The Meaning of Bots

If you haven’t already noticed, bots are on the rise and we take a look at what they are and what they mean. Bots are new platforms for developers, they are an interface for users, they represents a whole range…

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How society changes with technology – Looking at digital transformation in finance, education and cars

At our investment company, Standout Capital, we discuss how industries change with technology. We look broadly at companies and industry sectors undergoing digital change. A company that is not a typical tech business today, might be a tech business tomorrow….

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Running with technology, and without. Moving through 5 stages of fitness gadgets.

Our health, physical training and well-being is morphing with technology. If you wear a smartwatch, for example, it will log your activity in various ways while you are being quantified. Some call it self-tracking. This blog is about using technology for…

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To change, or not to change your strategy? Five principles for strategy shifts.

This is the question that founders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, owners or anyone responsible for a business is asking all the time: “Do we have the right strategy?” The question is triggered by frustrating and slowing revenue numbers, new competitors and products…

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10 things the Game of Thrones can teach us about leadership

The HBO TV-series is a huge success, not only because a brilliant plot with unexpected turns, vivid characters and random nudity, but also its no-nonsense approach to life and leadership. What if you translated the Game of Thrones to running…

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The hard thing about hard things

Companies are about people, and Ben Horowitz’ book The Hard Thing About Hard Things is essentially about being a CEO in growing and struggling tech companies. As an entrepreneur, I like to think that there are no management handbooks –…

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The Dolphin School

Reward the right behaviour, but do not punish. Going with my children to play with the dolphins at the Dolphin Bay, located within the Aquaventure theme park next to the Atlantis hotel in Dubai, I thought that we were in…

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Face to face

When in doubt, meet. Whenever you are in trouble with people, meet in person. FaceTime is the name of the product of a mobile phone manufacturer and software company that would like its users to enjoy being able to see…

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Don’t do lunch

Spend your time right. In his book The Seven-Day Weekend, Ricardo Semler described how he stopped having business lunches with clients to instead spend time working on how to deliver even better value to his customers. To ‘do lunch’ is…

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Are you liked or respected?

What do you prefer? This is a somewhat philosophical question. If you could choose, would you rather be liked or respected? The obvious answer is that you would prefer to be both, like Nelson Mandela, I guess. People like to…

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