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;…

Burning the Midnight Oil

“I work all the time.” It is one of the things, you most often hear from entrepreneurs trying to succeed with whatever their venture may be. And while in no way surprising, to me it has always been kind of puzzling. I am a guy who likes to picture things in my mind. And I…

Who’s your debriefer?

The documentary “The Mole” by Danish documentarist Mads Brügger about North Koreas dodging of UN sanctions is not only brilliant and important in its own newsworthy self. It also has an important lesson for entepreneurs. In the documentary the importance of the debrief is touted; when you have been undercover and alone for years, you…

When love becomes fatal

One of the things we’re constantly looking for, when we’re talking to potential co-founders, is the ability to fall in love with the problem, we’re looking to solve. Either straight off the bat – much preferred but rare – or as something to grow easily into. But is love of the problem always that great?…

Roadmap of experiments

When trying to understand a problem, it’s potential solutions and what you should build in the end, it is so easy to loose the big picture of what you’re doing and how that translates down to experiment by experiment that moves your product closer to something desirable. But it doesn’t have to be that way….

Talk code as non-coder

For quite a while I have been deeply fascinated with no-code platform Bubble. It’s immensely powerful in itself, and it allows no-coders like me the opportunity to dabble a bit into it and try to get an understanding for how code structure actually works. But it also presents another huge advantage: An improved ability to…

Go for the consumer

When someone in a startup tells me that they are going for the enterprise segment, I get a ‘gulp’ feeling. In fact the only thing that makes me more anxious is if the startup is going for the public sector. Why? Because it can be super tricky to actually sell what you’re doing to them….

Prepare for the digital health struggle

If you had the need for a piece of advice from a doctor, would you launch a super-app like WeChat to find one who could help you? No matter what you say you would do, it is already happening in China, where WeDoctor is part of the WeChat overall experience. And working to be available…

Customer loyalty during a crisis

A lot of people say that there is never a time as good to start a new venture as in a time of crisis. Maybe it’s true. I don’t know. But lets assume it is. What are the things that makes it different and perhaps even better? Normally, most would suggest that the reason it…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A healthy reminder

The storm hitting The Danish Heart Foundation after their new youth campaign ‘PS I Love You’ was criticized for endorsing – to put it mildly – un-scientific approaches towards a healthier life style for young people holds a crucial reminder for every entrepreneur operating in or trying to do something in the health-space: Dealing with…

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…