Before leaving for my week of business representing KAYWEB in New York, I wrote that I can't wait to go and "be a part of it" - words made famous by Frank Sinatra.
I am pleased to say KAYWEB is now a part of it.
Over four months of strategy and work by my wife Taline Kayserian and myself paid off when I officially opened KAYWEB's fourth office in New York City.
KAYWEB, LLC is our United States trading name and we also have our first two clients in the bag after a productive week of meetings centering around New York Entrepreneur Week, which brought together some of the Big Apple's most innovative minds.
After four visits now, I am convinced the energy of New York cannot be exaggerated.
Whether it is walking down Times Square after midnight, 6am breakfast meetings at five-star hotels, drinks at a West Village bar, lunchtime cigars at the local lounge and walks down Central Park, New York seems to be the only place in the world where work is literally 24/7.
As well as being 24/7, it is instant - e.g. on a Saturday, I was trying to enjoy a walk in Central Park, when a guy called me with an extension to his web business idea and he needed to meet. I met him at Central Park.
Another example of New York's ‘instant' business culture was when I emailed the CEO of a major web company and received a reply from his iPhone minutes later.
I'm hardly complaining. It is both enjoyable and exhausting at the same time. You are so intoxicated by the City that you go with the flow and survive on very little sleep. Some of my new friends said they even dream about their ideas and action items at night.
It is important to note that business in New York is not for the faint of heart. With hard work and persistence, it has paid off for many. Hopefully it will pay off for us at KAYWEB also.