Bret spent a few weeks in Scandinavia, meeting with clients and enjoying the very long Norwegian summer days. His tour included Norway and Denmark -- two countries with a host of companies operating in the maritime industry.
Although Norway started as a fishing empire (and still has the highest salmon production worldwide), it has also been gifted with large oil deposits off its Western coastline. The Norwegians have been great stewards of these resources, and tourists come to visit the famous Hurtigruten boat tour as well as impressive fjords.
Almost the entire team was on hand in Santiago -- the place where Voyager all began in 2018, thanks to Startup Chile's accelerator program -- for the inaugural Voyager all-hands meeting. We talked strategy by day and bonded in the evenings, really strenghthening our team dynamic.
Most Chilean logistics companies are headquartered in Santiago, the capital city with ~7 million population. Santiago is a 1.5 hour drive away from the coastal shipping hubs of Valparaiso (containerships) and San Antonio (bulk commodities). Chile itself is peppered with a number of key ports, with at least 21 sizeable ports lining the West Coast offering access to the Pacific Ocean. Main Chilean exports include copper, lithium and salt from mines in the north, and a variety of fruits and nuts.
Matt and Bret traveled to Manhattan for a week to connect with potential investors and meet a few shipowners. This was a great opportunity to physically meet key decision makers and introduce our founders team.
New York City has historically been the seat of maritime trade and commerce in the United States. While much of this business has now shifted down to Houston, there is still a large swath of shipowners located in Connecticut, just a train-ride away. Everyone knows that New York is famous for its culture, nightlife and food. Alan, our senior developer, was also in town and we managed to have a few team meetings, as well as try outstanding cuisine like 99-cent pizza in Little Italy and brazed chicken feet in Chinatown!
Voyager was in Muscat, Oman, in April taking part in the Spark Labs Energy demo day. In the upcoming months, the team will be working with Phaze Ventures and Spark Labs to build out their regional presence in the Middle East, using Muscat as their launchpad.
The Sultanate of Oman has an illustrious history as a seafaring country, both as a fishing capital and as a commercial hub and shipbuilder. Matt also had a chance to spend a few hours out in the Gulf of Oman on a beautiful motorboat!