Social Entrepreneurs are today’s Alchemists

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”.

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Colombia. Don’t trust Netflix

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!

by in October 24, 2018

Armageddon or Golden Age?

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).

by in October 3, 2018

Show me the money!

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.

by in September 26, 2018

Solving the Value Equation

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.

by in September 19, 2018

Execution is your success multiplier

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.

by in September 12, 2018

The A-Team DNA

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.

by in August 29, 2018

Leaders can’t get Superman’s job – nor should they try!

It is a myth that good leaders are superhuman. If anything, the advantage they have over others is that they know their own limitations.

by in August 21, 2018

Context matters … a lot!

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.

by in August 14, 2018

In love with your idea? Get over it.

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.

by in August 8, 2018

Listening. Upgraded.

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.

by in August 1, 2018

Impact – the entrepreneur’s superfood

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.

by in July 25, 2018

Shoot for the moon! What else?

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.

by in July 17, 2018

I love being proven wrong

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.

by in July 11, 2018

Santa isn’t the only one in the North. You’ll find your purpose there too

The only (good) reason to start your own business is to pursue your purpose. To follow “Your True North”.

by in July 3, 2018