Category: Small talk


A year has passed since my last post – and I feel sorry for it. Back then, I was running a few blogs. But work has been busy. I also got married in the year that has passed to Gyte (website).

I still work at DONGenergy, the biggest energy company in Denmark, in the exploration and production. We do the oil and gas stuff.

It is hard to go from an entreprenour and then to a normal “slave for salary”. I cannot let go, not having an eye on new ideas or innovation possibilities. To satisfy the hunger a bit I took an inspiration lecture on making business plans for this competition. It was mildly satisfying – and yet also tempting. Many of my friends have finished university the passed year and I have talked to them about going solo. But many of them seek the safe life. I do understand, some of them have already children and bought a house and stuff like that. They need the steady income.

In the autumn it got too much and I believed I could start something positioned as an investor – and I think it has been pretty good. One of the graphical designers (Olgerd) from my former company took up the challange and we have started the glorious IC Enterprises. The name is a mix of Icommerce Enterprises, and the playing of sound in I See Enterprises. Pretty smart I thought.

Well, the concept is simple. We built a big range of webshops selling niche products. Our first launch has been Coolskins.dk . We have been in the air for a good week now. We sell skins for laptops, Iphones and Ipods – well practically anything you can put a skin on.

The system is based on Magento  and I am very pleased with that.

We have started making marketing initiatives – especially advertisment on Facebook and made a Facebook fanpage. Now time has comed for some search engine workout and further down the line we need some cool bloggers to write about our products on coolskins.

 The next goal will be making a webshop for bags with all kind of cool patterns and stuff. Looking forward to it.

So, if you need a skin for your laptop, netbook, iphone or Ipod – you need to go to Coolskins.dk :-)

Let’s say it – we are going to face recession.

I remember I saw in Lithuania a CNN program where they were guessing if it would be just a slight setback or recession. People was optimistic – as was I at that moment. For me, it was just some house owners in US having some money problems.

But we are now facing the full strength of recession – maybe the worst in the history of economics. And that makes me think of the fundaments of our society.

The great thinkers of industrialization was liberals and was talking about letting the market forces, demand and supply, control the market. At these times we see companies crippled and in desperate need of help from government to survive. Worst is that the governments come to aid.

I am not particular liberal – but a bank which one year earns billions of Euros and the other year gets government help to survive gives me a wrong impression of the “liberal forces of the marketplace”. I ask these great thinkers to take stand and let these huge corporations fall to the ground.

It is a law of the market. Get too big and you will collapse – nothing is eternal – and the governments are just prolonging the death og e.g. big banks and industrial giants.

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Unfortunate it is more than just financial issues – we talk normal people with normal jobs. And these people are the concern of the governments of the free liberal world. With the threat of thousands of unemployed the governments around the world sees it as a cheap cost to send a few trillions out in the market place.

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My morale is: The thoeries of the industrial age is no longer valid. Something changed the game rules – and now governments are trying to compensate for this. Is it right to do? Well, the alternative is not appealing.

It proves maybe more that theories of persons like Peter Drucker is more correct. Elements as the purpose of business is to give people persons in life, that companies have a bigger social role than the aim for profit.

I would love to hear or read Peter Druckers own views on this matter.

Last week, my small local bank collapsed under the press from the global finance crisis, falling house prices and a building industry in deep problems.

In the wonderful country of Denmark it has been 20 years since we last time used the word crisis. We are not custom to this state and we live in a disbelief and small terror. All the news medias talk about it daily – and all the noise makes more noise.

It is big numbers, big worldwide consequences and internationally concerning – but hardly something the average person should put so much on his mind as he has now.

Loans will be more expensive, unemployment will go up, inflation etc. But it does not change the world for the common Dane.

“One person’s death is another person’s bread”

There are many sayings for bad times – another one is “nothing is as bad, that it is not good for something”. One industry is having good times – as they have had it during all the crisises before now. During times of trouble, people eat chocolate!

It can be hard to believe, but no matter how poor people become there is no reason to not take the wonderful luxury of chocolate. BBC News have investigated the phenomenon and found some interesting conclusions.

Maybe I should consider the chocolate business? !?

See the broadcast from BBC online here (opens in new window)

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