Success-in-progress

I have a fondness for paradoxes. I find them interesting, intriguing and sometimes even amusing. One of the paradoxes is the one about working agile and lean while at the same time lamenting the lack of progress. Why is it that we often judge something that is work-in-progress as a failure because it’s not the…

Mistakes are OK

When you venture into something new, you haven’t tried before and/or don’t have the faintest idea of where will end up, you are going to make mistakes. And probably a lot of them. The easy thing to do is not to venture anywhere, in the first place, because by doing nothing, you won’t make any…

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…

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…

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…

Models (kind of) suck

Once upon a time I loved models. I even spent a significant chunk of my own savings getting to know them better in fancy locations around the world. Models? Work related models, of course. The kind of models you would use for modelling concepts, businesses and such. What did you think? Never mind. The point…

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…

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…

Show your ugliness

When you try to do something completely new, the only way you will know whether customers like it or reject it is if you show it to them. This is precisely the argument for why you should be running experiments again and again, as you try to move forward from idea to a product or…