About Me

Lean Launchpad peer review with early stage startups incubated @ Digitalhub Aachen

I’m Vidar @blacktar Andersen and I don’t talk about myself in the third person.


Celebrating the 100th Rheinland Pitch Event

Germany’s largest startup pitch event: Celebrating the 100th (!) Rheinland Pitch event, July 2021

On the Hacking 4 Recovery @ Stanford panel with Steve Blank, 2020

“[Vidar Andersen,] one of the most important persons in the German startup scene.” – Wirtschafts Woche641px-Wirtschaftswoche-Logo.svg

Keynoting at PASSWORD 2019, Estonia’s largest marketing conference in Tallinn

I’m a Norwegian Internet tech industry veteran who found tech startups to scratch my own itches, help spread education on how to build startups to founders and students as an advisor, investor and as an educator, and helping corporates and organisations achieve innovation 50x faster the startup way with my company +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES, currently living with my family in the countryside in the CGN/DUS area in Germany. Pre-pandemic, part time in airplanes around the world.

If you were on the Internet in the last 20 years, you have already used and seen my work.


Speaking about Digital Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, May 2018

Featured in the “Innovator’s Handbook” 2018

Above, a recording of my keynote talk at RTL’s Digital Shapers conference in Zagreb, November 29th 2018. I talked a bit about why corporate innovation usually fails and what you can do about it.

Helping Hungarian startups in Budapest, 2018

Helping Hungarian startups in Budapest, 2018

Below, a recording of the theoretical part of my Pitching Masterclass that I was invited by the Budapest Entreprise Agency to hold for local startups in November 2018.

MC’ing Europe’s premier Startup event – The Pirate Summit2017 & 2018

I love to solve problems with tech and help good people succeed. Because I have a compulsion to make stuff suck less.

Advising startups in Maastricht, the Netherlands. (Image by Manor Lux)

Confusing, aka mentoring, startups in Maastricht, the Netherlands. (Image by Manor Lux)

I was born in 1975 – but people think I’m much younger. That used to be very flattering until I realised the motherf*ers charmers are unwittingly discounting a significant chunk of my professional experience on first impressions.

In Moscow with the Lord Mayor of Dusseldorf, Germany, NRW.INVEST and delegation

So that’s how you spell my name in Russian… In 2016 I was invited to travel around the world with the Lord Mayor of Dusseldorf, Germany, NRW.INVEST and delegation to spread the love for the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) to entrepreneurs and investors worldwide. Pictured, my talk in Moscow, Russia.

These pages are more or less about what’s been happening in my life since 2011. If you came here looking for details on my 15 years as a slave past as an on and off employee working in innovation and digitalisation with global corporations and governments, perhaps my LinkedIn profile will be more your sort of thing.

In 2017 I was invited to Moldova by USAID to help educate startup founders and industry leaders

[…] Vidar is what some would call “a hustler.” He runs several local meetups in Cologne and works tirelessly. Easily someone I’d count among the people I’d start a company with, given the opportunity. […] – Named one of 5 top people to know in Germany by Liam Boogar, Editor of The Rude Baguette

My work has been featured & recognized by these & more…

SXSW 2016 with Guy Kawasaki

In 2016 I was invited back as a startup ambassador for the German state of NRW to SXSW in Austin, TX. Here with Guy Kawasaki who was kind enough to drop by the German Haus.

You may already know me as ‘blacktar’; my trick SEO pony nickname,scener name or gamertag from back in the glory scener hackerlamer days. Yes, I’ve been around for a while.

In 2015 I was invited to lecture on Startup Entrepreneurship (The Lean Launchpad Curriculum from Stanford) at QIA University in Iran

In 2015 I was invited to lecture on Startup Entrepreneurship (the Lean Launchpad curriculum from Stanford) at the QIA University in Iran, the largest private tech university. Yes, you read that right – Iran! I was very impressed with the nascent startup ecosystem in Tehran.

