Network is Power

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I have wanted to use that title for a long, long time. However, I haven’t felt that I had a story precious enough to be told under that heading!

Now I got the story for you. It is not extraordinary fancy and unbelievable. However, it is down to earth everyday value of a precious network.

So here is the story: It all started with a message on Facebook from a girl from the JA-YE Alumni network in Norway! (oh yeah I moved to Oslo) – She asked if I wanted to come out Saturday and show around a newcomer in Oslo. As always I’m pretty keen on getting out and meeting new people, so of course I said YES, right away.

But hold on! – How did my dear friend from JA-YE Alumni know of this new guy in town?
She had been contacted by a mutual friend of ours from the JA-YE Network, who had been studying with the new guy. She had been so kind to contact her network in Oslo, on behalf of the new guy and had managed to set up an afternoon tour.

So how did I get into the picture? – Well my dear friend was so kind to invite me along; I believe just random kindness´.

So we met up in the afternoon and went for a stroll around town. Went for a late afternoon lunch and ended up staying out all night sharing stories, business ideas, and contacts. What was so Awesome, was that we all just got along, basically from the get go! – And so you see the POWER of NETWORK!

As said in the beginning. There is nothing special or extraordinary of this story. However, had it not been for effort of network and the goodwill of others to put in a little care and kindness; I would never have met mr. new guy and I would for sure have missed out for a great evening. You make new friends every day, you just got to remember to be open minded and welcoming to strangers around.

I don’t know what this new connection will lead to. But, I’m sure something cool, or at least a good party in town. Let’s see. Network is Power and with care and effort, it will lead to great things.

Ask the What if Question?

Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre

Innovation starts when people ask the What if Question? Today I attend a great lecture in connection with the 10 year anniversary for the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre. The lecturer was Steve Huff, form managing director of Typefi, an automated publishing too used by companies such as Apple, Lonely Planet and Telstra.

Steve Huff was sharing his entrepreneurial experience, which he did really well. In 1999, just after the IT bobble busted, he founded Typefi, after asking the question; What if we could automate book publishing and save the publishers money by shortening the editing process from several days to today’s just 3 minutes. The entire lecture was framed by this question of: What if? Because as Steve said, that is the main question entrepreneurs ask themselves.

Steve shared a great story of an episode with an online conference call with Apple in Cupertino, where they experienced constant fall outs. The Apple employees became pretty frustrated about the situation and Steve Huff and his team had to admit that they did not have broadband.

Even though Steve’s story was pretty amazing, he underlined that being an entrepreneur is a hard job and he also had a few stories to about sleepless nights, extreme frustration and fear. But as he stated, if you are passionate about what you do, you don’t want to take a break from it.

Today Steve has asked himself the question: What if we could supply refugee camps in Africa with lightning and by that minimize the risk of assault and rape of women and children? With this question has Steve set out to create jobs in a whole new industry of lightning under the name of Doble.

The anniversary also gave the opportunity to say hello to Gideon Shalwick, an online video marketing entrepreneur specialized in turning online videos into cash. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a guest lecture held by Gideon just a week earlier on Campus. It was a great lecture, and I was happy to be presented with the opportunity to have a little chat about Gideon’s book publishing history.

All over a regular Thursday turned into an extraordinary Thursday. Now I am about to ask myself the What if Question? And so should you?

European Manager for a Day 2008

European Manager for a Day 2008

I attend European Manager for a day 2008, which was the first time I got acquainted with YEAD (Young Enterprise Alumni Denmark). I was recommended by my teacher to apply, and I got accepted for the popular event. It was a 3 day event, where the middle day was a visit to a manager in some Danish company. I was following a sales manager for MultiData, and I got an exclusive inside view in a large Danish company. The experience provided me with organizational knowledge, and a feeling of the real life in a large corporation.
Video from the Event: