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Today I asked myself the question, what am I really good at – and I found out that traveling light 2-3nights is something Im really exspirienced in.
1) Laptop – well obvious – if you are a Gmail user install OfflineSync and always have a couple of your favorite TV shows ready.
2) iPhone/iPod and Sync/Charging cable – most hotels have a way to play iPod – but often no power
3) Business cards – well good when you sit next to someone interesting in the plane or …
4) Charger for the Laptop (and US adapter IMPORTANT)
5) Highres pocket Video Camera – perfect for documentation – and with 23Video.com – its amasingly easy to share ideas/exspiriences…
6) Purse – well – u kind of need it :) – for specially if you have a creditcard
7) Sunglasses (against head ache) – make’s you like cold and wannabe cool – but well sometimes you need it
8) Crosscountry sports shoes (Running/Tennis/Basket…) – you never know what oppertunities you get…
9) Bose noise canceling headset (twin jack to share shound and plane jack to use for movies on the plane.
10) A good book – just in case the flight is delayed and you have no more power on ur laptop – or the unthinkable – you have answered all ur mails
11) Running tights (can be used for swimming) + shirts – unless u r a true nudist
12) Something to controle your hair – if you are like me and have so much rage against the fact that you werent young in the 1970’ies – hippie times – and let your hair grow.
13) Key to your home – so that you can get in when you get home unexpectedly – and you don’t want to wake up everyone
14) Passport – since you need indentification in most places
(missing is toothbrush and maybe a deo)
I had been thingking about this before – but I must admit that I was a bit suprised when I saw that Gardner now says its for real.
[picture is from my last trip]
Monday I went with Hlin to Paris (Costes Hotel is just nice) – its just impossible not to be in love in Paris. We had amassing weather and where perfectly neglected by any waiter and service person in our way – and I still find it charming.
Quite some phone calls – on a trade sale of a company I’m doing
Good meeting with startup Trigami.com – where I will probably put in some money
Lots of sms with Loic – and Alain R
More trade sale activity
Lots of thinking about Orolix – whats the best strategy – how do I help out
I’m thinking every day about the value of a board and my role and how I help the best – and how little or much I should do – and weather my insecurity (VERY WELL HIDDEN) will ever go away… Telling myself constantly – that its not me role to create the companies – Im only support when needed and in some strategy (hate that word) – I mean in some of the crucial decisions.. But I also know that a startup is ONE BIG CRUCIAL DECISION.
We took a long walk both Monday and Tuesday – in the Rue St. Honore and Le Champs.. Im so happy to have email on my phone when Hlin goes into the 5th shop and I can just stay outside – pretend to be patient – but do mails ;) (I’m not sane). Had dinner – where Loic and Me where acting like pricks – by only talking about ourself and his and my projects – but also got a VERY INTERESTING insight in his role in the French election (he is on CNN all the time – not only because he speaks English – he is charming and VERY SMART – street smart).
made a handshake deal with ww.trivop.com – founders is JUST COOL
talked quite some to my close friend Jacob from SteelSeries
was thinking a quite some about BullGuard – love their growth
met a couple of fun entrepreneurs
mentaly preparing for VERY secret meetings in Wienna – on Wed.
Got home Tuesday night – Hlin went directly on night shift at the hospital (wow she is brave) – I just played with the kids and watched my beloved EyeTV – love recorded TV. Saw Danish Agger score for Liverpool against Chel$ea – good.
