Voted the Startup Journalist of the year in Iceland

The Startup Journalist of The Year on Iceland is @BalaInIceland from @startupiceland ! CONGRATULATIONS!— NordicStartupAwards (@NSawards) May 18, 2014 @BalaInIceland in our dictionary= not necessarily a traditional journalist, but an individual who brings the stories and dare to challenge— NordicStartupAwards (@NSawards) May 18, 2014 I could not believe that I was nominated as a Startup…

Getting to Yes

I was reminded yesterday of a blog post that I wrote a while back about True Grit, the persistent, relentless push forward quality that I see everyday in Entrepreneurs who get it. I have been talking to some of the institutional investors who have been interested in participating in the “Alternative Asset Class” that is…

Two key deficits of the founder CEO…

… when compared with a professional CEO”. I had to complete the sentence because some of the founder CEO’s go on to become great CEOs but they don’t always start that way. I finished reading the book “The Hard Things about Hard Things” over the weekend and the last chapter captured the essence of where…

Startup Summer – Exchange Program between Colorado and Iceland

Brad Feld sent me one of those cryptic notes last September, with an ask “Do you know Eythor?” It is amazing how he has latched on to this notion that I should be able to get a hold of anyone in Iceland with relative ease, because I remember telling him when he came to Iceland…

Startup Boards – A Book Review – First Peek

I have been reading the new book from Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani titled “Startup Board – Getting the most out of your board of directors“. I can only talk from my experience which is limited, but having the opportunity to learn from the experience from numerous boards that Brad and Mahendra have been on is…

Startup Iceland 2014 – Calling for Ideas and speakers

We have started thinking about Startup Iceland 2014. The overarching mission of Startup Iceland is to build a sustainable/antifragile startup ecosystem in Iceland and maybe that could serve as a model for other communities, this experiment is based on Brad Feld’s hypothesis from his book “Startup Communities“. I have continued to think and act in…

On the road of building Startup Communities in Iceland

Brad Feld interviewing Jim Collins, two of my favorite business thought leaders and authors talking about a topic that I extremely engaged in and interested in developing in Iceland. I was pretty bummed that I could not make it for the Startup Phenomena Event in Boulder, Colorado. There are a number of pearls of wisdom…

Building Startup Communities

Every city was once a startup, famous words spoken by Brad Feld when I have seen him position his book on Startup Communities. Where is the soul of the city, what makes cities thrive and fall? I think the basic building block of any city is the entrepreneurial spirit. That is why I believe the…

Startup Management – Masterfully Curated Resources for every startup

Fred Wilson wrote about an AVC regular William Mougayar is building an education oriented community for entrepreneurs called Startup Management (SUM). I wanted to bring attention to this aspect of a Startup, I have written about this before Startups are not a small form of a big company. The management of things in a startup require different sequencing than in…