Some of you might known me as one of the co-founders of Plone, the wildly popular open source content management system – actually one of the top 2% open source projects in the world – and it’s used by high-profile organizations and corporations like NASA JPL, The FBI, The CIA, Deutsche Telekom, Yale University, London College University, Oxfam, Discover Magazine, The Government of Brazil and many more.


I found my own tech startups to solve my own problems, help large companies achieve innovation as a scalable, measurable and repeatable process driven by entrepreneurship and science, lecture on startup entrepreneurship to university students to help young people avoid my mistakes and make their own, keynote entrepreneurial events to help spread entrepreneurship to more people and corners of the world and volunteer for the local startup ecosystem as a founder of the Hacker News Cologne Meetup, Startup Weekend Cologne Organizer (retired) and a global Startup Weekend Facilitator (retired) and as an Instructor at Next Cologne (retired) and Lean Launchpad Düsseldorf and Cologne – because someone had to.

Lean Launchpad goes Dokuz Eyül Üniversitesi in Izmir

In 2015 I was invited to introduce the premier startup entrepreneurship curriculum, The Lean Launchpad, to the faculty to one of the largest universities in Turkey, Dokuz Eyül Üniversitesi in Izmir.

Some of the customers I've worked with over the last 20 years...

Some of the corporate, GO and NGO customers I’ve worked with…

First and foremost, I’m a problem solver and a product guy at heart.

In March 2015 I was invited to facilitate at the world's largest Startup Weekend event in Tehran, Iran where they held FIVE simultaneous events at the five largest universities. It was every bit of epic as it sounds.

In 2015 I was invited to facilitate at the world’s largest Startup Weekend event in Tehran, Iran where they held FIVE simultaneous events at the five largest universities. It was legendary.


I brought Startup Weekend to Cologne in 2012.

When I grow up I want to fund YOUR BIG IDEAS to make the world suck less. For now I invest my time in people like you, helping connect the dots and sharing my mistakes and experiences in the hope that it will help you go further faster.

Hanging with ma epic peeps, aka key Startup Weekend / UP Europe peeps of awesomeness, Pioneers festival 2013, Vienna

Hanging with ma’ epic peeps, aka key Startup Weekend / UP Europe peeps of awesomeness, Pioneers festival 2013, Vienna

Currently, I’m investing in entrepreneurs by paying it forward, advising and helping early-stage, non-funded startups for free (as taking money from early-stage startups would be bad Karma). Book one of my free Open Office Hours every Wednesday.


Some of the universities I’ve been invited to speak and teach at…

I also teach and lecture at universities as a certified Lean Launchpad Educator invited to be trained by Steve Blank and Jerry Engel at Stanford, to help young entrepreneurs make their own mistakes instead of repeating the common. Universities so far include Cologne University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Islamic Azad University of Qazvin, Iran (Iran’s largest and most successful private tech university), University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, BiTS Iserlohn, Knowmads Business University Amsterdam, Maastricht University, Dokuz Eyül Üniversitesi in Izmir Turkey, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Cologne Business School (CBS), Northern Institute of Technology Hamburg (NIT), Karlshochschule International University, Cologne University of Applied Sciences and more.

MC'ing the startup competition pitches at the Dublin Web Summit, November 2014.

MC’ing the startup competition pitches at the Dublin Web Summit 2014.

“Vidar Andersen, you rock.” -Robert @Scobleizer Scoble

Pitching Masterclass

Want to pitch your startup to investors like a pro? Get the course I made to help you get funded – for FREE: http://pitchingmasterclass.com

As a consequence of my activities I’ve received multiple requests from global F100 companies to help them take advantage of the latest in learnings and methodologies from startup entrepreneurship and a more scientific approach to data-driven and predictable innovation.

That is why I founded +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES in early 2013 to be able to respond to the demand, as they find I have something valuable to bring to the table with my unique combination of startup, edcational, and corporate experience, helping them establish scalable and predictable innovation at speed as an internal process and by using their own people.

