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Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Profile

Jan Akerman


Follow me on my entrepreneurial journey πŸ’» Founder @campusbeauties.official πŸŽ“ Founder @getcruz.official ⌚️ From πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Working in πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 23, 2017

HELL YESSS! Since we brought the guys from to , I had the great honor to witness the hard work, entrepreneurial drive and never ending passion of the two founders Miro and Marcel, to bring their vision of future urban commuting to life. Now, finally, they are live on And after 3h they already reached more than 50% of their initial goal of $100k, which is INSANE! Can't tell how proud and excited I am to see all their hard work and sleepless nights now paying off. Guys, you really deserve it, this product is amazing πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼 campaign campaign

Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 23, 2017

Back to Germany πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Just went to the consulate to get my business visa for US. Looks like I gonna fly to sunny California in a few days 😎

Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 20, 2017

Two and a half weeks I've travelled through Portugal on my mission to find a cork leather accessory manufacturer. What was the main challenge? Finding someone who combines top notch quality in material and workmanship with professionalism and availability, willingness to start with small minimum orders and capacities to scale, and last but not least someone you just feel comfortable with. Even though time was short, it looks like I've found one manufactory that ticks all the boxes. Now is preparing our final design sketches so we can kick off the sampling process upcoming week. Expect some amazing stuff to happen soon πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’» Next stop: back to Munich for one week before leaving to Silicon Valley again πŸ€“πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 19, 2017

Time to celebrate 🍾 After almost three weeks of driving through Portugal and visiting multiple factories, it looks like we finally found a suitable manufacturer. If everything goes well, we might be able to start sampling the first accessories next week. Fingers crossed 🀞🏼

Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 18, 2017

If you thought cork couldn't look sexy.. think again πŸ€” leather

Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 17, 2017

In case you missed it: teaser one pager for is finally online. Nice place to hit the "publish" button 😎 life journey

Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 16, 2017

Testing some cork leather finishings. It's amazing how soft and at the same time durable the material is. And the crazy thing is: it's only 0.4mm thin πŸ˜³πŸ€“

Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 15, 2017

Amazing cork artwork in a Lisbon downtown store. Had a great conversation with the store owner, an amazing women with years of experience in the fashion and cork industry. Grateful for all the people I meet and who are willing to share their knowledge with me. Definitely worth visiting when in Lisbon πŸŒβ›΅οΈ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή lisboa

Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 14, 2017

After two weeks attending couple of meetings, finally taking one day off from work and enjoying beautiful Portugal, where our cork leather will be coming from πŸŒŠβ›΅οΈπŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή journey

Jan Akerman @up_starter Instagram Photo / Video — May 10, 2017

My new homie, the cork oak πŸ€“ I've been to a cork field to see how the raw material is produced. The means its last cork skin harvest was in 2011. The harvest takes place every 9 years, so the next one will be in 2020. The material is 100% natural, recyclable, reusable and renewable ☝🏼 oak