3 inputs on your way to product market fit

Startup is no land for long lasting leaders. You either get traction or run out of resources. But what happens once you actually get to product market fit? Before product market fit Product-market-fit (PMF) marks such a critical turning point in the company lifecycle. Life changes significantly. But don’t try to get there too early … Product: Trade the fine-tuned …

21st century corporate innovation tools

Familiar with the fear of failure or lack of speed in corporations? Although hard to accept, as a corporate innovator you can learn tremendously from startups. Here is why. Corporation vs. startup A corporation is a permanent organization designed to execute a repeatable and scalable business model that they have built over time. In a corporation ‘fear of failure’ inhibits …

Bad ideas that became irresistible

Who is in search of a copycat? Anyone? Well, Michael Wolfe illustrated to all of us that although engineering and product are still key to the very best companies there is so much more to a sound business model. All it takes to understand this point is to look at great inventions that failed – or to look at the following great …

Making sense of Minimum Viable Products

Minimum viable products are all the rage. The idea is to test the waters and make some sense out of the market before heavily investing in product development. That’s definitely oversimplified, but what I’m going to explore in this post is the “sense making” aspect of MVPs. Minimum Viable Products–what does this mean? If you read any article or listen …

Angel investments: How not to fail

War stories. People love recounting the one time they caught a big fish, not the many futile hours they spent waiting for a bite. Investors love to recap the successful exchange traded investments they did, and tend to forget the unsuccessful ones. Angel investing is no different. Looking at the venture capital industry as a whole, we know for a …

Venture business forecast: If just growth was linear

How good are you at making forecast about your company’s growth? Do historic figures weigh more than the current development stage of the company? Forecasting is a challenging exercise, among others because our brain keeps telling us that growth is a linear factor. Most people accept Moore’s Law (which States that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately …

Engineering and product are still key to the very best companies

Do you find the following questions and issues interesting? If they were commented by Marc Andreessen? Could Zuckerberg have created Facebook if he weren’t younger than 30? About the philosophy that software is eating the world Can Spotify and Netflix be successful? What areas are particularly promising in the very near term? Is the perspective different as a VC than …

What’s rocking in Copenhagen

Think about the big European tech startup cities, and London, Berlin – maybe Amsterdam, will probably come to mind. However, the Danes form an emerging scene that’s well worth paying attention to. A rich vein of technical and design talent is building a new generation of companies with an ambitious international outlook. And they are capable of growing these to major …

What would-be entrepreneurs really want

Policy efforts to encourage entrepreneurship may need to be reshaped if they are to tap into the real incentives for launching a business, a study has claimed.Governments are increasingly pinning their hopes on innovative start-up ventures to stimulate economic growth in the wake of the global financial crisis. But new research suggests the inducements currently being offered might only scratch …

What Kills Startups? Blackbox Report

Blackbox Releases Report/App To Help Founders It’s not easy being green — or an entrepreneur. The inherent risk in becoming an entrepreneur or founding a startup is high. Sleepless nights, sweat equity, bribing new users to come to your product — it’s all part of the nerve-racking, code-spinning, and teeth grinding process. That’s why most of these swashbucklers are pirates by …