The negative value proposition

Is creating value as a startup with something new always inherently positive for everybody concerned? Maybe not. What if part of the value creation you offer is to help take away the uncomfortable pain of someone having to confront someone else with a problem, the first one really just want to be rid off? Is…

Go challenge success

Often when we think about which new projects to pursue, we have a tendency to stay away from the ones, where there are already some really dominant players. Because we have a feeling that we will ultimately come up short. But is that always the case? What happens when someone you know from a successful…

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….

Towards infinity

There are a lot of things that aren’t exactly rocket science. But space-analogies are nonetheless still pretty powerful in terms of exemplifying things and efforts that may seem out of this world. Back when I was a kid, my biggest dream was to one day to get the opportunity to launch a Saturn V-rocket. You…

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…

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…

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…

Nothing is that far-fetched

The other day I was revisiting our list of potential ideas to explore further. It is a list we keep in our Studio team to jot down ideas and problems for potential future exploration, and – who knows – a new, exciting startup. As I went through the list I was reminded of some of…

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…

Is disruption dead?

Not at all. It is just not something we talk about in the same way as we did only a few months ago. Disruption has moved from the rostrums, talks, columns and what have you and from people who basically have little idea about what the notion means to the lab, the office, the daily…

Has digital really bombed?

Considering all the progress electricity, the combustion engine and other major breakthroughs generated inside 50 years of inception, digital still has very little impactful progress to show for it. At least that’s the argument, Greg Satell makes. To some extend he is absolutely right. Even though some real breakthroughs have happened and made a lot…

It takes a team to win

Great teams succeed together. A team full of individual stars lacking coordination and communication between the various positions fail no matter how good and expensive they individually are. If those things are true in sports, does it come as a surprise that it goes for corporate innovation as well? A great football manager knows that…

Treasure the soft skills

When you’re looking to solve a problem and improve something for someone, empathy matters. You need to be able to put yourself in the shoes of the customer, feel their pain and use the insight generated to fuel your product development efforts. When we fail to employ empathy and other soft skills like it, we…

Fixing from the outside

When you start looking at problems in the world, one of the interesting indicators of a problem is to look at the number of people trying to solve problems within a sector outside of the established system. Personally, I find it mindblowing to read that a survey done across a number of countries from 2010-2015…