Back in the engine room

One of the things, I have always enjoyed, is getting my hands down in the day-to-day grind of operations; ensuring that the wheels are in motion, running smoothly and any issue is dealt with in a timely manner. I absolutely love oiling the machine here and there, ensuring it spins properly.

For that reason I am excited to announce that I have joined our great portfolio company Cortrium as their interim COO for the coming months to help the management team there run operations and prepare for the next significant steps forward in the companys development.

I have been helping Cortrium out with marketing and other things for the past 9 months, and its a great company with an even bigger potential. The MedTech company specializes in longterm ECG Holter measurements and reporting, and they have a very innovative and forward-leaning tech stack of both hardware and software ready to help doctors and cardiologists diagnose people with atrial fibrillation, which is one of the leading precursors to strokes.

It’s not often that you get the chance to combine something you love with the opportunity to work on something where the ‘why?’ is as evident and awesome as in Cortrium, and I am really looking forward to working with the entire team to help them on fast forward.

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Join me in helping startups

One of the things, I find most pleasure in, is helping others succeed with their ideas and ventures. It’s a big part of the reason, why I joined People Ventures in the first place, as a core part of our DNA is helping the founders, we invest in, in very hands on ways moving their companies fast forward.

Because I like to help and see other great people help likeminded great people achieve great things, I have kicked-off a small experiment:

I have launched a Slack community for people with an interest in and passion for helping startups succeed. Here we chat and help each other out, because we care. We are people with ideas, founders, corporate profiles and investors all trying to chip in the best we can.

If you’re into helping others become greater than they already are, join today using this link and introduce yourself.

The only thing we ask is that you make a commitment to being open, accessible and active.

Many thanks for your participation and help. It’s so much appreciated.

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See you at TechBBQ

This Thursday and Friday I am going to the TechBBQ tech conference in Copenhagen.

Am I looking forward to it? You bet, I am. I can’t remember when the last time was I had the opportunity to go to a conference, meet new people and learn interesting things. But it feels like it has been ages.

I think a lot of us are really looking forward to going out among others again in a professional setting after the long Covid-19 isolation. And maybe – just maybe – the lockdown has been a blessing in disguise in the sense that we’re now not taking opportunities to meet in person for granted but are instead looking to get the absolute most out of them.

I certainly intend to. I have a bunch of 1:1 meetings lined up with interesting people, but if you see me there, please feel free to come and say ‘Hi!’.

If you’re unsure of whether it’s me, I will be wearing ‘People’ clothing, so I should be recognizable.

I hope to see you there!

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It’s all about People

Yesterday we finally unveiled what we have been working on for months; the launch of our brand new Venture Capital firm, People Ventures.

So why am I so excited about that?

First of all because it is a validation of how we have been operating since 2018; backing great visionary entrepreneurs not only with money but also with resources and people to help them achieve more and move fast forward with their businesses.

It is a very active approach that we have seen very positive results from. So it made a ton of sense to focus even more on that and just double down on helping even more entrepreneurs succeed.

And then it’s just such a cool name that truly captures who we are, and what we’re about: People.

Nobody succeeds without great people.

If you don’t have great people to help you out, even the best of ideas will most likely tank.

Great people can combine to ensure that even something that might not be the biggest thing since the invention of sliced bread can become a spectacular success.

And great people take care of each other when things hit a sour patch – as they will every once in a while – to ensure that emerge even better on the other side. That shouldn’t be neglected at all.

And we won’t do that at People Ventures.

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It’s been oh so quiet…

Q1 of 2021 is behind us, and I have ‘celebrated’ it by being quiet around here for almost a month.

The reason is that I have been busy doing other things while trying to recuperate.

On the personal front, me and my girlfriend have decided to build a new home where our existing home is. That means tearing a house completely down, finding a new place to live while the building project lasts and – not least – settling on what the new home should be like.

Let’s just say the amount of choices, stress and anxiety is daunting. And then all at once. I honestly can’t recommend it to anybody, but it’s something you first realize when you’re deep into it. But the end result will be great. I am absolutely sure of that.

On the professional front I have been licking my wounds after a MedTech startup I worked on for the past year chose another direction that sadly didn’t include me. Despite building the case, securing early funding, getting the IP in place etc, I placed a lot of trust where it wasn’t warranted, and I got seriously burned from it.

Actually, I would rank it among the Top 3 professional disappointments of my life. Yes, it hurt that much. I guess it is one of those tough life lessons that you analyze at a distance, learn from and emerge stronger and better on the other side.

Speaking of the other side, I am in the process of getting back on track and up to speed. There is a lot of work to be done and lots of exciting projects and opportunities to work with my great colleagues and help the startups, we work with, succeed.

It’s challenging, fun and super, super meaningful – just how I like it. And who knows what might happen in the Q(‘s) that follows?

Bring it on! Upwards and onwards!

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MEET our new podcast

I am a super big fan of podcasts, and as for many other people, they are a daily companion on my commute to and from the office.

Most of the podcasts, I hear have something to do with tech and entrepreneurship, and now there is a brand new, great one to add to the mix;

inQvation (where I work, full disclosure, ed) has launched a new podcast called MEET, where my brilliant colleague and general partner of inQvation, Christian Tost, talks to different inspiring entrepreneurs about their startup stories, challenges and victories along the way and – most importantly in my opinion – what they have learnt during the journey so far.

The first guest is Frederikke Schmidt of roccamore. While I am not personally into the fashion business at all, Frederikke is super inspiring to listen to for every entrepreneur setting out on the rough seas of entrepreneurship, and Christian asks her some really good, thoughtful questions.

Give it a go and make sure you add MEET to the podcasts, you subscribe to. You can find it on Apple Podcasts here. It will be worth your time.

NB: The podcast is in Danish.

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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, and we have already got the initial funding in place.

But we need YOU!

Who are you?

You’re an experienced software developer with a knack for developing apps and a few interesting and successful projects under your belt. You’re equally dedicated to the quality of your work, building a team to help you build it – and making a difference for our future customers.

Why co-founder? Because we want you to share the journey with us. And ultimately be very successful together. And yes, you will be compensated for it too.

Want to know more?

Book a slot for us to have an informal chat about the opportunity, you and why we might be a match made in heaven.

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Launching “A Helping Hand?”

Today, inQvation and a bunch of other leading Danish VC’s are launching the initiative “A Helping Hand” aimed at helping the Danish startup ecosystem through the consequences of Covid-19.

The idea is as simple as its brilliant: Apply and receive 30 minutes of free advice from industry VC experts on how you make sure that your startups make it through this unprecedented crisis.

The initiative reflects in a super positive way on how we think and work at inQvation. Whenever we engage with a startup we do it not only with capital capital but also with human capital;

Expertise and a helping hand in trying to help the entrepreneurs, we work with, become as successful as (in)humanly possible.

Or as we put it:

We. Help. Entrepreneurs. Succeed.

No matter, who you are, what stage you’re at, what industry you’re in and what your Covid-19 related challenges are, apply today for free advice from people who have seen and experienced more than most – and are there to help.

It’s an offer too good to pass on.

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