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Throughout my career I founded 4 startups, was on the early team of a startup that was acquired for over $US 160m, Built ventures inside corporates and I advise and mentor many startups in different stages. One of the experiences that I remember very well is that awkward feeling after each entrepreneurial journey ended. Every experience was different for example after the startup I worked for many years was acquired and then shut down when we were already worked in the corporate, I started my own journey as a founder which led me to start my first business. …


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We see entire industries now committing to make themselves net-zero or in other words to decarbonize themselves. Carbon emissions are very common in any industry from the internet industry where big server farms have large footprint to the mobility industry where vehicles have footprint for their manufacturing and also have long term accumulated footprint for their operations.

Amazon for example committed to become net zero by 2040 and Google by 2030. Startup founders wish they would become the next Google or Amazon in 10 or 20 years from now — successful businesses with hundreds of millions of users and outstanding…


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I started writing articles about entrepreneurship, leadership and venture building a long time ago. When Pulse, the writing platform that Linkedin acquired for $90m was just integrated, I wrote a few articles and got amazing traction. Thousands of views, hundreds of likes. It felt so gratifying to write something and get featured. But this enthusiasm quickly disappeared as the platform become an integral part of Linkedin and everyone started writing articles. I felt I was swallowed in mountains of words and content. …


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When I built my first startup, I didn’t use the first two product versions even once for myself — not even once! how would a product succeed if the founders don’t use it? After more design work and pivoting, I started using the third version and others did too — that was a big lesson for me. If you don’t use your own product why would other customers use it or even pay for it. …


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We are at times that we need more leaders to take responsibility. We see today corporate that spent years scaling and building without paying attention to their environmental impact. Corporates are now on a journey to fix what they have broken and they come up with transformation programs to become net-zero.

Google

“By 2030 Google is aiming to run our business on carbon-free energy everywhere, at all times.”

https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/sustainability/our-third-decade-climate-action-realizing-carbon-free-future/

Amazon

“In 2019, Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge — a commitment to be net zero carbon across our business by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.”

https://sustainability.aboutamazon.com/?energyType=true&workerCount=true&engagementProgram=true&productCategory=true

We see…


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COVID-19 is probably one of the most disruptive and exceptional phenomenas we’ve experienced in the last 100 years. This virus which started in China is now spread globally and taking the lives of thousands of people. There are many types of characters in this story: governments, businesses, individuals, schools and much more. All characters in the story are effected by one another. We see two types of characters in this story:

The Optimists — these are the institutions, businesses and individuals that carry on. They try to keep business as usual, try to think positive and convince themselves this would…


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For years I have been practicing a reading habit of reading books. I read 2–3 pages a day. I am aware that I’m not the fastest reader and that my mind keeps popping ideas while I write and I have to jot it down and then read the page all over again. But that lean approach to reading helped me finish tens if not hundreds of books in the last 10 years.

My favorite books are business, leadership and entrepreneurship books. I also read about economics, psychology and history. As I read more and more the urge to create and…


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with Zoom-In Zoom Out Design and Ideation Framework.

Working with founders, startup teams and investors there is a big discussion around strategic thinking. Often as a founder you will get an investor to say you need to build a strategy, or you need to prepare a strategy document which is followed by a series of ‘strategic discussions’. 2–3 hours of meetings that usually end up with no clear action plan. The big issue with jumping to write strategy document and these discussions is the lack of clarity around what strategy means? and why do we need that strategy in the…


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The new reality of Covid-19 forces us all to shift to a new mode of working from home (WFH). If we were used to run meetings face to face in meeting rooms, or even find some quiet place to have a video call in a booth at the office, now each of us has to adapt to the new reality and open our homes to our colleagues and customers. Different people experience this change differently. Some are young and live with flatmates that are working from home as well and create a mini office at the flat, some live alone…


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There’s a lot of discussion around leadership growth for entrepreneurs. Being one, and working with many of them as an investor, mentor and advisor I find personal growth to be one of the hardest parts of being an entrepreneur. The reason is that growth is painful. It includes extreme mental states, ups and downs, frustrations, failures but also amazing things like sense of accomplishment, good reviews, building a team and sometimes company exits and financial rewards.

The key factor to determine the quality of entrepreneurial growth is the frequency in which those successes and failures happen and our ability as…

Illai Gescheit

Investor. Entrepreneur. Mentor https://www.linkedin.com/in/illaigescheit/

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