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Dave Hampton

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American expatriate, Maastricht-based and living in the Netherlands since 2007. PhD Medical engineer creating new device startups. Teacher, traveler, tumbleweed,

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Reflections on expat and business life by an American scientist building a startup while living.. remarkably in the Netherlands.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Morning light, Maastricht
    on Dec 9, 2016 in Picture Post
  • Bump, bump, bump
    on Dec 8, 2016 in Travel stories
    It was a trip I’ve made a hundred times.  West of London to the ferries, the Dover crossing, the long straight motorway past Bruges, Ghent, around Brussels.  The the washboard highway to Luik, a turn north at the Maas Crossing, and into t...
  • That time of the season
    on Nov 20, 2016 in British Culture
    ‘back in Poole, the weather unsettled, but nice to be off the road for the weekend.  We’re in the middle of device testing, formal validations that provide necessary evidence of safety and efficacy to satisfy our regulators that our device i...
  • Notting Hill Carnival
    on Aug 30, 2016
    It’s the 50th year of London’s Notting Hill Carnival, a Caribbean-themed street party held during August Bank Holiday each summer.   Echoing the British fairs of the 18th century and adopting their symbolic ‘moments of great festivity...
  • Once along Little Venice
    on Aug 28, 2016 in British Villages
    This turns out to have been my week for walking the Canals. I normally zip through Paddington Station on the way elsewhere, diving into the Tube or jumping onto the Great Western Railway out of the city.  Today, though, I found a couple of hour...
  • Breaking eggs
    on Aug 25, 2016 in Recipie
    “Life is a competition,” we used to joke.  It’s the stereotypical male/American perspective on work, friendships, love, and life. So when my w.wezen sent an early email with links to omelet recipes and the note You are brilliant at poachin...
  • A stop in Stroke Bruerne
    on Aug 24, 2016 in Boat Travel British Villages
    A thousand years ago, the Domesday Book took note of the outlying hamlet of Stoche, lying in the rolling hills and waterways of today’s Northamptonshire.  By 1254, its name had augmented to Stokbruer after a prominent local family, and six hun...
  • On camera
    on Aug 24, 2016 in Dutch Business Creation
    The company website has been in sad shape for some time.  Out of date, incomplete, it marks the space for the company rather than excites people about the great things we are attempting and accomplishing.  As our product moves towards marke...
  • Expat skills
    on Aug 18, 2016 in Expat Literature
    Being a expat can change your life for the better. And we bet you can be proud of your accomplishment whilst being a expat.  I’ve trained Medium to highlight articles that deal with the expat experience, and it returns a generally satisfying...
  • Evening light across the Thames
    on Aug 17, 2016 in Picture Post
    ‘just a warm summer’s evening sharing a drink and conversation, watching the light and colour change, riverside in Henley.     ...
  • Sculptures and Installations
    on Aug 16, 2016 in Art
    Work and travel kept me away from the opening weeks of the Tate Modern’s new extension, the Switch House.  Ten stories set atop The Tanks, the angular brick structure is dedicated to interactive art and video.  It opened to generally posi...
  • Not missing the flowers
    on Aug 15, 2016 in Art
    Georgia O’Keefe is an iconic twentieth century American artist, whose paintings are instantly and uniquely recognizable.  Robert Hughes characterized her as “a ‘natural': not a naive or primitive painter by any means, but one who seemed to...
  • Back online
    on Aug 11, 2016 in Idle chit-chat
    ‘sorry to have been missing the past few weeks: it’s been a busy travel interval mingled with a couple of technical failures and a brief illness.  Things are progressing with the products, though, and life has generally been good.  My s...
  • Fishmongery
    on Jul 17, 2016 in Recipie
    When I first took a class in watercolour painting, I quickly learned that I lacked basic drawing skills.  While I could apply convincing and pleasing washes and blends, it was hard to produce  credible landscapes without some ability to dra...
  • At the Readi(pop Festival)
    on Jul 10, 2016 in Festivals
    As the summer heat finally settles in, lazy afternoons turn to picnics in the park, beer tents, and music into the twilight.  Readipop is the annual festival held at Christchurch Meadows along the Thames.  A family fun event lies outside of...
  • Healthy habits
    on Jul 8, 2016 in Health and Fitness
    It’s not just jet lag. Long-haul travel has a lot of detrimental effects, from sleep deprivation to diet, sitting too long in one place and accommodating cultural shifts.  I know that my feet swell and my dreams intensify with every air mile.
  • Poole Bay Sunset
    on Jul 7, 2016 in Picture Post
    ‘took a break from the office this evening to wander down and watch the sun set over the Harbour.  A nice, changing rehearsal space to see what might be composed from light, reflections, and colour.     ...
  • Building professionalismOne of my objectives for the coming months is to hand off executive authority for running the in-market businesses to folks who have the experience and connections to do it well.  I have never run a sales force or a marketing campaign, and, whil...
  • Tapestries
    on Jul 4, 2016 in Events
    1972 seems a long time ago.  But, Sunday night. in Hyde Park,  it was only yesterday. 1972: 44 years ago.  I was a late-night DJ in the south tower of Neely Auditorium, taking requests on the graveyard shift, midnight to two.  Re...
  • Here, there, everywhere
    on Jul 2, 2016 in Travel stories
    It’s been a couple of weeks of bounding about. First, a trip to the corporate parent in Uppsala, then to London for the Manilow concert.   ‘flight to Amsterdam the next afternoon, then trains south to Maastricht, arriving at 1 am. ...