Notes to myself

After another year of meeting many interesting people, I took the time to list some of my learnings. I usually keep some of my notes in my Google Keep, but I thought it could be useful to share some of them more publicly. These are in no way best practices or even accepted practices for all I know. At best, these are my personal mental notes based on mistakes and learnings. Read More

Hi, Dexter

Hi there, Dexter! He’s an eleven months old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and is the latest addition to the four-legged family. Tollers are named for their ability to entice or lure waterfowl within gunshot range, called “tolling“. Read More

When Microsoft(Tay experiment), Skype, Google, Facebook (Facebook M) and Amazon (Echo) start to push the needle on intelligent (chat)bots, something is about to change. Not considering it to be so much of a revolution, as rather a strategic direction towards a future in which intelligent bots will continue to permeate our software, leading a new and next generation of personal assistants. A big deal? Hells yea. Read More

When unicorns become squirrels

2015 sure was an interesting year for unicorn VCs. 2016 will be an even more interesting year for the club of unicorns, as they might come face to face with reality and be forced to take on a more humble moniker. All hail the squirrels. Read More

Passion is the new black. Heck, you can’t throw a rock without hitting someone yapping about passion. Founders proudly parade how they’re passionate about their solution, or how much passion they’ve already have put into their startup. Yet, there is a reason why the Latin etymology for passion is indeed… suffering. Or is it? Read More

Don’t create code. Create value.

While coaching some tech startups, I noticed how eager people get to set up a Bitbucket and fire up the development IDE only to start banging away at the keyboard. Producing lines of code and generating commits seems to be the metric for measuring how fast your product is growing. But is it? Read More

Because there was no virtual reality market overview, I compiled one. Please let me know any errors or omissions, I may have made. I will try and keep this overview updated for your reference in this post. You can always find the latest version here. Read More

Moments. A concept that is rapidly gaining traction in the mobile world, and is becoming a buzzword in many new products and startups. But why are moments so important to win the mobile race? Read More

Since 2012, things have been changing in AI country. Founders and investors are equally stampeding to take part in the AI excitement. Yet, in spite of this unbridled optimism, the industry still has a long way to go as the hype precedes real business cases and proofpoints. Let’s explore what’s happening in a bit more detail. Read More

Leave the startup circus. Now.

One of the more relevant lessons learned after running my startup the last few years, is to no longer be one of the monkey’s in the startup circus. The bright lights of the startup craze lure in thousands of founders, not realizing they’re just a product in someone else’s show. Read More