Thanks for an amazing journey

It is a cold Friday evening, February 2006. My wife, Kasia, and I are sitting on a sofa, enjoying a warm glow of our open fire and a beautiful glass of red wine. We are reflecting on our life, what we have achieved, how happy we are with our beautiful family and exciting careers. Nevertheless, it feels as if something is missing, we are not fulfilled. We feel like finding a new purpose in life. Shall we start looking for

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Better sorry than safe!

I guess you just thought: “No Peter, you made a mistake in that title”. But, I didn’t and soon you will realise why. The proverb you thought off is one of the indications that the patient, our society, is ill, seriously ill. We cherish safety and security, avoid risks. We seem not to realise that the road towards major innovations, results, successes, is a bumpy

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The unstoppable train goes on

10 years ago our adventure began; our great leap into the unknown. Our luggage: our own ideas, motivation and energy, our hard work, trial and error, good luck and determination to overcome any setback. The outside world saw an unstoppable TGV passing by at speed. That train is not yet standing still, so let’s look back at an intermediate station.

This post has originally been published on Goyelloblog.

About 10 years ago, the smartphone was unknown, the first iPhone

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Poland? I can see some changes for the better

How do you like Poland? What do you think about Polish people? – these are the questions any foreigner living in Poland or staying here for a while has to answer, sooner or later. What do I, a Dutchman living in Gdańsk, think about Poland? Some weeks ago I was interviewed by Wyborcza.pl, one of the leading news papers in Poland. This post is a translation of the original article which can

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Vision and values form the fundament of every startup

This week the Startup Pirates Gdansk takes place. A one week event to launch multiple new startups. After yesterday’s party this morning the group gathered at Inkubator Starter for the first workshop. I had the honour to introduce the group to “Vision and Values”, probably the foundation of every organisation. Unfortunately, when starting a startup we might not feel the need and/or take the time to think about it although we all should, just because realizing your startup is about realizing

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What makes a pitch a good one?

An important part of the Hy! show in Berlin on Sunday 2 June was the startup competition. European startups were invited to send their pitch. From the applications five companies were chosen to pitch their solution to convince the jury they would make best use of the € 30.000 and Hub:raum support. Some pitches were really great, but most of them were not clearly following the regular pitching guidelines which irritated

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Announcing the Gdansk Entrepreneurial NEtwork GENE

You might not realize, but the Poles are probably among the most intelligent, innovative and creative people in the world. I do not have the statistical proof for this bold statement, but they used to win and are still winning many Math and coding contests. Converting these capabilities into known solutions and world-famous companies hasn’t been too successful though. Fortunately, this is changing. Some evidence for this statement is the recent 

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Who dares to become an entrepreneur?

Today was the second and final infoShare 2013 day. Presentations and workshops focusing on mobile, social, technology and starting a Startup were offered. A successful combination of these subjects could lead to mobile Startups that realize how to make use of technology to build a great solution and how to communicate this towards potential clients. The audience seemed curious and eager to learn.
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