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Why you should come work for Podio

 

There’s a job opening at Podio and it’s a job I feel very strongly about since it is my old job. Tommy already wrote a great job description that you can read here. Instead I would like to explain why it has been a great job and what you can expect to learn.

First, a bit of context: About a year ago I had just moved all my things back from Italy and was figuring out what to do after realizing that my plan to launch an italian mobile operator wasn’t viable. Thinking that starting a company is the best thing in the world I came to the decision that working for someone else’s startup must be the second best. I already knew a lot of the Danish startups so when I saw a tweet from Podio CEO Tommy Ahlers that they were looking for people, I was thrilled to get the opportunity and joined just before our public launch in March.

Since I joined I have managed our office in Copenhagen and helped out with setting up our office in San Francisco as well as well as been the assistant to the CEO. And boy have I learned a lot and not always in ways I would have expected.

I think that the main reason you should join Podio is because of what you will get the chance to learn and who you are going to work for. As my first job I don’t feel I could have been luckier to have had a better boss than Tommy and the person who will get the job will  be part of building a fast-growing technololy company form the closest range. It’s everything from preparing meetings, taking part in board meetings, accounting and bookkeeping, how to manage suppliers, make sure contracts are correct and how to constantly make decisions under very uncertain conditions. Your relationship will be based on high levels of trust and freedom to make the decisions you see best. If you make mistakes they are forgiven as long as you are quick to share them and ensure that you learn from them so you don’t repeat them. You will work very hard at times but your effort is never taken for granted and there is a great camaraderie among the team.

I don’t think there are a lot of jobs out there offering this mix of trust, working for someone you respect tremendously and being part of a team whose quality never ceases to make you proud of where you work.

I cannot state enough how incredibly proud I am to have been part of the Podio team and in preparing for my new job I’ve already caught myself preaching so many of the things that I have learned at Podio. There are a lot of  important decisions and initiatives coming up so if you’d like a career within technology and startups then this sort of apprenticeship is an opportunity you will not regret. Go here to send your application.

If you have any questions about the job let me know and I will be happy to answer.

 

 

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Posted: december 18th, 2011
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What I like about Quora

Ever since I first signed up on Quora I have been a big fan of the site. My reasons are the same that seems to hold for most people: The community is interesting, knowledgable and helpful and the quality of the questions and answers is far beyond what I have seen on any other Q & A sites.

Another interesting thing about Quora is the repository of high-quality knowledge and advice that is quickly being built around a lot of topics. For now those topics seem to mostly revolve around Silicon Valley and startups. This means that there is little to be learned about e.g. Italian or Danish startups but that could change. However in a country like Italy where few people speak English, I am sceptical that a solid knowledge base will be built, and in any case the answers will not necessarily be the best ones but the ones answered by the minority who speaks English.

Keeping Quora in English might make sense for the Silicon Valley-centric community but I think it could be more powerful if they chose to allow other languages as well. As an example of all the excellent content related to Italian startups, the facebook group Italian Startup Scene has a wealth of knowledge but organized in a very different, and much less structured way than Quora threads.

Finally, an excellent advantage of Quora has been discovery. Since joining Quora I have been exposed to a whole new group of brilliant people whose answers and opinions are very interesting. Since Quora is somewhat a hybrid between a blog and a place to get answers to specific questions lots of people I hadn’t previously heard of have proven to give excellent advice and answers. (blame my 5 years in business school for my veneration for bullet points)

If you are not on Quora and want to check it out feel free to send me an email and I can invite you.

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Posted: februar 2nd, 2011
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Arrivederci Milano

I guess I’ll have to change the title of my blog. After two great years in Milan I have just moved back to Copenhagen.
Part of my decision to start this blog was to blog about my plan of starting a company in the Italian telecommunications industry. However after working on that for more than a year a combination of changes in the contract we were offered and not being able to raise funding I have decided that I prefer to go back to Copenhagen where most of my family and friends are.

To show what I learned from my startup adventures within Italian telecom, I will blog about my experiences and show that the ICT sector in Italy is ripe for innovation in several areas, particularly if the incumbents were a bit more forward thinking.

Despite this disappointment of having to give up something that really meant a lot to me, I have had a wonderful time in Italy and I already look forward to coming back.

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Posted: december 18th, 2010
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