Disrupting the Food Industry

I read this interesting tweet by Vinod Khosla, one of the Co-founders of Sun Microsystems and then of Klein Perkins fame and now running Khosla Ventures. Vinod Khosla is a VC and Tech industry veteran if you don’t know of him. Anyways, coming back to the tweet, it read: “I don’t see a big business…

Back to the Future

I love Yogi Berra‘s quotes: The future ain’t what it used to be. Yogi Berra – wise man this Yogi Berra Iceland voted yesterday and I have to say watching the reaction of the Icelanders is always entertaining. I have to say, Iceland has proved me right again, that they are willing to change the…

Disruption in how we learn

I always enjoyed being a student and that is one of the main reasons why I wanted to teach… that did not pan out as planned because I wanted to do so much more. There are so many fantastic possibilities opening up with the connected world. Fred Wilson had a post a couple of days…

Laws that choke creativity – Iceland to the rescue

I watched the High Schools participate in the Song contest in Iceland last night and I was very inspired to see the talent here in Iceland in the performing arts and through my random video watches I started bumping into a number of videos that I think sum the challenges we face with regard to…

Icelandic Geothermal Cluster

Had a chance to meet with Hakon Gunnarsson, the Managing Director of Gekon and he has been leading the initiative to bring all the Icelandic Geothermal related companies in forming a cluster. I am not a big fan of these cluster concept, if you have read my previous blog post about the Seafood Cluster. That…

Traction brings money; Money does not bring traction

I was at the Seed Forum this year, but I could not participate for the whole day but I attended the cocktail hosted by the British Embassy in Iceland. It was fascinating to see the British Ambassador pitching to the startups to look at UK to locate or move their startups when they scale out…

Overestimate 3 years and Underestimate 10 years

We are not very good at estimates or forecasts, which I have consistently written about we make educated guesses… I say educated with a pitch of salt because we don’t know what we don’t know and what we know is very limited so why do we consistently fool ourselves with our estimates? Well, the answer…

Mayor of Reykjavik City, Free WiFi in Reykjavik and Bingo Bar!

Met Jon Gnarr, the Mayor of Reykjavik. I have to say he was generous, attentive and really wanted to help with Startup Iceland Conference… we will have to wait and see what that would be. I think the most important thing that I learnt was that there are several free WiFi Hotspots setup by the…

Plain Vanilla Games

It was great to see Plain Vanilla Games, an Icelandic Game Development company raise $2.4 million Series A round with VC firms in the valley. I continue to believe that companies like this are and can be created in Iceland, that is the whole point for me to start betting my time, effort and money…

Iceland Seafood Cluster

I have been writing a lot about Entrepreneurship and Startups, but I am not a big fan of the Cluster concept primarily because getting established companies to be Entrepreneurial is very hard because they look at different metrics and the incentive for the established companies to participate in Cluster building is a long term game,…