A big Thank You to all pioneers in tech for simplifying my life most of the time. Sometimes though all this tech stuff in daily life complicates and make me really stressed when not working as supposed to, or at least, the way I want and expect it to. After a great weekend spent relaxing on the beach (and yes it’s possible to be at the beach in Sweden :-)), reading The wellnes syndrome and The Sell, Monday kicked-off working from home. It went by in an intense but, nice and in a comfortable pace until I realized, by chance, that two unknown devices was connected to my computer. Totally surprised I got pretty stressed out, but thanks to social media and great colleagues and friends that replied instantly to help out I got it all sorted out quickly. How can you live without social media in work life? And especially as an entrepreneur, startup or business owner? Beats me!
Tuesday came with a trip to Karlskrona starting with a luncheon meeting with a colleague from NetPort SciencePark in Karlshamn, at the MarineMuseum. Beautiful and relaxing view as you can see on the right picture.
We continued together and met up with some colleagues from various organizations for a workshop at HyperIsland to develop a new educational program on kids and creative media. For long I had wanted to be in a work shop in the HyperIsland spirit and as I anticipated it was creative constructive, fun and the outcome really amazed me after spending three hours together with people that I met for the first time. Woho!
The evening was spent with a young and very smart woman that I mentor at a computer science program in Malmö, and her family. They had been in Sweden for about 8 years by now after fleeing from Bagdad, Iraq, where her father worked as a journalist and manger for SkyNews for many years. Unbelievable stories were told to me and I still wonder how they could be still so loving, caring and happy after all they have gone through. Deeply impressed and grateful for inviting me and even more obliged to help this great, smart, stubborn young WIT to succeed. I know she will.
As health is a foundation for existence I decided to finally use my gift card and to explore and treat myself with a session of facial reflexology that a colleague had given to me a long time ago at StayBeautiful. It was a very interesting experience that when she was pressing specific trigger points in my face and I could feel it in different parts of my body. A lunch followed with an great talk on health before continuing from Lund to Malmö.
Want to expand to the promised land US? was the topic of the event at MINC incubator in Malmö, that’s now a part of the area of Greater Copehagen.
The Swedish entrepreneur Rickard Hansson, CEO at Incentive started off by telling his journey as an entrepreneur and how he ended up living in Silicon Beach, and that’s also the HQ for Incentive. To help out to get into the US market, Incetive is working with the award winning Leah Nurik, a marketing and business developer consultant and CEO/Founder at Gabriel Marketing Group. Leah gave us some invaluable tips if, or when establishing a business in the US. Afterwards I met up with some great colleagues before heading home. A journey that needs to be forgotten asap since it took me five! hours instead of 1,5 hours to get back home due to problems in the train system in Skåne.
Thursday the problems was still there with the trains, but I managed to get on time leaving early for Malmö, to the joint Geek Girl Meetup Oresund(GGMO) and recently initiated chapter of WITISweden, luncheon meeting that I was hosting. Note to one self arriving in Malmö was: check weather report for destination before leaving home. Left a sunny Sölvesborg for a pouring-down-rain Malmö. An intense, very creative and fun lunch made me forget the weather and even take a picture of our lunch meetup! But I’ll be back since from now on it will be a monthly event having lunch at M.E.C.K, in Media Evolution City with GGMO and WITISweden.
After a nice walk with almost clear skies, it was time finally time for the Startup-Dojo, season 4, episode 1 at FooCafé. The startup-dojo has during 3 years successfully emerged to a talked-about and much appreciated platform for startups in Malmö. It’s for entrepreneurs and by entrepreneurs from a wide range of countries all residing in Malmö for different reasons. This has meant the most to me as written about in a previous post, to move on from my book and concept WIFL (Work In Fake Life) to be the digitized savanna for my next book and concept Im a Cebra that will be launched in Malmö and California later this fall. And from now on I will be part of the Startup-Dojo crew together with the founder Erik Starck, CEO and Founder of Startup-studio, David Degbor and Victoria Paleykova.
The purpose of the dojo is to take your startup/business one-step further and when leaving the Dojo you’ll know what next steps that are needed to be taken. This night four startups pitched www.spheer.com, www.recualizer.com, www.youcollide.com and www.yathra.se . They were then placed in 4 corners to which the rest of the participants could chose to move around and give feedback, contacts and suggestions on how to move forward. We gathered all together to sum it all up and listen to steps suggested to take to move forward. And as always we all had learned, made new connections and had fun.
With the usual beer or soda in our hands, sponsored by FooCafé, we went to the 3-year celebration of the same fabulous place. Michael TIberg, the CEO and founder kicked it off with telling that this was the 777th! meetup! He also introduced an opportunity that from now on they opened up for sponsoring with private memberships among many other news to come, including a big party spring 2016, to celebrate the 1000! tech event at FooCafé.
Erik Meijer then took over the stage and had an incredible talk on Category Theory, The essence of interface-based design. I admit, didn’t get most of what he was talking about, and as I learned after the talk, that most of the 100+ in the audience didn’t either. It made me feel a bit better since most of them were advanced developers and tech people, and I’m not. During the talk I got the humble insight just as I started of this post with: A big Thank You to all IT-pioneers, including my father that started already 1969 as a computer developing engineer at IBM. And it was said that he was insane to work with computers since there was no future in that business.
So, to all you Pioneers in what ever area you’re in; your’re the Person it all starts with, then keep the Passion, know your Purpose, get the right People, solve the Problem, create the Product, look at it’s Potential and then comes the Profit. The P’s and the order that’s necessary for a sustainable success in your startup.
Friday was a busy work-from-home day and preparing for my trip to Stockholm for a startup meetings and attending the Stockholm Tech Fest 1-2nd of September.
More to come on that in my next post,
Enjoy your week to come!