+Andersen & Associates “Innovator Masterclass” at Telefónica Germany in Munich.


I founded +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES in 2013 to help large companies innovate like startups by combining science with entrepreneurship.

Me giving the +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES’ Lean Startup Masterclass @ digital HUB Aachen in 2017 to their incubated early-stage startups

I’ve been helping friends and business colleagues finding new awesome career opportunities, freelance gigs and great new employees that fit company culture since I dropped out of university in the nineties to start working in the nascent web tech industry, and because a significant increase of requests in the later years, I founded +A RECRUITMENT to help better serve the demands of both people and companies – and quite selfishly to better provide highly experienced EIRs (Entrepreneurs in Residence) for my own +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES‘ corporate customers’ innovation programs.

Hanging with Prof. Tom Byers of Stanford University, faculty director Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

Hanging with Prof. Tom Byers of Stanford University, faculty director Stanford Technology Ventures Program. I’m a longtime HUGE fan of his and Tina Seelig’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders program.

Because of having being invited to pitch my startups at the most noteworthy startup events around around the world, I’m also sharing my pitching experience having helped over 650 startups (and counting) for the Rheinland Pitch event become better storytellers and make sure they know what investors are looking for and how to properly pitch them.

MC’ing the monthly Rheinland Pitch, 2017

Moderating the first ever Rheinland Pitch finals with over 865 participants, Duesseldorf June 2015

On stage, MC’ing the Rheinland Pitch summer finals, now with a +1.000 people strong audience, Duesseldorf June 2015 (Image CC NERDHUB)

MC’ing the Rheinland Pitch, expanding into Bonn, November 2017

I guess it’s because of all of this, I also often get invited to speak or moderate at events and conferences on the topic of startups, corporate innovation, entrepreneurship and education.


Advocating for a scientific and experiential approach to entrepreneurial education – and government – in Europe on a panel with World Economic Forum, researchers and entrepreneurs @ Global Entrepreneurship Week Maastricht 2014

“Most of the time I think of myself as a failure.
When I’m optimistic, I think maybe I’m just a late bloomer.”
Dave McClure


Startup Ambassador to Germany and the state of NRW, SxSW 2014. Here with with Cologne and international startups @ German Haus with super angel Rudy Garza of G-51 Captial & Dai Truong of Austin Ventures

Although still a Norwegian national, in March 2014 I was invited to SxSW as an ambassador for the startups of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and the country of Germany.


German Haus @ SXSW 2014 with Jeff Pulver and Dave McClure – As you can see, we decided to go for the volume discount on the specs.

In February 2013 ‘The Rude Baguette’, a leading European tech blog named me one of the top 5 must-know people in the German startup scene.

In June 2013 I was invited to Stanford to receive the Lean Launchpad Educator training by Steve Blank and to speak about the Cologne startup community. And to include the whole Cologne startup scene in bringing the number one startup entrepreneurship curriculum from Stanford to our local universities (that and because of the fact that my bank accounts were frozen and there was a warrant for my arrest at the time) we crowdfunded the trip in 12 hours.


Steve Blank & I @ Stanford University, June 2013

In 2012 I was also awarded a GEAP scholarship by Deusto Business School at Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain.

GEAP 2012 Alumni @ Deusto Business School, Bilbao

GEAP 2012 Alumni @ Deusto Business School, Bilbao

Faculty and mentors included startup legends like Chris Shipley – founder of the DEMO conference, Diane Greene – co-founder of VMWare, Doug Solomon – former CTO of IDEO and current IDEO Fellow, Alex Cruz – CEO of Vueling and Dave Siffry – founder of Technorati.

GEAP Scholar 2012, Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain.

Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain. An epic city with a legendary university.

