Last lecture (2017-09-20) we had the entrepreneurs Joakim Fohlman (https://www.cubimo.com/) and Tobias Degsell (http://combiner.se/) as guest lecturers in our course ME2603 at KTH. Since I really enjoyed the lecture I thought I would write a post related to it.

It is said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and that apply to entrepreneurlectureship as well. The journey of entrepreneurship often starts with an idea that address some problem; however, an idea alone is not enough! Even a so called billion-dollar idea is not enough. Action is also needed. Joakim and Tobias both emphasised the importance of action.

The first step can be difficult and many get stuck there. Joakim is currently working on a platform for entrepreneurs called Cubimo that addresses this problem. The platform can be used to help you find resources and guidance on your entrepreneurial journey. From idea to reality. The platform is currently in its beta phase and it is possible to sign up for free.

Tobias Degsell (who has so far interviewed 811 Nobel Prize laureates) and his company Combiner AB  also strive to take ideas and turn them into reality. Tobias talked about the need to push people into action. Creativity is more than just new ideas, it also requires action.

One important aspect when taking action is that you do not need to know all the steps when you start. It is enough to know the first step. When you start the other pieces will start to appear. Joakim used an example of driving a car in the dark. Even if you in the beginning cannot see your destination and only the first 100 meters of the road is visible, it will still be possible to reach your destination since the rest of the road will gradually become visible as you start moving forward.

Finally, the journey of an entrepreneurs is often better travelled together with others. To find a team of people to collaborate with will often take you further and help you achieve more. Tobias talked about how this was true for both Nobel Prize laureates and successful companies. Build bridges to connect people, when different people come together a lot can happen.

There are much more one could say but I think this summarizes some of the key ideas from the lecture.

Good luck on your journey!

Johan Wikström

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