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Vidar Andersen

Owner, Founding Principal, +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES

Düsseldorf, Germany

Skills

Startup
Lean Startup
Innovation
startups
CustDev
Innovationsmanagement
Customer Development
Business Model Generation
Metrics
Innovation Accounting
Enterprise
MVP
Lean
Corporate Entrepreneurship
Intrapreneurship
F100
F500
speaker
lecturer
consulting
Beratung
coaching
advisor
education
program
Corporate Innovation
workshop
startup weekend
Startup Next
Lessons Learned
Entrepreneurship
Accelerator
Incubator
corporate accelerator
corporate innovation center
corporate innovation centre
Keynote Speaker
Keynote
Educator
Hacker News Cologne
continuous innovation
EIR
Entrepreneur in Residence
Acting
Start-up
Moderation
Events
University
Recruitment
Business Development
Social Media
Share
International
Software
Strategy

Timeline

Professional experience for Vidar Andersen

  • Current , since Apr 2013

    Co-founder

    Rheinland Pitch

    The Rheinland Pitch is Germany's largest Startup Pitch event that Lorenz and Mathias Gräf of STARTPLATZ GmbH and I co-founded back in 2013. For more information and how to apply, see http://rheinlandpitch.de

  • Current , since Feb 2013

    Founding Principal

    +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES

    Innovation & Growth Through Entrepreneurship + Science.

  • Current , since Feb 2012

    Educator

    Vidar Andersen

    I teach and lecture on entrepreneurship at select European universities e.g. Cologne University, BiTS Iserlohn, Knowmads Business University Amsterdam, RFH University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Karlshochschule International University and NIT. An official LLP Educator trained and certified by Steve Blank at Stanford, I offer higher education institutions the best experiential entrepreneurial curriculum available, taught at Stanford, Berkeley and Columbia University with a 1, 5 or 12 week syllabus.

  • Current , since Jan 2012

    Keynote Speaker & Moderator

    Vidar Andersen

    I'm a speaker on Entrepreneurship, Startups, Bootstrapping, Lean Startup and Customer Development and a moderator frequently invited to events special interest fora, corporations, and enterprises to share my mistakes, my lessons learned and moderate the speakers at e.g. TEDx events and international Startup Weekends.

  • Current , since Jan 2001

    Co-Founder

    Plone CMS

    Plone is a popular Content Management System in use by enterprises and organisations like Yale University, NASA JPL, The CIA, The FBI, Nokia, Amnesty International, Discover Magazine, the Government of Brazil, the Nordic Council, the universities of MIT, Harvard & Penn State, the Free Software Foundation and thousands of others.

  • 2 years and 5 months, May 2013 - Sep 2015

    Facilitator

    Startup Weekend

    Startup Weekend Facilitators are an extension of the core team who are on the ground at all of the events around the globe. The Startup Weekend organization heavily rely on facilitators to be stewards of the Startup Weekend mission and ensure every community has a world class experience with the grassroots movement.

  • 2 years and 11 months, Nov 2012 - Sep 2015

    Regional Coordinator / Instructor

    Startup Next - Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs

    NEXT is a product of non-profit UP Global which helps startup founders become better prepared to build successful startups. It is a five-week “pre-accelerator” program rooted in Steve Blank's Customer Development methodology, driven by mentors and unique video content. The NEXT program helps founders gain a crucial base of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

  • 3 years and 4 months, Jun 2012 - Sep 2015

    Founder / Organizer

    Startup Weekend Cologne

    Save the date: Jan 25th 2013 No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 Hours. Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

  • 4 years and 9 months, Jan 2011 - Sep 2015

    Founder

    Hacker News Cologne

    A regular meetup for readers of the awesome Hacker News ( http://news.ycombinator.com), as well as for people just interested in hacking, software, tech startups and entrepreneurship. Come along to meet your online friends and frenemies in person, catch up with the usual suspects and meet new people. It's informal and a sweet opportunity to pitch your projects, get some feedback and possibly find that missing co-founder. 165+ members strong and growing.

  • 5 months, Aug 2013 - Dec 2013

    Producer

    StartupBus Europe BeNeLux

  • 1 year and 8 months, Jul 2011 - Feb 2013

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Gauss - The People Magnet

    A People Magnet for your pocket; A mobile app that lets you discover and connect with new relevant people around you. More technically speaking it's a real-time proximity based discovery and introduction engine.

  • 16 years and 2 months, Jan 1997 - Feb 2013

    Founding CEO

    blacktar.com

    The first company I founded. It made software suck less for large corporations.

  • 2 years and 2 months, Jun 2010 - Jul 2012

    Founder

    Social Media Lunch Cologne

    An informal regular event in Cologne, DE where social media experts and newbies alike come together to eat, meet, share, and learn.

  • 5 months, Mar 2010 - Jul 2010

    Senior Consultant

    people interactive GmbH

    Customers included Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Post DHL and Henkel.

  • 4 years and 7 months, Aug 2005 - Feb 2010

    Head of Digital

    CLAUSEN+REITSMA GmbH

    Head of the Digital Media Department and Member of the Board. Lead agency, lead consultant to T-Mobile International retail digital media, both POS and back-end support systems. Customers included Deutsche Telekom (DTAG), T-Mobile, DFL, Nestle Purina, German Red Cross and koelnmesse DMEXCO.

  • 2 years and 10 months, Aug 2002 - May 2005

    Product Developer, Concept, Information Architect

    Oberon IT AS

  • 6 months, Feb 2002 - Jul 2002

    Sales Consultant

    Findexa

    Customer facing sales rep. A highly enjoyable, albeit short stint at doing something completely different - and being good at it. I am very grateful for the sales training and coaching I received.

  • 3 years and 6 months, Aug 1997 - Jan 2001

    Developer, Designer, Project & Production Manager, Concept

    Media Farm AS

Educational background for Vidar Andersen

  • 2013 - 2013

    Entrepreneurship

    National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIAA) at Stanford

    Taught by Steve Blank and Jerry Engel at Stanford.

  • 2012 - 2012

    Entrepreneurship

    Deusto Business School

    Awarded scholarship to Global Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (GEAP).

  • 1994 - 1996

    Science of Film

    Lillehammer University College

    Dropped out.

Languages

  • German

    First language

  • English

    First language

  • French

    Basic

  • Swedish

    Intermediate

  • Norwegian

    First language

  • Danish

    Intermediate

Wants

To change the world
To help you
Serendipity
Conversations
To Help Corporations Innovate
Corporate Innovation
Entrepreneurship
Corporate Entrepreneurship
Accelerator
Incubator
Students
intrapreneurship
intrapreneur
EIR
Entrepreneur in Residence
Customers

Interests

Startups
Entrepreneurship
Technology
Mentoring
Helping
Advising
Innovation

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