It required learning about Einstein, dinosaurs, and the common house fly.

To understand how a startup works you must first understand time. Time is the single most important asset for a startup. Opportunities, people and even money will come and go. But time is always fleeting. Mismanaged it becomes your worst enemy. Wielded correctly it can be your strongest weapon.

For me, I had to see the speed of startups with my own eyes before I believed it. This is the first mental barrier you need to overcome if you are starting up your new intra- or entrepreneurial project coming from a corporate habitat. …


That feeling when you’re in over your head…
That feeling when you’re in over your head…

It was a dream come true! There I was, getting hired as the COO of a consultancy on the verge of commercial breakthrough. I was 31 years old and had never had any leadership ambitions. But hey, it’s a cool opportunity and who knows. Maybe I’ll end up as one of those “business-talents to watch” you read about in the newspapers. My overall task? To streamline the internal processes and prepare the company for scaling.

A couple of weeks in however, the dream quickly turned into a nightmare. But the experience would end up giving me some of the most valuable business lessons I’ve obtained. Not only for me but also for the companies I since have been consulting. And ultimately it has shaped my career ever since. Going from traditional management to working with startups and corporate innovation. In this series of articles, I am going to share my story with you and the concrete learning points. …

Anders Graabæk

Making better entrepreneurs

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