Once upon a time, like in the Jurrassic Park era i.e. about 18 months ago in the digital world, I entered FooCafé, at Media Evolution City for a Start-up Dojo. A couple of weeks earlier I had launched my book “WIFL- Work In Fake Life – Your guide to the digital work life” ( revised version in English fall 2015) and the WIFL website. (in english) Now what? How could I take my vast knowledge further and get even more involved in the future digitization of work life? One thing was for sure, we were and are in the middle of the transition from the industrialized era into the digitized era. How do we handle the challenges, new conditions and opportunities that this brings? How to make the best out of it, using the best of both worlds? These were some of the questions that I had in the back of my mind and that I brought with me entering the Dojo in the evening of the last Thursday of October 2013.
As soon as the introduction started, for the first time in my many years in my work life I felt at home. Finally, here was the herd I’ve been searching for! Could not believe that I for once didn’t feel like I was from out of space, but I guess it was because it was that we all spent alot of our time in Cyberspace The introduction by the crew of Michael Tiberg, Erik Starck and Tom Kealy evoked a feeling of WOW! The presentation by the guest speaker, the serial entrepreneur Steve Jennings just blew my mind! I was hooked and I’m still addicted to the Dojo. So far I have not experienced anything like it in regards to generously sharing, helping, connecting to move startups and businesses forward towards success, and extending my network.
The community at the Startup-Dojo is an international community with entrepreneurs from all over the world that brings a global and international atmosphere to FooCafé. The whole idea with the Dojo is that startups in the early beginning eg. you might only have an idea that you need feedback on, or want to do an early pitch, or come back for help to further advance your business when stuck to get help to move on. And it’s for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs.
Now back to the evening in late October of 2013. After a break for some pizza and beer sponsored by iis.se, Erick was asking around who wanted to present/pitch/needed help this evening to move forward with their startup. My heart started pounding; maybe I should ask for help? Could I do it totally unprepared and in English? Ah, what the heck I heard my self thinking as I at the same time rose my hand and heard my self say “ I’ll do it!”.
The response and feedback I got was overwhelming and with an overload of invaluable inputs from the whole community I left the Dojo! This is also how I met Victoria Paleykova, that the following day took on the development of my WIFL-website. And several of the participants from the community that evening has turned out to be both great colleagues and friends.
What has happened after my first Dojo is just amazing, and now me, Victoria and David Degbor, that I also met at the first Dojo, will step in and together move the Dojo forward together with Michael Tiberg, (Founder of FooCafé) and Erik Starck (Founder of the Dojo).
David Degbor, the 3D-printing guru.
I will continue to post what’s happening in the great startup world of Malmö/Copenhagen of Sweden/Denmark. Lots of great stuff happening here!
Enjoy your weekend