Organic Growth vs Get Big Fast

Fred Wilson shared the talk Joel Spolsky gave to the Y Combinator Startup School session. Joel wrote about it in his popular blog Joel on Software. I think it is one of those important decisions that Entrepreneurs and Investors need to make and understand. I have struggled with my own education on this and believe…

Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank has been one of the bloggers, Entrepreneurs and Gurus who has been writing about and teaching entrepreneurship in Stanford and a number of universities all over the world. He has compiled a blog post that has all the resources that any entrepreneur can use in this blog post with the Title “Open Source…

Are you Antifragile?

Have I mentioned to you that Nicholas Nassim Taleb was the man responsible for me to jump into the world of Entrepreneurship and Startups? well, he did. He is by far the most brilliant mind and thinkers that we have in the world today. He has a new book out and I could not wait…

Why Startups Create more Jobs than big companies

The malaise that we have started to notice in the world around of the protracted recovery from the 2008 financial crisis will stay if we don’t dramatically change our perspective of the economic world. I had written about the article that Clay Christensen wrote in New York Time a week back, I think once again…

Startup Slovenia

I was invited by Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) Ljubljana, Slovenia as a keynote speaker for Investor Day event jointly organized by American Chamber of Commerce, Department of Economic Development and Technology and the Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investment. It was great to meet with a…

Wealth or Value is not created through Debt

I think I know enough about banking to say that debt creates very little wealth or value. I have often wondered what makes banks better at accessing risk than anyone else. It is even scary to think that people who work for banks take risk with someone else’s money with the illusion that they understand…

StartupVille

I am a big fan of the Kaufmann Sketch series and this is the latest one about building Startup Ecosystems. For those of you who have been reading my blog for more than a year now know that I am committed to building a sustainable and resilient startup ecosystem in Iceland. The above video says…

Tolerance, Inclusion and Prosperity

I had a bit of a disagreement with Fred Wilson, who is one of my virtual mentors through his blog avc.com. But I think Fred is wrong on this argument. I stand by what Fred wrote in his posts Tolerance and Prosperity and Immigration Reform. I strongly believe we have a number of monsters that run in…

Culture of Failure

I had a very interesting discussion during the UnConference Event, where one of the participants was telling me how she feared how the community would react if her business failed and that prevented her from taking actions that were not in her comfort zone. This is a huge problem in Iceland. I get the feeling…

UnConference, Capitalists Dilemma and Return of the Capital Intensive Startup

Here is a mashup of three ideas that prompted me to write this post. First, I was part of the group that participated in UnConference organized by Landsbankinn a conference without an agenda but the group present decides the agenda and goes on to discuss and get a wrap up at the end of the day.…