Why we don’t need a “Silicon” something in Iceland – Ben Kepes – Startup Iceland 2014

I really enjoyed the talk by Ben Kepes, who travels extensively and participates in various conferences as speaker, evangelist and technology blogger and investor. His advice for Iceland made the headlines in the local newspapers. I think he is right, there is only one Silicon Valley and we should not try to create a community…

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…

Leadership and Courage

As I wrote in my previous blog post, I have been glued to the book “The Hard Thing about Hard Things” and watched the following video where Mark Suster interviews Ben Horowitz in Startup Grind. It is a great interview and I would highly encourage everyone who is a startup founder, CEO or investor to…

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…

Disruption in how we learn

I always enjoyed being a student and that is one of the main reasons why I wanted to teach… that did not pan out as planned because I wanted to do so much more. There are so many fantastic possibilities opening up with the connected world. Fred Wilson had a post a couple of days…

Culture of Failure

I had a very interesting discussion during the UnConference Event, where one of the participants was telling me how she feared how the community would react if her business failed and that prevented her from taking actions that were not in her comfort zone. This is a huge problem in Iceland. I get the feeling…

Why you should be optimistic about the future

When I started on the Venture Capital education 4 years back, I started following Fred Wilson, Brad Feld and Mark Suster. I encourage all the entrepreneurs whom I interact with to do the same. Fred for Consumer facing web/mobile businesses, Brad for glue technologies and Mark for enterprise related startups. Although the lines blur when…

Strategies to implement Validated Learning

The meetup yesterday on the Lean Startup was very inspiring, so I am following up the post with some more thoughts on how can we implement the validated learning concept on various businesses and scenarios. I strongly believe that the Internet and all the applications that have been built on this global network provide us…