Author Archives: John van Schagen

About John van Schagen

Entrepreneurial, good writing, ambitious and a healthy dose of ambition to get more out of life. Journalistic productions - Commissioned by newspapers, magazines and websites, MijnStijl Media is taking care of all sort of items. He works on the editing of the best radio station in the Netherlands: BNR Nieuwsradio!. Events - John Events – call it a hobby that grew out of hand – provides corporate and customized events. Commissioned by large organizations (Univé, Hoorn) and on own initiative. In 2010, his first book came out: Jonge Ondernemers! Containing the top young entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. Email: | Twitter: @johnvanschagen | Website:

Remote Managing: ‘The Practice Is Unruly’Managen Op Afstand: ‘De Praktijk Is Weerbarstiger’

Due to the low wages in Eastern Europe, Dutch companies like to work with them. Yet there are pitfalls discovered by Hugo Messer.

Sometimes, accidental meetings are the start of a successful company. When Hugo Messer worked eight year ago in a printing office, he could not imagine that a meeting with two IT guys from Odessa (Ukraine) would turn his career upside down. ‘I already had seen enormous opportunities for IT-outsourcing in India. I just started my own company when those guys told me more about Ukraine. A country with 47 billion residents and a huge offer of highly educated IT-professionals. Every year, 7.000 to 10.000 young people graduate from technical universities. Next to that, there was no sight at all that the country would join the EU very soon and that is favorable for the wages.’

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