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3 Steps to Start Your Startup

In my last article, I shared 5 blockers people experience in getting started with their startup. First of all, most people who aspire to create a startup, believe they need: An idea  Money A co-founder Knowledge and experience Although you do need all of those ingredients, you don’t need them at the start. The only thing you need at the…

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How to Become an Entrepreneur

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The 5 Blockers for Starting your Startup Many people aspire to become entrepreneurs and start a company. Today more than ever, startups are attractive alternatives to working in an established company. Inspired by the startup success stories, people want to jump and start something new. But even though we have the aspiration, our brain gives us plenty of reasons NOT…

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Why Enterprises Need to Think Like Startups

The past 3 years, I have used the word ‘Agile’ so often that it sometimes makes me want to stop using the word. Everyone talks about Agility; most don’t really know what we speak about. Everyone wants to become Agile; most don’t know why and how. Consultants preach Agile Agile Agile; most hold different notions and confuse people (I am…

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Reflections On Being An Entrepreneur And Leader

Around 2009, I joined the Entrepreneurs Organization in the Netherlands. I joined their Accelerator program which helps entrepreneurs get to 1 million US$ turnover in 3 years. The main reason I joined was to get my company ‘unstuck’. I had set up Bridge in 2005 and initially thought it would take me a couple of years to grow the company…

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A Perfect Marriage: Lean Startup & Scrum

One of the big elephants in every development room: developers refrain from speaking to customers. Most development teams see their work as 'developing code'. They don't see their work as 'developing great software that users truly need'. I'm a big fan of lean startup. I'm also a big fan of scrum. I think lean startup is a fantastic addition to…

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Indonesia Scrum Experiment: Lean Startup Lessons

Last week, I did my first ever training in Indonesia. I’ll give a little background as to why and how I came to this. I went to a workshop last year in Amsterdam at the school of life. The facilitator had one idea that triggered the actions I took next. He said that if you want to find out what…

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