Wanted: Co-founder

Want to have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of millions of people worldwide and help them increase their quality of life? Then maybe you should consider joining our new ambitious MedTech startup as a technical co-founder with an emphasis on software development. We’re targeting a really big problem using innovative patent protected technologies,…

Insecurity is ok

Some people think that being super aggressive and speak in war-like metaphors is the way to go, when it comes to showing leadership in a start up. I would suggest it shows more of a profound insecurity that you’re trying to hide by bluster. Trying to hide things is borderline poisonous no matter how or…

The new media mixtape

As a former insider turned outsider it continues to be interesting to follow the innovative developments within the media space. Over a short period of years we have gone from monoliths over new entrants with ambitions to become digital monoliths to individual talents and a plethora of ambitious (monoliths-in-spe?) platforms aggressively hawking their capabilities towards…

But we used to…

At monopolies or companies that seek to act like them, the question is, “how do we make things better for us?” Seth Godin, “The monopoly distinction” One of the reasons legacy media continues to have such a hard time adjusting to the digital domain; they’re essentially still in a ‘monopoly’ mindset from the good ol’…

That’s so junior…

Back in the day I had a very experienced direct report who I used as a sounding board for thoughts and ideas to bring forward to executive management. We would meet in my office (even though technically I didn’t have one), and we would go through the arguments, I had thought of making. If I…

RIP Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh was one of my startup heroes, and I was saddened to hear that he tragically passed away after suffering injuries in a house fire. 46 years is no age. Tony was involved in a lot of different things, and there were plenty of mind blowing new approaches to business and entrepreneurship to be…

Black Friday exposed

Black Friday is upon us. Or Black Week as it has turned into here in Denmark. I have always been sceptic about the event; I don’t see it as an event as such but more as an exercise in trying to get rid of a lot of inventory. This year with Covid-19 only reinforces that…

A question of empathy

When you are a parent, your biggest anxieties are always related to your kids. You want them to be healthy, do well, grow and be liked by their surroundings, and when something is off it is just a killing feeling that truly and utterly hurts. The other day my eldest once again experienced a play…

Shitty days

It doesn’t matter if you have a shitty day. We can all have them. I had one as late as yesterday. The important thing is not the shitty day. They can’t be avoided. It is how you pick yourself up again, get back into a positive state of mind and start getting things moving again….

Capturing learnings

One of the things I am trying to do while we work to get our new MedTech startup off the ground is to document my learnings so far. I do that in a mindmap using SimpleMind. Because when taking notes and reflecting on things the easy of speed of getting it down into some sort…

Qualify for WFH

There are a lot of fallouts from Covid-19, once we have the vaccine(s) and things start heading back towards some kind of normal (whatever degree of pre-pandemic behaviour that might turn out to be). One of the ones I am most curious about is the Working-From-Home (WFH) phenomenon. How much of that will stick, and…

Attacking a problem

There are two types of problems, you can pursue solving, when you’re trying to build a startup: You can go after a problem that is really obvious and outspoken. Or you can go after a problem that is non-obvious but nonetheless exists. If you go after the first, chances are that you will be far…

A bit too Fresh

Some months ago I started subscribing to the Hello Fresh meal-kit service because I was puzzled about the international juggernauts foray into a Danish market that I already found quite saturated. Fast forward a few months, and I am still subscribing to the service. Yes, it has it’s kinks and minor mistakes here and there,…

Remember the rearview-mirror

It is so easy setting new goals that you can just as easily forget to follow up on the goals that came before them. That is a real shame, because it is from actions past that you learn how to improve and getter better in the future. And with that also how you succeed in…

Why I double down

When difficulties arise, it might very well be good news. Because those difficulties may dissuade all the people who aren’t as dedicated as you are. Seth Godin, ‘If it were easy…’ Absolutely. It may never be really easy and some times even to tough to stomach. But there really is no other way.

