The European Startup Show

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Summary

Hjalmar Gislason is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup experience. His latest startup, Grid, is re-imagining how companies communicate complicated spreadsheet data and models. In our conversation we talked about everything from how he started a company that he eventually sold to Qlik; to why he moved from Boston back to Iceland; to what he did differently before starting his latest venture that he feels other startups can learn from.

Show Notes

[1.11] -  How I became a serial entrepreneur.
[5.0] - Entrepreneurial nature of Icelandic people
[5.54] - Why did you move from Boston to Iceland for starting your latest venture
[7.52] - Story of Data Market (data-as-a-service): from a startup in Iceland to IPO in the US
[15:02] - what stage of the company was Data Market in when they moved to the US and why Boston
[18:40] - How did you get acquired by Qlik
[20:09] - What we didn't do right (looking back at the Data Market story
[20:56] - Advice for startups on thinking about commercialization early
[22:33] - Backstory on the inspiration for starting Grid
[25.36] - 3 experiments Hjalmar did before he started Grid
[31:19] - What is Grid?
[35:12] - How to take a product to market
[37.24] - How to determine price points

Companies mentioned:
Grid
Qlik
 
Books mentioned:
Oh, the places you you'll go by Dr Seuss
History of Everything by Bill Bryce
Thievery Corporation 

What is The European Startup Show?

To inspire technology entrepreneurs in Europe with stories and practical strategies from other successful entrepreneurs.

If you are a CEO, founder, or work in sales or marketing, and your company is based in Europe or is looking to expand into Europe, then this podcast is for you.