A question of empathy

When you are a parent, your biggest anxieties are always related to your kids. You want them to be healthy, do well, grow and be liked by their surroundings, and when something is off it is just a killing feeling that truly and utterly hurts. The other day my eldest once again experienced a play…

Qualify for WFH

There are a lot of fallouts from Covid-19, once we have the vaccine(s) and things start heading back towards some kind of normal (whatever degree of pre-pandemic behaviour that might turn out to be). One of the ones I am most curious about is the Working-From-Home (WFH) phenomenon. How much of that will stick, and…

Attacking a problem

There are two types of problems, you can pursue solving, when you’re trying to build a startup: You can go after a problem that is really obvious and outspoken. Or you can go after a problem that is non-obvious but nonetheless exists. If you go after the first, chances are that you will be far…

Election learning

Without saying anything in particular about the US presidential election, it seems like it once again is a good opportunity to question the value of assumptions as substitutes for fact. In essence an opinion poll is an assumption. Perhaps even more so in the US, where the first challenge of validation your assumption is to…

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….

Startup learning from ‘P.S. I Love You’

The Danish Heart Foundation just announced that they are closing down their youth-oriented dialogue website ‘P.S. I Love You’ a mere 3 months after launching it in May. ‘P.S. I Love You’ have been surrounded by a lot of controversy focusing on working with alternative, holistic thinking partners at odds with the foundations of the…

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…

Do the Prof G Strategy Sprint

Last night at 1.40 AM I wrapped up my participation in the Prof G Strategy Sprint with Professor Scott Galloway, NYU Stern School of Business. The course ended – fittingly – with a session on Life Strategy by the man himself that is some of the most insightful I have heard in a while. The…

Meetup’s remote moment

Yesterday, I received a couple of invites for upcoming Meetups of groups that I am a member of. I am thinking that it must be auto-generated reminders, since actually meeting up in person right about now would be in total conflict with the guidelines set forth by the Danish authorities. And that got me wondering:…

Ongoing learning

It is fairly easy to meet founders who think they know it all. Founders who are so sure of their own success and the trajectory that they are on that they almost excude overconfidence. But are they overconfident, or are they just pretending out of fear of losing face, credibility, mojo or something else? Probably….

First school experience

This week I joined the Y Combinator Startup School programme. The first lessons have been completed, and yesterday evening we had our first group session with other early stage startup-projects. And what fun it was. It is a truly great programme that the Startup School has created. The curriculum is pretty ambitious and advanced, and…

Going ‘back to school’

Today this winters Startup School at Y Combinator kicks off with the first lessons. And I will be a part of it. The 8 week programme is for aspiring entrepreneurs or people who have already embarked on the journey. And I have enlisted to both learn, reflect and just plain see, what it is that…

The value of criticism

One of the great opportunities to learn something new and expand your horizon is to engage in conversation with someone you don’t agree with. You might still have disagreements after your conversation, but at least you have gotten the opportunity to get some perspective. And boy, do we often need that. For that reason I…

The greatest learning opportunity

There is no way around it: The greatest learning opportunity is when things don’t go according to plan. When you envisioned X and Y or Z happens, and you have very little idea about why that is. When that happens – and it will happen – it is an open invitation to learn. It is…

In the Bubble

This summer I am trying to teach myself how to do visual programming using Bubble. I have been trying to get a better understanding of coding for years but never had the patience for it. Bubbles visual approach is a lot more appealing to me. Why am I doing it? Because I like being able…