Lecture by Marten Mickos. Free flowing notes from the lecture and random thoughts:

Entrepreneurship is a belief system. You essentially must believe in something that is bigger than yourself, bigger than VCs, bigger than the business you are in. You must believe that you can do something enormous for this planet. Something that you can do that nobody else can do, and if you do it, then the world will be a better place. You must also believe in yourself. Being entrepreneur is about convincing everyone about things that do not make sense. Until everyone agrees with it, and then it makes sense for everyone. But until then, it makes sense to none. So you have to believe in yourself. You need someone who believes in you. Mom gave him encouraging words: “you’re not too bad”.

Distributed office work model. People working from home. life@mysql mailing list to share life moments. Money saved on not having offices, spent on travel. Getting people together. Creative moments require body language, face-to-face meetings.

70-20-10 rule.

Open source business models. Give paying customers something special. Focus on features that are worth paying premium.

The money is not an issue. Leadership and creativity is the issue.

Innovative practices to the management, leadership. Maybe it is my lack of discipline. I do not like to do the same thing over and over again. So I invent new things just for the sake of doing them. I believe in very special value of each individual human being. It so annoys me when companies treat human beings like machines.

I will never work for a large company ever again. Unless I have created it myself.

It is all about building business, having fun with people, creating something.


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