Recently I was honored and delighted to be invited back to Founders Foundation in Bielefeld, Germany to help their current cohort of startups to pitch and improve their pitchdecks with my popular Pitching Masterclass.
These were the slides I used:
Recently I was invited to RTL Mediengruppe to help their journalist school’s InnoLab Week participants pitch their internal ventures with my Pitching Masterclass.
And to speak in front of RTL managers and stakeholders on another topic near and dear to me; How the old game of innovation and growth has changed and how to master the new game at an internal event.
Here are the slides I used for the Pitching Masterclass:
And here are the slides for my talk on the new versus the old game of corporate innovation & growth:
Some impressions from the InnoLab week:
Today I was honored to be invited to share from my startup mistakes and coach participants at a Lean Startup Bootcamp for developers in Baghdad, Iraq.
One of the most interesting things I learned was that solving the last mile problem, buying groceries online to have them delivered is also a startup thing in Iraq – and a particular problem with the logistic is that popular exotic fruits are sold at separate shops often far removed from the supermarkets, which leaves the fulfilment and delivery process doubly complex.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States Government agency which is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid.
I knew where the country of Moldova (not Moldavia – that’s the name of a region) was on the map (Hint: It’s just east of Romania), but I had never previously visited. I was surprised to find a small but capable startup community and a lot of familiar faces in the capital of Chisinau.
First up, I had two workshops with Moldovan companies and their management about how corporations engage with startups and why; One at Starnet (the primary telco in Moldova) and one at the coworking space and startup center iHUB (also supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs among others).
The topic of innovation and growth is especially interesting in Moldova because one of the leading industries is outsourcing; building apps, websites and software for other western companies. This is a good business model for now – but for how long? What happens when other markets will outcompete them on price? So I talked a lot about the importance in experimenting with developing new products and how, before their business model may become obsolete and also how and why they could be reinvesting in local startups as a part of their innovation portfolio.
Back to back, I was also honored to be invited to speak about my startup experiences at the Startup Grind Chisinau in the evening.
And a day later I held my popular Lean Startup Crash Course for existing startups and people considering founding one.
These were the slides for my Lean Startup Crash Course:
These were the slides for the talk about why and how corporations engage with startups:
Someone asked me the other day about what I’d wish I’d known before founding a startup.
Which made me think for a bit, because it’s a lot.
But if I had to pick just a couple of things, it would be this — and it’s probably not what you wanted to hear.
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