Bye bye, Endomondo

A couple of days ago an old love affair ended, when I deleted the Endomondo fitness app from my phone. For what seems like many years I have been a loyal Endomondo user, and for a period of a couple of years I also subscribed to the product to be able to get customized workout…

Become (sort of) a journalist

A day doesn’t go by without someone deeply questioning the value of higher education. It’s the cost, it’s the hazzle, it’s the time wasted on subjects you never get to use etc. And a day doesn’t go by without young people feeling anxious about making the right choices for their education and subsequent careers. Because…

The problem with OKR

I love OKR’s as a concept. And God knows I have been trying time and time again to make them and associated tracking apps and services work for me and my team. But alas; I have failed every single time. It is not that setting up OKRs is super hard; everybody can define and objective…

Feel the problem

When you’re trying to solve a problem for someone, it helps a lot if you can empathize – even feel – the problem yourself. Because it’s when you have a real sense of the problem, you release all those creative juices that allows you to not only look at the problem from different angles but…

Election learning

Without saying anything in particular about the US presidential election, it seems like it once again is a good opportunity to question the value of assumptions as substitutes for fact. In essence an opinion poll is an assumption. Perhaps even more so in the US, where the first challenge of validation your assumption is to…

Grand ideas do matter

There seems to be a general misconception around the notion of ideas; Since everybody can have them, what becomes important is whether you do something about them and – more importantly – how you do something about them. Let me try to explain while I think this is inaccurate in a startup context: Even if…

What’s in a co-founder?

Not so long ago I met for the second time with a potential co-founder for our MedTech startup. It was a really good and interesting meeting, and the conversation was really good. One of the things we talked about was what it means to be a co-founder of a startup. “What does being a co-founder…

Circle kind of complete

One of the things, others can never take away from you is your past experience(s). They are completely yours. Yours to cherish. Yours to curse. Yours to learn from. Yours to channel into something new. I have often wondered why things happen. Why do you meet the people, you do? Why do you get the…

The real drivers for success

One of the general misconceptions about startups is that too much value is being placed on the idea itself or the work you have already done, and not enough value is placed on what’s needed in order to get to where you want to be with your company in the future. It is so easy…

The dangers of ‘digitalization’

The Danish Management Society‘s new focus on “Digital Reshaping” – whatever that wording means – made me think; Whenever somebody talks about the need to ‘digitalize’ products or processes in an old industry company, you as a digital expert should be quite alert. Perhaps even worried. Because what does the phrase really mean? I will…

Second thoughts

If you’re not having any second thoughts at all, it’s probably because you’re not thinking it through enough. Seth Godin, Misgivings If you don’t ever doubt a thing, be worried.

Always be pitching

When you’re trying to get a startup off the ground, one of the things you spend most time on is… Pitching. Of course you pitch for investment or just any sort of backing really, because you need the support and all the ressources, you can muster, for the journey ahead. But the pitching doesn’t stop…

R.I.P. Quibi

A mere 6 months after launch and after burning through a good portion of the 1,75B USD it had raised from investors, the short form streaming platform Quibi is closing it’s doors. Why? Because even if they were almost too big to fail they still managed to hit the one big pole, other entrepreneurs work…

Don’t be afraid

If you’re worried about bugging your potential customers, then you need to think carefully about what you’re building. Do you really believe in it? If you do, then you should never feel like you’re bugging anyone. Aaron Dinin, Is This a Warning Sign You’re Building the Wrong Startup Wise words. I have been guilty of…

Success-in-progress

I have a fondness for paradoxes. I find them interesting, intriguing and sometimes even amusing. One of the paradoxes is the one about working agile and lean while at the same time lamenting the lack of progress. Why is it that we often judge something that is work-in-progress as a failure because it’s not the…

Put yourself on the other side

Years ago I worked at Microsoft in an international role. I had a lot of dealings with US colleagues, and one thing that always puzzled me was how resistant they were to change or doing something differently. That lasted until someone explained to me that in the US, the time is takes from a boss…