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Soon the names of the nomadic tribes after whom the offices of Tribes are named will run out. In 2023, there are only 34 left in the world, while the counter of the branches of the flexible workspace lessor is already at 20. That's why chief Eduard Schaepman brought his own tribe to the opening of Secoya on the Amsterdam Zuidas.

The cheerful entrepreneur limited himself to his wife Veronique and two children, but the Schaepman clan is much larger and includes his brother Herman, pastor in Grave and former lay priest in Uganda. The clergyman is named after the famous 19th century theologian, politician and poet Dr. Herman Schaepman. "My brother has the same initials."

As the first priest in the House of Representatives, Dr. Schaepman played an important role in the emancipation of Catholics in the Netherlands. A book about him was recently published by historian Ton Crijnen and Dutch scholar Ina Herbers. "The authors have used his archive, which is still in the hands of our family," said Eduard, who also attended the book presentation at Radboud University in Nijmegen. "They wanted it but they can't because according to his last will it should stay in the family."

The drink started with a meditation led by creative entrepreneur Tabe Ydo. Everyone present had to sit on the floor for this. “The Secoya, a tribe in Peru, also meditate,” Eduard Schaepman explained the remarkable séance. “Typically Ed”, laughed his cycling friends Dries van der Vossen, Pieter Leeuw and Donald Dinkelaar.

Dries van der Vossen started his own business after his top positions at Bilderberg and Event Hotels. “I now have a consultancy firm that advises boards, De Bestuurskamer.”

His cycling buddy Pieter Leeuw is a financial entrepreneur. “I work with Tribes,” he reported. “And I take care of the interior and the photos on the wall of the branches,” real estate developer Donald Dinkelaar added. 'Design and image' is only part of his work. “I develop construction projects, such as houses on Bonaire,” the tall investor explained, showing apartments designed in historic style by the sea on his phone. “The island has been incredibly popular with the Dutch since corona, they can go there without restriction. But on the other hand, house prices are rising rapidly and there are even traffic jams these days.” Their Blaricum cycling club has over 200 members. “Things are more hectic than here at Tribes,” laughed Ed Schaepman, who is already three-quarters full of his newly opened Secoya in the FOZ building. “In Amsterdam there is an incredible demand for flexible workplaces. That is why I have eight branches here alone.”

The two INGers present, vice-chairman Amin Mansour and international head of corporate acquisitions Rob van Veldhuizen, were pleased to hear their client's growth figures. “Banks no longer just lend money,” underlined Amin Mansour. “We give advice and have the right contacts,” his colleague Van Veldhuizen added. They thought the high inflation was a downside.

Tribes shareholder Michiel Mol is now mainly concerned with artificial intelligence: “Fascinating. Soon computers will be more intelligent than us.” But also frightening.

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