In case you haven’t noticed: times are changing. Technology – specifically the internet – is a central driver of this change. And technological change has accelerated in the last decades. Marc Andreesen referred to this a couple of years back as “Software is eating the world“. And if it hasn’t happened in your industry […]
In January this year, 17 entrepreneurs and VCs from Cologne flew to London to visit local VCs, startups and meet entrepreneurs. From this trip the idea for an English speaking blog covering startup life in the Rhine Ruhr region came to life. Since February Continue Reading →
If we have emailed in the last years, you might have noticed that below my signature I post the following two lines: Q: Why is this email four sentences or less? A: http://four.sentenc.es There are two reasons why I add this to my signature: As a personal reminder for myself to keep mails concise. […]
A couple of weeks ago I announced that I would be doing a review of the Lean Entrepreneur a new book by Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits. Here it is.
I read a pdf version of the book so cannot say much about its “feeling”. As you can see it […]
Some of you may have noticed. Recently we launched MailFred – a small helper for GMail – in public beta. MailFred is supposed to increase my – and potentially your – personal productivity.
There is one simply reason we built MailFred: We love the concept of Inbox Zero. And MailFred does help […]
In December I spoke at BiTS Iserlohn to a crowd of eager and interested students. Most of them didn’t have their own startups (yet). Some were thinking about founding one.
I came with this talk and think I might have scared off some of them. It wasn’t really my intention, although I admit the title […]
In business school I learned that money, quality and speed were the main competitive advantages. And yes, probably talent was somewhere in the mix as well.
Lately I have been thinking that, whereas these are certainly competitive advantages they are not so important anymore. Also I would argue that they become increasingly less sustainable.
I managed to get my hands on an early copy of what I hear is a “must-read” book: The Lean Entrepreneur. The book is written by Patrick Vlaskovitz and Brant Cooper and will come out in a couple of days.
Whereas “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries has laid the […]
The last three days I was a mentor at Startup Weekend Cologne. It was a good event with a very positive and productive atmosphere.
At the end the ideas were pitched. However, like many pitching events, the quality of the pitches varied enormously. The thing is, a bad pitch can […]
Last week I wrote about business plans and planning. If you read the post you know that I am no big fan of business plans but think planning is important. One essential part for planning is to understand your business dynamics. These differ largely depending on industry, […]
Every experienced (internet) entrepreneur nowadays knows that business plans in itself are pretty useless. Usually investors are also getting it and a (long) business plan is not required for talking to them.
Especially for early startups that holds very true. One obvious reason is that early startups are still trying to figure out what their […]
I am not a gadget geek. I don’t always need to be up to date on the latest performance tests or OS reviews. I own and use regularly a laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad), a tablet (Nexus 7) and a smartphone (Nexus S). The Nexus 7 is my first tablet and I just bought it recently (yeah, […]
Ich habe bereits geschrieben, dass ich Meetings und Unterbrechungen generell für einen großen Produktivitätskiller und in den meisten Fällen auch für Verschwendung halte. Es gibt aber auch gute Gründe für Meetings.
Wenn ein Meeting stattfindet, dann sollten zumindest ein paar Grundverhaltensweisen eingehalten werden. Hier mal eine Auflistung:
Zuhören ist gut. Grundlos […]