In 2011 I founded what is my latest real startup to date, “Gauss – The People Magnet” which got me invited to LeWeb 2011, SxSW 2012 by TechCocktail, London Web Summit 2012, Monaco Media Forum and more, landed us on the front page of The New York Times and on CNN naming us possibly the next big thing after Facebook, Business Insider, TechCrunch, Forbes, and numerous other international renowned media. We also won the “People’s Choice” award at the Nordic Startup Awards 2012. Yay, the vanity.

It was sort of a big deal. Despite of all of this, it ended in early 2013. It nearly broke my back.


I founded “Gauss – The People Magnet” in 2011. It was sort of a big deal at the time.

“[] Social discovery on location is hot right now, see Highlight, Glancee, Sonar etc. It’s an early market so these guys [Gauss – The People Magnet] have a good as chance as any if they get it right.” – Mike Butcher, TechCrunch.com

Here’s a video of the beta Gauss app that was available on the Apple AppStore:

And here’s another sneak preview of the next iteration that never shipped:

I wrote a post about why I founded Gauss – The People Magnet. It was an amazing learning experience and a crazy roller coaster ride leading me to all sorts of interesting places. I also posted a write-up of my learnings for anyone crazy enough to try to do another social discovery startup.


Chances are you saw this little fella’ for years at the top right of Wikipedia’s pages… It’s the user icon for the Plone CMS (and they say Open Source won’t take you places…).

Oh, and I’ve created a number of world and web industry-firsts for F500 enterprises, governments and GOs in my days as an on-and-off salaryman 1996 – 2010, most of which under NDA and behind firewalls.

startup next logo

I was trained by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf to become a Startup Next Instructor in 2012, the same year we brought the program to Cologne.


I’ve been organizing and teaching the premier startup education and pre-accelerator program from Berkeley and Stanford to startups in Cologne since 2013 and Dusseldorf since 2015.


At around the ripe old age of nine I started my first entrepreneurial venture; putting on a magic show and charging the neighborhood kids for admission. Not very novel perhaps, but in retrospect it probably says something about my urge to fleece my friends create and manipulate people tell stories.

I think it was around that age I promised my mother to buy her a house with a swimming pool for her retirement. I’m still working on making good on that.

Moderating the Advance Day for Startups 2015 in Cologne featuring the legendary Morten Lund. Image copyright Mediencluster NRW / Heike Herbertz

Moderating the Advance Day for Startups 2015 in Cologne featuring the legendary Morten Lund. Image copyright: Mediencluster NRW / Heike Herbertz

I was a student of the liberal arts, although I later discovered I am more of a hard sciences kind of guy by nature. Curiously, I come from a line of male engineers on my mother’s side and sometimes I suspect I was nudged as I was growing up towards the liberal arts by my mother as a subconscious drive to distance me, to differentiate me from her father. Cue field day for shrinks.

Look, grandma! I'm hanging with Royalty these days! His Royal Awesomeness Crown Prince Alexander the Second of Serbia with Wife & Me at the royal palace in Belgrade, 2014.

Look, grandma! I’m with royalty now! His Royal Awesomeness Crown Prince Alexander the Second of Serbia with Wife & Me at the royal palace in Belgrade, 2014. (Check out his foundation).

For years growing up, I thought that getting a university degree and graduate at a film school of some repute would be my railroad express to fortune, fame and changing the world. I thought that making movies was how I would be sharing my ideas and thoughts with the world, exerting my agency in the world.

Hanging with my friend her awesomeness, co-head of Avatech, Sara Usinger. In March 2015 I had the honor and privilege to be invited to mentor the startups at the first real tech startup accelerator in Tehran, Iran called Avatech.

Hanging with my friend, her awesomeness, co-head of Avatech, Sara Usinger. In March 2015 I had the honor and privilege to be invited to mentor the startups at the first real tech startup accelerator in Tehran, Iran called Avatech. I was quite impressed with what they have already achieved in little time.

