Founders Dilemma – A Book Review

I have been listening to “Founder’s Dilemma – Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup” by Noam Wasserman. I am 2/3rd done… it is very factual with examples and recommendations from startup founders going through a couple of case studies, more specifically the story of Ev Williams the founder of Blogger, Odeo and…

Disrupting Disruption

If you have not read the article by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker titled “The Disruption Machine – What the gospel of innovation gets wrong“, I recommend you do and the rebuttal by the father of disruptive innovation Clayton Christensen. A number of people have gone on Twitter sphere defending the theory of disruptive…

Bitcoins and Iceland

I had a Twitter debate and discussion with Chris Dixon about Bitcoins in Iceland. I have to say I was rather disappointed by the lack of vision on the part of a Venture Capitalist and Investor who is much respected by the community. Here is what boiled my noodles: @BalaInIceland @pmarca @jeffjarvis @startupiceland buying Bitcoin…

Why the publishing industry is broken – John Biggs – Startup Iceland 2014

John is funny and says it as he sees it. Here is a story of John working on a book with a publisher and then working on another book by himself. The talk highlights whats wrong with the publishing business. I think it outlines the challenges most established businesses have with the advent of the…

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…

Tulipop Founders – Signy and Helga – Speaker Profile – Startup Iceland 2014

Startup Iceland is almost here, if you have not booked your tickets please do it. We have a great line up of speakers. Two of the speakers are Icelandic Entrepreneurs Signy Kolbeinsdottir and Helga Arnadottir, the founders of Tulipop, a kids adventure land with a bunch of unique characters. What is interesting about these characters…

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…

Thubten Comerford – Speaker Profile – Startup Iceland 2014

We have over 2.4 billion people online now and about 2 billion are on the way. In this hyper connected world no longer are you selling your product or service in your neighbourhood, you customers are everyone who is connected to the Internet. As exciting as that sounds, it is not always obvious or easy…

Why I love Twitter

Started writing this post before I left Iceland for Boston to run the Boston Marathon did not get time to publish it… better late than never, there are some gems in this Tweet Roll from Danielle. Check it out. This is one of the reasons I love Twitter! If you have not been following Danielle…

Investor-Startup Ecosystem

The blog post is motivated by an article by knowledge@wharton business school with the title “The Next Generation of Investor-Startup Ecosystem“. I have written a lot about the need for Investors to be empathetic to Startup Founders and how value gets destroyed when that does not happen. I have seen it too often that Investors…