The fall of the Berlin Wall, which happened exactly 25 years ago, marked the dawn of a very complex transitional period for Eastern European countries. Yet even amid the tough environment, some entrepreneurs were able to overcome all the barriers and start businesses, some of which have since become thriving multinationals. At that time, entrepreneurs […]
Starting a company in Abdijan (a yearly destination of mine) is a far cry from doing so in Barcelona (my home city) or San Francisco. It sounds obvious…and it is! I’ve identified four major reasons for this: Talent Talent is unevenly distributed geographically. There are clusters of entrepreneurship and innovation that are more attractive than […]
Recently, I posted the infographic below on my LinkedIn profile. It generated thousands of shares and hundreds of comments, which proves there is an interested community who are actively seeking information on the topic. To follow-on on this, my next few posts will go into more detail why those 18 mistakes are so deadly for startups. Mistake #1: Single […]
Startups need Board members who can contribute with ideas, experiences, contacts and resources, all of which can help in generating business growth. But how can you be sure to say YES to the entrepreneur?
There is a well-known set of rules on how to make a good Elevator Pitch, which mostly focus on four aspects of form and content: Be brief (your audience’s time is limited) Be clear and direct (your son and grandmother should get it) Underline the growth potential and market size (and make it big!) And […]
When you are involved in the European early-stage ecosystem, it is quite clear that the major issue we are facing is the very low percentage of startups that become scaleups (let alone unicorns… see Graph 1 vs. Graph 2). The reasons are numerous (financing ecosystem, risk adversity of entrepreneurs and investors, market size and/or legal environment, […]