Yesterday at inQvation we were honoured to get a visit from the brand new Incubation Studio team from LEGO Ventures. They are just setting out with some really cool people onboard, and they had asked if they could come and learn from our experiences, and of course they could. We are always willing to share and have a very transparent approach to the things we do, and the things we learn.
One of the things that came up during our discussion is how much work-in-progress it is to build a Studio-setup that works. Now, this doesn’t mean that we are doing random stuff every single day – we are most definitely not. But what it does mean is that nobody – not even the ones who claim they do – has a proven, repetitive model for how they make it work in all its fine print.
In fact, I don’t think you can create a model that works the same way every single time down to the tiniest detail. What you can do, however, is to create and fine tune an approach ‘above the water line’ so to speak, where you can communicate and replicate in broad terms, how your funnel for projects look. To that end to the naked eye it will look like a standardized approach, yet ‘below the water line’ it will be different tools, methods and learnings from time to time. I don’t think it can be in any other way.
Yesterday, me and a couple of colleagues went for a video shoot at the intimate studio of Veronika Grosik of a series of promos, we’re going to use for an upcoming project that you will hear more about in due time.
It was a super fun experience. In a couple of hours we got everything we needed thanks to just the right dose of preparation beforehand; knowing enough to be focused while knowling little enough to remain flexible in the moment. It is really a fine balance.
On top of that it was great to feel the energy of going out of the office and doing something out of the ordinary. It created a sense of purpose, belonging and fun that was just second to none. So remember that, folks: Get out of the building!
The summer is over. 3 weeks go by so fast, when you are having fun, and I definitely enjoyed some time off with my family with time spent visiting family in Jutland, going on some outings in and near Copenhagen and ending with a very hot but enjoyable week in Alcudia, Mallorca.
It was also a welcome pause to reflect on the start at inQvation, and what we have learned so far about how we should be doing things and what we should better leave behind. It has been a nice, steep and fun learning curve, and I am absolutely thrilled to get back into the mix of things and help make cool things happen.
The fall is going to be important and super busy for us. I have set myself a couple of targets that I want to drive towards, and if we make them, we should be entering 2019 in very good stead. Onwards and upwards!
It has been a hectic 10 weeks since I joined inQvation as Head of Studio; brand new team forming, lots of things to put in place in order to enable us to have solid structure for what we have set out to do, lots of ideas under consideration and lots of interesting projects to contribute to one way or the other.
The fun has been immense so far. The inQvation team is stellar in every way, ambition is through the rough in the best possible way, and we laugh a lot. All traits of a place, you’re eager to head off to every single morning, and honestly a place that could well serve as an inspiration to many other companies.
So now it is time to take a small summer break. The kids are eagerly awaiting spending some quality time together as a family, and for the next three weeks I will indulge them fully. I will be back – and normal service will resume here – on August 12. Be ready and strap yourselves in when we get there, because it is going to be amazing.
Today marks a truly exciting new chapter in my professional life as I embark on a new role as Head of Studio at InQvation in Taastrup on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Together with the greatest colleagues, you can imagine, I will be running experiments on ideas for new businesses with the goal of validating them enough to enable us to build great companies with strong teams set for success.
I will be utilizing all my passion and experience from developing and validating concepts and business models, and I look so much forward to this insanely cool challenge.