It quickly became painfully clear to me that university was not the promised land after 19 years of obligatory educational hell in a small town in the sticks after all. It was just more of the same that I already had learned to hate – everything that is still wrong with education today;

Reading an arbitrary selection of books and views and then feeding what you read back to an arbitrary authority figure for an arbitrary and highly subjective grade. The absurdity of this “educational” methodology is even more clear to me today as a somewhat more reflected adult older geezer. To me, this isn’t learning. To me, real learning comes through experience – through testing, trial and error.

Hustling “Gauss – The People Magnet” at Cologne’s own legendary annual tech startup conference the “Pirate Summit”, every year since 2011

In my second year, I did a calculation on the student debt I would have accumulated on graduating versus the probability of becoming the next Steven Spielberg or David Lynch – and fell into a deep disillusioned depression.

Then reality set in the commercial Internet hit Norway in 1996 and I dropped out to cash in.

Yes, I think education as we know it today is f*ed. And to the point of taking action to help changing entrepreneurial education in my local environment.

My first company blacktar.com once held a 10/10 Google PageRank back in the days when that metric was a thing

My first company blacktar.com once held a 10/10 Google PageRank back in the days when that metric was a thing

I then went on to found blacktar.com in 1997, co-found the Plone CMS, together with Alan Runyan and Alexander Limi in and around 2000 and in 2010 I founded the Social Media Lunch Cologne (retired) to connect social media professionals, 2011 the +200 members strong community of the Hacker News Cologne Meetup (retired) to find my kind of people at a time where the startup scene of Cologne had yet to come together, and Gauss – The People Magnet (failed) was founded to find my people at scale. 2012 I brought Startup Weekend to Cologne (because nobody else had) and became an instructor for Startup Next trained by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf (because I wish someone had taught me these things earlier) and more.

Curiously, I also co-founded ‘OneSec – An Instagram for one second videos‘ (failed) partly on a lark, partly as an experiment in crowd funding – and about half a year before Vine happened – and more.

OneSec - An Instagram for One Second Videos, an experiment in crowd funding partially on a lark

In 2012 I co-founded OneSec – An Instagram for One Second Videos six months before Vine. It was an experiment in sourcing the funding of an iOS app to the crowd.

Past Professional Career

Since 1996 I’ve perpetrated a ridiculous amount of hours creating software to make work suck less, from behind NDAs and corporate firewalls, prostituting contracting for governments, national companies and global corporations. Yes, I am guilty of doing work for big telcos, big oil and big publishers. (The latter probably being the bigger evil if you ask me).

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Hanging with my friend Chris at nestGSV, Silicon Valley

Hanging with my friend – the legend – Chris Shipley at nestGSV, Silicon Valley

With only one short exception, I’ve mostly worked for small upstarts on and off with my own entrepreneurial breaks in between. It conditioned me to a “normal” where wearing multiple hats, filling multiple roles, being accountable and responsible – and just getting shit done regardless of previous skill set or job title, learning by the seat of my pants – because there were no one else there to do it for me;

One moment I’m doing menial tasks, the other creating solutions to problems never before solved with technology and pitching global corporations and governments for millions in contracts. I never knew “work” as anything but this.

I helped write, pitch, negotiate and win multi-million Euro bids to tender – and manage the projects – before the age of 25. I have wasted spent over 25.000 hours of my life solving problems with software. In the bear share of my professional career I had precious little life outside “work”. It’s a sad fact. However, it rarely felt like “work” – mostly just a continuous stream of problems to be solved in new and interesting ways. Usually with something named “employer” or “politics” getting in the way of quality, of true excellence – of making a real dent.

Somehow I survived the roller coaster Internet bubble ride v1.0 unscathed (I guess solving real problems for real corporations helped) and without ever receiving a dotcom cent.

Yes, there were some obligatory options.

Yes, of course they went bankrupt.

Yes, I’m not bitter.

As a co-founder, moderator / MC and pitch trainer at the regular free Rheinland-Pitch event, Germany’s largest startup pitching event, I’ve trained over 650 startups – and counting – how to pitch investors successfully since 2013.

