#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…

Winds of Change in Iceland?

I spent the last friday and saturday in Reykjavik University, participating in an event organized by SI – The Federation of Icelandic Industries. There was a number of startups, established companies and service providers and general public in Iceland participating, cheering and recognizing the efforts of the Icelandic companies. There were winners announced and it was…

Hubris and Learning

Hubris according to Merriam Webster is a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence. I meet and talk to a number of entrepreneurs and investors, I am always on the lookout for characteristics of Hubris. I am not being judgemental, but what hubris does is it gets in the way of learning. If you…

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 Mini Events

As a build up to Startup Iceland at the end of this month, WEDO one of our sponsors and partners started organizing Mini Events to get people talking about startup and entrepreneurial stories, we had stories of Nordur Salt a company focused on making our food experience unique by making one of the best Salt…

Startup Iceland 2014- June 2nd and 3rd – Mark your calendars

The annual Startup Iceland Conference on Entrepreneurship and Building Antifragile Startup Ecosystem in Iceland is happening on June 2nd and 3rd, 2014. Mark your calendars. We have started planning and putting the program together. Our focus has always been about Building an Antifragile Startup Ecosystem, this year we will try to bring thought leaders and…

Startup Genome and Startup Event Calendar – Iceland

The mission of this blog is to be a resource for entrepreneurs, startups and everyone who wants to learn about the entrepreneurial life. Why I do this is because I have made it my mission to build an antifragile startup ecosystem in Iceland. I have written a lot about how my analysis of why this…

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…

Building Startup Communities

Every city was once a startup, famous words spoken by Brad Feld when I have seen him position his book on Startup Communities. Where is the soul of the city, what makes cities thrive and fall? I think the basic building block of any city is the entrepreneurial spirit. That is why I believe the…

Dedication to the Truth

Truth is reality. Reality can be distorted when we have wrong maps in front of us. To be part of a startup or running your own business there is nothing more detrimental than not dedicating everything about what is done in the company to truth. I believe Entrepreneurship is a Truth Game. You cannot lie…