July 24, 2016

Meetings… Probably the most inefficient part of your day. You’ve heard the saying: “If you want to kill time, a meeting is the perfect weapon!” No matter what you do, most of the time it comes to this: “too many people speaking, not enough listening.” I believe that the number 1 reason is ego: everyone wants to show what they know and offer a piece of their mind to the group. Sometimes it’s important and productive. But most of the time, it is not.

After years of sitting through long and ineffective meetings, I found the secret to make them efficient. And I found it in the most unexpected of places.

While practicing Aikido, you are not supposed to talk much. There are even some classes where you’re absolutely not allowed to speak at all.  We call it "be here and now". Not t...

November 30, 2015

Have you seen the award-winning ad for Volvo Trucks created by the talented people over at Forsman & Bodenfors? It shows JCVD doing an epic split over two Volvo trucks driving backwards. If you haven’t seen it, watch it; if you have, watch it again. It’s a classic.

So what does this commercial have to do with startups? My answer is: EVERYTHING!

I would love to see the brief that the advertising agency got when they were asked to create this ad but, without reading it, I assume it went something like this:

“We are launching a new line of European heavy duty trucks and each of these five trucks has some spectacular technology which is the result of very innovative engineering. We want you to find a way to explain this to people so they choose our truck...

August 8, 2015

Explaining venture builders still raises eyebrows whenever I talk to tech investors. Venture builders—companies that build several startups in parallel—are usually confused with accelerators or incubators, but they’re almost completely different. Venture builders give internal startups a big boost of both human and financial capital through in-house teams and investments; accelerators and incubators usually only give startups access to human capital, and usually in just an advisory capacity.

Take our first startup, Pulse PlayPulse Play is a smartwatch for racket sport players. It’s a good-looking piece of hardware that keeps score, helps players find opponents, and gives them a worldwide ranking. If Pulse Play was a standalone startup, it’d struggle to find a team, it’d struggle t...

July 23, 2015

The idea behind startup studios, venture builders.

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