I don’t know about you, but I never liked being told by others what to do – especially by dispassionate, meritless suits. And I don’t take orders and I take issue with rules, so early in my professional career I thought I’d be happier becoming the suit in management telling others what to do instead of being stuck with executing their politicalized ill-advised compromises, their product decisions by committee, fueled by technical ignorance and incompetence serving only their agendas of personal promotion – or worse; just for cashing out that monthly paycheck.

Winner, most innovative German business 2011. Mentored by Zach.

Gauss was the winner at c’n’b conference 2011 as “Most Innovative German Business“. Mentored by Zach Klein, founder of Vimeo and more.

Thus I climbed the proverbial well-lubricated salaryman pole and became “the man” – and realize that I hated being it. Not so much for telling people what to do – I still love that find that a useful application of my faculties – but for the shift of focus and responsibility from innovating and creating something new in the world to just manage and optimize the status quo and minimizing risks and costs.

Not so much for the pay – it was pretty awesome – but it sure wasn’t “Fuck-You Money”. And after reaching a certain threshold, I learned that the rise in monthly salary didn’t make me any happier. Nor was it worth the time of my life wasted.

Nor did it help me change the world.

A Winner at The Success Theatre

A Winner at The Success Theatre: Gauss won People’s Choice Award for Best Norwegian Startup 2012. Here pitching in action @ Nordic Startup Awards 2012 Finals in Copenhagen, DK

My Biggest Mistake

In hindsight, staying an employee for so long and playing along in the rat race game is the biggest mistake I’ve made in life so far. But on the other hand, I wouldn’t have been where I am – who I am today – if it hadn’t been for those experiences and the opportunities given to me along the way to work on big projects for big customers together with great people.

So, you could say that some things were just meant to be, even though I probably wasn’t as happy as I could have been if I had moved somewhere else. As I’ve said though, these mistakes, as well as the opportunities I had been given during my employment there, has helped me to improve my resume to make it the best it can be. Of course, enlisting the help of somewhere like https://www.arcresumes.com/local/georgia/ could also be something worth considering if I really needed an extra hand with updating and spicing up my resume. As it turns out, I think I managed to achieve this all by myself. Now, I can’t wait to see where this will take me.

“I don’t care if you’re a billionaire. If you haven’t started a company, really gambled your resume and your money and maybe even your marriage to just go crazy and try something on your own, you’re no pirate and you aren’t in the club.”
Michael Arrington

Sparring with Jerry Engel of Berkeley Haas School of Business, Senior Fellow at the Lester Center & Founding Executive Director Emeritus, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship

Sparring with Jerry Engel of Berkeley Haas School of Business, Senior Fellow at the Lester Center & Founding Executive Director Emeritus, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship

But somebody told me “just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean that you should be doing it”. So in 2010 I decided to stop.

And thus I returned to my entrepreneurial natural self and quit the salaryman life for good.

“I am down to 10 US dollars but have developed a theory which will go down as Thompson’s law of travel economics. To wit: Full speed ahead and damn the cost; It will all come out in the wash.”
Hunter S. Thompson

Andersen playing Anderson: Moderating TEDx in Hamburg, DE

Andersen playing Anderson: Moderating TEDx in Hamburg, DE

Since then, I’ve received several highly generous offers to come back to the world of employment in the C suite. I hope to prove I’m right in turning them all down. Yes, I’m unemployable by now.

Don’t let these things or anything you read on the intarwebs fool you – I am used to be a notorious underachiever. I am was a professional – albeit in retrospect highly productive – coaster.


Further Trivia

Most of the time I feel like an introvert that’s somehow successfully masquerading as an extrovert so I guess I’m probably more of an ambivert. And to everybody’s surprise (especially my own) I score crazy high on high-functioning autism, Asperger, Bipolar Type 2 and ADHD tests. However, I think that says more about how fucked up the sweeping definitions and blunt the diagnostic tools are.

