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bergen
Norwegian software entrepreneur in California
Interests: IoT, wearables, software, learning, space, football
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I was always a builder. LEGO was my first love. I enjoyed the sets, but more than anything I loved to build new things. I enjoyed inventing and then quickly start building. It is this ability, the ability to build... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
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In 1997, I was young and unprepared for what was about to happen. I had just finished my degree at the University of Oregon and I was on my way to Los Angeles. Netscape had been around for two years,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
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You know who they are. They fight for change. They work on big distruptive ideas. They spend every day fighting for a better life, education, healthcare, and more love - less war. They are hackers. They are the Occupy movemement.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
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I believe we will see a Billion entrepreneurs in the next 20 years. I’m not talking about the classic definition of an entrepreneur building a big company – I’m talking about the freelancer, part-timer, and the independent. Yes, corporations will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
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Yes, I believe that will happen in my lifetime. It’s called 3D printing and in 10 years, you’ll all be doing it. You’ll print stuff you need at home and, at some point, you’ll just print your own house. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
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Your leaders are not telling the truth. (Surprise!) Your jobs are not coming back. Unemployment will remain high. I know this for certain. Why? It's not the recession. It's not outsourcing. It's not because industries are dying or shrinking. Those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
Most times, when I visit HomeDepot I have some jobs to be done at the house. I've considered bringing with me some of the lads outside, but I've never done it. Several reasons really: I don't know them. They don't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
A few years back, I became frustrated by the lack of knowledge I had on the people around me during a networking event. It was one of those events with 200+ people - mostly tech heads. I knew I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
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I'm about to hire you, but I know more about the local restaurant than I do about you. Before I go to the new restaurant down the street, I can surface reviews and see ratings from everyone or my social... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
It's a question that has been on my mind for a long time. I've come to realize that it does not matter exactly what I build as long as it solves a problem. It has to be truly useful. That... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
Lately I've been asked to get involved with several idea stage start-ups. I've read feature specs and looked at scetches. I've read executive summaries and been asked to sign more NDA's. You know what drives me crazy? All these ideas.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
I had some time today to poke around Google+ and I think they got something right. The experience is intuitive and smooth. I really like the "circles" feature. Facebook's news feed concept remains at the center, but the separation between... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
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Jun 30, 2011
I've spend hours talking to entrepreneurs about their "brand." It's sometimes a damn painful experience. I don't know what it is about the word "brand" or "branding" but so many people just don't get it. To many, brand is about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
I'm lucky to spend time working with entrepreneurs and interesting start-ups tackling real problems for real people. Over the years, I've developed my approach a bit when it comes to this work. Here are some key points: Sorry. I do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
@Chris: I think what you are doing with Coloft is really valuable. Deep conversation requires face to face meetings and that's why I think it is worth it - always - to make the drive. The challenge in LA, especially for entrepreneurs, is that it takes a lot of time to get people together. Time is not something you get back when you're launching a start-up ;o(
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2011 on Crazy people in a room = good at Erlend Wilhelmsen
It's pretty obvious really. If you don't put a bunch of semi-crazy people in a room, you don't get innovation. I think this is what holds LA back on the tech/start-up scene. The passion and talent is distributed. The city... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
It's not a big deal really. It's just the one thing almost no person I know actually does. WORK ON STUFF YOU REALLY LIKE and/or WOULD BUY. In the past few years, I've worked for clients and brands I didn't... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
So many people spend so much time thinking about stuff. Not enough time doing. You got to make things happen. You have to take initiative. You got to be the one who stands up and says: ENOUGH. Let's go make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
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Mar 15, 2010
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If you're not making mistakes, you're not doing interesting stuff. How many work hours do you think you have left in life? 500,000? Sounds like a lot? Do the math. What are you going to do about it? Leave a legacy or just pass? Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
Yes, I'm biased. Fabric Interactive's team did the design work for IKEA's Easy To Assemble Season II: Co-Worker of the Year. But the truth is that I think that this is one of the best examples of how to do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2009 at Erlend Wilhelmsen
@Cliff: Indeed. Today I had to fire a client. No one yells at me or the people who work with me. Life is too short.