat provides Oceanvolt with a global platform to showcase their technology, demonstrating proof of concept to the world and opening people’s eyes to new possibilities in sailing engine technology.

Oceanvolt’s CEO Timo Jaakkola says “being a partner of this groundbreaking mission has not only opened a door to an ecosystem of innovation and a global community rich in skills and experience, but it tells our story and shares our mission inspiring many more to make greener choices.”

“Coboat is a green and hightech communication platform with innovative partnerships, both technological and content wise”, says Coboat’s Gerald Schömbs. “It will serve as a marketing and research platform for selected products and services, opening the door to elusive nomad workers.”

What happened to those organisations who missed the boat last time?

The lifespan of companies in the Fortune 500 radically declined in recent decades. According to Forbes, it took 28 years for half of the 1955 Fortune 500 class to disappear. Half of the class of 1995 were gone in only 15 years.

Forbes refers to the current business period as the ‘most disruptive period in business history.’ The choice is, be disrupted or be the disruptee and innovation lies at the very centre of this decision.

They say, ‘the ultimate way to stimulate innovation is to change the corporate culture, so it begins to happen naturally and regularly.’ A new type of partnership, where organisations and coworking spaces join forces, could be just the key for those companies looking to transform their innovation processes and culture.

Learn about the Coboat project, ethos and mission here. If you share the vision and would like to be involved click here.

Article first published on medium.com

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Gerald, Tommy, James, Karsten


We would like to thank our community for the response to our recent announcement of our postponement. We are grateful and moved by the understanding especially from those who were planning to join us.

As many of you know, working as a startup means pushing boundaries and being ambitious, it means taking chances when others would shy away, in the hope they will pay off. You guys are all awesome and we are genuinely grateful for all the support we have received – some of you even offered to come and help. What an amazing community we already have and we’ve not even set sail yet.

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Karsten and Tommy on the boatyard

Since then we have received more detailed information and better estimations from all parties involved in completing the actual Coboat. Over the last few weeks the founders have come together on site in Phuket to make an informed decision. It’s been a tough decision, but the whole team is agreed that it is the best one:
We decided not to just push the project back a fews weeks and try to catch up with the original schedule, but rather take our time to finish the job properly.
To make Coboat one of the coolest, best performing, most stylish Catamarans out there. To make your and our Coboat experience really something special that we want to continue telling the world about.

What does this mean? We will launch Coboat in Spring 2016 with style and confidence and stay in Southeast Asia for the rest of the year.
Spending a year in Southeast Asia gives us the great opportunity of offering a variety of popular destinations that many of you had requested: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia – and exploring deep into Indonesia all the way to West-Papua and back.

Once we leave Southeast Asia at the end of next year we will continue our route to Sri Lanka, Maldives and the Mediterranean in 2017.

Can you already buy tickets for the upcoming journey? Yes, we will be selling open vouchers on our website.

We will be offering an opportunity for those who will be in the region at the beginning of next year and flexible on short term notice. We’ll be performing trial-runs in Thailand before the official launch, island hopping and making sure everything is as good as it gets. If you’d like to be one of the first on board look out for future announcements. We are looking forward to offering this to a select few, friends and supporters, to join us on our first Coboat sailing adventures.

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Design mockup

To add to all the amazing things that have been happening we’ve had news that Coboat will be setting a new world record! Timo Jaakkola, CEO of Oceanvolt paid us a visit in the boatyard this weekend and informed us that Coboat will be the largest sailing yacht equipped with electric propulsion and energy regeneration in the world.


Our motivation together with your positive energy will make this project a reality. For this, we thank our amazing team and community.

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Over the span of more than a month, Coboat and jovoto invited people from all over the world to pitch their dream idea or project to be chosen for the “Made on Coboat” initiative. The winner, selected by a jury, would receive a 3-month residency scholarship onboard the 82-feet Nautitech Catamaran.

Coboat and jovoto are happy to announce entrepreneur Stefan Bielski as the winner of the contest. Stefan will develop “55 Minutes” as part of his CareerDesign process to help users define their professional challenges.

It will be a training program consisting of a suite of tools and products to aid problem definition, inspired by Albert Einstein’s quote: “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

“55 Minutes is the meta idea made for Coboat – made on Coboat, that we wished for.“, says co-founder James Abbott in a statement. “Stefan embodies our philosophy of professional and personal growth through collaboration and learning from each other.”

With Coboat as his mobile launch pad, Stefan intends to work and play with visiting entrepreneurs to advance their projects and to create case studies for 55 Minutes products. Stefan Bielski, 46 years of age from Washington, is a business coach and entrepreneur who previously worked with startups and founders to help them meet challenges and make meaningful changes to their professional life. “It was inspiring to watch the range of diverse and creative ideas that were submitted. From book plots, startups, and apps to innovative design ideas,” explained Liz von Loewen, Head of Marketing at jovoto. “Made-on-Coboat was the first contest of its kind hosted on jovoto, since we usually invite our creative community to submit design ideas, not project pitches. In the end however, it was a success. The jovoto community wholeheartedly took part by sharing their inspiring ideas for projects that many of which aim to improve the world we live in.”

Several pitches were on the jury’s shortlist. Bielski’s idea prevailed, thanks to it’s engagement to collaborate and solving problems. “As an avid sailor and startup mentor, I find Coboat an appealing vehicle for bringing ideas to market. It allows people to share, collaborate and develop.”, expresses Bielski his excitement about winning the contest. He will be one of the first guests aboard the coworking catamaran, that will set the sails this winter in Thailand.

As part of the joint project, the jovoto community chose six ideas for the community prize, which awards two weeks on Coboat for each of the six winners. The winners of the community prizes can be found on the project’s website (coboat.jovoto.com).

About

Coboat is a coworking space on a Nautitech catamaran that travels the world. Digital nomads, founders or freelancers are able to book one of the 20 available spots by week. The ticket includes accommodation, catering and high-speed internet. Additionally, Coboat enables inspiration and knowledge exchange, as well as numerous possibilities to experience the world right on the water (sailing, diving, photography, cooking).

Coboat is non-profit venture. Profit will be re-invested into maintaining and further developing the project, as well as charity and aid projects for the areas where the Coboat community stays. Coboat is powered by environmentally-friendly, sustainable technology, which includes a state-of-the-art electric motor from Oceanvolt Ltd., powered by solar and wind energy.

jovoto is a web platform that allows organizations to brainstorm with more than 75 000 creative talents from around the world, to solve their design and innovation challenges. This process is called crowdstorming.

Crowdstorms™ range from NDA projects where a few hundred curated talents collaborate to solve a challenge, to massive public innovation challenges where the creative conversations and out-of-the box ideas themselves often lead to a media storm.

To date, jovoto has successfully organized more than 350 challenges for innovative companies and organizations, reaching tens of millions of people in the process.

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Media Contact

Gerald Schömbs (gerald@coboat.org)

Co-founder

Liz von Loewen (eloewen@jovoto.com)

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Tel: 030 802087800