It was fantastic to host changemakers from all over Europe at our home. The best way I can think of describing that contagious and inspirational vibe comes from my daughter. She describes this kind of energy as ”waking up in the morning wanting to light up the world, not just the room next door”.Read more
What’s your first association when being asked about the country Colombia? Chances are your answer will include crime and drugs. You might even consider it a potentially dangerous country to visit. Let me prove you wrong!
Technological progress has many benefits. It does amazing things for us on an individual level and humanity as a whole. But there often is a flip side. Simply calling it unintended consequences doesn’t cut it (anymore).
Investors inherently ask you to “show them the money!”. They want to see evidence that your business is valuable. You should ask that same question too.
Startups sometimes fail for the same reason as large corporations succeed – their focus on a preconceived business model. But before you can exploit a business model, you need to make sure you’ve got it right.
Success is more than potential. It is the execution of that potential that makes all the difference. Laser-focusing on what matters, on continuous learning and a balanced sense of urgency are the key elements of excellence in execution.
When you start to think big, you should get the best and brightest talents out there. It’s time to get yourself the A-Team.
It is a myth that good leaders are superhuman. If anything, the advantage they have over others is that they know their own limitations.
No matter how good you think your idea is, it will only succeed in the right context: the right time, the right place and within the right eco-system.
Your idea is the first in a series of ingredients that make a business successful. It is an opportunity that has yet to be realized. In other words: it’s a starting point.
My son taught me an invaluable lesson. One that was also vital for my business life: I stopped listening to reply and started listening to understand.
What we’ll invest in today determines the world we’ll live in tomorrow. Impact entrepreneurship is quickly becoming mainstream and has the potential to change the world.
Moonshots are hard. There is a risk of failure. But we did get to the moon. And every day, people with purpose, vision and determination achieve things that previously seemed impossible.
It is so easy to become set in your ways. To assume that because something has worked for you, it should continue to work. Being wrong keeps me on my toes.
The only (good) reason to start your own business is to pursue your purpose. To follow “Your True North”.