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The Perfect Coffee Cup

As every single person that knows me know, I love coffee. Even though I was aware of the impact of a great cup, I have to admit I am a novice. Thanks to my coffee loving collegues Peter and Svante I have now entered the world of coffee cups.

The dynamics and design of a coffee cup

Who thought the cup was so important? Well, it is. The below picture is pretty clear on the important stuff. I especially like the “Great Mouth Feel”, that is never to be forgotten. When you think of it, most of the design facts are pretty straight forward, but how many of us, do actually put weight into that when we are about to buy coffee cups? From now on I am.

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notNeutral – The Perfect Cup

After the coffee cup discussion had surfaced a few time, Svante realized what I needed and brought a notNeutral Cappuccino cup with him to one of our meetings. I was sold, now trying to enforce a complete rewamp of our coffee cup inventory, going all in on notNeutral. notNeutral supplies all cups needed for an addict like me. Actually counted our coffee cups at home to over fourty, only three of those (one being the notNeutral gift from Svante and Peter) fulfill the “The Perfect Cup” criterias. I will succeed in convincing the rest of the family that it is worth it and absolutely necessary.

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Who Am I – According to AI

To be able to let Watson analyse me, I gave Watson Personality Insight 6222 words of mine from this blog and let him do his thing.

Personally I am surprised how good it was and (for those who know me) I think you will recongnize my personlity pretty good in the summary that Watson Personality Insight put togheter on me based on text from this blog.

You are inner-directed and skeptical.

You are independent: you have a strong desire to have time to yourself. You are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them. And you are authority-challenging: you prefer to challenge authority and traditional values to help bring about positive changes.

You are motivated to seek out experiences that provide a strong feeling of efficiency.

You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done. You consider independence to guide a large part of what you do: you like to set your own goals to decide how to best achieve them.

There is naturally tons of other data, a few examples of “me” in the list below:

  • Big 5. I am 96% openness
  • Needs. Challenge and Practicality is very high.
  • Values. Openness to change is 96%, Self-enhancement is 91%, Conservation …. 1%.

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The Watson Personality Insight is free to try and use. So jump over to Watson Developer Cloud and see what personality you are. A lot of text is needed, 3500 words is a minimum, and I found that it really is a minimum to not get a very generic respons.

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Some things will be dearly missed

We are leaving Singapore in a couple of weeks. Naturally I already recognize things we will miss. One of the major things is what is shown in the picture. All the multi-cultural / multi-national relationships in our daily lives.

The picture shows our daughter with her best friend. A Swedish and a Japaneese girl hand in hand on Orchard Road.

Why is this important? It creates a more enlightened world. If we just take these two girls, they know so much about each other’s cultures and countries since they have seen each other every day for a long time. We will also have the honor of having this particular family for visit in Sweden this summer. Our daughter has friends from countries on all continents and most religions. She will miss it, but we are also happy to have given her the opportunity to learn, it is something she will carry with her for the rest of her life.

This is by no means applicable only to the young ones, it is one of the things I personally will miss the most as well. Learning about other cultures, countries and religion…..and lets not forget all the wonderful food from all parts of the world.

Singapore is a truly multi-cultural, multi-religion and multi-national country (goes for the food as well). Thank you Singapore for being such a great country in that way!

This is something that truly bridges gaps and creates a better world, by understanding and knowing more about our peers in this world.

One year in Singapore

So, one month ago I passed the one year mark living in Singapore. I wrote a few posts when we arrived here. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since.

Most of my initial impressions are still valid, the school system in the international schools are fantastic.

It is clean, maybe too clean sometimes, I also get the impression that the cleanness is dependent on how  many cleaners there are and not at all connected to the cleanness of the people in Singapore.

It is safe. Damn safe to be honest. As a father with an 8 year old daughter, I could not possible feel safer.

Is it a democracy? Well, this is one of those questions that are really hard to answer, do google or check Wikipedia for the academic answer, from a person who just moved here 13 months ago, this country is run like a machine or like a large corporation. If things are broken, they are fixed, if things are needed to grow the country in the future, let’s focus on those markets that will make it possible, in comparison with most other countries I have gained some insight into the governmental structure and the people working there, I must say that they intellectual level on the people working in many government agencies are just amazing. It is actually a very attractive career path for many.

Most things simply work.

As a Swede I am extremely impressed with the tax system. As a citizen of Singapore it is not much that differs in what you get for your tax money, but the taxes in them selves differ tremendously.

Welcome to Sweden

Arrived in Sweden this weekend and was welcomed with wonderful weather. Will be here for 2 months before going back to Singapore.

To celebrate I thought I would share some Swedish entertainment and explaining two words, Lagom and Jante, to help non-Swedes understand us better.

The funny sitcom Welcome to Sweden puts us on the spot with a lot of anecdotes and slapstick humor. So if you want to get to know all the strange things about Sweden and Swedes, this is almost a documentary.

http://youtu.be/ZppGW7CZ5wc

Since Sweden is also known for it’s music I though I could share two new brilliant songs from Swedish artists, both are favourite bands of mine, Teddybears Sthlm and In Flames.

