Team Norway shapes the odds in its favour and sweeps the board at the Winter Olympics

Today's men's 15 kilometres + 15km skiathlon event had everything a spectator could ask for.  Despite an early fall, the Norwegian team managed to make it a Norwegian 1-2-3 in the end. There are many lessons learned from this event that can be used by entrepreneurs, startups and large enterprises. This competition proved that you can be great at what you do. Photo: Kai Pfaaffenbach / Reuters / NTB Scanpix Simen Hegstad Krueger (NOR) already broke a pole in the start, and Andr...
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The GDPR – a Great Dirty Pain in the Rectum - or an opportunity?

​ On 25 May 2018 the GDPR comes into force in Europe – the world's largest, single digital market – and any company handling the data of data subjects who live in any of the 28 EU Member States must be GDPR compliant, or risk facing hefty penalties of 4% of total global turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater. The GDPR outlines the responsibilities of Data Controllers (organisations that process personal data) and Data Processors (companies that provide data hosting services) as well as th...
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This is how the iPhone beat all the odds

iPhone just celebrated its 10th anniversary and it’s impossible to deny the kind of impact it’s had on modern technology and, most importantly, on our lives. Ten years ago, Steve Jobs prophetically introduced the device saying : “iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile product. Once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” And he was completely right. At more than 1.2 billion units sold , the iPhone has...
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The travelers journey via value travel value network

Like all industries, the world of travel is evolving rapidly through technological innovation and changing consumer demographics. The ubiquity of technology today makes it easy for travelers to learn about various destinations, then select and book flights, rooms, tours and many related products and services – all from mobile or web devices. Traditional travel agencies, hotels, tour agencies and airport shopping are often circumvented as travelers ‘self-plan’ their own experience. Gaining the ‘w...
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ShapingTheOdds founder André Eidskrem shapes less than $5K into more than $1M

As an entrepreneur you constantly have to evaluate risk and you just never know how some things will turn out. All you can do is be informed and follow your gut, shaping the odds in your favour in best way you can. This is the story of how ShapingTheOdds founder André Eidskrem turned less than $5K into more than $1M by doing exactly that, shaping the odds in his favour, with the sale of by.com Who would have thought at the start of the dot.com era that some domains would be worth as much as ...
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How mobile rules transparency and branding

Mobile really does rule transparency and branding. Photo: Yayimages   Mobile really does rule transparency and branding. The use of mobile devices is growing fast. Some statistics say in 2010 there were 5 billion connected devices and in 2020 there’ll be 50 billion, and as mobile shopping is also increasing with 87% of mobile users making purchases via their mobile device, this number is also likely to grow.     Not only that, but in our fast paced world of outspoken consumers wit...
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How to pick the perfect partner

With the right partner, amazing things can happen. Photo: Yay Images While we may relish the freedom and independence of our entrepreneur lifestyle, there are times when we rely on someone else to bring different skills and experience to a project. Finding the right partner to work with can be a challenge says Stephen Key, Co-Founder of inventRight and Author of One Simple Idea Series. In entrepreneur.com he shares the following seven strategies to avoid making a commitment to the wrong person. ...
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Silicon Valley and Oslo - What’s the Real Funding Difference?

  While Silicon Valley and Oslo share a strong passion for technological innovation with a growing desire for Norwegian entrepreneurs to achieve the dream of international success, the path to funding success is quite different in Silicon Valley. First, the good news… with the currently strong economic growth in the valley, there IS capital available and deserving startups and mature (founded 2010-2013) companies are receiving VC, institutional and angel investments.  However the key w...
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Managing change through effective leadership

Kristine Maudal and Even Fossen of Brainwells Kristine Maudal and Even Fossen – founders of the leadership training company  Brainwells   and authors of the  blog  LeadershipCourageFun   – believe that great leadership is something that everyone can learn. They also recognise that it is vital for leaders to continue to evolve and adapt to changes in the working environment. ShapingTheOdds interviewed Kristine Maudal of Brainwells to find out what she thinks about ch...
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Designing our lives for success

The first step is to consider what we want to change. Photo: Yay Images If we consider ‘entrepreneurship’ more than a business term and as a way of life, then it makes sense to look at how we can design our personal lives as well as our business lives for the kind of success we seek.  In entrepreneur.com , Pernille Spiers-Lopez, business leader, coach, mentor and author, shares with Carol Roth some top tips from her book Design Your Life . In her article, Roth explains that Spiers-Lopez has...
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