“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau

This quote is a subtle reminder of the power of enthusiasm. The ability to motivate team members, investors, your early evangelists etc. depends to a large extent on the natural (not the faked type) of enthusiasm that founders radiate. It therefore is one of the important signals I look for when working with founders and colleagues. A little spark in your eyes when you talk about your cause!



“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek

As a strong believer and practitioner of the lean startup and validation principles I’m currently in a phase where I’m validating a number of ideas. Some are easy to validate, some take more time and most will probably invalidate (or more popular: fail). There is no great breakthrough without experimentation and an experimentation mindset is an essential part of entrepreneurship.

I love this quote because it links the small scale experimentation that I’m currently doing to the big effect it will one day have. A world that has changed for the better.


Motivational Monday – Rise and Shine

It requires discipline to achieve your dreams. To get up every morning, kick into gear and execute on your daily grind. You win your day when the alarm clock goes off and that’s especially hard on Monday. But you made it today and to keep you motivated to do it again the rest of this week go watch this one. Enjoy!