I was wondering what are the biggest problems we have on earth today. I know there are thousands, millions or even billions of problems to solve. I get asked so often on Quora or at startup events what problems do actually exist that could be solved, that I compiled this list of 100+ global problems […]

Pretty much every car manufacturer on the planet are testing their autonomous cars here in Silicon Valley. Resources are plentiful, rules and regulations, as innovation friendly as possible without going overboard. And again the accumulation of knowledge is unparalleled. We spoke with a few test drivers and physically sensed the excitement, the community and the […]

I’ve been asked so many times that I felt it would be good to write a blog post. Obviously there are many consulting services, software developer and others who could built your MVP in a rather short period of time. Then you get what you asked for and can enter the market. If customers report […]

I have been asked countless times, what it takes to be a good entrepreneur, a successful entrepreneur and so forth. Questions came from Quora, in meetings, on events and is one of the most asked questions from young people who are interested in building a startup. As a precursor let me try to define success, […]

Help from the GROUND UP Getting 3,5 Billion people out of poverty is a daunting task. But 150 years ago most developed countries were seriously poor too. We think we found a very different way to get countries out of poverty. We are supporting entrepreneurs in emerging countries like Vietnam, Ghana, Peru, do – what […]

Quite a lot of the readers of this blog actually are one of the top 1% wealthiest people in the world. But because the majority of our readers lives in developing or emerging countries, they are not. There have been countless discussions why or why not, what we can do to stop the rapid widening […]

Meeting with the ITP leadership team of the University of Ho Chi Minh City. An impressive presentation where Vietnam is planning to go what innovative businesses concerns.  We also had some great meetings with students, who are very ambitious and eager to learn everything possible about innovative thinking and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs Workshop with roughly 20 […]

One week with great teams, jar dropping innovation spaces and top notch universities. Our work in South Korea, with our ambassador and team was very exciting. South Korea is certainly no longer an “emerging country”. It bypassed many of the developed countries. Startup ecosystem of the superlative. South Korea’s brand new Innovation hub is certainly […]

A week with very promising teams, brilliant people from the local universities and amazing supporter – less amazing government actions. Our work In Nepal was a great finish for our five week Asia Tour on one side and a disappointment at the very last day, at the investor summit. After an impressive pitch event, the […]

Do you really need a vision for your business? You don’t NEED anything, it’s YOUR business! But here is what a VISION can do for you. You don’t “create” a vision for yourself Hopefully, you already envision where you want to take your business. And if you don’t have one, ask yourself why you are […]

It’s one of the very often asked questions at startup events. One of the unique skills of an entrepreneur is to create something with nothing. If you would have capital you would probably become an investor, not an entrepreneur. One day a young entrepreneur asked me: “But I have to live and eat and I have […]

You already started very very well – togetherness. Yet this is one of the biggest challenges of first time founders. Hence the long and detailed answer. It takes teamwork to make a dream work. People all to often simply focus on the act of “finding”. That doesn’t get you anywhere and you end up with […]

DEVELOPMENT AID OF THE LAST 70 YEARS Trying to help 3.5 Billion people in 75 of the poorest countries getting out of poverty seems to be a daunting task. In the past 75 years it failed, despite staggering 4.7 Trillion Dollar donations. Even if we try to be fast and complete the job in the […]

One of the most often asked question from young entrepreneurs who don’t really live in one of the startup epicenters: “We don’t have enough investors in our region. How can I get funded?” LIVING OFF THE GRID Well, if you want what’s not available in your village, you need to do one of two things: […]

Instead of trying to help 3 Billion people from the 75 poorest countries to survive, we decided we want to focus on 1,500 innovative minds, the 20 best from each country to build their own self propelled economy. PAST DEVELOPMENT AID EFFORTS Since more than 50 years, the developed world is helping less developed countries […]

We believe having a massively big objective requires a laser sharp focus. At least that has been true for any business and we think it is also true for an organization that is not profit oriented – yet very goal oriented. With that we propose the following to our leadership teams: One goal: Prosperity for […]

We have roughly 200 souverain states on earth, depends on who is accepting which country. The 10 wealthiest countries together represent more than half of all export/capita value from around the world.  The 25 poorest countries do not export anything at all. It appears that the ability to export indicates the level of prosperity. The […]

After a very successful Asia roadshow in 2018 we are on our way to Asia again, Feb 27 – Mar 30th 2019. Please come meet with Axel and me, if you are around in one of the 5 cities in 4 countries: Feb 27 – Mar 5 Vietnam HCMC Mar 6 – Mar 10 Vietnam […]

There is a lot we can learn from Nepal. The very beautiful and sometimes considered mystic country could not have more orthogonal dimensions. Nepal is at the very low end of the GDP list, is unfortunately high up on the list of “perceived corruption”, is a nation with the one of the most kindest people […]

Transcending from the Information Age into the Innovations Age. Looking back: Information is king, information will be omnipresent and widely accessible more or less across the globe. All that exactly happened. The power of information changed the world order. It was no longer the production power that made emerging countries to developed countries, but well-informed […]