It’s been busy times since arriving, except the regular work things, there have been some other major things to do. These three Instagram photos do summarise it quite well (at the bottom of this post). A lot of BBQ, moving the lawn (or what used to be the lawn) and get accustomed again to “mellanmjölkens land” aka the land of ‘lagom’ and ‘Jante’.

Lagom and Jante

These words, Lagom and Jante, that do not exists anywhere else.

Lagom is a Swedish word with no direct English equivalent, meaning “just the right amount”.

The Swedish-English dictionary defines lagom as “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right”. Lagom is also widely translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts). Whereas words like “sufficient” and “average” suggest some degree of abstinence, scarcity, or failure, lagom carries the connotation of appropriateness, although not necessarily perfection. The archetypical Swedish proverb “Lagom är bäst”, literally “The right amount is best”, is also translated as “Enough is as good as a feast”. That same proverb is translated as “There is virtue in moderation”.

The Law of Jante is the idea that there is a pattern of group behaviour towards individuals within Scandinavian communities that negatively portrays and criticises individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate.

Generally used colloquially in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic countries as a sociological term to negatively describe a condescending attitude towards individuality and success, the term refers to a mentality that de-emphasizes individual effort and places all emphasis on the collective, while discouraging those who stand out as achievers.

Sweden is a fantastic country and I have rally missed you. The air, the nature, the people and also the quality of a lot of things. Swedes and Sweden are really good at many things, we are just a bit poor on telling it to the world.

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2013 The Year of Change

Lived in three countries, lost 20kg, sold a company, invested in 3 and starting a new one.
To do a quick summary of 2013 is hard, probably one of the hardest years ever to look back and try to, in short words, describe.

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On a personal level the main thing is that I have re-gained my control over my body. A decade of decadance (remember the Mötley Crue album?) is over. Almost 20kg lighter and now back to the way it should be, eat healthy and excercise regulary.

Main acheivements

  1. Changed the way I eat and lost 18kg (from 96kg to 78kg today)
  2. Ran Singapore Marathon (42 195m in a sauna). It was a tough one with the high humidity and all, but pushed through.
  3. Did Singapore Commando Challenge (12km with 25 really tough obstacles). Was great fun!
  4. Excercised minimum 2 days a week the entire year, no exceptions.
  5. Walked a lot instead of taking car/bus/taxi.

I also think I have become a better person this year. I have spent a lot of time with people I admire and learn from. I think I am in a stage of life were I reflect a lot and want to learn from those with greater knowledge. One of my best teachers have been my friend Okk. He has in just being him, made me realize new ways to look at life. I am honored to be able to call him my friend. I have also learnt a lot from all the different cultures and religions I have bounced into during the year. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.

I have started to get very attracted to the buddist way of looking at life. One task for 2014 will be to learn more about buddism.

I am also humbled to have met many new friends during 2013. It is not an easy task at my age with family, work and all the other things happening.

2013 have been a fantastic year for me as a person in every possible way. I am very happy with how 2013 turned out. I am also full of confidence for 2014.

Family

Without them I would be a less of a person, love them more then life and I am honored to be able to spend so much time with them, it is a fortune not everyone have and I sincerely appreciate it to the fully. We have during this year lived 4 months in Thailand, 3 months in Sweden and 5 months in Singapore. Our daughter have gone to Swedish School in Thailand, school in Sweden and International School in Singapore (ISS International School). She enjoys the school in Singapore the most of the three.

Since I was not working operational in any company from August til December I had a lot of time to support our daughter in her new school (everything is in english that she did not know), doing homework and just make sure her move to Singapore was great. Well needed for us to spend a bit more time together.

Professionally

2013 started out as a year as many others lately. Silverbakk was moving in the right direction and we showed growth and a healthy business With great clients. It was also time for change and I sold most of my share (still on the board and as an strategic advisor). I left the daily operation and left the CEO role to Magnus. Between August and December I networked a lot and also made some angel investments in companies I strongly believe in. Clean Motion, FundedByMe and Newton Circus. It was nice to wind down a bit after a lot of hard work for a couple of years, but I missed building a company, so I started to carv out the strategy for my next venture. More on that in January 2014.

I have met tons of fantastic people since moving to Singapore, some of them am I already doing business with and others I hope to work closely with soon as well. Singapore is easy in many ways, but also tough. So far I love everything with Singapore from a business perspective, but I am also new to Singapore so maybe in a year I will be able to give a more correct and experienced view.

2013 have again been the year of change. It is now time to build for the future and execute on the plans I have now set in motion. I have done a lot of mistakes and have learnt a lot during my previous ventures, so now it is time to put that knowledge to work and build a new company.

2014 will be the year of execution, it is the year when things will happen.

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