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…

Öryggisventill – An Icelandic Open Source Project that gives Power to the People

It has been a while since I posted, almost 2 weeks I took some time to think and ponder and be on digital sabbatical. I would say it worked about 60% of the time and in my case that is an improvement. Breaking the digital sabbatical with a guest post by one my friends and…

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…

Net Neutrality, Startup Communities and Permissionless Innovation

If you have not noticed what is happening to Net Neutrality and the FCC’s vote on May 15th you really need to. Fred Wilson of USV has written an Open Letter to the FCC Chairman and most of the prominent Venture Firms have signed up. This is an important debate although it is being fought in…

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

If you have not seen the recommendation by Brad Feld and Fred Wilson to get the book “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers” by Ben Horowitz. Here are some exerpts that should motivate you to read the book. I have referred to Ben’s blog a number…

Are we the horse?

This is a talk given by Albert Wenger one of the partners in Union Square Ventures and Fred Wilson shared this. I highly recommend this talk as it goes into the Context of the changes that we are starting to see in the world today. Future is not something that is going to happen, it is…

Marketing trumps Technology…

I have been having a very interesting discussion with my technology team, and I was made aware of this article in Forbes written by Anthony Wing Kosner with the title “Stanford vs MIT: How Marketing Trumps Technology in Startups“… before you all start sending me flame mail, I am not saying Technology is not important…