End Poverty

I need to thank Siggi with Viking Entrepreneurs Podcast for first, interviewing me about my journey so far and also for helping me with the new look and feel of StartupIceland.com website, blog and Community Platform. If you have not signed up you really should we are going to be talking about everything from building companies to…

#YouCanLearnAnything

This blog is motivated by an article that I read written by Sal Khan of Khan Academy. The summary of that article is that our brain and our capacity to learn grows when we struggle with a problem or a subject. Interestingly, when we encourage kids to struggle through problems, they get better at learning…

Founders Dilemma – A Book Review

I have been listening to “Founder’s Dilemma – Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup” by Noam Wasserman. I am 2/3rd done… it is very factual with examples and recommendations from startup founders going through a couple of case studies, more specifically the story of Ev Williams the founder of Blogger, Odeo and…

Inspiration is Perishable

I meet people. I enjoy meeting people, learning about them, their background and why do they do what they are doing. I am student of body language, language, attitudes, bias and perceptions of everyone I meet. I learn a lot about myself when I become a student of other people’s behavior. I try very hard…

What Startups Can Learn from Iceland’s Strong Brand Identity

Strategic planning and branding are integral to establishing a company’s identity and reputation in the marketplace it is targeting. Startups often neglect this extremely important area, focusing instead on more immediate needs such as getting their idea off the ground and securing enough funding to afford staff, gear and materials—completely valid. Experienced entrepreneurs will tell…

Rework – Book Reveiw

I finished listening to ReWork, the book written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson the founders of 37Signals. A software company. I think the no-bullshit prose and their approach is refreshing. No wonder the book has been on the New York Times bestseller list and the authors and the company have gained much respect. I…

Getting Lucky – It is not random, it is a skill

Fred Wilson had a great post with the title “Get Lucky”. I could not resist writing about it. Startup Iceland 2014 speaker Liad Agmon gave a great talk about how he got lucky and this post reminded me of that talk. I meet a lot of people as part of what I do and I continuously try to…

Founder Institute – Reykjavik Chapter

This fall we are kicking into high gear with Startup Iceland initiatives, I applied to lead the local chapter of Founder Institute in Reykjavik and I got accepted. I had to take a test, the same test that every wanna-be-entrepreneur takes when she/he applies to a Founder Institute program. I am looking for Co-Directors for…

Permission less Innovation

It is painful to watch the obvious play out in the US. I don’t know if you have been seeing what is happening with legislation and regulations around all the innovations that Entrepreneurs and Startups have been doing and how the incumbents have been coming up with resistance through lobbying and permission raj. The latest is…

Intrapreneurship in Iceland – the story of Tempo

I believe startup thinking or entrepreneurial mindset is not limited to startups and entrepreneurs. I think anyone in any job can put on the hat of an entrepreneur and try to change their job, their career or even their big corporation. It is difficult but the challenges are no different than when one starts a…