Interview more, not less

Hiring for a key role in a new startup is both interesting and frightening. You get the opportunity to meet great people, who have invested time and interest in what you’re going to do, and you really need to make sure you end up with the right one. It can be tempting to just interview…

Test your candidates

I am not only in the process of recruiting a Head of Product for our new MedTech X. I am also trying to find a new experienced UX/Designer for our inQvation Studio team. The approach around recruiting is the same: Ditch the traditional job ad and application process and instead allow interested candidates to book…

How to short circuit recruitment

I am currently recruiting for a Head of Product of our new MedTech X. During that process I have already learned some valuable lessons that I wanted to share with you in case you are also looking to recruit. Here goes: Ditch the standard application process. If you are recruiting for anyone outside of a…

WFH? Not so fast

A movement is forming around the future of work; saying goodbye to the office in return for unrestricted flexibility to work from wherever whenever and however you might choose. It’s the future, damn it! First of all, I will always be very reluctant to base any long term strategy on a short term experience of…

I am looking for YOU!

Do you have experience in Product Management and – preferably – in MedTech? Then maybe you’re the one I am looking for to join our new MedTech X-startup at inQvation Studio? I am extremely passionate and excited about this project. I have been working on it from different angles for months, and it is a…

Fan of fans

Back in 2008 me and my present boss had a great dialogue back and forth about a concept, we called “Fan of Fans”; the idea built in Kevin Kelly’s 1000 True Fans post that if you could muster enough dedicated fans, you would have the foundation for a solid business. We bought the domain and…

Pick up the learnings

A while ago we applied for the summer 2020 batch of Y Combinator with our FIXDIT project. Alas, we didn’t make the cut from the thousands of startups that applied. While that of course is a total bummer, the whole process did allow us to revisit the whole project, look at it with fresh eyes…

Crossing our fingers

A couple of weeks ago we applied (late) for Y Combinator with FIXDIT, our take on making the market work for homeowners and contractors again. I participated in Y Combinators Startup School this winter, and upon graduation, I got an email saying that since we were among the 10% participants in the school that continually…

Corona thoughts, part 2

It’s been a couple of weeks now. And while understandably there are a lot of businesses and startups in despair, I also sense some opportunities to look beyond the current corona pandemic and lockdown. People are easier to get in touch with, because they’re home. Of course many are in video meetings, but it’s still…

Doing interviews

When I conduct interviews with potential customers I like to do it in two rounds. The first round is an online questionaire that establishes the base and provides context for the interview. Customers agree to filling it out and are usually very good at it. What it does is that it helps me understand them…