The net effect of not starting is the same as failing

The net effect of not starting is the same as failingSeth makes a bold claim today in his blog that “not starting and failing lead to precisely the same outcome”.I would disagree. From failure you always have the opportunity of learning something. From not starting all you have is regret.

The price of “Free”

In my last post I promised that I’d elaborate on why I think “Free” is a flawed and misunderstood business model. This is that post. It’s a topic I’ve been meaning to write about for a while now; ever since I read Chris Anderson’s book Free around two years ago in fact. My contention is that […]

Repeat after me: “It’s not a bubble”

Questions are starting to be asked seriously about whether we’re in the middle of a second internet bubble. Some say No: PwC, Fred Wilson, Sarah Lacy and Paul Graham strongly deny the existence of a bubble. On the other hand, some say Yes: Mike Arrington and Don Dodge think there is one. So what’s really happening. Is there or isn’t […]

Where I disagree with Alan Cooper (or why bits are no different to atoms)

Cross-posted from the Red Gate UX Blog. Alan Cooper was, and still is, one of my heroes. Reading his book The Inmates are Running the Asylum almost ten years ago was a call to arms; a rallying cry saying that design was much more than placing things nicely on a screen. There was a higher purpose. User […]

Entrepreneurship Acumen [4 of 7]: Stubborn

The fourth Acumen Fund question (see the first, second and third) went like this: “Pick one word that describes you and describe why you picked that word.” This is what I said: Stubborn. This is probably not the word I would like to see engraved upon my gravestone. However, if my grandchildren were to be […]

Entrepreneurship Acumen [3 of 7]: Pyramid Principles

The third question (see the first and second) asked me to “Describe an experience in which your capacity for listening resulted in something that made you proud”. This was my answer: In 2004/05, I coordinated a few EU Youth Projects. These projects aim to build understanding between youths from different cultures. One such event was […]

Entrepreneurship Acumen [2 of 7]: Personal Relationships

The second question (read the first) asked me to describe “How I contributed to something bigger than myself and what I learned from it”. This was my answer: After completing my Master’s degree in 2006 I applied, and was hired, for the post of “Senior Web Specialist” at Uniblue Systems Limited, a Swedish software company […]

Entrepreneurship Acumen [1 of 7]: The Birthday Fund

In 2008 I had written 6 one-pagers as part of my application to become an Acumen Fund Fellow. Although I had been shortlisted I did not get the position and subsequently forgot about the whole thing. In the (almost) 3  years since then many things have changed and I somehow now find myself in Cambridge […]

Entrepreneurship Interview on “Phase” magazine:

Yesterday Phase Magazine published a short interview feature about entrepreneurship and start-ups with yours truly. Am posting the answers to the original questions here together with scans of the actual published article below. Thanks to Caroline Gatt for taking the time :-) — 1.    What is ethical entrepreneurship and why do you think it is […]