A brief, general update 
Figured it’s time to post an update here on the blog, as I’ve recently changed location and occupation. From Copenhagen and studies to Oslo and incubation management of the place pictured above; StartupLab. I have an ambition to post more regularly in the future, both general thoughts and insights into the incubators and its 60 companies.

A brief, general update 

Figured it’s time to post an update here on the blog, as I’ve recently changed location and occupation. From Copenhagen and studies to Oslo and incubation management of the place pictured above; StartupLab. I have an ambition to post more regularly in the future, both general thoughts and insights into the incubators and its 60 companies.

An App Like Yo Could Turn Out to Be Bigger Than Twitter

Thing is, there is some truth in that there is a void that a simple notification-service can fill. However, I’m not convinced that Yo will be the company/app that wins. Their users have not registered because of said “simple notification service”, but instead because they found the app to be a joke. The company/app that wins will be have to provide a completely different type of value for their users, and that requires execution in terms of getting the right “notifiers” onboard. And here two expats from Israel might have a disadvantage compared to challengers…

Stop The JerkTech

Funny how  the media are so quick to either embrace or hate on new, “disruptive” companies. Both of the abovementioned companies do arbitrage, which is something that in general isn’t very frowned upon. Still, I agree  that Reservationhop’s practices are borderline:

So what do these tools do? ReservationHop places phony reservations at the hottest San Francisco restaurants, and then sells them for $5 or $10 apiece on its site. That makes it harder for the common man to get a reservation, since if they call the restaurant directly, they’ll find all the spots taken.

However, I do not think these guys will shut down their service as long as they’re making money. And even though nobody will admit to using such a service, I think there’s a huge opportunity, especially in SF with both its huge salaries and foodie-culture. 

Unfortunate for the restaurants, but there are VERY simple solutions to this problem.

- The offline-solution: have those who show up for reservations show ID.

- The online-solution (and potential business opportunity): have people book with verified accounts (eg. Facebook). Yes, it’s possible to create fake accounts, but then use tools like Klout. 

Quick fixes that shuts down a business that potentially hurts the entire restaurant industry. No need to make so much fuzz about it.  

I find Parking Monkey to be more legit. Incentivize users to do good (inform about free parking), and take a percentage. As long as the prices are low enough to not have people exploit it, I think it’s fine.

How a password changed my life.

My password became the indicator. My password reminded me that I shouldn’t let myself be victim of my recent break up, and that I’m strong enough to do something about it.

My password became: “Forgive@h3r”

Interesting application of the password…

Kerou's Lament

It was a sad thing that WU LYF split up a few years ago, but a few days ago I came across this track from their singer. Same awesome, majestic sound.

What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys, Plural

Marc Andreessen on the future of innovation clusters:

Because we don’t want 50 Silicon Valleys; we want 50 different variations of Silicon Valley, all unique from each other and all focusing on different domains.

In regards to the Nordic countries, it’s evident that Finland is establishing itself as a gaming-hub. Sweden doing all-things consumer, and Denmark to some degree doing enterprise(?)(eg. Zendesk, Podio). Looking at Norway, I can’t really say that we’re doing anything quite yet. There’s some interest around safety (eg Zwipe), but none of the companies I’m aware of have made a large impact internationally. Given its modest population, it’s certain that there should only be focus on one/a few specific domains.