May 3. 1994 was a big day for me - I handed in my master thesis with the simple headline "Innovation". I studied Economics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark (cand. oecon) which is a fairly theoretical and abstract education, so when writing a thesis on innovation I of course had to introduce the topic by defining what innovation actually is. I had read dozens and dozens of books on the topic, but had never found a good, theoretical definition of innovation. So I came up with my own.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
I normally doesn't comment on various tech hype issues on this blog, but I will make an exception with the Apple iWatch because it is related to something I have spend a bit of time on, and where I have a personal interest: the intelligent home (& car) of the future. (more…)
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…)