Doing Customer Development (and stop wasting your time) at xSpain 2015

Last year September I had the honour to give a talk at the Google Campus in Madrid during the yearly xSpain conference. I talked about one of my favourite subjects to talk about for startups. Getting validation. Is the company you’re trying to build, really solving a problem. And if there is a problem to be solved, are you trying to solve it for the right people? And is it the right solution for them?

If you’re thinking about starting your own company, and want to learn how to get your validation done right, be sure to watch the talk.


Making the most out of your daily commute

Making The Most Out Of Your Daily Commute

Don’t you ever have the feeling that you could make more out of your daily commute? Sitting in the car, or public transport going to the office, having the feeling that you might be wasting your time?

I get it; sometimes you just want to relax right? But, those dead moments, however, are ideal for improving your knowledge.

I used to listen to just the radio in my car, or music albums from my iPod. I was missing out on this entire awesome world of podcasts.

Not anymore, though, in 2015, I decided to make the most of my commute and keep on improving myself. A bunch of my favourite podcasts are:

And this week, I’ve had the honours of being featured in one of my favourite podcasts again 🙂 Go check out the interview on the App Guy Podcast about marketing your startup.

Which podcasts am I missing out on do you think? Or which ones of the above do you like best? Let me know, which ones I should add to the list!

What it Takes to Start a Company in 2015

It seems everyone wants to start their own business nowadays. Although 2015 might be one of the best of times in history to start a company, there are still lots of challenges ahead if you want to get your business off the ground. Read the below advice of me and others at Inc.

Incredible Focus

Ask any 2015 business owner, and you’ll hear that the challenge of dealing with distractions is a major challenge when it comes to growing a business. Having incredible focus is a key to success.

Hans van Gent, founder of Inbound Rocket, puts it this way:

“To build & launch a startup in 2015, you need a crystal clear focus. You don’t want to waste time and money on products nobody wants, over the last years the “lean startup” methodology has been increasing in popularity and there is a good reason for this: it helps decrease the big amount of assumptions everyone has which all might lead to failure. Validate those assumptions first and then move forward.”

The power of Customer Development

Laura Moreno has started this great new podcast: “Where Expert Growth Hackers and Founders Share their Most Successful Hacks” also known as “The Growth Hacking Podcast“.

I had the honours to be interviewed and am now listed between rockstars like Neil Patel, Justin Winter, Casey Armstrong and others.

Be sure to check out the interview below and subscribe to her podcast for more interviews around Growth Hacking and startups!

Hipsters, Hackers And Hustlers. Welcome Aboard The StartupBus!

The startup world seems to have no limits when it comes sprouting new companies. Some may be less groundbreaking than others, but hey, it keeps our generation going. The StartupBus accelerates this trend. We spoke with Hans, one of the organizing masterminds behind this project, and found out: what is this latest brainchild of the roller coaster start-up world?

The rest of the interview can be found at IntoConnection.

Expert Interview on 24sessions: Hans van Gent about Startups

Hans van Gent on 24sessions

Last week I got a small interview with the amazing people behind 24sessions. I love the concept behind this Dutch Startup. For those of you whom never heard about 24sessions:

24Sessions is a marketplace that connects people that need advice with experts who can give advice over live video. 24sessions allows you to search and book the right expert to receive valuable and real-time advice. (and in that sense a competitor of in my opinion, but it is doing an amazing job).

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a top-level manager or just someone who wants to learn about a new topic, with 24Sessions you can find the right expert and hire him per minute via live video.

For experts around the world, 24Sessions is a platform to help businesses, earn money and build reputation in a fun and efficient way. We believe that experts in any field of business can benefit from our platform. Whether you’re an accountant, country expert, entrepreneur, marketer, personal coach or lawyer.

They asked me some questions around startups and about the best advice I’ve ever received in my life. The interview can be found on the 24sessions blog. And if you want some one-on-one time with me, you can schedule a meeting here.