We have now launched Safepac Internatiol. It is the international expansion of the sucessful swedish company that creates online education towards the transport sector in sweden.
check it out : www.safepac.eu
We are very excited to soon roll out personilized A/B testing. It will provide an easy way through a wysywig editor to change images, text and structure to test towards different personality types.
This increases the A/B test efficency and conversion rates mulitples times compared to other A/B testing services.
I am all for the lean startup methods. And i think it´s always good to test thing s in small scale before going big. But there is one thing that is even faster. It is called intuition, software companies is often dominated by data-driven type of personalities. And it has it´s strengths. But it can also create a stale environment where every buy button and new page has to be tested.
In small startup this can really slow things down. And it can demotivate creative induviduals. But running on pure intuition is also dangerous and can send you on totally wrong path, so here is some suggestions when developing you business intuition.
* Do something that you are really interested in, not only the end-game, this will give you energy during low-peaks or downtimes, and you have more peace to take good decisions.
* Practice to try and think outside your own scope. If you are a male, how does a female think. How does diffrent personalities think and age sectors.
* If something gives you a good stomach feeling. Break it up and analyze it. What is good about it? Why do you feel that way? That will teach you to detect bad decisions in a early stage
Taskwrapper.com is opening up for the open beta. The vision has always been to combine todo with chat to create an effective GTD app that speeds up developing in small projects or startups.
One thing we put a lot of work into is creating image uploads where you can put markers on top. Perfect for design jobs or prototyping.
check it out: www.taskwrapper.com
I remember in my twenties when I travelled through Asia. How boring it was sitting on a bus full of people for 14 hours. But it in that vacuum many of my ideas that I´m now persuing was created.
And in some way the mobile phone and consuming social-media + news has taken that away from us. We are no longer searching inside us, visualizing and modeling our ideas.
Now whe have other peoples ideas to take part of.
In som way you could say that the mobile phone with internet killed the daydreamer, but I think social networks is creating more frequent user patthern that is more compelling to consume.
I try to take an hour every day to daydream, and it is not easy :)
I heard something in a podcast that really made an impact on me. It was the co-founder of wired magazine Kevin Kelly that said that his greatest fear was not missing out on any opportunity, but not using his full potencial. He asked this simple question:
What is the thing that no one can do, but me?
It made me think - what is that for me? It is a really powerful question!
And compared to norway..
Sweden is way ahead of attracting outside investment. Could this be of earlier hits like spotify, skype and mindcraft or do you think there is a diifrence in buisiness culture?
Scandinavia have some really cool startups. I found this article from business insider that list the top 25 compaines in scandinavia.
Lenovo have been hacked, probably after news earlier this week that they install malicous adware that places ads on websites visited on their computers..
This is how ther site looks like now :
Had a discussion with my wife about the dangers of having to little feelings and being to pragmatic.
I had a period in my 20's where I got deep into sales. I was really good at it and it really destroyed me.
when you start to think about actions and consequences there is something dangerous creeping in. You can do things that are against everything you stand for, because acheiving the goal is so seductive.
The brain is really good at lot´s of things , but when it comes to making decisions it really sucks!
The brain has only 2 stages: YES/NO
And it cannot really take in all the multi-faceted circumstances that the future holds..
What are best for you - as a person?
What will make you feel good, and keep you going over time?
This is just some of the questions that are really complex and you need your feelings for.
Sadly I see this in parents also, sometimes mental constructions are being forced down on children because "it´s the right thing" or "It makes sense"
Never before have we had so much information at our fingertips. Everything i searchable.
There is blogs, wikipedias, screencasts, deep-digging journalism...
So now maybe we can start to focus on learning concept understanding and larger thinking.
Maybe schools could focus on stuff like emphathy, reflection, causality, human understanding.
What an crazy idea!
It´s sometimes so hard to see the gap between your actions and reactions in life. And because of that, you sometimes get a feeling of having very little control.
But I have a feeling it´s exactly the opposite :)
It´s all about trust..
Really good presentation from Guy Kawasaki
The qoute is from David Heinemeier Hansson the creator of Ruby On Rails.
It's really hard sometime to evaluate what is "the best" idea. The brain comes in and syas "it´s much better that you do this first". Then you can use that money to develop what you really want.
But the stomach feeling says something entirely diffrent. After many choices and many failures I still come to the conclusion that the choice that give you the right "feeling" is the best. Even if it may fail in the end.
For a number of years Jonas has developed startups from the ground up working closely with a number of highly skilled developers,graphic artists and buisiness entrepreneurs.
All this is coming together into itá own consultant company, with base in Arvika (west sweden). Aming at the Oslo market.
"It feels very good to have a foundation for future investments and development. With the development structured as it´s own entity it's easier to develop good processes around the pipeline in the critical startup phase"
Jonas becomes mentor for tech startups in Värmland.
You can now apply to Almi to join the mentorprogram for free. This will give you the right for 1-2 meetings a month with Jonas where he will coach you regarding building and marketing your service.
Jonas Ulveseth has experience from more than 20 startups and is an expert in business development, finding right talent and raising money for your startup.
This speach is one of the best speeches I know. And it really says something about being a entrepreneur. Life is a lot of choices and often i go against the "smart" thing to do to follow my heart.
Sooner or later every entrepreneur, no matter what industry, wants to know the same thing.
Check out this really good article about creative people!
Dels handlar det om min personlighet, jag tycker om att ha kreativt innflytande i det jag gör, men det handlar också om vilka slags människor jag ville ha runt mig.
Jag bestämde mig för att små startups med kort tid till marknaden var det jag vill satsa på. Problemet var bara att jag inte hade så mycket kaptial.
I början tänkte jag först starta något eget, därefter sälja det och sen investera det kapitalet vidare, men jag märkte att det inte passade mig. Min personlighet passar väldigt bra när saker rör på sig väldigt fort och i stora förändringar. Jag är inte personen som klarar att drifta något i väldigt många år.
Det var då jag upptäckte att det finns många där ute som är villiga att inngå sammarbete mot att jag investerade timmar. Så istället för att jag ska jobba ihop pengar genom att konsulta, så kan jag konsulta direkt mot det bolaget jag vill investera i och konvertera min inkomst till aktieandelar.
Denna modell har visat sig vara väldigt enkel och kraftfull och jag sitter nu 3 år senare som delägare i 5 olika aktiebolag.
Needbox will in this way support the strong purpose driven trend in todays world. People can sell stuff, offer services and give away from 5 - 100 % of the revenue. Deals are being worked out right now with the organizations that needbox want to incorporate in the program.
We are very happy with this change and think we have found a really good profile for needbox.com.