Founders prefer teams… but where can I find a co-founder?

Ideas from the #IdeasIntoAction group:

Photo by Shannon Rowies on Unsplash — and here’s more about John Donne and No Man Is An Island.

Fieldnotes from an #IdeasIntoAction group discussion…


We explored an imaginary scenario together — in other to bring out practical ideas for accelerating action:

‘Someone is building a sensor that can identify insects and collect data. But can they develop that venture, when he if they don’t have the means on their own?’ What might a “program” designed to help in this instance look like?’

Such an outfit can have many names. One is “Hot Housing”, another “skunkworks” — or you could simply call it an idea / innovation incubator. …

Fieldnotes from an #IdeasIntoAction group discussion.

Scenario: “A graphic designer, self-employed. Regularly reflects on future goals. Including how to: Get more work? Meet more people?

“I want it to be genuine — not ‘just an excuse to sell’…”

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

5 Quick-fire suggestions from the #IdeasIntoAction group:

As part of the research for #FacPower I had the opportunity to talk facilitation with Katrine Kent. We met at Prolog Coffee in Copenhagen. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation:

// What can facilitation do?

It can bring out the best in people — and the context people are in — when it relates to a vision, goal or other desired outcome.

Katrine Kent

You could say it is a frame — or perhaps call it a scaffolding. It is something you can lean against. It is something that can help you grab ideas — and help the ideas move into insights, and hopefully into action. …

Earlier this week I took some time out for some good old-fashioned to-and-fro correspondence with an old friend and advisor, the cerebral Ezri Carlebach.

Here’s an excerpt from our exchange:

Where do ideas come from?

That’s a very good question, and the answer is both maddeningly obvious and also sets us a challenge. Ideas come from human beings — all of them, all the time. I’m not talking about good ideas or useful ideas or qualifying the notion in any way.

Ezri Carlebach

The propensity to come up with ideas — in other words, to experience symbolic thought — is quintessentially human, and the source of our…

The title is a bit of a bait and switch. But we’ll come back to that. At the core of it, it is a useful handbook for those new to facilitation — and there are even a few things for experienced practitioners.

As Rebecca Sutherns says early on in the book:

“Facing the unexpected is the norm — a reflection of the fact that we are dealing with humans, not robots — and it’s what makes this job exciting.”

Spot on - and:

“Your facilitated session needs to accomplish more than the value each individual could have generated by working…

It is always nice to catch up and congratulate when an old friend takes on a new challenge — and hear a little about what they’ll do next. Haje Jan Kamps is the new VP Marketing for Bolt VC. Here’s a brief excerpt from our conversation…

What is the biggest marketing challenge for VCs?

Haje Jan Kamps

Ultimately, I think it’s the same challenge that you see in any other marketing role; it starts with the extremely basic — who are your customers and where do they get their information — and continues down a pretty obvious path: What can you do to inject yourself into the conversation at the right…

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed. William Gibson

Wall art @ the Fruit Market in Hull

This week in Milan a bunch of facilitators are gathering to explore agile practices. This had led to some discussions around where all this comes from, so I thought I’d pull together a super-brief primer.

The agile concept is as old as one of our ancestors outsmarting a snow leopard or a saber-toothed tiger. It does after all mean: ‘able to move quickly and easily / able to think and understand quickly.’

After the saber-toothed tiger died out the challenge changed, and I’d say that in…

During #StartUpWoche this year I had the opportunity to connect with Kerby Meyers halfway across the world. We spoke about the book he’s got out on the trials and tribulations of 16 early-stage start-ups he’s worked with in Denver, Colorado.

Here’s our exchange — it has been edited for conciseness and clarity:

Persistent Grit is now available on Amazon / add it to your reading list / rate it on Goodreads.

Why this, why now?

I noticed a gap.

I’ve taught entrepreneurial classes here in Denver. And I’ve found that there is an incredible thirst for first-hand experiences. Books like Lean Start-up and The Hard Thing About Hard Things are useful — yet, there’s appetite for more. …

So many Meetups — yet what if there isn’t one covering your topic? How might you set up your own? Having co-run three different ones in the last year, here’s a brief checklist that’ll help you save time (and some maybe even some tears).

It is built around extending a global movement of get-togethers called #IAFmeetup, first pioneered by the good people at IAF England & Wales - and now taking the world by storm. But you could also fashion your own if there’s a gap in what’s offered locally. That said, don’t reinvent the wheel unless you have to!

Michael Ambjorn

Director #Urbantech | Founder #AlignYourOrg + espresso user | views own | #createconnection | #ideasintoaction | #FacPower

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