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,…

A happy note

Yesterday, a long time acquintance sent me a direct Twitter-message that made me really happy. In it he basically stated that it was great to observe from the sidelines the new things, I am involved in, and that to him it looked like, I had found a much better place for myself than was the…

94 minutes of doom

The other day I got around to watching the much talked about documentary “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix. And let me just say it straight up: Despite the dystopia and concern about our technological ‘progress’ it exudes, I highly recommend that you take the time to not only watch it but also to really absorb…

Solving pay-day-loans?

Pay day loans are one of the greatest scurges of modern day finance; overcharging poor people for access to quick and often necessary capital to get by from day-to-day. But is earnings-on-demand – live access to your pay irrespective of the monthly pay day at the end of the month – really the answer? While…

Trello and OKR

When trying to build a startup ground up, there are a ton of different tasks that need to get done. And keeping track of it all is essential. But how do you do that efficiently? For me I have resorted to using a combination of Trello and OKR. We use OKR’s to define our objectives….

A roadmap of experiments

Currently, one of the things I am trying to do on our new MedTech venture is to build a roadmap of experiments to run before we get to the MVP itself. Why am I doing that, you may want to ask? Because I think it is super important to do whatever it takes to make…

The real magic of Disney+

Disney+ launched in Denmark yesterday. By 6.45 AM I had it installed on 2 devices and our Apple TV at home. That’s how much I have been looking forward to the launch. And yes, I saw the first two episodes of “The Mandalorian”. But aside from being a cool service in itself with an abundance…

The negative value proposition

Is creating value as a startup with something new always inherently positive for everybody concerned? Maybe not. What if part of the value creation you offer is to help take away the uncomfortable pain of someone having to confront someone else with a problem, the first one really just want to be rid off? Is…

Coop goes startup?

It is not every day that you have a startup employing 110 employees 2 months after incorporation. Nonetheless, that’s the case of Danish startup Lobyco. As often before the devil is in the detail, and calling Lobyco a startup per se might be a little far-fetched, as it’s a fully owned subsidiary of Danish retail…

Go challenge success

Often when we think about which new projects to pursue, we have a tendency to stay away from the ones, where there are already some really dominant players. Because we have a feeling that we will ultimately come up short. But is that always the case? What happens when someone you know from a successful…

Cakes, laptops…and news

Despite every intention otherwise, I keep returning to commenting on the industry, where I got my education and served a significant part of my career: The media industry. I just can’t escape the fact that I get almost emotional every time someone within the industry makes an argument that only serves to prolong the suicidal…

Idea or execution?

Rocket Internet, the famous German copycats of popular digital services, is delisting from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. This has prompted some to claim that their time is up, and that their model of copying others successful ideas was never a viable one to begin with. But that’s totally not true. Zalando alone is amble proof….

Corona thoughts, part 9

So, we’re back in Covid-19 territory. The numbers are going up in the greater Copenhagen area and as such many have been requested to go back to working from home, not meeting physically etc. It was a pain the last time. And it’s a pain again. But for me a different kind of pain. First…

Mindmapping rules

I have become a big fan of mindmapping. And specially the application SimpleMind Pro for Mac. When you have a lot of ideas, keeping a hold of them can be super tricky. This is exactly where mindmapping comes in handy; with the right application if allows you to structure your thoughts at more or less…

Emotional at work

Looking at the future of work, I am convinced that those who can nail the emotional intelligence and belonging aspect of work in a working-from-home environment will be onto something truly amazing. Why? Because no matter how much I think about it, I still can’t see anything other than the current fascination with working-from-home as…

Remember the important ones

Today is the 8 year birthday of my oldest daughter, Laura. Aside from celebrating her it is a good occasion for me as her dad to remember something that I think is absolutely vital: No matter how much and how hard you work on building and succeeding with your startup, and no matter how things…

Towards infinity

There are a lot of things that aren’t exactly rocket science. But space-analogies are nonetheless still pretty powerful in terms of exemplifying things and efforts that may seem out of this world. Back when I was a kid, my biggest dream was to one day to get the opportunity to launch a Saturn V-rocket. You…

The ‘why’ on paper

One of the really interesting things you come across when you’re trying to build what hopefully becomes a great and enduring company from scratch is how much of your initial belief system, values and ambition actually makes it through the immense exercise of making it all happen? While it should be pretty straight forward to…

Igniting change

When you try to affect change and solve a problem in a new way, you need them to be ready to give up how they have done things in the past. Or get them interested in forming a new habit. For some things it’s easier than with others. If you’re just presenting a more efficient…

The tough bet on ‘less’

It is not uncommon to see new products launch with a lot of features. Too many features, perhaps. The rationale is fully understandable; there is an urge to get a ‘finished’ product out, and you quickly form your own opinions about what that means in terms of feature set. The underlying rationale behind it is…

Startup learning from ‘P.S. I Love You’

The Danish Heart Foundation just announced that they are closing down their youth-oriented dialogue website ‘P.S. I Love You’ a mere 3 months after launching it in May. ‘P.S. I Love You’ have been surrounded by a lot of controversy focusing on working with alternative, holistic thinking partners at odds with the foundations of the…

A necessary read

While working to create a MedTech startup either from scratch or later trying to get the product to market, John Carreyrou’s book “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” about the Theranos scandal should be absolutely required reading. The story about Theranos is well documentet by now: Only the lies were bigger…

You’re (likely) not a pro

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a new pair of shoes. I don’t do that often – it’s kind of one yearly event – and I settled on a pair of ‘Nike By You‘ customized shoes. Not because I wanted to but because they were actually cheaper than some of the other models, I…

Always create value

One of the hardest things when building new products and services is to deliver real value to your customers. I know, it sounds stupid. But it’s true. And there are two reasons for it: First of all, you’re not the judge of what brings value to your customers. They are. That’s a frightening prospect, because…

Your ego is (literally) killing you

Alex Danco wrote a stellar blog post a couple of weeks ago about the Freud moment of the Covid-19 pandemic seen from an American perspective. In it he argues that the reason why the US is struggling so much with the pandemic is because doing all the right things to stem it has been positioned…

Control the effort

The world is such a complex place with a gazillion moving parts that you cannot ever claim that you have got things under control. Because how things turn out will per definition be outside of your control and sometimes for the most odd reasons. This makes your job as the one who has to get…

Falling in love

One of the things I have learned when working to build a startup team is that if you run a recruitment process trying to find the right co-founders, there is a huge risk you will eventually get to talk to people basically looking for a job. Like in a normal recruitment process? Duuh! Saying this…

5 learnings from HelloFresh

Recently I made a commitment to try different products and services out in order to try and get a better understanding of what it is the best consumer-focused digital companies do that make them so successful. My starting point was HelloFresh which just recently launched in Denmark. Monday I got my first shipment from HelloFresh;…

Lies are free

Nathan Robinson from ‘Current Affairs’ has an excellent opinion piece out, where he argues that the big problem with paywalls is that while you’re keeping quality knowledge and information behind bars, fake news remains in the open and free. Wow! Think about it for a second; as traditional publishers of information, content and news are…

Destroy the problem

During the summer I have become involved in a couple of product management communities in order to built network and get insights and inspiration for tools and methods that we can use in our new MedTech startup. Sifting through a couple of discussions in the forums, I came across a discussion on attitudes towards building…