In the rest of Greece, it’s often said that the people of Athens live in their own universe. It’s something they’ve always done, not just since the debt crisis. And it is most apparent on the streets, where traffic doesn’t pander to such things as road regulations, opting instead to follow its own rules.
So when we asked start-up entrepreneur Orestis Matsoukas (33) and his colleague Elena Palpani (22) to show us around the city in a Mercedes-Benz A-Class, they were a bit taken aback. “You have taken out insurance, haven’t you?” joked Orestis.
Born and raised “just a stone’s throw from the Acropolis” in Athens, Orestis is now ManagingDirector of Orama Group, a company he founded in 2011, as well as President of the Hellenic Association of Young Entrepreneurs. His assistant Elena joined Orama a few months ago, having been made a job offer on the back of her internship. In Athens, job offers are about as hard to come by as unscathed fenders, but today the two colleagues stand before a freshly polished A-Class, an A 180 d ready and waiting for them to take the wheel.