Love between two people is part of what’s powering Vienna’s young startup scene. Floor Drees and Yves Schulz met at sektor5, the coworking space Yves founded back in 2010. They now run the space together, which is also the home to one of the city’s few startup incubator programs that helps early stage startups grow up into bona fide businesses. We spoke to them about startups and the future of coworking in Vienna.
A coworking space is sold on its atmosphere, rather than as a space where a bunch of tables and chairs are gathered. It needs to inspire and nurture work. sektor5 possesses an atmosphere that can be likened to an office disguised as a living room, or vice versa. Yves and Floor are the people behind that.
Floor has a shifty smile that moves around a lot on her face. This confuses most people about what she’s actually thinking. It moves from sweet, to a stare that could pop a balloon if held long enough. This is what makes her good at what she does. She’s got a poker face for all occasions. She has a ‘R’ tattooed onto her forearm. It stands for her beloved home city, Rotterdam in the Netherlands. I quietly think about the other appropriate ‘R’ words it could stand for, one of which being rannygazoo (yes, you should google this word), for which she stands for none of.
There’s something seriously unusual about these two in the setting they have chosen to spend their careers. While they hold the office of being one of Vienna’s power couples of the startup scene, they are genuine in character and intentions. They look to the business of raising startups as if they’re a bunch of (Startup hipster, or Stipster) sheep, and they are the shepherds. Ok, scratch that metaphor. Let’s just say you can imagine both of them handing out advice to startups when they are old and respected, wear crocheted cardigans and considered wise (Yves, because his beard has grown down to his bellybutton, and is now grey and he kind of looks like Dumbledore, and he has also perfected the wise nodding of the head).