I was one of the founders of the Stranger Hostel in Krakow, which was open between 2004 and 2008. We were listed in the Lonely Planet Bluelist 2006-2007 as one of the 10 Hippest Hostels in the world. I was responsible for all aspects of its management and direction.
I left the hostel industry for the software industry about 3 years ago but am now looking to get back to hostels again. I am looking for an investor/business partner that wants to contribute ideas and inspiration to the venture, but doesn't want to be involved with all of the details. My top choice is Croatia, due to the fact that they will most likely be accepted into the EU within less than 2 years, and also the fact that there are so few good hostels there (and the climate and geography is fantastic). I believe tourists will flock to Croatia in droves over the coming years and think that a hostel providing top-notch backpacker and tourist services would be a positive business investment.
Some photos and reviews of the Stranger Hostel:
If you are interested in helping to create a world class hostel and would like to talk further, please send me a message.