Venture Capital, the Secret Service and the military

Venture Capital, the Secret Service and the military

What do spies, soldiers and venture capital have to do with each other, you might ask? Well, even spies need innovative new ways of working and spying. Not to mention that the whole security and protection market is also moving online. Servers and sensitive data need to be protected ... or hacked. New wearable technologies need to be developed to support agents and soldiers in the field.
Is there a second valley of death for startups and scale-ups?
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Is there a second valley of death for startups and scale-ups?

Recently, some articles popped up talking about the further challenges for scale-ups, namely in wat is now dubbed "the second valley of death". What happens to companies once they have secured their first funding rounds and achieved product-market fit?
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Always think Attack - what does self-defense have to do with management

Some years ago, I assisted Ignace Van Doorselaere with the creation of his book "Always Think Attack, street fighting techniques for managers". This project allowed me to combine my professional knowledge with my activities as a self-defense…

So you're looking to fund your startup?

Congratulations, and realise: you are not alone. The startup scene is still growing across Europe and is a focal point of governments, private companies and the European Union. On the bright side, this means that there is money available from…
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Reading: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

When you think of Netscape, those of us old enough to remember the browser, thinks of Marc Andreessen. But at Netscape (and Opsware), he was joined by Ben Horowitz. Together they founded venture capital company Andreessen Horowitz. This book…

Reading: Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist is a great read by Brad Feld  and Jason Mendelson Brad Feld is the founder of Techstars, a well recognized name in the startup world. Written in 2012, it is  one of those…

Digital everywhere… but in the end, it’s still marketing.

“It's not about doing ‘Digital marketing’. It's about marketing effectively in a digital world” - Diageo’s CEO Ivan Menezes. This post about Digital transformation on marketoonist really resonated with me. With the coming…
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Reading: Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing and Advertising

Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing and Advertising  (Ryan Holiday) Ryan Holiday has written a number of interesting books on diverse topics such as the ego and PR. In Growth Hacker Marketing he gives a non-technical…

Weaving storytelling into your marketing

Everybody loves a good story, whether it’s in a book, a movie, or told by a great speaker. No wonder then that stories are an excellent way for companies to get their message across. Story-what? So what is storytelling? Wikipedia tells us…
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Reading: Radical Marketing : From Harvard to...

Radical Marketing  (Sam Hill, Glenn Rifkin) Radical marketing is a new way of looking at brands and marketing. Building and sustaining great brands has re-emerged as a crucial issue for companies both large and small. From the Amazon page:…