corporate entrepreneurship, Events, speaking, startup

Moderating @ Hannover Messe 2017


Recently I was invited by NRW.INVEST to moderate a panel discussion on how to build a business with innovation at the Polish-German Startup Forum at the Hannover Messe 2017.

From the official description of the event:

Poland has made an impressive economic leap within the past two decades. The country did not overlook the global trends and became an established start-up center for Central Eastern Europe. The great catch-up demand in Polish economy, not only attracted investment, but also created enormous creativity and ambition among young generation of entrepreneurs who have recognized the key to international success in innovation. The ever-growing Polish startup ecosystem is just one of the evidence of the rapid development in this area.
The aim of the event is to exchange experiences between startup developers and large and medium business from Poland and Germany, as well as, introduce German investors to the potential of Polish companies.


corporate entrepreneurship, Events, innovation, startup

Speaking at the pre-opening of the digital HUB Cologne

What Startups Need @ digital HUB Cologne

Recently I was honored to be invited to speak at the members-only pre-opening of the digital HUB Cologne about “What Startups Need”.

Spoiler alert: It isn’t corporate partners and digital hubs.

The digital hubs in the state of NRW in Germany is a political construct part financed with public money. It’s supposed to support and help small and medium companies get onboard with “digitalisation”, whatever that term means.

The ensuing panel debate and Q&A

As you might know, I’m much more of a libertarian than a socialist, so I’m not the biggest fan of this publicly funded hub concept for a number of reasons.

Some are:

  • I don’t believe taxpayers should be subsidising private enterprises
  • If the market had wanted or needed a “digital hub”, it would have created one already by itself
  • The market is Darwinistic and self- correcting – putting public support-wheels or bandaids on failing businesses is wrong
  • Creating publicly funded competition to existing local business offerings is wrong

You get the drift.

In sum, I think it’s a political innovation theatre paid for in part by us the taxpayers.


These were the slides I used:

Events, startup

It’s that WebSummit time again

Gary V…

It’s that time of year again! This year the WebSummit moved to beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. Who’s in town? Hit me up on them there social interwebs and let’s have a drink or dinner.

This thing is getting huuuuge… But we all know we come to catch up outside of the talks, having chats and drinks outside of the venue even…

WebSummit is also a Great excuse for me to visit my fiends at Startup Braga and Startup Portugal

Events, startup

Pitching the state of NRW as a great place for startups in Warsaw, Poland

Evangelist #1 for startups in NRW in action…

Previously, we had been visiting Moscow to spread the good word and recently I was invited back by the city of Düsseldorf (the capital of NRW) and NRW.INVEST to be a part of the delegation with the Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf, Thomas Geisel and others, to spread the gospel about why the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is a great place for startups in Warsaw, Poland (twin city of Düsseldorf).

We also visited a lot of interesting tech / startup places like here at Google Campus / Techub Warsaw

These were my slides: