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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...
“Ideas are just a multiplier of execution”. To see the true value, you need to multiply the idea with the execution.
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.
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.
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?
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...