At the Oude Hoogstraat 24 you can find the gateway to the Oost-Indisch Huis (East Indies House): an impressive piece of legacy from the VOC period. The East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) was founded in 1602 and was actually the first public international company with shareholders. This company focused on trade between Europe and Asia as well as on inter-Asian trade. The VOC was housed in the Oost-Indisch Huis until its dissolution in 1798. Today the building is owned by the University of Amsterdam. The original boardroom is certainly worth a visit.