Systems vs. goals. The system behind my startup interview podcast

Here I walk you through the system that my podcast The.Connecting.Dots.Podcast is based on. What would make this project a success even if it fails? What I like about this question is obviously that you cap the downside and increase the benefits even if the project doesn't succeed in an obvious sense like money or…

Who are modern men in the arena? UFC fighters, not financial advisors

Conor McGregor is a modern man in the arena. He's fighting other men with millions of spectators watching in real time. In his instagram post he's referencing a speech by former US President Theodore Roosevelt that he gave in Paris in 1910. Very eloquently Roosevelt writes about the man in the arena. He earns respect.…

The process of creativity: Edward Hopper’s “Morning Sun”

I'm fascinated with the process of creativity. In this series of sketches you can follow the steps Edward Hopper took to finish his painting "Morning Sun" in 1952. In it you see his wife Jo sitting on her bed in the morning sun, gazing out of the window. When a lay person (like me) only…

3 basic but crucial lessons for interview podcasts

Here I want to share crucial lessons for interview podcasts that I learned from doing my podcast for over a year: a podcast on a wide variety of subjects with long-form conversations. By now I did over 30 interviews for The Connecting Dots Podcast. The following 3 lessons are simple. Some may read them and…

Good startup questions for interview podcasts

After more than 30 episodes of my interview podcast, The Connecting Dots Podcast, I collected a big amount of startup questions. Let me share what questions worked for my interview podcast: The importance of follow-up questions! Those questions below just offer a gateway into stories, experiences and points of view that you have to take.…