#BeStartUpManifesto

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A while ago, Minister Alexander Decroo founded the Digital Minds for Belgium. A sounding board containing Belgian’s finest venture capital professionals, startup ecosystem leaders, internationally renown tech bloggers and experienced founders. It’s a clear signal that Belgium wants to shape up on its shortcomings in supporting and growing startups.  Read More

A new chapter

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In October 2014, I took the decision to step down as CEO of the company I founded. It’s an aspect that most founders don’t talk about. It therefore quickly becomes a situation of innuendo, backtalk, shame or gossip. While in fact, this decision, came as emotionally detached as any other sound business decision. Read More

The Crossfit Animal

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The first rule of Crossfit is to tell everyone about Crossfit. Ok, now, we got this pun out of the way, let’s move beyond the obvious pro’s and con’s. I’ve started Crossfit after a time of personal struggle and change. I was looking for a way to get my mind off of things. A colleague, and dear friend of mine (thanks, Vince!), introduced me to Crossfit Antwerp, and I immediately got it. Read More

The lifestyle business

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Sometimes a lifestyle business could make more sense than playing the startup game. Running a business is about making money, so let’s start here. Money is merely a function of time. Basically, you either get compensated for your time through a salary, or investor funding; or you earn your time through revenue. Read More

On the topic of failure

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Nowadays it seems to be “à la mode” to openly state that’s it OK to fail. But let’s be very careful about what message we try to convey with this. Bottom line is, that’s a steaming pile of horse-crap. And I am allowed to state this, because I have shuttered a company once. And let me tell you: It sucked. Bigtime. You can find my story on Failcon 2012. Read More

Focus, or die!

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In my startup, Sentiance, I think there has not been a single word as popular as the word “focus” in the past few weeks. It drove me nuts, and I also have never been so close to a mental meltdown. Speaking to other entrepreneurs, I have always been fully aware of the importance of focus, yet I forgot to practice it myself in this case. The result was a half-way decent alpha version of an app after six months and little traction. The monstrous number of features we were building were simply too confusing for a user. Ouch. Read More

Dating your co-founder

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Finding your ideal co-founder, is something that I value to have a greater importance than your product, your market or investors. The ideal founding team would be two people, that know each other by working together for at least a few years, respect each other, and complement each other. Ideally, one knows how to build the product and the other knows how to sell it. However, it seems to me, that finding your ideal co-founder is often a struggle. Read More

Hey, that was my idea!

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This is my shortest blog post, ever, and should actually be a tweet, but I really needed a blog-post that I can refer to every time I hear someone yell out “Hey, that was my idea!” and gives you a look as if the whole world has turned against the poor guy, and spies are lying in wait to steal his next bright idea. If you’re such a guy, let me tell you no one cares about your idea. The only thing that counts is your speed of execution. Read More

Illiteracy 2.0

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In this post, I just want to put down a thought I had for the last decade. The new illiteracy will be the one where people don’t know how to script, code or develop in a computer language. Just hear me out if you think I’m going overboard here. Read More

Service company valuation

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As part of a large consulting contract, I was looking to acquire a security consulting firm. As my company was too small, I needed to expand. Pronto! I talked with Big Four firms (I quickly grew tired of politics), but also I talked to local boutique firms. Read More

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