This blog post revisits some issues raised in past posts relating to MOOCs, but adds some new elements that have emerged in the growing literature on MOOCs in recent weeks. These developments are placed in the Nordic context where new developments are also taking place, including commissions and conferences being organized as practitioners and policy makers scramble to figure out what they should be doing on the constantly moving MOOC landscape
At a pitch event in San Francisco recently, one of the companies was asked this question by a participant on the investor panel. Frankly, the question made me bristle. Sort of like asking about the pre-nup before the first date. Still, entrepreneurs do sometimes hear this question and accordingly it deserves some consideration.
An interesting conversation with a professor friend, Andrea Bach, at University of St Gallen in Switzerland stimulated me to share a few more thoughts on the topic of “edupreneuring” and especially within a European and Nordic context, but relate it to what we have seen and are seeing here in the US, and especially Silicon Valley. Andrea expressed strong interest in this topic and since I had come across some related and interesting information just a few days earlier, I thought it was time to revisit the topic and perhaps use it as a way to engage a few more people in a dialog around these issues. So, let me know if you have an interest in this or related issues.
The life of an entrepreneur is chaotic, turbulent, unpredictable. Success requires a rooted base, high energy, excellent health, and an ability to roll with the punches that entrepreneurial life throws your way. That said, you will have little or no time for the kind of fitness regimen that “9 out of 10 personal trainers recommend.” Your day will be spent on the demands of the business with hopefully a bit of time left for you and your family. So with a demanding schedule and severe time constraints, how do you find a way to ensure the energy, fitness and resilience you need to deal with it all?
As more of our daily lives—while working, learning or playing (and, yes, these are not mutually exclusive but overlapping)—involve digital media, it is obvious that the topic of Design for Great User Experience becomes increasingly important. So I am revisiting the topic because I have had a number of “touch points” with online user experience this week, as described in the blog post.
Pitching has become a popular theme in bootcamps, seminars, and workshops. Everyone has advice to offer – mostly on how to do better slides, what size fonts to use, how many slides, how many minutes, how to use graphics, how to hook your audience, how to project your voice into the room, and more, and more, and more … The ability to be a good story teller is important, and entrepreneurs do need to perfect their skills in pitch delivery. However, there is an aspect of telling a good story that precedes great delivery: HAVING A GREAT STORY TO TELL.
You may already have started to experience “MOOC fatigue” but new developments, and growing number of articles in the popular and academic press, keep coming, and there is still no indication that this trend will slow any time soon. In fact, there is now a fair bit out “MOOC backlash,” especially among professors who now are getting increasingly concerned about the impact MOOCs may have on their teaching careers, and this reaction is reflected in the current literature. But Europe, including the Nordic region, does not yet seem to have come to the “MOOC concern stage”, at least in any significant way, although it might come if Europe/Nordics follow US developments, perhaps with a 12-month or so lag. I also suspect that we will see growing discussion in the Nordic region in the next year about both opportunities, including for (regional) collaboration, as well as potential concerns that MOOCs may bring to the region’s professors
Answer: People who want entrepreneurial success!
Recently I was a guest at Artiman Ventures Concept Spring event at the Santa Clara Marriott. It featured some keynote speakers followed by wine tasting and dinner.
It was entertaining and edifying in every way – and I am not just talking about the 1983 Bordeaux!
I especially enjoyed a talk by one of the speakers, Tom Miller. Tom offered some insights gained by working at companies big and small. His talk centered on three critical success factors for (entrepreneurial) success. I would like to share them and offer some commentary.
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The GDC Nordic Gaming Breakfast Seminar on Tuesday the 26th of March,organized by Innovation Center Denmark, Innovation Norway, Tekes, FinPro, Enterprise Estonia, and Silicon Vikings and hosted by K&L Gates in San Francisco, were visited by many Nordic game founders that attended the GDC 2013 in San Francisco.
Over the last two weeks I have attended two, 2-day summits here in Silicon Valley that both addressed a variety of issues and developments at the intersection of learning, innovation, technology, jobs/work. The fascinating discussions at these summits led me to reflect on what the potential role might be of MOOCs—e.g. Massive Open Online Courses (a topic I have covered in various previous blog posts)—or MOOC-like courses and online learning experiences, in a broader, industrial context. A recent MOOC-related development in Europe around SAP and a number of other players further piqued my interest in this topic
This special blog post contains a very interesting talk that Ann Winblad gave at ICD on February 5 when the Danish Minister of Trade and Industry, Pia Olsen Dyhr, came to visit Silicon Valley. When I met Ann recently and talked to hear about her presentation she said yes to my request to post her talk at our Silicon Vikings website so that many more people could have a chance to read her remarks.
Work life balance in the US, especially Silicon Valley, tilts a different way than it does for Europeans. Europe has its six weeks+ of vacation; in the US, two weeks is common, which people mostly don’t even take. Silicon Valley culture celebrates the workaholic, the all-nighter, the 80-hour workweek. What’s a Euro entrepreneur – with a spouse and kids – to do?
The Silicon Vikings event on Thursday the 21st of February, hosted by K&L Gates at Embarcadero Center, brought many Nordic guests that wanted to get a better understanding of the legislation, taxation, and banking procedures in USA.
This post revisits some issues I have touched upon—more lightly—in past blog posts, on both Nordic and Silicon Valley academic research, and Nordic-Silicon Valley research collaboration, and what these various projects and programs could mean for Nordic entrepreneurs, including edupreneurs who focus on education and learning markets. I am pleased to see continuing, and seemingly growing, collaboration of this kind between the two regions, but so far I think that most entrepreneurs in the Nordic region have failed to recognize or take advantage of these projects, program and networks being built by both Nordic and Silicon Valley researchers.
The Viking Reporter Nina Olsson reports from the Finnish/Silicon Valley design company Idean’s event, UX Summit 2013, in Menlo Park, on Friday the 8th of February.
Let’s face it. It is a very steep hill to climb if you are a newcomer in the very competitive and happening Silicon Valley, so how do you get noticed and recognized for what you can do better than those who have been here for years? This post takes a look at the Finnish user experience design company IDEAN that set up operations in Silicon Valley in 2012 and now seems to be gaining good traction.
This blog post highlights some of the many easily available resources available to entrepreneurs and others at Stanford University. The programs behind these resources are also great open forums for networking with students, researchers and faculty at Stanford but also with various industry representatives who attend these seminars, and the excellent speakers who come from many parts of the world to speak at Stanford. Most of the seminars are in the late afternoons to be convenient to industry attendees from around Silicon Valley.