Got the Kids to School – and directly to the train to the Airport – got a bit angry with the lines in security – since all 6 people for the meeting inside the Airport got delayed 20min… 2 Very nice meetings – first on selling a company for a friend – talking legal – strangely I start to find it interesting – Ive always been surfing at these meetings – but now I was all over – and to be honest – NOT IMPRESSED BY ANYONE but my own good old lawyer Carsten who from the sideline avoided to major problems – that NO ONE ELSE HAD SEEN. Jumped on plane to meetings a the VERY COOL AND NEWLY RENOVATED Meridian in Vienna – stealth meetings all day – in a whole new speed and with people who just have been doing what Im trying to do for 35 years. Gentle, Humble, Nice, Interesting, Clever, Smart and No BS guys – who are all just what I needed for my new big plan (sorry t be secret ass). Wonderful Dinner at Bar Italia – owned by Manfred from BWIN – who unfortunately was i Milan watching the CL game (where I did not make it) – but we had fantastic food and his brother Gigi took very good care of us. The BIG guys left dinner to go back and negotiate – I stayed with a friend and walked back – inventing a Twitter Exchange plug in – that would reply to all emails above 140 characters – I will not deep read until later this week (hmm not funny in writing). Had some drinks
Was thinking a lot about the days outcome – feeling Orolixed :)
Tonight I was with my obesity startup and Im so fuc… impressed by the team – we will get a brilliant biotechnology guy in with some cash and one of the best Danish brains (AND SOCIALLY VERY STRONG) – and got a meeting with Weight Watchers during May. Cool guy the COO from WW.
Very exited about
Orolix Orolix Orolix
My idea of a Luxury Brand Fund
The Secret team from Wienna
How to recruit 10 top people we need for projects right now
HelloGroup – specially Thomas P from hellobrand
Thats it folks (sorry to use this as a diary – but I needed it – again)
November 2005 – I had the pleasure of being in Delhi – with Soren Kenner, Martin S and Mads – we had a treatment that I have seldomly tried by the Indian Musketeers: Bundeep, Rishi and Manish – who wanted to start an Advisory and M&A Consulting boutique. I did not really understnd what they wanted to do – but India was cool – and they are ÜberCool nd Nice and have obviuos extremly high moral and etichs. So it was easy – to choose to invest some money into their Induswiev idea. And as always – with rally good people – their fiscal year end report shows very nice numbers. And their references must make everyone impressed – plus they have a pipeline of clients that looks like a basket of diamonds ;) ost impressing is their productivity – the newsletter and India review is steller – see www.theindusview.com
Dear Rishi, Manish and Bundeep – thank you so much for letting me tap into this exploding market with THE VERY BEST PEOPLE = YOU GUYS !!
Dear Highly valued Readrs: If you need anything in India – og have any business to do – just ping these guys.
I have no comments. But – I was called 9 times this week by journalists who wanted to get a comment on the TechCrunh story Google Takes Partial Ownership Of Maxthon Browser story – Danish Computerworld had weird story on it – even with a comment from IDG who’s conclusion was really wrong – and they still didnt get Googles take over of DoubleClick on their page.
I dont know what hit me this week – but since monday was off here I felt like compensating by turning up the speed :) So monday I spent with Km from IFU – just chatting and outlining how IFU can be used for some of my ideas. Also catching up on his latest venture – Trunk that seems to be rocking (I never believed in it – but love to be proven wrong). Really. Like I was yesterday – when the new Timbaland album went to the most downloaded album ever on iTunes – and I passed on buying the outside US rights for nothing. Later on monday I was spending time with my new Obisity Project – where David Beckman (fun link) was impressing me AGAIN – by showing amazing progress – more to come. After that I had a VERY IMPRESSIVE board meeting on Spleak – where Morrie (new CEO) just showed off his elefant size balls – NICE. And Durring that evening I tried to follow up on the 5-6 missing things with my legal guys around the planet. And finally had a VERY inspirering call on my CLEAN WATER VENTURE (also more to come). Wednesday was kicked of with Gunner – from our Newspaper (Nyhedsavisen.dk) talking over that opening of the Boston version next week and catching up – Im a