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“Everything we hear is an opinion,
not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective,
not the truth.”
About grey rhino’s, black swans and the incumbent’s dilemma
Image by Holger Detje from Pixabay and by Geran de Klerk on Unsplash There are a number of articles online comparing COVID-19 to a black swan event. But is it really? Let’s check out some definitions. Investopedia describes a black swan as “an...
Startup success is the execution of your ideas
“Ideas are just a multiplier of execution”. To see the true value, you need to multiply the idea with the execution.
If you have a startup, how can you hire your A-team?
One of the things that is important to grow your startup and scale-up is the team composition. Investors tend to look at the team behind the startup, and prefer well-balanced teams. Especially the core team needs to have what we call “complementary skills” – you can’t all be the CEO or the head of tech or the finance wizard.
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?
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?
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 instructor. The purpose of...
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 EU. On the bright side, this means that there is money available from both private and public sources to...
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 is a compilation of the...
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 books that...
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 of the internet and online marketing came a...