Remember the rearview-mirror

It is so easy setting new goals that you can just as easily forget to follow up on the goals that came before them. That is a real shame, because it is from actions past that you learn how to improve and getter better in the future. And with that also how you succeed in…

Become (sort of) a journalist

A day doesn’t go by without someone deeply questioning the value of higher education. It’s the cost, it’s the hazzle, it’s the time wasted on subjects you never get to use etc. And a day doesn’t go by without young people feeling anxious about making the right choices for their education and subsequent careers. Because…

The real drivers for success

One of the general misconceptions about startups is that too much value is being placed on the idea itself or the work you have already done, and not enough value is placed on what’s needed in order to get to where you want to be with your company in the future. It is so easy…

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…

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….

Control the effort

The world is such a complex place with a gazillion moving parts that you cannot ever claim that you have got things under control. Because how things turn out will per definition be outside of your control and sometimes for the most odd reasons. This makes your job as the one who has to get…

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…

Destroy the problem

During the summer I have become involved in a couple of product management communities in order to built network and get insights and inspiration for tools and methods that we can use in our new MedTech startup. Sifting through a couple of discussions in the forums, I came across a discussion on attitudes towards building…

Ego eats impact

You either love life or you are afraid to die. That’s how a Danish politician tried to frame the peoples response to Covid-19 on Twitter yesterday. Naturally, it is both a false, primitive and superficial way of putting it. I could just as well say that there are those that are full of themselves and…

Fan of fans

Back in 2008 me and my present boss had a great dialogue back and forth about a concept, we called “Fan of Fans”; the idea built in Kevin Kelly’s 1000 True Fans post that if you could muster enough dedicated fans, you would have the foundation for a solid business. We bought the domain and…

Remote humans

Working remotely is getting a lot of additional buzz following the outbreak of corona-virus, as people all over scramble to try to put themselves out of harms way and/or following the advice of local health authorities. While there is a lot of great things to be said about working remotely – and there are –…

Getting into the head

You can have the best idea or the best product out there but still get a resounding ‘No’ from your stakeholders. When that happens it is always hugely frustrating, and it is only naturel to ponder what the heck went wrong. But instead of guessing try to understand by getting into the decision makers head….

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….

Stay nimble when you need to

One of the easiest things is to get carried away by your great idea. For many aspiring entrepreneurs it just happens straight out of the gate. But even for those who have learned and accepted that getting to product/market-fit is an experimental process, it can be tricky to stay the course and be true to…

Remember the vision

Eventhough I am a big proponent of starting small and experimenting your way forward when building a startup or a new product or service for that matter, there is one thing that always needs to be in place: A vision. It is so easy to get an idea and just start executing small scale. It…

Starting small

Even the best and brightest ideas should start small on the implementation side. Just out of respect for the fact that you could have it terribly wrong. Especially if your opportunity is huge, you need to be mindful that you don’t run the risk of creating a big mess by overreaching from the ‘go’. Naturally,…

3 big goals for 2020

Hello 2020! It’s a new year and with that comes fresh opportunity including the opportunity to set really ambitious goals for the coming 12 monts. So naturally, I have done that on behalf of my work as Head of Studio at inQvation. In 2020 I want us to co-found at least one startup taking on…

Lead by experience

Yesterday, the company I chose to deliver fiber to my home made their best effort to loose me as a customer. Due to unfortunate circumstances I narrowly missed a visit by a technician, and when I called them to figure out what went wrong, the customer support was rude and hung up on me. Companies…

Aim to get pushed

Recently I met with a good colleague for a coffee to share experiences. One of the things, we discussed, was how to do a handover from a project, you started, to someone else who is going to turn it into a business. It’s an important milestone for what we do at inQvation Studio, and thus…

Remember a pre-mortem

It is so easy being designated as the one who just says “No!” to everything and whose largest contribution to the team is to foster a negative energy in every room you enter. But have you ever thought about how these people may actually be trying to do something completely different and of immense value?…

Use the ecosystem

Greg Satell makes a very important point when arguing that even the best ideas cant’ make it on their own – they all need an ecosystem to thrive. Without they risk losing out to lesser ideas properly seeded through various channels. And that is – often – a real shame. The point is worth mentioning…

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…

No idea is that dumb*

Some ideas intuitively makes sense. Other ideas seem just about the most stupid thing, you have ever heard of. Yet, while the former can go on and become a viable idea, the dumb idea more often than not end up making a killing. Andrew Chen calls it “The Dumb Idea Paradox”. I would just suffice…

Critical certainty

Uncertainty seems the only constant when you’re working with innovation and trying to build a viable business. And there is good reason to support the argument that the more successful you are, the more you tend to be surrounded by uncertainty. You can not – and shall not pursue – total certainty at any point…