What Gordon Ramsay can teach you about startups

In my hometown, an Irish guy recently opened a fish and chips shop. When I first got to know him, he offered four kinds of battered-and-fried foods (fish, chicken, asparagus and risotto balls), with chips that came with three kinds of special salts (regular sea salt, spicy salt and salt with basil) and three different sauces. Apart from that, he also offered burrito’s (which also came in fish, chicken or vegetarian...

SoundCloud co-founder Eric Wahlforss: “How we built SoundCloud"

Update 24/04/2013: today, the office of Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes announced that Eric Wahlforss and Alexander Ljung won the 'European Web Entrepreneur of the Year' award.  In some ways, SoundCloud has become a byword for the ambitious (but immature) startup scene that is Berlin. It’s cool and hip and hard to categorize. Started as a way for semi professional artists to grow their own...

9 tips to get better at the black art of customer development

Admit it: you have, at some point, thought that you just didn’t have time to talk to your customers. There's just too much on your to do list. Anyway, if you would ask them what they want, they would say something like “faster horses”. And Steve Jobs didn’t ask consumers what they wanted, and you are on your way to become the new Steve Jobs. Right? Well, not exactly, says Ian Collingwood, founder of UXdna. N...

5 simple things you can do today to help European startups achieve

(This post first appeared in a different version as a guest blog on the Telefonica Digital Hub) Two weeks ago, I was invited to an informal hangout with top European tech entrepreneurs at the offices of Vice President of the European Commission and “digital chief” Neelie Kroes. Kroes wants to promote European entrepreneurship through a campaign called “Startup Europe”, and she thinks that one possible soluti...

8 lessons in how to disrupt yourself from Schibsted

Recently, Frederic Filloux at MondayNote wrote a very insightful piece on the digital strategy of Norwegian publisher Schibsted. Schibsted owns a few of the biggest European online classifieds sites like Le Bon Coin, Finn.no and Blocket and a range of other online classifieds sites, most if not all of them immensely profitable. To give you an idea of how strong Schibsted is online: Le Bon Coin currently ranks fifth ...