I guess you could call me a hacker in the classical sense. I can code hack, design and sell hustle. However, most of the time I consider myself more of a hack. Yes, I still have some residual impostor’s syndrome.

I see numbers as colors – and for a long time I thought everybody does. I only discovered later in life that there’s a word for it: Synesthesia (Wikipedia).

My sister & me - Probably from around 1980.

My sister & me around 1981.

I owe whatever streak of creativity you think I might possess to my father’s genes, a nationally recognized artist and an award-winning veteran AD/CD of the Norwegian ad industry, and every single entrepreneurial one to my mother, a feminist pioneer inventing and founding her own independent and innovative businesses in a time where women – even in Scandinavia – were still expected to be stay-at-home moms – or at the very least take boring menial jobs.

My biggest pride and joy in life is my family.

My beloved late uncle, Torodd Olsen

My late uncle in London in the 70s or early 80s

I have no role models or idols except for my late engineer uncle. He was gone much too soon. I like to think that some of his passion for tinkering, building stuff and genuine child-like interest in other people lives on in me. I will forever miss him.

“Crazy magnetic viking guy. […] OK. You should come and do the talk instead of me. Stand up!” –Yossi Vardi, the kindest man I’ve met so far on my journeys, that time he let me pitch my startup in the middle of his CampusParty 2012 keynote speech.

I got my first computer around 1983. It was a Dragon 32. It lead to harder substances like the Commodore 128D, Amiga 500 and ultimately to the top of the heap with an Amiga 4000 before I caved and turned wintel PC in 1999 and turned a total Apple convert in 2009.

Co-Founder of Germany’s largest startup pitching event “Rheinland Pitch” together with Lorenz and Matthias Gräf of STARTPLATZ since 2013. Pictured, the +1.400 crowd at the 2017 Summer Finals @ DUS Airport

I haven’t have a landline telephone since I got my first mobile phone in 1994, I haven’t owned a TV since 2004, I’m a member of the ACLU, although I’m more of a libertarian and less of a liberal (in the American sense). I am a sceptic, an atheist, a supporter of separation of church and state, KBHC supporter, proud member of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and a card carrying member of EFF.

I’m into people who are working on making a dent, removing gatekeepers and changing the world. Some call them artists or founders.

Axes of evil

My axes of evil

Music is my hot hot sex.

Entitlement, non-artists (aka people who don’t experiment, experience and risk some level of personal failure), people who have no understanding of, or no operating proficiency of, tacit knowledge and lateral thinking (aka learning by doing, not by blindly following recipes and checking boxes) are my biggest turnoffs.

I’m trilingual; Norwegian, English and German. Sometimes I think in one language, speak in another, write in the third and dream in all.

“Let’s face it. It’s the tension of life that keeps the light in a man’s eyes, and keeps the foam in his nuts. It’s really the only thing you cannot afford to lose.”
Hunter S. Thompson

Let’s Connect

I have no agenda other than participating in this global village, the global conversation. Actually, this blog soap box is probably more about you than it is about me.


Hanging with Mr. Nice Guy himself, the example to follow, Gary Vaynerchuk at SxSW 2012, Austin TX

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“[…]I have a secret love of chaos. There should be more of it. Do not believe-and I am dead serious when I say this-do not assume that order and stability are always good, in a society or in a universe. The old, the ossified, must always give way to new life and the birth of new things. Before the new things can be born the old must perish. This is a dangerous realization, because it tells us that we must eventually part with much of what is familiar to us. And that hurts. But that is part of the script of life. Unless we can psychologically accommodate change, we ourselves begin to die, inwardly. What I am saying is that objects, customs, habits, and ways of life must perish so that the authentic human being can live. And it is the authentic human being who matters most, the viable, elastic organism which can bounce back, absorb, and deal with the new.” – Philip K. Dick

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