An uncomfortable question

November 23, 2010


I left Denmark in my early 20’s because it felt like a place that was too ‘constraining’. Our culture, to this day, is strongly influenced by ‘Janteloven’ / ‘The Jante Law‘ This set of rules, first codified by the Danish–Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose in his novel A fugitive crosses his tracks, “is a pattern of group behaviour towards individuals […]

Become Whole to find Work-Life Balance

October 22, 2010


6 weeks ago I, and 50 other students, started a half-term course with the descriptive, yet deceptive, title ‘15.975 Leading profound innovation for a more sustainable future.’ The title ticked all the boxes: Leadership, innovation, sustainability. Yet there was so much more to it, as we soon discovered during a journey to become ‘whole’ and […]

My first empathy walk

September 16, 2010


I met a 3x cancer survivor, Alicia Staley, this afternoon, as part of an assignment in a leadership course at MIT Sloan. We chose Alicia based on an inspiring talk she had given the day earlier, which my partner for the assignment had attended. I must admit being slightly concerned about the value of meeting […]

Diffusion Web: A new framework for market entry decisions

May 14, 2010


I recently worked with a team at MIT Sloan on analyzing the diffusion challenges faced by Ember Corporation’s wireless network technology. As part of the project, we developed a new framework for cross-market diffusion. This framework is useful for innovators that have technologies with applications in multiple markets and need to decide in which order to […]

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Ban printed books, CDs and DVDs now!

January 28, 2010


Is it not time we pass a law that bans creating physical copies of content? With all the devices like iPads, iPods, iPhones and Kindles as well as services like Hulu, iTunes, Spotify and Pandora why do we continue wasting natural resources on printing books, CDs and DVDs? Not only do we waste resources creating […]

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Save your teeth, 200 billion bottles and 25 million gallons of fuel for $10.99

January 16, 2010


In the U.S. we consume 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water every year. That is roughly 30 million tons of water. Assume all this water travels an average of 100 miles from source to kitchen the average truck used to move the water can haul 30 tons of goods the average fuel efficiency for a truck […]

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Achieving Work-Life Balance

January 12, 2010


Most of us struggle to get the so called work-life balance right. The reason is that there is no such thing as a work-life balance. Your boss, your wife and your kids all want 100% of your time. Here are some rules that might help you achieve happiness nonetheless: Agree hours – at home and […]

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