Arjen Strijker

Speed; The Pace of Our Time

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I just came across this video called “speed; the pace of our time”. It shows some beautiful black & white images about (now) outdated technology. The explanatory text talks about the “illustrative images of hectic big city traffic”. Compare today’s workload with what we thought was the standard back then… Where does it end and where are we heading to? iframe>?src=urn:vpro:media:program:7134857&skin=geschiedenis\” width=\”640\” height=\”360\” frameborder=\”0\” scrolling=\”no\” Share:

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National Dutch Radio BNR

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Last Monday I was asked to be on the Dutch national radio channel BNR. I was interviewed by Paul van Liempt, a Dutch moderator who virtually live-interviewed every famous person in the Netherlands. It was a fun experience! Share:

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A Startup Manifesto

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You are you! It’s who you want to be, should be, and it’s what everyone else want you to be (investors, cofounders, your mother, …). By being you, you create and innovate. Beating the crap out of the existing what so much annoys you. You already know the best start ups are built out of frustration. Be frustrated! Then solve, network, build. See the world through your own lenses. There’s no time to waste! Every year you spend thinking instead of executing, you lose value – and life quality for…read more

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Capital On Stage London 2012 & where we are now

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Two events down the road in demystifying venture capitalism has brought us where we are today. Lots of stuff in the pipeline: going overseas, new website, new partnerships, annual and long-term setups, a closed community for VCs and Founders to also get together online in between events, etc. I just love this video compilation of Capital On Stage London (great work Bas!), because it gives such an accurate impression of what we’re trying to achieve with this event: to demystify venture capitalism. Also the media we invited did a great…read more

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Capital On Stage – the conference where VCs pitch to startups

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                 The Conference That’s Demystifying Venture Capitalism The Next Web called us “a very different kind of startup conference” The Kernel said “investors pitching to start-ups? Now there’s an idea we can get behind”. In the article, Milo Yiannopoulos (Editor-in-Chief of The Kernel) also mentions that he is “intrigued about our format” The Equity Kicker by Nick Brisbourne (Partner at DFJesprit) wrote “Arjen Strijker, the conference organiser, and I had a meeting of minds when we spoke last week about the importance of demystifying venture capital….read more

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FabLab partners with NomadWorking.net !

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Monday night I arranged a very special Meetup with Prof. Peter Troxler of the FabLab in Luzern and 7 other creative minds. We gathered at the big table in my office in Citizen Space in Zurich to discuss one thing: How can we best combine forces to create the #1 innovation hotspot in Zurich ? Peter is known for being one of the FabLab gurus in Europe. I was introduced to him by Neil Gershenfeld, who founded the Fablab concept at the MIT (yes, that’s thé Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Fablabs…read more

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CapitalOnStage.com – where the Investors pitch to Startup founders

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The very first CapitalOnStage conference is going well… very well actually: this event has been SOLD OUT for over 2 weeks!   On September 14, 2011, Sander and I are bringing together 220 Startup founders from the European technology industry with 20 big-name VC’s. We keep things very exclusive / invitation-only, and also all Startup founders have been carefully selected by us and the team. We had the idea for CapitalOnStage in spring when we thought of way to break through the traditional ways of getting funded. We asked ourselves: why not…read more

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World Leaders Agree on Roadmap to End Poverty By 2020

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Geneva – July 21, 2011 It took years to decide, but last night in Geneva 164 CEO’s of the top fortune 500 companies, many country leaders from all continents, all CEO’s of the top 200 largest aid organisations, as well as US president Barack Obama, agreed on a plan to end poverty on a global scale by working together as one community, while agreeing on one roadmap with an accompanying set of behaviors. The roadmap involves a clear guide for (profit and non-profit) organisations, institutions, and governments to end poverty…read more

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Nomadworking: buckle-up for a new breed claiming their place in the global workforce

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This post gives some insight in what Nomadworking is and how I manage myself as being a “nomadworker”. I’m typing this on my Mac 10km up in the sky somewhere between Zurich and Helsinki (peeking outside almost continuously in the hope I see that flying house they rebuild for real, based on the pixar movie Up;-)). Who are we? There’s a new breed of workers I consider myself part of. We live and travel all over the place; We are not bound to live where our clients, colleagues, and friends…read more

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Storytelling for Corporations: No Fairytale!

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  “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” (Robert McAfee Brown)   By now, many corporations are making some kind of effort to transfer themselves into a so called social business;  corporations that actually listen to their (new) clients, suppliers, and employees with the objective to make more money in more sustainable ways in a happier working environment. Also, a) selecting and abstracting small useful bits of information from a huge increasing pile, b) formulating this info into one clear message and c) getting…read more

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