An MBA is a gigantic virtuous circle, a give-and-take community where the more each member gives the more everyone receives. I can tell that from my experience in open-source software projects where the end-product is the sum of everybody’s best-in-class inputs and I envision IESE similarly.
I acquired leadership skills through my role of lead roped party climber. Aged 18 I already took mountaineering clients under my responsibility. I became a recognized alpinist in Belgium, organizing climbing expeditions in Kirghizstan, Mongolia, China, Vietnam and Bolivia. Nowadays, I belong to a special situations team uniquely qualified to rescue people stuck in inaccessible locations.
I wanted to share you my thoughts after my experience at Nest’Up startup acceleration program last spring. For those who don’t know what it is yet, it’s a Belgian startup incubator part of the TechStars network.
Although I have been working for 7 years in a lot of startup environments as software engineer, I must admit that I never really experienced what is entrepreneurship in itself. I realize that there is a different state of mind between :
- working in a company with agile methodologies
- reading the book of Eric Ries on Lean Startup
- participating to a full time accelerator program
In our society, we speak very often about creativity. Creativity is a main keyword for most of recruiters that are looking for young inspiration and innovation.
Recently I came accros this video trying to demonstrate how creativity can only be obtained with time and fun.
Yesterday Marie and I were at the selection-day of the Nest’Up startup acceleration program. More than 50 startups/projects applied to the program and we were 15 to be invited for the final selection by the coaches.
I recently started a MOOC on Gamification given by Prof Kevin Werbach (Wharton) on Coursera. I’m really impressed by what I’m discovering and all the opportunities hidden behind this business approach ! This is very interesting and I want to share you some thoughs here.