Poor leadership is poisonous. It creates a toxic environment where employees struggle to perform and it affects trust in management. The entire organisation will be facing challenges as bad leaders take on key roles. As if this is not bad enough, it will reach beyond the company’s borders, creating a negative aura around the firm.…

“I am an entrepreneur” … “I am a co-founder” … “I have a startup“… I loved to say these words. I loved to secretely and modestly brag about my status. I loved to described my idea and being admired for having the balls to making the jump. Oh yes, I loved it! Let’s be honest,…

[This article originally appeared on Gild Collective Blog] Let me preface everything by saying I used to be very much in the same mindset that most men and many women are still in. That of, “Women don’t have that much of a disadvantage; they should just work a little harder. It’s not worth worrying about.” After…

For many founders in startup land, startup accelerators are the best way to take their idea to the next level. Funding, mentorship, community value, potential clients and VCs introduction are just some of the advantages that one could enjoy. There are thousands of startup accelerators worldwide. Perhaps if you leave in a reasonably populated area you…

I am a geek (or developer if you like) with entrepreneurial drive. I founded 3 startups, one of them which went through an international accelerator. This  experience allowed me to personally observe roughly 40 young startups in their life cycle. Observing the good and bad things they did. Most of them are zombies by now but some did a great…

“It’s time to pack, we need to go” Sadly looking at each other, my co-founder and I tidied up our desks and left the co-working space that hosted us for three months. After one year and a half trying, we were moving on, slowly, but we were. We didn’t say it out loud. We were sad.…

I sometimes get asked what is the best way to approach certain situations when starting a startup. A few days ago, I was talking with a good friend of mine whose brother has been thinking of forming his own startup. The conversation naturally turned around to my own experiences in starting a business. One of the questions was…

In a world of startups, serial entrepreneurs and crazy funding rounds, startup culture is just another buzzword, as much as disruption and innovation. It has lost completely its original meaning becoming a “must-do” thing, rather than an inspirational guide for success.   The definition states: Organizational culture encompasses values and behaviours that contribute to the unique social and psychological…

Is a startup what you really need? Here below 10 most important signs that you have to look for in yourself to understand that a startup is not for you!  Inspiration and motivation are things we usually look for when unsatisfied. We read articles, blogs or whatever else to find the power to just make the jump…

Starting a business is complicated. Challenges pile up as we go ahead in this journey. Perhaps one of the toughest one, especially in the early stage, is to find the right co-founder for your startup. You are motivated, and that’s why you decided to leave everything behind (a well paid job, security, stability in life) for…

Entrepreneurship is a difficult path, full of tough decisions and doubts. We often think about launching a startup as a dream coming true; the realisation of our hidden secret; the chance to finally combine what you really like with your everyday job. The reality is that if this is your first time, you have good…

It is quite common to read how startup entrepreneurs fall in easy to avoid mistakes, but why is that so? Is there really a way to avoid making these? We grouped the most common ones and shared some thoughts on these.      Startup entrepreneurs face tough decisions and challenges about their business activities constantly. They are required…

How I learnt about what it means to be entrepreneur and the consequences of leaving a stable job.   I have always had this irrational need to try something new. I get bored easily and also easily distracted by new things. I have deep interest for and like to learn new things. If I don’t…