For the past 5 years I’ve been mostly in the business of Innovation Consulting but deep down I wanted to be a Tech Entrepreneur. There was something that didn’t feel right though:
How can I become a Tech Entrepreneur without any sort of tech knowledge?
We’ve seen stories like this possible. But this is something I didn’t want.
It felt like some sort of “impostor syndrome”. I decided to overcome that but I was scared for sure. I believed my career was very well paved already.
A chat with a Startup Founder and the power of reframing problems into opportunities.
“I strongly believe that the solutions we will build, will be much better, now that every team member has understood the problems in detail.”
The team is now aligned, they talked face-to-face (remotely) to real potential customers and, most importantly, they learned at lightning speed what to prioritize based on customer needs. …
It has been a while since Jake Knapp spent a morning teaching us the value of Design Sprints and how we can use this powerful framework for building great products. We, on the other hand, shared our learnings following the approach within our Innovation Program and the challenges and outcomes we experienced along the way; some positives and others, to be honest, not so compelling.
Mental model: a pivot is not a failure, is that substantive change to one or more components of your business model.
Once upon a time
there was a group of independent professionals struggling not able to to find the right projects and clients.
encountering tradeoffs was the normal: either taking well-paid but unexciting jobs or working on projects they were truly passionate about for little money.
Luis & Moritz came together to build a platform to connect these professionals with innovative companies so both can work, develop and grow together.
Because of that independent professionals spend…
A bit more than six weeks ago I shared how writing here in Medium and “getting out of the building” has helped us engage with potential customers, validate part of our business assumptions and increase our speed of learning at a-change; worth mentioning, receiving words of encouragement and inspiration, attracting new talents and also service providers to our platform.
From that moment, I made the naive choice that posting a series of stories about all I learnt from an Entrepreneur from Austria and the challenges he’s facing with his Startup was a good idea (including some audio snippets from these…
A brief letter to my first team member, Moritz.
Recently, my first employee, and firm believer of a-change from the beginning, reached his first month working along with me.
I’ve reflected on the importance of recognizing the work that people does, even if your company is so tiny, and yet not truly understood, that goes unexpected to many people out there.
I spent almost the same amount of time I used to spend when I was giving negative feedback to people. Interesting enough, in general, my case included, we spend more time thinking about how to give negative feedback to…
I’ve always been interested in frameworks that helps organizations approaching problem-solving, spark creativity or systematically guiding teams and/or individuals execute and enjoy work. One that I learned, experienced and then taught to 100+ people was Design Sprints.
But, when it comes to using a framework to help people kick-off projects and align or even thinking about onboarding a first official hire, I certainly was (and perhaps still am) a complete NEWBIE.
Reading this article I’ll give a quick formula to:
1) Onboard any person into a new team or company in less than 45 minutes.
2) Collaborate on a virtual…
This article mentions (Part 1) because I believe this great story cannot be told in just a one-long post. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did and still am!
Some people would say that meeting new people is hard.
Some other people would say that meeting and engaging with potential customers is actually harder, and scary. One thought that automatically comes to mind and I’ve heard is:
“How about if they don’t like or resonate with my value proposition?”
Especially if you don’t have too many connections out there and you were living in the bubble…
(*) “Trying it too” means doing things like the picture you will see by the end of this post. Hint: if you want to get a sneak peak of our first office space (or an attempt of it), scroll until the end right now! But come back here again… :)
Bootstrapping is the act of pulling up your company by your own bootstraps.
What? Come again please…
Ok, bootstrapping is the act of self-financing or building up your business relying on your own money and revenue to operate and expand. …
The #1 question that I just love asking every Entrepreneur during my mentoring journeys finally was asked right back to me.
So, it’s been more than a month since you launched this thing:
How do you make sure you’re making progress with your startup? How do you know you’re focusing on doing the right things to do every day?
Take that Luis. Right in your face!
To be honest, it’s a tough question. Whoever I asked this before, I’m sorry if you were not really prepared for it or I came across with an obnoxious tone.
This question came over…