July 3, 2006
My colleagues George, Alex, and I had a very interesting and productive week in Europe this week. The MAAWG conference was very useful, and we are a proud member and sponsor of that association. We had about 20 meetings with European ISPs and email vendors to learn more about how the Euro market works and where it is in its stage of development (hint: very different from the US!). We learned a lot and got good feedback on all of Return Path’s lines of business, from market research to lead generation to delivery assurance. We even managed to have some outstanding meals, and super quick drive-by “viewings” of the Eiffel Tower, the EU headquarters, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace.
But by far, the most impressive part of our trip was the hospitality of our email industry colleagues in Europe. All were willing to make time for us, many travelled to our hotel in London to see us and explore business opportunities. But by far the most incredible story is the two founders of Apsis, Anders Frankel and Jonas Black, who, unbeknownst to us, travelled from vacation in France, and Sweden, respectively, to meet with us while we were “local” in Europe. Thanks to all who met with us for a great trip.