Startup Reykjavik – Investor Day 2014

Really impressed with the teams of 2014 batch of Startup Reykjavik. There were interesting companies, from making Protein Bars from Insects to Virtual Reality Desktop platforms. What really impresses me is the fact that we have come such a long way from 2008. The event was hosted in Arion Bank‘s headquarters, The President of Iceland and…

#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…

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…

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…

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…

Liad Agmon on how to get lucky – Startup Iceland 2014

This was one of the funniest talks in the history of Startup Iceland. Liad has a flare for delivery and timing. I am pretty sure he would have been a great stand-up comedian. He used to write jokes for scripts while he was in school. Of course there is a fantastic lesson in the talk…

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…

Startup Iceland 2014 – A Reason to Visit Iceland

This post was originally posted through the LinkedIn Publishing, LinkedIn has launched a publishing platform and I was invited to publish through it. I did what every startup founder and entrepreneur should always do… plug your idea and what you are passionate about. You don’t get any points for guessing what I am passionate about……

Giving up is the greatest failure

Entrepreneurship is life and life is entrepreneurship. I have been thinking long and hard about what is the one quality that I really admire with all the Entrepreneurs that I work with. And I always come back to Tenacity… despite all odds, they trudge another day and live to tell the tale. I am really…

Leadership – Lesson 1- Vision

Every leadership initiative starts with a Vision, “I have a Dream!” speech by Dr.Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela‘s Vision for South Africa built on equality and reconciliation or Mahatma Gandhi‘s Vision for Free, Democratic and Self Governed India are the quintessential examples. I believe strongly that everyone… I mean everyone, starting from a child…