Yes! The chaotic fun mayhem of Startup Weekend, building and validating a startup in 54 hours is back in Cologne January 24th – 26th 2014! No talking, all action – So get your Early-Bird tickets and save money before the price goes up 20,- EUR after December 24th – It’s the perfect seasonal gift!
Yesterday I was visiting my home country of Norway where I was honored to be invited to speak about exporting Nordic creative businesses and more specifically about how to do business in Germany at Hydrogenfabrikken in Fredrikstad based on my +8 years of doing business in the land of Volkswagen, Sauerkraut and Weizenbier.
The main take-aways I had to share were:
After his talk, Ash and one of the Lean Startup Circle Cologne initiators, Kamil Barbarski, sat down with me for an interview to talk Lean on camera for zoomm.me.
Here’s Ash’s talk at the first ever Lean Startup Circle Cologne, courtesy of NERDHUB:
Now, my mother always thought I should go to Cambridge or Oxford. And recently I got to do just that (sort of) as the facilitator of Startup Weekend Cambridge University participating in the Global Startup Battle (GSB), organized by the Cambridge Accelerator at Cambridge Judge Business School.
I was delighted and honored to be invited recently to Global Entrepreneurship Week Maastricht to attend a panel discussion with Thorsten Jelinek from the World Economic Forum, Saskia Vossenberg a Consultant and Entrepreneur in Gender Studies and
Jo Martens from Startups.be about what’s next for Europe, and especially the role of government and education in supporting the creation of more successful startups and founders.
I argued, as is my pet peeve, for a more scientific (the hard science kind) and experiential approach to economy, government and education where we dare to test more and also radically different things and let the data – not politics – drive the decisions on what to implement and what is working.
To cheers from the audience – and a bit of grief from the World Economic Forum representative when I pointed out that economics is a social science, not a hard science, and that it has possibly done us more harm than good so far.