A Founder Perspective on COVID19

As a founder of a biotech company and passionate ecosystem builder I am fortunate to know both sides: I am a founder of a biotech company and work with international ecosystem builders at the Startup Heatmap Europe.  From this perspective, I feel obliged to stress the point that for startups the current COVID19-related situation is very stressful – and ecosystem builders need to understand ...
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Growth does not happen. Growth is done.

Growth is about transformation. Growth is about building new connections. Growth is about creating new structures. Growth is about conquering the unknown. Growth is about balance of the growth process itself. Growth is not a bet. And the list might go on and on. The market orientation and other variables are well understood by startups, or at least the necessity ...
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Why I create my own quotes

No question that everyone has a lot experience to with the world. So, I wondered what the best way is to share my experience in an effective and efficient way for the reader and for myself. That’s how I came up with quotes. Quotes can inspire. Good quotes resonate instantaneously with the human mind in such a way that a ...
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Startup Architects, Consider These Two Principles for Your Startups!

Practical advices are valuable. Practical insights are invaluable. Advices show the direction, insights uncover principles. Here’s what I learned about advice and principles for starting startups. Building a startup is a lot of fun and work. And you should ask for advice, whenever you can. The advantage of advice is that it shows directions: where to look for product-market-fit, whom ...
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Limitations are just opinions.

Startup life is tough. The last months were very tough for me. Not primarily because of the startup. It’s tough mainly because I have to balance many uncertain variables. To make life certain for the family, I worked a lot, and in the free time, I worked on fundraising, finishing demanding scientific projects and preparing presentations. I stopped counting hours ...
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What is Your Passion?  

Once a thing called “passion” comes into play, be aware that clarity is on the way. That is why this post is brief. I am grateful for all the experiences that brought me to this post and happy to share it with you. Now, take a deep breath…and read the lines with passion. <3 Passion is fearless. If you are ...
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The day I forgot my notebook

Over the last year I have developed a very productive habit. I commute every day and spend at least two hours in the train: one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. I learned to use this time very efficiently because the time is constrained, distractions are limited and no stable internet connection is available. So, when ...
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Starting-up in Life Sciences

Zeitgeist, Complexity, and Verticals Business is hard. Starting up a business is harder. Starting-up in life sciences is…well…very hard. Why? There are a couple of issues making starting-up in life sciences very challenging. I will consider the typical scenario of a university spin-off and share my personal experiences. But I don’t want to bore you with the typical issues like ...
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The figure-it-out-skill: Part 2

In my last post, I introduced the figure-it-out-skill. The central skill you need to master the challenges of a start-up because for many problems in a startup solutions do not even exist. You have to figure out, the “what”, the “why” and the “how”. To master the figure-it-out-skill, we need be aware of certain obstacles that lead us to something ...
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The-Figure-It-Out-Skill – Part 1

Are you a big fan of How-To advice? If so, don't read this post because you will not like it. But if you want to learn why we fail to apply the how-to advice, then go on. My biggest problem with all the how-to advice by books or people, even successful ones, is that they forget the key to the ...
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Balance between Action and Knowledge

Basic economics: Abundance of and access to knowledge makes actions more valuable.  There is too much information about startups. There is too much knowledge about how to build a startup. Too many books, too many ideas, too many coaches and speakers, too many ways how to do it the right way. Knowledge is abundant; it became a commodity. Certainly, we ...
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Words don’t move, people do!

It's common sense that the startup journey is like a rollercoaster ride. Partly, I agree with such a statement. But there are more than two major directions for startup. I identified three of them. And the third is the scariest one to me. The three directions are: Up, down, halt. Up Enjoying the hype in the market and great team ...
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Hot Coffee from the Startup World

We love to hear those success stories. People of almost superhuman abilities build great companies, products, services, communities and influence society in a positive direction. Wow! How do they do that? We are inspired, profoundly touched by such stories and motivated in our personal ambitions. But there is a gap between the story told and the actual beginning and the ...
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