Gunner fan. He is cool as a Iceberg and teaching and listening at the same time – I wanna learn that. After that – I had 3-4 M&A calls on various companies and a big Danish internet transaction – and talking to veroius funds about my waterproject. Then Simon Levene dropped by – to see the water ;) – and have a nice dinner – very interesting and SO nice to just talk venture, ventures, risk, upside, howTo and exits all night – plus ofcourse getting his family story – WOW. Thursday – CRAZY – up early – picking up Simon on the way to the airport – to pickup Morten S. Jorgensen (the Jabra guy) having a meeting in the car while drivning him to his meeting – trying to find a whole in a market where 5 conglomerates cheat old women (you guys what). After that finalising with Simon – and then having launch with a person who turned out to be the most impressive Danish Entrepanuer I have met – Preben Navision/Damgaard. I really really like him – and we just talked for 2hours straight – until I had to jump a car not to be late for my plane to London… London: Legal meetings, Bankers, Red Herring, Bundeep, ePlanet, Bullguard boeardmeeting, 2 startups – a short meeting at Joost (interesting news to be published soon) and then home friday evening – checking the 18 voicemails – doing email – having redwine and BullGuard talks with Heini and Theis on the plane – and then finally home – so nice to see Hlin. Ohh – this was nice – blogging psycotherapi – now I got that out of my body. Now – back to Laura and her 3 friends who will sleep here tonight.
Dear valued ready – this is a messed up post – but sometimes I need to tell my brain – what my yeas and ears did during the week :) – sorry.
taxi brousse Paris= Taxi Safari is badly a reality of Paris. Tahts what the local call a tax i trip to the hardcore ghettos where nobody dares to go.
My very close friend Lars who has some very nice designerish houses on Ibiza – is now also doing some very interesting new hotel projects – with the people who has this fantastic hotel in Marokko. This island is getting hot as a finnish sauna ;) – even tough still very few people know – proof: all villas has been rented for the full summer since decemeber :)
I really like
Southern France Nice – only one major problem. Too many rich 45+ people – who have nothing to do but putting their bad taste and boredom into the beautifull area.
There are already open WIFI all over – but this initiative is COOL – Wifi in parks
I must say that NYC is something special. This town just goes directly in your system. Martin and I went here for a couple of extremely interesting meetings / DAMN thing are rocking these days.
*Just trying out the flikcr blog feature.
I fucking love Paris – all doors are huge and beautifull, the waiters are rude like hell (prefer that over SugarSweetBudSucking US waiters) – and then they have Collete the only store in the world that can make me go shopping.
Its VERY nice to go to Iceland – everyone know eachother (the separation of 6 degrees is down to 2) and when my wife forgot her driving lisence – she just called the police station – and they faxed a copy to HErtz so we could rent a car. NEAR/CLOSE/UNITED is good for the soul – it made me happy to see a socierty where people care for eachother – and bureukrats act like thay care (maybe because everyone very like could be a friends friend).
Its strange to be from a flat country – when I fly over at maountain chain – I get “stressed on behalf of the country” thinking about how hard it is to build infra structure – compared to a country with the highest point being 123meter (Denmark).
Today in Copenhagen Airport an old lady had hear 1960�s razor taken from her (strangely she had a 50% of small bird) in the security checkin – she was very sorry to loose it – very. Then my plane was delayed – and I went to the restaurant where the chef has HUGE KNIFES (I could easyly get under my coat) in th open kitchen and I get for and knife for my steak (and could VERY EASY take the MURDER WEAPONS :) in my pocket). Daaaahhh – pour old lady.
more photos from mortenlund
Just arrived to this VERY NICE 101HOTEL.is – the internet is fast as hell – the service is second to none – the design is Sandorson and Stark updated – the weather is 8 celsius (strange) – Im impressed.
We have been on a all family skiing trip this week to St. Johan in Tirol – at Schihotel “Zur sch? Aussicht” – its very affordable 100EUR pr. nigth per person including breakfast and dinner and liftcard – and its cosy like hell. VERY ORIGINAL – and nice kitch (even though kitch is so 1998 ;).