Investing in people and teams

I have been meeting a lot of people about my new project, the feedback has been extremely positive. What is key in this new project is the fact that we are going to invest in People and Teams with potential. I have written a lot about this. I believe very strongly that investing in people…

Sherwood Neiss – Startup Iceland 2014 – Speaker Profile

I am really happy to start the series on the Profile of Speakers lineup that we have for Startup Iceland 2014. The US Embassy in Reykjavik, has been a big supporter of Startup Iceland since we started in 2010, and I am happy to announce that the Embassy was able to organize a fantastic speaker…

Learnings from CEO Bootcamp – Dealing with Fear and Failure

As an entrepreneur you are constantly fighting the grips of Fear, Doubt and Failure. It is a natural part of being on a journey that is low on data and high on uncertainty. I wanted to share the learnings from the CEO Bootcamp, the first day we discussed the 5 mistakes CEOs make and how…

QuizUp

Icelandic Startup Plain Vanilla Games launched their new game Quiz Up and it has been getting a lot of attention and has been in the top 3 in the Apple App Store. I played the game and it was a lot of fun. I wrote about Plain Vanilla Games here and Thorsteinn their Co-founder and…

Team Engagement and Leadership

I have been on the road for the past 2 weeks related to my role as CEO of GreenQloud. We had a number of initiatives and the company is on a nice growth trajectory. We are starting to get great customer engagement and team engagement. The team has grown to 27 people from 11 a…

Track Record, Trust and Leadership

I have more or less documented the journey since the day the Financial System in Iceland collapsed in 2008. There has been a lot written about October 8th, 2008, the day when the Prime Minister of Iceland addressed the nation stating the challenges in front of Iceland and the collapse and ending the speech with…

Accelerator for Investors

I have been thinking a lot about how to get new breed of investors into the fold of supporting the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. I think it would be great to have a mentorship driven accelerator just like TechStars or YCombinator focused on building Investors or Investment companies. I think everyone can learn from having mentors and…

Organizing Angel Capital

As we are starting the preparation for Startup Iceland 2013 (have you signed up and marked your calendar yet?), one of the elements of building startup ecosystem is to bring more investors into venture investing group. I think there are many avenues for Entrepreneurs to get started like Startup Weekend, Startup Reykjavik, Innovit Incubator and the University…

We have a big exit in Iceland – DeCode Genetics

By Terry McGuire, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner, Polaris Partners Today, biotech giant Amgen announced that it acquired deCODE Genetics for just over $400 million in cash.  deCODE is a Polaris portfolio company and genomics pioneer.  Analysts will ask why; this certainly doesn’t fit the more common pharma model of acquiring a company with a…

3 Ideas for a better Iceland

Original post was written for the Asbru Blog. Idea #1: Invest in yourself and your local community I believe every Icelander can invest in their local community and in local entrepreneurs and in themselves. It takes very little to create an impact in a small community. I believe if 20 people get-together with ISK 2.000.000…