Agility is a hugely important personality trait to have when you're running a startup in a dynamic market environment. Eventhough you have a laserlike focus on making your vision come through, you can be guaranteed that things are going to happen along the way that weren't a part of the plan, and where you will… Continue reading Have you got a Plan B?
2022 is behind us. As a person always interested in learning from experience, now is the time to look back and reflect a bit on what the past year provided that can be carried forward and hopefully put to good use in 2023 and beyond. There are many ways to do this, and I have… Continue reading 4 personal learnings from 2022
The other day I met a startup founder, who had been struggling getting his business of the ground as a business for the past couple of years. Despite claiming the ambition of millions of users worldwide, he had only reached a couple of thousand within the first couple of years. While there is always reason… Continue reading Moving aside
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… Continue reading Join me in helping startups
Every time I see a startup pitch for funding, the founders include an assessment of the size of the market, they are going after. The more detailed ones also give an assessment of the size of that market, they believe they can make their own and why. It is all well and good. Sometimes I… Continue reading The beachhead pitfall
It is always a pleasure when you have the opportunity to go out and share some of the experiences and learnings, you have had, to an audience who need the insights in order to improve their odds of turning ideas into successful startups. I had such an opportunity the other day, when I visited the… Continue reading Helping university research count
One of the great misconceptions in working to build a startup from scratch is that you need only be great at one thing - typically product development - and then you can wing and learn the rest. Why do I think it’s a wrong approach? First of all, you’re essentially working on a wrong assumption… Continue reading It takes a full team
Some people get great ideas out of nowhere. They just pop up at the most unusual times and places. Other people can spend weeks looking over the ocean hoping to catch onto something and eventually leave the beach empty handed. And some people just have a basic fear of the blank sheet of paper -… Continue reading Triangulating opportunity