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…

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…

The WFH degree

Today Danish applicants for higher education get a letter saying whether they got into the education and institution of their dreams. Or not. I don’t envy them. Back when I studied at the Danish School of Journalism it was good times. No need for a grade point average; a grueling Saturday test decided who got…

The WFH problem

The other day at work we were discussing a whole range of potential themes to dig more into, as the fall approaches, and we’re taking on exploring new, interesting ideas. One of the themes, we of course quickly came to discuss is “Work From Home” (WFH) as a general trend. I don’t think I need…

Go for subscription, Twitter

Twitter is reportedly exploring adding a subscription model to their offering. Good for them! However, they should go full throttle and turn Twitter into a full blown subscription product with no free tier. Why? First of all, my bet is that there is a great willingness to pay from those who see Twitter as a…

New life to dead markets

Dead Sea Markets. A fascinating term. A term that suggests a market that has pretty much killed every entity in it (due to various reasons) but could still serve as a fertile ground for new entries and perhaps entire ecosystems. Why is it so fascinating? Because it essentially provides a ‘firehose’ option. An option where…

Insight is value

People inside and outside the media industry are starting to take notice of the value of quality content; content that people are actually willing to pay for. Hooray! Better late than never, I guess. And yes, this goes out to you late bloomers in the media industry, who are finally getting around to the idea…

TikTok and a lot of…nothing

What does a Trump rally, TikTok users and startup tactics have in common? They are here and now – and there’s not necessarily a grand plan for how to move on from here. When I saw that apparently a viral TikTok prank of securing tickets for Trumps rally in Tulsa and then (of course) not…

Come on, lean in!

Yesterday I went for a summer get-together in my VL network group. Over a super nice summer meal, the discussion was flowing and we got talking about some of the things that you don’t normally find yourself talking about. One of the discussions I was a part of was a discussion about what defines the…

Willingness to pay…for what?

A new study from the Reuters Institute at Oxford University has found that there seems to be a co-relation between users with media subscriptions like Netflix and Spotify and the willingness to pay for online news. Naturally, legacy media executives are already starting to misinterpret the findings to fit into their own worldview. A willingness…

Media should take some cues from MedTech

The other day I was asked by Lars K. Jensen to contribute 3 tips on digital development as it relates to media to his weekly newsletter, ‘Digital Ugerevy’. Naturally, I obliged and delivered as I try to do every time a good friend of mine asks for a piece of advice or some input. And…

Better is better than cheaper

It is always interesting reading the newsletter of Benedict Evans, former Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Especially his essays. One of the latest, ‘News by the ton’, about the challenges of legacy media has an enlightened graph based on Google Trends that shows that over time, internet searches has moved from looking for ‘cheaper’ towards increasingly…

Ego eats impact

You either love life or you are afraid to die. That’s how a Danish politician tried to frame the peoples response to Covid-19 on Twitter yesterday. Naturally, it is both a false, primitive and superficial way of putting it. I could just as well say that there are those that are full of themselves and…

Hello launch pad!

Yesterday was a super important day for our inQvation Studio-team; it was the day where we got the final formal board approval for our first spinoff. While it has been in the works for a while (and we have been recruiting for the team for some weeks now) there is always something special about getting…

The Nirvana of Netflix

The new policy of Netflix to automatically cancel accounts that have been inactive for a long period of time is worth applauding. Everybody in the subscriptions business knows that what you really want is for customers to get into a subscription and then – hopefully – forget about the ongoing billing relationship, until the credit…

Cakes, taxes and value

I come from a small town in the Western part of Jutland and aside from red sausages (don’t ask) I was brought up on really good, traditional bakers bread (and it showed). For the same reason, I have always found Lagkagehuset to be almost a profanity. I mean: How can someone set up a chain…

Turn on the jets

When the shit hits the fan, you have got a choice: You can either panic and retreat. Hastily. Or you can grab the sword and fight your way out of it and count on that the other guys will choose option one and just head for the hills. On that note now is the time…

This is real leadership

What is the difference between leadership and management? A manager is someone making sure you cut your way through the jungle. A leader is someone who makes sure we’re in the right jungle to begin with. We’re in a time of crisis. Managers are busy making cutbacks, weathering the storm and looking at whether to…

The FANG virus

Nothing is so bad that it isn’t good for something else. If you’re an investor in FANG stock – Facebook, Apple, Netflix and Alphabet (Google) – and potentially Microsoft as well, you will probably have one eye on your portfolio, which is doing pretty well and have recovered what was briefly lost. The other one…

A special Labor Day

Today is Labor Day and for people in the West you can argue that there hasn’t been a more relevant time in decades to take stock at work, how we work and how we want work to be like going forward as this year. We can start by the people who have lost their jobs…

Facts matter

Yesterday I got wrapped up in a Twitter-fight. I know, you should never allow yourself to be in that position, but in this case ‘the arsonist tweet’ was so profoundly…don’t know what to call it…I couldn’t help myself. Basically, the discussion was around what or who killed Danish the Danish chain of bookstores, Arnold Busck,…

The Norwegian Real Madrid

When you think about how hard the Covid-19 pandemic is hitting you, think about how you would have felt, if you worked at an airline or a company affiliated with one. *GULP*. People are not allowed to travel, your planes are grounded, you have high recurring costs for leasing aircraft, a valuable, sizeable staff you…

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate

I am an avid fan of the hit series “Homeland”. And watching Episode 10 of Season 8 yesterday, something resonated for me: In the episode Carrie asks a helicopter flight mechanic, why the crew of the chopper that crashed with the US president aboard didn’t clearly articulate that they were going down and crashing due…

Corona thoughts, part 8

Last night we did a first in my network group under the Danish Management Society (VL): We had our first virtual meeting, and we used it as a venue for getting a situation report from our various industries in the light of the corona epidemic. It was super interesting and inspiring to hear from the…

Corona thoughts, part 7

When we discuss the future of (remote) work, we should not only discuss the various digital tools that enable this but also the foundation for it all to work: Great, stable connectivity. At the start of the lockdown, I finally got our household on the new fiber connection, I ordered almost a year ago. Before…

Corona thoughts, Part 6

A lot of people are busy talking about how the current pandemic and the lockdown will change the way we live and the way we work going forward. Focusing on the latter, some people suggest that the time of the office hours is dead, and that more people will be working remotely from hereon, because…

What’s your Easter Egg?

Easter is upon us (if you subscribe to that religious belief) and with that also the hunt for Easter eggs. If you have got any time off, now may be a good time to spend some time away from it all and contemplate what the Easter egg of your business is; that hidden gem that…

Corona thoughts, part 5

Jeffrey Katzenbergs new mobile streaming service meant for the commute, Quibi, has finally launched. And is getting killed by the reviewers. You can be excused for thinking that the timing couldn’t be worse when no-one is commuting right now, but in general the service seems to be a product looking for a problem, where there…

Corona thoughts, Part 4

After the corona pandemic is behind us (and no one knows how long that is going to take, ed.), I am wondering if we will see the emergence of a new set of unmet customer demands born by the pandemic – and the withering of others, we thought we needed until this new reality hit…

Corona thoughts, part 3

It seems to me that a lot of the people who are starting to advocate economic considerations ahead of health-related ones during this pandemic, are some of the same people who were the least prepared for a sudden halt in economic activity. I don’t blame them for wanting to get back to normal ASAP –…