Permission less Innovation

It is painful to watch the obvious play out in the US. I don’t know if you have been seeing what is happening with legislation and regulations around all the innovations that Entrepreneurs and Startups have been doing and how the incumbents have been coming up with resistance through lobbying and permission raj. The latest is…

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…

Price is what you pay, Value is what you get

This blog post inspired by the article written by Warren Buffett in the Fortune Magazine, it is an excerpt from Warren Buffett‘s Annual Letter to his shareholders. I have read most of the Annual letters, but there are things that stick with you, like the title of the post. Price is what you pay and…

Startup Boards – A Book Review – First Peek

I have been reading the new book from Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani titled “Startup Board – Getting the most out of your board of directors“. I can only talk from my experience which is limited, but having the opportunity to learn from the experience from numerous boards that Brad and Mahendra have been on is…

Innovation House one more bridge from Iceland

I attended the official opening of the Innovation House the initiative of Jon Von Tetzchner. I was excited and energized by the show up of the Startup Community, almost everyone was there and it was great to see the support of the Government of Iceland through the Minister of Industry, the Norwegian Embassy, the US…

On the road of building Startup Communities in Iceland

Brad Feld interviewing Jim Collins, two of my favorite business thought leaders and authors talking about a topic that I extremely engaged in and interested in developing in Iceland. I was pretty bummed that I could not make it for the Startup Phenomena Event in Boulder, Colorado. There are a number of pearls of wisdom…

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…

Building Bridges from Iceland for Entrepreneurs

I am a big believer that in order to really bring strength to the Startup Community in Iceland we need to build bridges to other Startup Communities. Nice thing about building bridges is that it allows for two way transport, Startups from Iceland could connect to other regions and the other regions can look at…

Patterns and Fallacies

I read a post by Om Malik, the founder of GigaOm with the title “Patterns and Fallacies: Why they have no place in silicon valley“, it is a great read. I can empathize with Om, I moved to the US to pursue my graduate study in Louisiana State University. I had to take an English…

True Grit

Picking a team to bet on is a tough one. I don’t believe ideas really matter, if you have one that you think is going to be the next best thing to sliced bread, believe me you are not the only one. The more and more I think about Venture Investing which falls in the…