GenieBelt’s great 2017

I realized a while ago, that on my blog I have done only sporadic updates on how things are evolving with my own startup, GenieBelt. Too bad, because things have been more than normally exciting especially the last one and a half year, and the journey so far is a good story of persistence and ambition, which I think startup interested people can learn from. (more…)

Partnership vs. co-founder lead startups

I spend most of my time being an entrepreneur (GenieBelt) or supporting entrepreneurs (e.g. Treatwell, StarOfService, ChurchDesk). As part of that, there are some troublesome themes I encounter again and again, one of them is how the leadership team changes as the company starts scaling. It's a complicated process to get right, and also a very sensitive process both at an institutional level as well as on a personal level. One of the topics I think many company builders tend to get wrong is the entitlement of co-founders. I will not get popular in some quarters writing this, but yes; I think in too many cases people with the co-founder badge feels entitled to decision making rights they should not have. Let me explain. (more…)

Why Nordic Makers invested in Peergrade

At the end of summer 2016, Nordic Makers decided to invest in Copenhagen based Peergrade, which  offers a SaaS platform to facilitate peer assessment sessions with students, ie. a solution where peer students will be partly or fully responsible for grading each other.  The company is founded by CEO David Wind and his co-founders Malthe Jørgensen and Simon Lind. (more…)

Public purchasing regime as a barrier for the building of tech clusters

In most countries there are plenty of examples of the State (and it's associated public organisations such as Municipalities, Regions, etc.) buying IT solutions that ends in a disaster. In Denmark we have a pretty long list of such failed, publicly owned IT projects. (more…)

TechBBQ – supporting the Danish/Copenhagen/Oresund tech community

Copenhagen & the Øresund Region (what some of us now calls "Greater Copenhagen :-) ) has seen an impressive progress in the strength and breath of the tech scene in the last few years. International recognition has come from companies that have established leading, international positions (JUST EAT, Zendesk, Unity, Sitecore), but plenty of other companies big and small are also getting funding and attracting talent like never before. No need to mention any names, but there is plenty. (more…)

The takeaway market place and distribution

In a few months it is 2 years ago I left mighty JUST EAT and the online takeaway industry. I have not spend much time on the industry since I left, it's important for an old CEO to let his old company move on. But now it is a while ago I left, and I have been thinking a bit on, where this industry is heading. (more…)

GenieBelt – the Genie to help Construction, now with funding

We, the construction genies from GenieBelt, just raised an angel round of $½ Million, yehaa! That's not a lot of money compared to some bigger funding rounds I have done in the past, but it's exactly what we need and the feeling is as good as when I did £40 Million rounds. And what will the money be spend on? (more…)