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?
4 personal learnings from 2022
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
A couple of weeks ago I ventured a bit into unknown territory, when I attended the Green Impact Summit in Copenhagen. I wanted to get a firsthand view of what's going on within the world of impact startups and get a sense of how it's progressing from being a lot of great and interesting ideas… Continue reading Unleashing impact
The beachhead pitfall
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
Have you got a sales quota?
The thing that truly separates a corporate job from a job at the startup is the chance to have an outsized impact on solving a problem for customers. More often than not the distance between problem, potential solution and the ability to get that solution in front of customers to test out is way short… Continue reading Have you got a sales quota?
What excites you?
What intrigues you the most? Going after the same things everybody else is going after? Or going counter and look in places that most other people have abandoned? I am all for the latter. While I recognize that there are indeed major trends out there and obvious opportunities, I personally find those that run counter… Continue reading What excites you?
Join the club
If you're looking for a great business model, look no further than to the subscription model. The idea of having a customer pay for your product or service on a recurring basis over and over again for all eternity is mouthwatering. Of course customers seldom stick around for that long, but I am sure you… Continue reading Join the club