cool girl. amazing interview.
Last week I had a great time at hy!Berlin. Aydo & Hans organized an amazing conference. Probably the best startup event I’ve been to in Germany. I met a lot of people I actually always wanted to meet and had some great discussion with other founders.
In my opinion the major differences to all the other startup events in Germany were:
- truly international
- focus on product (not funding)
- felt exclusive
- free for founders
- lunch on the berlin tv-tower
Startup events are probably one of the biggest distractions for founders. There’s almost an event every day you could go to. There’s almost always some speaker you would like to hear/meet. There’s always something you could miss. And of course, there’s almost always the chance to pitch, win a price and meet potential investors/employees.
On the other hand, you could just stay at the office and work on your product. I love to go to events, meet people and talk about WHY own it. But honestly, it won’t have that much of an impact as all these events promise. Startup competitions are mostly better for the organizer of the event, than the startup … and I doubt that lot’s of startups got funding just because they attended a conference that brings together founders and business angels/VCs.
Anyways. This is a note to myself: think twice, before you go to an event. Let’s see if I can manage to only go to one more startup/web event this year (which will be Online Marketing Rockstars).
Another amazing Foundation interview.
This time Ben Horowitz of the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz.
- get the product right
- communication structure within the company
- don’t appeal to VCs
- board meetings: are we on track?
- software impacts the world (industries)
back in 2010 I saw jay live at the yankee stadium. this just looks even more amazing.
my goal for 2013: have lunch with JayZ
The past two days I’ve been to the NOAH Conference, met a lot of people and listened to a couple of talks/pitches.
Besides all the noise there was one pitch that I actually really liked. Maarten Beucker Andreae, CEO of 2dehands.be, referenced to the legendary Scarface’s lesson number two: don’t get high on your own supply.
While Scarface was probably one of the most influential movies in HipHop as well as Maarten’s favorite movie, he claimed that lesson number two is not true for founders.
Founders should get high on their own supply!
I believe that this is one key factor to success. There are millions of business ideas out there. Choose one that you are passionate about. Be your best customer!
Here’s some more inspiration.